The Growling Swan 10/10

Thursday, 10th October – Pleasant Valley – Stableford
Blacky & The Reverend On Top At The Valley!
The rain had ceased and it was a fine & sunny Pattaya Thursday morning as we made our way to The Growling Swan to prepare for our journey to the picturesque Pleasant Valley Golf Course. Three late inclusions boosted our numbers to 22 and we welcomed Ernie Picken from Melbourne and Ed Wyckoff, formerly from Texas, USA but now residing in Pattaya. Everyone showed up early so we were able to leave the GS in 2 mini vans five minutes ahead of our scheduled 8.30 am departure time and we arrived at the golf course just 41 minutes later. It was fairly quiet but as the green keeping staff were doing work on hole number 2 we were asked to tee off at hole number 10 which whilst not my favorite way of commencing a round of golf at least we were able to send our first four ball away 20 minutes early at 9.40 am. No carts allowed on the fairways so preferred lies were in place and understandably the course was very wet in parts but no big deal – it was just great to be out playing golf! The greens were fairly ordinary I must say with many of them not having a lot of grass but of course we learn to live with this and it’s the same for everyone. The weather was fine and at times quite hot and humid with dark clouds overhead and thunder being heard when we only had 2 holes to play but as usual it was a false alarm and the rain stayed away. The round was a fairly quick one, four hours & ten minutes and the excellent company made it a very enjoyable day.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 18 and Division B for handicaps 19 & over with 4 places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

In Division A there were 3 golfers with 34 points so a count back was required which saw your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (18 point back nine) make it two in a row from Mike Allidi (17 point back nine) in second place and Takeshi Hakozaki (16 point back nine) finished third. Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei was fourth with 33 points. Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge (21 point back nine) took out the Division B first prize with 35 points on a count back from John Davis (16 point back nine) in second place. Brad “Bad” Todd took out third place with 32 points and in another count back with 2 people on 30 points it was Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper (21 point back nine) who claimed fourth spot from Fred Dineley (16 point back nine) who just missed out.

Results for Pleasant Valley:

Division A – 0 to 18
1st – Peter Blackburn (11) – 34 points
2nd – Mike Allidi (2) – 34 points
3rd – Takeshi Hakozaki (11) – 34 points
4th – Alain Taddei (16) – 33 points

Division B – 19 & over
1st – Dick Braimbridge (36) – 35 points
2nd – John Davis (22) – 35 points
3rd – Brad Todd (19) – 32 points
4th – Sandy Leiper (35) – 30 points

5th – Takeshi Hakozaki
8th – Takeshi Hakozaki
13th – Takeshi Hakozaki
17th – Mike Allidi

9th – Mark West
18th – Mike Allidi

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 once again won by Niall Stuart and he accepted the award in good spirit. Brad Todd then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Then it was back to The Growling Swan and there was quite a good crowd in attendance who were enjoying the excellent facilities and non-stop chatter & mickey taking, plus of course the low priced, Aussie cold beers. Another great day in “paradise” and looking forward to the next round of golf.

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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