Tropical Bert’s 25/03 & 28/03
Tuesday The 25th March 2014: Bangpakong ( Stableford) We like to play this Course once in a while, or sometimes twice in a while. Certainly if it was a little closer it would be played a little more often because it is very much liked by all who play it. They usually play well here.
So, all gathered in Bert’s for their breakfast or cup of coffee before an early get away. With it being a fair bit longer to get there we give it another 15 minutes and this got us comfortably to the Course with 20 or so minutes to spare, and a surprise since last time I was there, they had a vehicle to take us up the hill to reception.
The changing rooms here are as good as anywhere, but it was soon time to go out the back and find your caddie and your clubs. For the old hands the start is now located where the tenth used to be, it is however a fairly gentle start. The good thing about this Course is that it has good grass on the fairways, and the ball lies very well on the grass. The rough is not too penal and the chance of getting in real trouble is less than on most Courses.
So to the start and the tees here are set long, so we played off the yellow that is still over 6300 yards, plenty long enough for mere mortals. As said this Course is not as punishing as many but you still have to play well to score well. Golfers are generally either those who want to go out and suffer, or those who play to have a fine day out. We have both kinds and some who just want to get away from it all for a few hours. One thing here is that the greens are huge and some are really difficult and some quite fair.
However this Course does have a reputation of players coming in with good scores and so it seemed would happen on this day, with the weather also playing it’s part. Still it was very hot so maybe this would make the players struggle. Round over it was into the changing room and really first class showers.
The Restaurant here is upstairs and beware if you are used to the ones in the Courses closer to Pattaya. Check the menu closely or you will be left with a bigger bill than you expect as this is a ++ Restaurant and some of the meals are at Tourist prices. I suppose however with the Course such a fine walk around a little extra in the Restaurant should be expected.
The ride back was a bit bouncy as a lot of road work seems to be going on, so if you have a new car try to go with a friend. Back at Bert’s it was soon time to get on with the results and this was particularly important as a few players were in the running for The MBMG Group Golfer of The Month. The day produced some fine scores and it is indeed amazing how players seem to smile after a good scoring round as they usually play well here even if they do not win.
In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner with a great round was Andre Van Dyk with 44 points, Andre had 27 points on the back nine and I cannot remember anyone getting more than this in all the years I have run golf. In second was Mike Johns with 42 points ahead of Bob Britton in third with 39 points. In the B Flight the winner was Derek Brook with 39 points and also a fine back nine of 24 points. In second was Jack Robertson with 38 points and for third we had a 4 way countback on 37 points that saw Jim Ferris in third ahead of Dick Warberg, George King and Tom Cotton.
So to the MBMG Group Golfer of The Month and with his fine win on the day Andre Van Dyk stormed home. Well done Andre. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Mashi Bob Britton Mike Johns James Ferris
Dick Warberg Presents The MBMG Group Golfer of The Month to Andre Van Dyk
Flight Winners with one of Bert’s finest. Surprisingly the exact same winners as last Tuesday.
Friday The 28th March 2014: Treasure Hill ( Stableford) This is a Course that is usually on our schedule for a Friday and it has undergone a rather large amount of improvement in the last few years. So the golfers met at Bert’s nice and early for the long drive up there looking forward to a good day out.
The road up there is not as good as it once was so the drive up there can be a bit bumpy, however we got there in good time and were soon onto the first tee. The first and second can be a difficult start with the first a par 5 through a hazard on either side, then a par three that is normally over 200 yards and with a hazard on the left and a deep hollow on the right that is as bad as the left. Tough start.
Not that it gets any easier as this can be a brutal golf Course when the wind blows. Fortunately on this day the wind was a breeze and the cloud cover made it a great walk around. The greens were a little slow but the fairways were clean and reasonable to play off.
The good thing about the Course is that although it is tough, it is a real walk in the Country and all one can hear, apart from the bird noises, is silence. This is a very peacefull place to play. The Course was also reasonably quiet, other players wise, so the players were able to amble around at a good pace.
The Restaurant here is a bit basic, but the food is reasonable and good prices, and then it is into transport for the drive back.
At Bert’s it was soon time for the results and to realise the hot form of AVD was not over. The winner on the day was Andre Van Dyk with a fine 40 points.Then back in the dust we had a countback on 34 points that saw Walter Baechli in second, Tom Herrington in third and David Nicholson in fourth. Then it was another countback on 33 points that saw Brian Parish in fifth and Steve Hamstad just losing out.
Then it was time to sit and admire this ‘ grate golfer’ while he told us all how he has done it for the last two weeks. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Tom Herrington (3) Doug Maiko
Andre tells how it is done.