Tropical Bert’s 3/1/14
Friday The 3rd January 2014: Pattavia Century (Stableford) Whilst the ‘Tourists’ may be down?, as we go around the Country, there is certainly no shortage of players who want to have a game of Golf. As soon as the list goes up for the next game it is full up, and usually we have to limit the number who go. Once you have booked a number of tee times with a Course, you are really obliged to take that number of players, and the ‘Organisers‘ find it difficult to say how many players will wish to play, sometimes up to 2 Months ahead of time. Well that is my excuse. I have to say the Courses are usually pretty good and you can usually slip in a group or two. But the word is usually.
On this day we had to phone the Course up to ask if we could take a couple of Groups extra, and thankfully they said ‘Yes’, so Bert’s was packed out in the early morning as all the players turned up. Soon it was time to go as the Course had told us to turn up early to get the extra groups in, so we did. The last bit of the drive there is still fraught with danger as the 331 is full of potholes and once you turn off the 331 to the Course, the road gets really bad. Care is advised and you will need a car wash when you get back.
The building of the new Clubhouse seems to be going well, but in the meantime some work has been done on the old Clubhouse. You can now get air conditioning in there, and the lockers have been doubled in size, but still leave a lot to be desired. Some extra showers and toilets, it seems, have been added.
We got to the start early as instructed, but a build up meant we actually got off a little late. Still all our groups got away. First view of the Course was positive, the first fairway was in good condition and we were soon on the green. That is where the problems started. The green was fast and the ball seemed to go where it wanted, some with the bend went off the green, would this be the way ahead for the rest of the round.
For the rest of the round we all saw the improvement that have been done at this Course. The bunkers are now clean and raked, where once they were a wilderness!!. The fairways are good and you can get a fair lie, and the greens are to put it delicately, different. Even though you are on the green, be careful, as they are so made that the ball seems to go at right angles at times. Sometime when you chip on you can get your line totally wrong.
The major drawback is as usual the rough which is covered with grassless brown bare sand patches. Seeing the improvements that have gone on so far here I have no doubt that this area will be sorted out, but I fear it will take some time, and even though these areas are in the rough, to save your golf club from damage at the base, I think a rule to declare these areas G.U.R. needs to be implemented. Mind as we now know this is a problem area ‘Organisers’ can make it a rule of the Competition/
It was somehow a long day, but a fine one with good weather, if a bit hot So back to the changing room where it was a bit packed for the golfers, we still had three chairs and managed but the new Clubhouse will solve this. I hope it solves the major problem, no hot water and the cold water was indeed very cold. Takes you back a bit. Then into the Restaurant area which is now enclosed and air conditioned. So essentially does away with the flies that used to be plentiful in this Restaurant. The food was now eatable as you did not have to ward of the Flies all the time. Well done the Course.
Once again the drive back entailed great care as the road is full of surprises. Still back at Bert’s, with a packed bar we were soon into the results which were as expected quite low, In the A Flight, 0 to 19, the winner was Tony Scamber with 33 points ahead of a countback on 32 points that saw Walter Baechli in second and Steve Hamstad in third. We then had a countback on 31 points that saw Rob Brown in fourth and John Carlton just losing out. In the B Flight we had the one golfer who beat his handicap as winner when Daryl Evans won with 37 points. In second was Tom Cotton with 33 points from Graham Buckingham in third with 32 points and Barry Elphick in fourth with 31 points.
The changes made to the Course make this now an enjoyable visit. There are still areas to be dealt with but well done the Course. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin John Carlton Brian Parish (2) Richard Kubicki Daryl Evans Barry Elphick John Marrit
Long Put Rob Brown Brian Parrish Mike O’Brien
Tony Scamber with Daryl Evans