The Growling Swan 07/10

Monday, 7th October – Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Beware The Wounded Golfer!

It had been raining constantly all weekend and as I arrived at The Growling Swan it was still bucketing it down so things were not looking good. It wasn’t long before the phone calls started coming and the day’s golf came very close to being cancelled, but the determination & resolve of the 9 “true” golfers that had braved the rain to assemble at the bar prompted me to take a vote and it was unanimous – “let’s go to Mountain Shadow and check it out”. I personally was especially keen to play as I had been out for 2 weeks with a “crook” leg so we sent 1 of the 2 mini vans “home” and proceeded up No. 7 in fairly steady rain which abated when we were about half way there. It was a slower than normal journey because of the wet roads and heavy traffic but we arrived at the course 50 minutes later and as we arrived there were several caddies jumping up and down, obviously delighted at the prospect of earning some money because we were soon to find out that at that point we were the only ones there to play golf. There were 10 of us (9 in the mini van & Ebrahim who drove there) so it was 2 three balls followed by 1 four ball and as our first group hit off at 9.55 am we were surprised to see that the course appeared to have stood up to the rain extremely well. The golf course was indeed in very good “nick” considering the huge recent rainfall and we found it wet in parts but perfectly playable with the greens in immaculate condition. We did get a bit of rain during our round of three hours & forty five minutes but were very thankfull that we had made the decision to make the trip as we love our golf and once more the “Growling Swan Rain Gods” had shone down on us! Many thanks to all who showed up and I’m please that they were rewarded with an uninterrupted round of golf.

Due to the low numbers we had just the one grade with 4 places. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the par three 5th and the par three 17th and longest first putt on the18th green.

Your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn was ecstatic at finding a bit of form after a two week layoff and managed to win the day with a score of 37 points, 2 points ahead of Brad “Bad” Todd in second spot. A count back was required to determine third & fourth with 2 players on 32 points and it was Ebrahim (15 point back nine & 10 points on the last 6 holes) who took third from Mike “Hunter” Gosden (15 point back nine & 8 points on the last 6 holes) in fourth place.

Results for Mountain Shadow:

1st – Peter Blackburn (11) – 37 points
2nd – Brad Todd (19) – 35 points
3rd – Ebrahim (17) – 32 points
4th – Mike Gosden (13) – 32 points

5th – John Anderson
17th – No-one good enough

18th – Peter Blackburn

The Growling Swan NAGA Award, (awarded to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public) was won by newcomer John Anderson and he accepted the award in very good spirit. Max then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. We then retired to The Growling Swan for some low priced, Aussie cold beers and chatted away for a few hours while celebrating the fact that we had “beaten the rain” once again.

Growling Swan Golf, the home of friendly golf in Pattaya welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to

We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls. All are welcome and for anyone that is interested the transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10.00am on each of those mornings. For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005.

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