Tropical Golf 12/01
Tuesday The 12th January 2016: Treasure Hill ( Stableford) It is a long time since I played this Course as it is one we tend to play on a Friday. However on this day it was on the list, so why not play it. So being a good Organiser I nipped in on the Sunday night just to see how we were getting on and found we were full, now that was a surprise. Still being ever ahead of the game I realised that we were down some transport and ordered a Mini Bus for the Tuesday morning. Well done, think ahead of the curve.
Arriving on the Monday night to sort out the order of play, I was surprised to see the sign up sheet was in a state of array with at least 8 players not playing. Whilst with the odd one or two this is no problem, these numbers caused a big rethink as I had booked a bus, But we have ways, so I simply left Dick’s and my cars at home and slept both ways on the back seat. Fiendish these Organisers.
So, relaxed on the day, we still had a fine turnout but much more easy to handle. So away we went and arrived at the Course in plenty of time. The entrance here is unassuming and as usual we were soon through , changed and onto the first tee. Then wee were away on to what is usually a tough test of golf.
The first here is a par 5 and unless you are a long hitter you need to hit the ball straight. Then into the second hole that is a very long and difficult par 3. Indeed this par 3 is a very low stroke index and usually 200 yards or so . This is a difficult start to the golf and sets the difficulty of the round. Always surrounded by trees and vegetation the walk around gives you a sense of peace and quiet. Whilst the Course all the time tells you not to play a bad shot. The Course is now a fine one to play having been improved over the years.
The restaurant is unassuming as against many other Clubhouses but the showers are hot and the food good and cheap. Well worth a visit for those who want to play a Course that is just a bit different.Then into transport and back down the road to Pattaya.
Back at BJ’s we were soon into the results that showed that only one player had beaten his handicap, and that by a lot. This shows how difficult this Course is.
In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was John Hackett with 35 points ahead of a countback on 34 points that saw Brian Parish in second and John Davis in third. In the B Flight the winner was Tom McDowell with 39 points, best score of the day, with Don Carmody in second with 34 points and Carole Kubicki in third with 33 points. At the end of a fine day it was soon time to concentrate on a ‘Cold-Un’ or two. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin John Davis (2) Landis Brooks Don Carmody
Long Put Tom Cotton John Anderson