Tropical Bert’s 14/03
Friday The 14th March 2014: Pleasant Valley ( Stableford) This Course is a pleasant stroll at most times, however when it rains a little it can become quite difficult. On this day we decided to play the Blue Tees that sometimes make the Course a little exciting when you are hitting over waterSome of the par 3’s are over water so can be quite tricky, however with plenty of spare balls in the bag you can usually get over. On this day playing off all the blues we took on all the water carries, and it was not too bad actually, as said, with a clean strike most players can clear more than they think, or maybe not. Amazing how the same distance over the water as over land and the ball does not go as far.
There were some very wet areas around the Course but there was grass under the ball on the fairways and the greens were consistent. All in all the Course was in good condition and we managed to get around fairly well in about 4 hours 30 minutes.
We were back at Bert’s early and so could get ion with the results a bit early. The winner on the day was Andre Van Dyk with a 38 points on countback over Doug Maiko in second. In third was Takeshi Hakozaki with 36 points ahead of Tom Herrington in fourth with 35 points. We then had a three way countback for 5th on 30 points that saw Dick Warberg in fifth and Brian Gabe and Paolo De Grandis just missing out. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Henry O’Brien Doug Maiko Graham Buckingham Tom Herrington
Winner and Runner up with One Of Bert’s Finest
Tuesday The 11th March 2014: Greenwood (Stableford) We have been to this Course so many times that all the readers should know all about this Golf Course already. We have also driven up there so many times that the state of the roads and the way to get there, and back, should also be know, so I think on this day I will just report on what was totally different!!. Sadly not much.
At Bert’s at the last moment a couple of players did not turn up. This was sad for me as I had to travel up there with Mashi with only two people in his car. Now while this may not seem a major problem, it can be difficult for a couple of reasons and on this day it was. .So one person short means I sit in the front, that means on the way back I have to try to stop awake and that is very difficult with Jack snoring in the back and Mashi going over every bump he can find. Fortunately his seatbelts are fine so I tend to test them as I drop off. Mashi very kindly says he has never had quieter passengers. Ever The Japanese gentleman. On the way there Mashi always goes a different way, this time the ‘Bumpy, Bumpy’ road, to see if it is still ‘Bumpy’ and yes it is.
At the Course we were to play the B & C Nines, but we have played them before, many times and as usual it was a great day out. The car park was fairly quiet so as we stood on the first tee I was sure we would get around fast, so sent the three balls off first. They got around very fast. Suffice to say the Course is still good value and worth a visit. One good thing I found on this round is that on a couple of par 3’s they even moved the hole closer to my ball and even allowed one put to drop in to give me a birdie. Nice people.
Mashi did not come back on the ‘Bouncy, Bouncy, road so it was quite a pleasant drive back, but he still found the bumps because I suspect there are so many now and not because he wanted to wake me up. A real gentleman is our Mashi.
Back at Bert’s it was soon time for the results.The A Flight, 0 to 19, had the better scores. The winner with 38 points was Mark West ahead of a countback with 36 points that saw ‘The Countback Loser’ Tom Herrington actually win countback and come second. In third was Mashi Kaneta with AVD just missing out. In the B Flight the winner was Jim Ferris with 38 points ahead of Derek Brook in second with 32 points and Jack Robertson, suitably refreshed, in third with 31 points. Then time to relax and enjoy the hospitality of Tropical Bert’s.
Near Pin Derek Brook (2) AVD Bob Britton