The Growling Swan 25/01

Khao Kheow – Stableford

The Chipmunk and the Nut!

Normally it’s mad dogs and Englishmen who play golf in the Pattaya midday sun, but today’s game resembled something like the making of the movie, Ice Age 9.Thirty three golfers gathered at the Growling Swan with teeth chattering, some wearing reefer jackets and beanies.

At a refreshing 18C, it wasn’t exactly ‘Arctic Park’ at Khao Kheow, but you would have thought so. With a fresh breeze creating a chill factor, the complaining caddies were huddled in groups and Martin Todd looked like he had just returned from a frosty morning’s crayfishing in Mandurah.

We played C and A Nines in that order. The course, as always, was a pleasure to play and held it’s own against most of the field. Kevin Waycott wants to buy a new putter, but it is suggested that he waits until he has a chance to throw it first. John Anderson also had a rare day off, but he must understand that since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three.

Today’s scores were generally low, but Roy Dayton stopped complaining for a day and returned a fine score of 39 pts. The resilient Graham Rice and Alex Field had another day out and with most of the field struggling, Martin Todd, Alan Gibb and Ebrahim took advantage to glean podium finishes.


A Grade (0-16)
1st Martin Todd (10) 34pts
2nd Alan Gibb (7) 33pts
3rd Graham Rice (12) 31 pts c/b
B Grade (17+)
1st Roy Dayton (22) 39pts
2nd Alex Field (18) 37pts
3rd Ebrahim (17) 35pts
C3 Alex Field
C8 JJ Harney
A3 Alan Gibb
A6 Graham Rice
C9 Graham Rice
A9 Alex Field

Back at the bar, after several frothies, the chill factor subsided and host Peter Grey read out the winners with great mirth.
Martin Todd, Ian Bell, Alan Gibb, Neil Bramley and Simon Tapster were welcomed in the usual manner.

Today’s game certainly was a pleasant change from the usual sultry playing conditions in Pattaya. All that was missing was the chipmunk (Scrat) with his acorn. Then again, there was an Irishman present with much resemblance.

Finally, to all the Aussies in Pattaya ….. Happy Australia Day!
In the photo from L to R; Roy Dayton, D-for & Martin Todd.

For some serious golf with a dash of fun, the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 0861 503086.
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10 am same time for open grass bowling at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.

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