PSC Tropical Bert’s we04/07
Great Scott! Max wins Scorefest (Over 2 u)
Friday The 4th July 2014: Mountain Shadow ( ST-Rainbow) It was Friday July 4th- American Independence Day- and the ever hopefulls turned up at Tropical Bert’s for breakfast and planned for the day. The venue this day was Mountain Shadow, and to commemorate the holiday and inject variety into the game, a red, white and blue ‘ rainbow’ tee rotation was set up.
This proved to be interesting and popular, making making most holes somewhat different than in the past and requiring a little more thought. Some tees presented a gift of less distance but more strategy, while others were longer and required more consideration for your second shot.
Mountain Shadow was in fine condition. They have been fixing up the fairways, and work continues remodeling the Clubhouse. The Weather was hot and sunny. Maybe because the tee rotation required golfers to concentrate a bit more, or because the Course was in good condition, but during the round quite a lot of Golfers must have thought ‘This is my Day’.
Back at Tropical Bert’s,the Golfers were met with two surprises. The first was a Typical American 5th of July meal of hot dogs and fries, followed by apple pie and custard or ice-cream. Excellent. Thanks Bert and Staff. The second surprise was how many good scores there were, and you’d better be very good to get a mention.
When the counting was done, Max Scott (6) took a well deserved first place with 42 points off his handicap of six!. Anytime someone shoots par golf they deserve a big congrats from we mortals, no matter which tees they play from. Fireworks this day from Max.Second place went to Mashi Kaneta (13) with 40 points. The Yanks made a showing with Tom Herrington (16) in third place with 39 points that included an Eagle. Mike O’Brien (23) took fourth place over Ted Morris in fifth on countback each with 38 points. More than a few golfers who had 36 and 37 points were left scratching their heads wondering what it takes to win some days.
Near Pins Max Scott Tom Herrington Kurt Ebentheller Thomas Johansson
First Three with one of Bert’s finest
Tuesday the 1st July 2013: Khao Kheow ( Stableford) This really is a weird year in the life of golfers at Tropical Bert’s. The numbers fluctuate so much from week to week that we do not know if we will be overfull or down to the last couple of groups. Being an ‘Organiser’ does have it’s problems.
So the ‘Magnificent Seven’ met at Bert’s for the brekkers and into cars and down to Khao Kheow. We arrived there nice and early, and thanks to Khao Kheow for not commentating on the difference in numbers booked, it was soon to the first Tee. We had been informed by the starter that the test for the day would be the A & C Nines, the original test and to me the best.
The weather was great except for a strong wind, so it was soon onto the first tee, where the starter let us get away as soon as we got there. So away we went and the first thing we noticed was that the ground was quite soft, it has rained a lot of late, but not enough to make any great difference, just enough to let the ball pick up a bit of mud now and then.
Starting on the A Nine we also noticed that the greens were a bit hairy and slow but as we moved along the greens started to dry up and some times I suspect the cutter got to a couple before we did and so some were a lot faster, We noticed the grass mover was out so also as we went on the fairways got that bit cleaner.
Being a three ball we zoomed around the front nine and on looking back could not see the group behind, so decided to have a ten minute break at the rest stop, something that has not happened for a long time and was so well appreciated, then onto the B Nine.
It is not long since the B Nine was totally refurbished, and it is a pleasure to play it. On this day we sailed along, but did not rush, and enjoyed the company. Most of the changes appear subtle, however if we had plans of the original Course I am sure we would notice the improvements. Suffice to say we enjoyed this nine as we sailed around, and the Scribe playing his second round for a month enjoyed it more as he was playing well. We would see.
A quick call in the restaurant and a nice drive back saw us able to get the results at Bert’s underway at least an hour early. The winner was Derek Brook with a fine 38 points ahead of Daryl Evans in second with 37 points and that man Mashi Kaneta third with 34 points.
It being really early it was soon home for an early night, and if you believe that you will believe the Moon is made of cheese. T.T.F.N.