The Golf Club we 04/04

The Golf Club write-up for 31st March – 4th April

Steve Ellison

Goodbye and farewell Mr. Livingstone.

 We had a sad, but inevitable, telephone call this last weekend that brought the news of the passing of our great friend, Mr. Richard Livingstone. Richard lived and breathed golf all his life, as a European Tour pro in the 70’s, he played in 4 Open Championships (once with Gary Player) and probably gave more lessons to Pattaya golfers than anyone else. As we all know, Richard came from that fine generation of English Gentlemen golfers that is a vanishing breed of humility and gentle charm. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Livingstone. We will raise our Sangsom & Coke to your passing, Sir, and may you Rest in Peace.

Monday 31st – Rayong Green Valley – Stableford – White tees.

1st – Paul Greenaway (12) 42 points

2nd – Brian Green (15) 36 points

3rd – Bill Eyles (24) 35 points

3rd – Mark Wood (8) 35 points

5th– Andy Makara (26) 33 points

 

Good ole Green Valley is our only regular fixture and every Monday the signup sheet is full of locals and tourists alike for this popular venue. The new scorecard showed a revamped hole configuration that we hope will be the last change for awhile! Most of the gang finished in the dry but the last few groups got a bit of a dousing, but in this heat that’s not such a bad thing!

 

Our 8 tee times ended up being 9 and so the game was afoot. There were the usual suspects of course, some guys have been playing this game and this course for so long they can go ‘round with their eyes closed! Mark Wood has been in the frame on a very consistent basis on this trip out, and today was no exception. Today he shared 3rd place with Wild Bill Eyles as both turned in cards of 35. Tourist Brian Green (with his lovely Russian wife Angia) was also good for the podium as he was last week and 36 points were good enough for sole second.

 

Beating the huddled masses by a whopping 6 strokes, it was Paul Greenaway who added to his paycheck with a terrific round of 41 points to take the win. Mr. “Take it Easy” did just that as he strolled off with all the handsome man vouchers on this Monday afternoon, well played mate!

 

Wednesday 2nd – Laem Chabang – Stableford – White tees.

 

1st  – Alan Rothwell (7) 41 points

2nd – Peter Larsson (14) 36 points

3rd – Mark Wood (8) 35 points

 

It has been yonks since we last set foot here. Today we booked our 3:30 tee time to try our hand at the Night Golf facility that Laem Chabang offers. We played the A course first, and by the 12th hole, the massive floodlights came on like another morning sunrise to light up the B track. The verdict was generally a good one, but on certain shots the hard shadows were a bit difficult to deal with. The great benefit of cooler weather was certainly a bonus, and the 1,950 baht all in price was also a sweetener.

 

This is still a beautiful golf course in perfect condition. I think that Laem Chabang has been overshadowed by the grander Siam complex of golf courses, but don’t forget that for years L.C. was ranked in the top 10 Asian courses by Golf Digest.

 

Today it was all Alan Rothwell, as our American friend had the best round of his trip out so far as he shot to 41 Stableford points with 2 blobs on the card! Peter Larsson and Mark Wood were 2nd and 3rd respectively with respectable scores of 36 and 35 under the lights.

 

Friday 4th – Khao Kheow – Stableford – Yellow tees

 

1st  – Masao Ishikawa (15) 35 points

2nd – Jimmy Dundon (15) 34 points 

3rd – Stefan Berg (3) 31 points

 

This Pete Dye golf course is one of the best we have in Pattaya, and now is probably the best value as well. The guys were raving about the course so it will be on our playlist throughout the summer months. That said, it is one of the more difficult golf courses in the area, and the scores reflected that challenge.

 

The podium today was very international with Japan, America and Sweden all represented and we like to have that diversity in our comps. Ishi is his nickname and Masao Ishikawa is the man on top today as 35 points were enough to beat out 18 golfers for first place. Ishi is winging his way back to Japan this week for the beautiful blossoming of the Sakura (Cherry) trees that is the tradition there. He is back in June for another summer of golf.

 

New York’s Jimmy Dundon is playing good golf these days and today he was just one shot behind to take second. Stefan Berg, playing off just a 3 handicap, stole the last podium slot with his 31 on the day. Thanks to all who joined us this week for some great golf in Pattaya.

 

The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and is located on Soi LK Metro. We broadcast all Premier League, UFC, NFL, NHL and NBA games and our kitchen is open from 07:00-22:30 with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya.com  and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome! 

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