Tropical Bert’s 19/11 & 22/11

Tuesday the 19th November 2013: Green Valley (Stableford) So we are into the High Season and at this time of the year things tend to change. Usually the top Courses tend to go out of the general price range and we start to play some of the more realistic ones. In fact over the years some of the top Courses have gone into a mode that is beyond the understanding of mere mortals. Some gone for good. Recently one which really does not belong in the top strata.

But on this day we were due to play Green Valley who seemingly have decided to offer a decent green fee and pack the Course. And this is a good Course that all look forward to play, and the policy is a good one as I am sure the Golfers will support the Course. Well I was until we stood on the first tee. Even the second tee. And certainly the par 3’s.

The book in here is quick and we were soon onto the first tee, along with many others. The Course in their wisdom had reduced the time of Tee off to 6 minutes, and as anyone who plays golf knows that is tight. So we were, of course, off late and the starter was pushing players off as fast as he could. This was OK until we got to the second tee, where at one time we had three groups, we knew we were in for a long afternoon, and so it turned out. One of the things here is that you do not lose your temper, it is a total waste of time so we soldiered on.

The Course was in good condition and we had plenty of time to admire it on the way around, so I expected some good scores, only tempered by a strong wind. Good day despite the Course Marshals were out trying to chase players along with nowhere to go. Still there are worse ways to pass a day.

I usually sit in the German Restaurant as I like German food, and did so this day. Unfortunately I find the food there not as good as it used to be so had a Salad that was quite good. I think I will have to find a new place to have my Currywurst and Pommes Frites, maybe I can talk Bert into trying it.

Back late at Bert’s the Golfers soon tucked into the ‘Golfers Special’ of ‘Curry and Rice’ voted really good by all the players. Then onto the results. The winner with 37 points was Brian Gabe on countback over Bob Watson in second. In third was Brian Parish with 36 points and then we had Tom Herrington fourth on 35 points.

To finish the night Brian Gabe rang the bell, now winners often buy a drink but as Brian said, ‘You are not 60 every day’ so we wish him all the best on reaching this mile stone. And had a beer. Happy Birthday Brian. T.T.F.N.

Near Pin Dick Warberg Bob Watson Brian Parish (2)

Friday The 22nd November 2013 : Greenwood (Stableford) A good group went away to this Course. Whilst not the closest it is usually a straight forward drive there, and so it was on this day, but be careful as the road conditions are not the best. Once there it was a quick book in and off to the first tee.

The Course was in fine condition, what more can one say, if you know the Course you know how it was. We played the B & C Nines a good test of Golf. It is worth a drive out here to play a Course that is a relaxing walk around and a good test of golf. Fine weather as well, We have had worse days.

So round over it was into the Restaurant which also is good value and the food is good. Then the drive back and for some reason the road back always seems worse than the drive out . However we were soon back at Bert’s and Dick could get on with the results.

The winner with 37 points was Barry Oars on countback over Tom Herrington in second. In third was Steve Hamstad with 34 points ahead of Don Carmody in fourth with 33 points and Dick Warberg in fifth with 32 points. It does seem Tom Herrington is having a really hard time losing so many countbacks, we all feel really sad about it!!. T.T.F.N.

Near Pin Landis Brooks Max Scott Mick Coghlan

Winner and Runner Up

Winner and Runner Up

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