The Golf Club we 15/03

Kabinburi Ken has a winning week!
Monday 11th – Rayong Green Valley – Stableford- White tees.

1st – Mike Newbert (14) 39 points
2nd – Andy Kasinen (15) 37 points
3rd – Henry O’Brien (20) 36 points
3rd – Martin Grimoldby (3) 36 points

Mike Newbert, Henry O’Brien with Martin Grimoldby

Firstly, thanks to Peter Hynard for helping us out with herding the cats last week while Phil was back in Oz. And to Phil, welcome back mate, hope you had a good time back home.

He was second here last week with 39 points, and once again today with 39 points, but this day it was for the win. Mike Newbert, aka The Montauk Mauler, took top spot and his consistency was rewarded with a 2 shot victory. His game is definitely coming around and is getting used to winning these days. Andy K had a great day and turned in 37 points while that legendary Scottish golfer Henry O’Brien (what did he say?) was tied for third shooting his handicap, as did Martin (I’m not from Monaco) Grimoldby.

It was another fine day of golf at Green Valley as the course was in perfect condition.

Tuesday 12th – Kabinburi Sports Club – White Tees

1st – Ken Aihara (6) 40 points
2nd – Don Bland (4) 38 points

Wednesday 13th – Kabinburi Sports Club – Yellow Tees

1st – Ken Aihara (6) 38 points
2nd – John Emmerson (14) 36 points

Ken Aihara celebrates with Koy, Nat and Ying!

Time once again for a road trip and what better place than Kabinburi and the Kantary Hotel. This is a first class facility that everyone raves about, especially now that they have the bunkers sorted out. The hotel is the best we have on our travel roster, and some were lucky enough to be upgraded to a 2 bedroom suite! On this drive out, I noticed a grade that seemed to be all uphill on the way out and all downhill on the way back. I thought I would use the ever so handy google maps and discovered it is a mere 12 metre elevation change from the sea level town of Pattaya. It did seem cooler there though.
We had a 2 day Stableford, white tees (6,652 yds.) on Tuesday and yellow tees (6,241 yds.) on the Wednesday. In case you haven’t heard, the Kato tees, named after the course designer, are 8,075 yds., believed to be the longest in Thailand. Heard of any longer? Yoshikazu Kato has also done the layouts for Treasure Hill here in Pattaya and Blue Canyon down in Phuket. The course was in great shape and there were no complaints- I mean constructive criticism- whatsoever.
The weather was absolutely perfect for golf and the course was in stunning condition, with parts of the fairway looking like a proverbial carpet. What a deal this place is for 2,900 baht for 2 green fees, 5-star hotel with a lovely buffet breakfast. As the Kantary was built for the Japanese executives working in the area, it excels at Japanese cuisine which made our pals Ken Aihara and Masao Ishikawa very happy indeed. Oishi, desu ney? Maybe that’s why Ken played so well, powered by his miso-shiro soup.

Friday 15th – Phoenix – Stableford, White tees.

Mark Wood has a beer with Billy Eyles.

1st – Ken Aihara (6) 38 points
2nd – Mark Wood (8) 36 points
3rd – Bill Eyles (25) 34 points

This is getting to be like a broken record. It is Ken, yet again! Aihara-san is the most consistent golfer around, and he does this with a 230-240 yard drive, so that should give many of you out there some comfort in the fact that you don’t have to be a big hitter to win. Hey McHugh, are you listening? Now those 2 guys in a 2-man scramble would be dangerous!

All credit to Ken, he has established a very legitimate handicap over the months, usually stays out of trouble in the rough, and has a great short game which has no fear of the bunkers.

It is also good to see our Scottish buddy Mr. Mark Wood back on the podium. Mark is another guy who has his game together and a lovely golf swing. Having grown up in Scotland with a golf club in his hand, he is at home both on the course and in the bar. Billy Eyles is back from Blighty once again and streaks to 3rd with a 34 point round. Bill is off next week to head back home for the English summer and hopes to join us full time soon.

Phoenix received top reviews from the gang, and being one of the closest courses to town, we got back at a reasonable time, which always makes Captain Phil happy.

Thanks to all who joined us this week for more golf in paradise.

Don’t forget our annual Songkran trip to Khao Yai! We leaving here on the 15th and returning to Pattaya on the 20th of April. This is our yearly escape from the madness of the ever so long water dousing that has become an intolerable facet of the calendar here in Pattaya. See all the details on our page, but the deal is 5 nights hotel with breakfast and 4 rounds of golf for just 10,500 baht. You can also sign up at Rich Man Poor Man in Jomtien and speak to our buddy Eddie.

The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and is located on Soi LK Metro. We usually play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so come join us for a seriously fun day out. 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 and for more information mail us: and see updates at… all handicaps welcome!

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