Growling Swan 8/5



A few cars and bus loads of golfers made their way to the Mountain Shadow course and teed up off the white markers today, in sunny and hot conditions.

This course offers value for money and is a challenge to any golfer with possibly one of the most challenging holes of the many courses within an hour of Pattaya.

The hole referred to is the lengthy par 5 fourteenth dogleg left around the water dam and players are delighted and totally satisfied if they achieve bogey. At least this hole is fairly indexed at number 2, unlike Treasure Hill’s signature “Crocodile hole”, the similar par 5 sixteenth hole which is rated at index 15! Hello?

Most players struggled to play to par however Rudy Regenass ( a regular visitor from Cape Town, South Africa) notched up another win with his 37 points (paring the fourteenth!), closely followed by Stuart Rifkin on 36 points (also paring the fourteenth!) and the ever present Alex Field a couple of shots further back with 34 points. All three players had 16 handicaps.


Results for Mountain Shadow

1ST – RUDY REGENASS (16) 37 points

2ND – STU RIFKIN (16) 36 points

3RD – ALEX FIELD (16) 34 points









Long first putts went to COLM LAWLOR on the ninth and ALEX FIELD on the eighteenth.

In the Photo From L to R; Cassa Rifkin, Rudy Re& Alex Field.

Back at the Growling Swan our host Peter Grey had a lovely chicken and vegetable soup dish ready for any hungry player wishing to eat, which was kindly donated by Mark Stapleton’s lady Kai, and all agreed it was very tasty.

Peter Brickwell was made welcome, visiting from Brisbane, Australia.
During the following presentations, Peter noticed that someone had written their name on an NTP marker twice. He rebuked the player and the player defended himself stating he only wrote his name down once! It transpired that the player had written his nick name of CASSA down and when one of his playing partners (an overseas visitor, Irish no less!) walked off the green, he noticed that Stuart’s name was not on the marker, so took it upon himself to do so, thinking he was doing the right thing!

The nick name CASSA was unknowingly bestowed upon Stuart Rifkin following an argument at the bar one day. The argument being that there was no difference between a “stew and a casserole”. This argument was settled when legendary Geoff Mellon declared that a casserole was a flash name for “A Stew”.The following day, Stuart almost had a hole in one, with the ball ending up a foot past the hole. Stuart was consoled with the fact that at least he would win the NTP prize for that hole. When the hole for that NTP was announced at presentations, he was so sure he had won that he got off his stool and was walking up to accept his prize when he heard “and the winner is CASSA!”

Dumbfounded and embarrassed, he turned around a walked back to his stool wondering who the f@#k Cassa was who stole his prize. A quick explanation was made, and thus the nick name stuck!

Following presentations the resident collector D-fore was passed around for donations to add to the growing tally of baht that has been so generously given by players and patrons of the Growling Swan. All donations are pooled and when sufficient funds allow, a children’s orphanage or school benefits with products needed. Several hundred thousand baht has been raised and donated by the Growling Swan to date.

For serious golfing with a dash of fun (and compulsory sledging), the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. We also encourage women to play. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 1503 086.

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