The Golf Club we 06/06

The Wonders of Wangjuntr!

Ellison, Rothwell, Rogers & Barfield…so close yet so far!

Ellison, Rothwell, Rogers & Barfield…so close yet so far!

 

Reminder! Before we get started, don’t forget that we have a Road Trip up to Kabinburi for a one-nighter with 2 rounds of golf on Wed. June 18th, so drop by or email us to sign up.

Monday 2nd – Rayong Green Valley – Stableford – White tees.
1st – Henry O’Brien (22) 42 points
2nd – Allan Rothwell (8) 37 points
3rd – Andy Makara (25) 36 points

Back to the comforts of our normal routine and the regular TGC Monday venue of Rayong Green Valley. Things are settled down now that the Singha Tournament is finished and it is back to business as usual at our home course.

Andy Makara joined us again and shot to his handicap for third place. Allan Rothwell had another consistent round and today he posted a 37 for 2nd place and yet another podium position. But it was the legendary Scotsman Henry O’Brien who had his day in the sun this Monday. Henry scored a whopping 42 Stableford points to easily lead the field and snatch those handsome man vouchers once again. Go on my son!

Wednesday 4th – Wangjuntr Highlands – 2-Man Scramble – White tees.

1st – Allan Rothwell – Peter Rogers (Team h’cap 11) 58 net
2nd – Rusty Barfield – Steve Ellison (Team h’cap 8) 61 net

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, what a great day this was. This was not just another round of golf, but truly an adventure into the wilds of Thailand. Wangjuntra (meaning Moon Palace) is a golfing experience like no other (can I buy a vowel?) and you really do owe it to yourself to spend the extra time and effort to play here. With a PSC rate of 1,600 baht fee for green fee, caddy and buggy, it is also great value for money now that we are in the low season.

It is just under a 90 minute drive to get here, but well worth it. This is a vast complex, and the owners choose to call this a “Golf & Nature Park” which is a fair description of this resort tucked up in the hills of Rayong province, behind Greenwood. This is not an easy golf course, and the 2-Man Scramble format was the correct choice of competitions on this frustrating track. There are some golf shots required here that you have never even seen before, shots you have never used before, and imagination that is put to the test like no other. I would rate the condition of the course at 9.5 out of 10 which is quite amazing for a project of this size and location.

Another beautiful vista at Wangjuntr Golf & Nature Park.

Another beautiful vista at Wangjuntr Golf & Nature Park.

Once you get past the pro shop for payments and locker room requirements, you are trucked up the mountain about a mile, going through 2 security gates reminiscent of Jurassic Park. They protect you from the deer, ostrich and cattle raised here. You then change over to a standard golf buggy that your caddy will navigate another 600 yards to the first of many elevated tees. The views are both breathtaking and impressive. The first hole par-4 offers an indication of things to come, as the straightforward fairway drops off 60 yards down that tempts the long hitters to go for the green. This is exactly what you want for a scramble, and the Barfield-Ellison combo saw Rusty pop his drive out 290 yards to leave a 25 footer for eagle! The “2” did not happen but a birdie for both teams was a great start to the day.

Peter Rogers did his fair share of scoring as his putter was red hot on the front nine and Allan could only declare “I don’t even need to putt!” but Rothwell had his driver tuned in and the both were an unbeatable combo that ham – and – egged beautifully when required.

The highlight of the day would have to be on the blind shot par-3 15th hole to an elevated green, Rusty Barfield found his ball on the green just 3 inches from the hole in one! He obviously just teed it up in the wrong place.

With some of holes named “Himalaya” and “Beautiful Beast” it is a good indication of the challenges ahead. You are crazy if you do not at least try this golf course. Sure, there are a couple of holes that go to the extreme, but how many courses have you played where you love every hole on the track? Go there, and have a good time. Who knows, you may even bump into a bespectacled, white-bearded Sir Richard Attenborough greeting you at the gate!

Friday 6th – Pattavia Century – Stableford – White Tees

1st – Allan Rothwell (7) 34 points
2nd – David Ferris (25) 31 points
3rd – Phil Smedley (9) 29 points

It has been a couple of months since we played here at Pattavia, so it was good to see the continued improvements on this classic Nick Faldo track. The clubhouse is now finished and, albeit small, she is perfectly formed, which is all one could ask.

It was reported the course condition was 9 out of 10 even with the little rainfall we have had of late and the general consensus was that we need to keep this on our monthly playlist as all 14 golfers were positive in their feedback. Even the road in has had pothole improvements!

This was Allan Rothwell’s farewell round, and the New Yorker finished it in style taking yet another podium finish to finish his week 3 for 3 with is win here today. It is time to say goodbye for the summer to Allan as he heads back to the States after a 4 month break in Pattaya.

Allan won the Monthly Medal last week and has had a great run, and also claimed his “Man of the Mountain” victory up in Khao Yai over Songkran. Thanks for joining us buddy and have a good trip back. And thanks to all who joined us for another great week of golf in Pattaya, the Home of Golf in Thailand!

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