Tropical Bert’s 04/06 &07/06
Tuesday The 4th June 2013: Khao Kheow ( Stableford) The question when we got back was ’Did it rain’ and the answer was yes it absolutely poured it down, and we got soaked. You tend to forget that it does chuck it down here at times after months of hot weather, and you hope it will not be you, but we suspected it might be when we booked in and were told that there were no carts allowed off the path as it had rained for days on end at the Course. However we are always optimistic.
So after booking in, off we went on the test for the day, The A & C Nines. I suspected that was what we would play as the B Nine is dug up. There is however a lot of progress and B9 looks close to completion. Back to the golf and the A nine was soaked but we splashed on, but it soon became obvious that the storm clouds were gathering. As we started A6 it started to rain and we soon had to make a dash for the rest stop, which was packed. It rained really hard for quite a while, but as soon as we were able we were able we got underway.
The Course by this time was soaked, but we had played the green fee so we battled on. It soon got hot and humid and underfoot was a bit, well a lot, sloshy, but we did not have to rush as we found ourselves behind a few five balls. Still the Course was playable and the greens not too bad, and as it was lift clean and place we could at least play with a clean ball!!
It was a long round, and we finished wet and a few were a bit upset at the slow pace, still, a great day out. So into the changing rooms and a good shower soon put us right for a bite to eat in the Restaurant. The food is pretty good here and the view is fine. Then into cars and back to Bert’s.
Back at Bert’s it was soon time for the presentation. In the A Flight, 0 to 19, the winner was Max Scott with 38 points ahead of Derek Brook in second with 37 points. In third was Brian Parish with 36 points. In the B Flight we saw the difference a difficult day on the Course can have and how it can affect the results. The scores in the B Flight were not as good but you only have to beat the rest to win. The Winner of the B Flight was Daryl Evans with 32 points on countback over Geoff Bracegirdle. In third was Mick Coglan with 30 points ahead of Max Bracegirdle and Paul Alford.
Of course a day on the Golf Course deserves to be rounded of with a few ‘Cold Ones’, so we did.
Near Pin Paul Sharples Max Scott Mashi Brian Parish
Friday The 7th June 2013: Treasure Hill (Stableford) A small group gathered to go to the Course. This being the ‘Low Season’ I am never surprised how many turn up, it ranges from overfull when players wake up, to a few when they stop in bed!!!.
One of the good things about a relatively small group is that it is easy for the ‘Organiser’ to run things. Also there seems to be a lighter atmosphere, give me 3 or 4 groups anytime to 6 or 7 groups. So into cars and off we went, to arrive and find that the Course was not packed out. So a quick change and onto the first tee. The Course is in good condition and has had a lot of work done on it over the last few months. Several trees are where they did not use to be and make a difficult Course much harder. However the greens were not particularly fast on the day.
Round over and after a shower, it was into the Restaurant. A reasonable Restaurant without reaching the heights of most places, it still produces good food at a good price. Then it was into cars and realise we had not had a rain stoppage, lucky us.
Back at Bert’s and with a lesser number we were soon into the presentation and realised the Course had won. The winner with 35 points was Brian Parish ahead of Henry O’Brien in second with 32 points.Mark West was in Third with 31 points on countback over John Harrison in fourth.
Then as is usual we sat and had a few. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Mashi Mark West Dick Warberg Mike O’Brien