The Growling Swan 3/7

 Thursday, 3rd July – Crystal Bay, A & C – Stableford

 Gerd & Bob Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

A late inclusion brought our total up to 24 for the game at Crystal Bay and we assembled at the bar in readiness for the drive North up Sukhumvit. We handed out welcomes to Tom Queen from Mandurah in Western Australia, Hugh O’Donnell from Spain/USA, Takeshi Hakozaki from Japan & Peter Bye from “who knows where”. Everyone was on time so our 2 minivans were able to depart on time at 8.30 am and after the usual lengthy delays at the Sriracha traffic lights we arrived at the course 50 minutes later. The golf course was quiet as expected and we were told that it was to be C & A nines in that order and we could start when we ready. Our first four ball organized themselves and we teed off on C1 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am with the sun shining and very little breeze. The course was in very good shape although the greens were somewhat “patchy” but posed very few problems for most. With no-one ahead of us we proceeded at a good pace and after stopping once or twice for cold drinks we soldiered on in the heat and finished the complete round in four hours & fifteen minutes. Once again a very enjoyable round of golf with very good company on a quality course.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 15 and Division B for golfers on handicaps of 16 and over with four places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on all the par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.

It was very tight at the top of A Division with 3 golfers scoring 38 points and the count back resulted in the win going to the “in form” Gerd Riedler (20 point back nine) with second place being awarded to Ebrahim (19 point back nine) and Geoff Bracegirdle (18 point back nine) was third. With 2 golfers on 37 points another count back was required and it saw fourth place going to your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (19 point back nine) with Steve Truelove (17 point back nine) just missing out. Bob Akapita was the winner in B Division with 38 points and second place went to Russell Calcutt who had 37 points. In third place was Eric “Judge” Black with 36 points and Andrew “Turtle” Allen was fourth with 34 points.

Results for Crystal Bay:  


   Division A – 0 to 15

1st –Gerd Riedler (8) – 38 points

2nd – Ebrahim (13) – 38 points

3rd – Geoff Bracegirdle (15) – 38 points

4th – Peter Blackburn (12) – 37 points

Division B  – 16 & over

1st – Bob Akapita (16) – 38 points

2nd – Russell Calcutt (35) – 37 points

3rd – Eric Black (16) – 36 points

4th – Andrew Allen (32) – 34 points


A5 – Gerd Riedler

A8 – Andrew Allen

C4 – Steve Truelove

C7 – Bob Akapita


A9 – Geri Crilly

C9 – Steve Truelove

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 Growling Swan Mine Host Peter Grey and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Andrew then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at the bar we settled in for some refreshing coldies and after constantly being reminded of Russell’s birdie on A8 we discussed the day’s events in detail with what was & what could have been. Another great day of golf with The Growling Swan.

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 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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