Tropical Bert;s 16/07
Tuesday The 16th July 2013: Phoenix (Stableford) This Course is in many respects the closest to Pattaya for the general golfer and thus is usually fairly heavily used. The drive there is very straight forwa
rd and one can get there in quick time. The layout consists of three nine holes and on this day we were to play the Mountain and Lake Nines.
The drive down there on this day was fairly straight forward with the traffic being fairly quiet. and with the book in being quick we were on the practice tee well in advance of our time. It did however give us time to practice our putting, something we do not normally have the chance to do.
Onto the start on the Mountain, we found the ground soft but not soft enough for any special rules to be brought in. So off we went pretty much on time as one would expect here, This is a Course where there are so many warnings about that one can be bemused, and amused, by many of them. On this day the warnings were not needed, we were all good boys, probably because it rained most of the time and we needed to keep going.
It started to rain half way through the first nine, but we battled on and got wet. It reminded one of a rainy day on the Course in U.K. It just rained, not heavy but consistent, so we plowed on. It made the day difficult as the fairways were a bit soggy and started to pick up mud, the rough got difficult and hard to get out of, and the greens became unpredictable. A difficult day.
Showered I went down to the Restaurant to find as expected that very few of our players were there, as they usually all are at other Courses. The few who were commentated on the fact that they enjoyed the food and the prices were now reasonable. It takes a long time to lose a dodgy reputation.
Back at Bert’s it was soon time for the results and I thank Gez Tracy for sponsoring the ‘Near Pins’. Also to Bert for ‘The Golfers Special’ of which Dick Warberg had two.The winner with 35 points was Dick Warberg ahead of Steve Hamstad in second on countback. In third was Mashi with 34 points ahead of Derek Brook in fourth on countback. In fifth was Daryl Evans with 32 points. Then it was time to cool down. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins Gary Lemon Mick O’Brien John Hackett
Winner with Golfers Special