Tropical Bert’s 03/09 & 06/09
Tuesday The 3rd September 2013 Khao Kheow ( Stableford) Well we were off to Khao Kheow to play the B & C Nines. The B Nine has been closed for several months for renovation and has only just reopened so we were looking forward to playing it. So now I am told the A Nine is being rested and the areas that are in need of repair are in hand.
Naturally as we were going to K.K. to test out the new B Nine the list was more than full, and we were pleased!! to see we were to have several ‘Good’ players with us. It seemed like the near pins were to be under pressure. So we jumped into cars, and of course the van, and got underway to K.K.
Arriving there it was a quick change and out to the first tee, that just happened to be B1. The first thing was that it was still a bit wet, so lift, clean and place, was in operation. I remember this 9 holes being torn up for months while it was re-laid, and there are still many areas where G.U.R. is laid out, but you can see the improvements that have been made. Given time the B Nine will mature and become a fine test. For now some of the fairways have a little growing to do and the grass needs to thicken up. Still a fine test and the greens are also growing in so are not fast enough yet but still a test.
Then onto the C Nine that is as we all remember, and I have to say it is my least favourite of the three nines, probably because I play it so badly, as I indeed did on this day. A great front nine and an abysmal back nine left me quite disappointed. Call it a meltdown. Or Old Age. Still we had a great round and really enjoyed the day.
A quick bite in the Restaurant, which to me has great views and really good food, and then it was down to the transport and on our way home, with the thought that it looked like the Course had won again.
Back at Bert’s it was soon time to get the results underway. And we were to find that once again the Course had given the golfers a real good clobbering, except for one. In the B Flight we had the lower results, however the winner was that delightful Lady, Rita Zoebelli with 33 points on countback over Max Bracegirdle in second. In third was Barry Oats with 30 points. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, we had the best score as the Winner was Max Scott with 39 points, a good round indeed off such a low handicap. Then in a countback on 34 points Robert Prineas came second over Derek Brook in third.
Near Pin Paul Smith (2) Derek Brook Tom Harrington
Friday The 6th September 2013 Eastern Star (Stableford) This is a fine Course with a very tough reputation, so it was not a surprise that on a Friday the fear of a drive back on Friday night also had some effect on the numbers. However after a late muster at Bert’s it was a good drive down to the Course with relatively light traffic.
This Course is very well presented at the present and as such is well worth a visit. So it was a quick book in and onto the first tee. As said, the Course is in great condition, so not much to say negative, however a Course in great condition is not always one that produces great results.
If my memory serves, I always remember this as the most difficult Course to play a good round on for me. During the early years the par 5’s used to destroy me and it was very rare that I did not return a 7 on all of them. You have to hit constant good shots and a bad one will destroy you. A really fine and testing Course.
Traffic back was good for a Friday night and we were soon back in Bert’s trying his ‘Golfers Special’, which on this day was Pork Chop with the trimmings. Just an aside and good for me, Bert’s on a Friday is Fish and Chips, but he has introduced a ‘Fryday Night’. The object is that you can have several types of fish including Cod. Bit more but my type of fish.
Back to the results and as is usual, apart from one player, the The Course thumped the rest. The winner with 37 points was Max Bracegirdle ahead of Dick Warberg in second with 31 points and Mashi Kaneta in third with 30 points. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Max Bracegirdle (2)