Tropical Bert’s 7/1 & 10/1
Tuesday The 7th January 2014: Crystal Bay ( Stableford) With the PSC Club Championship being on, and many of our players taking part in it, we scheduled a reduced number of players to attend the day. These numbers soon filled up so we met at Bert’s on the morning to find we were as usual, very full.
So with a full list, off we went to the Course. The drive down there was remarkably slow as the traffic seemed much denser and the road packed. We did however battle on and arrived at the Course in time to get to the first tee on time. Surprisingly the tee was empty so off we went a few minutes early on the C Nine. This is a tough nine, but as I have said many times, this used to be my favourite Course for many years. It is still up there in my favourite Courses but has faded a bit for me.
So to the round, and the first thing that we saw was that we had a big wind with us for the day, whilst it was behind we had good distance, but head into in and problems occurred. Still it is the same everywhere, I do not like a strong wind. Never have never will. So with wind on the first, behind, off we went. The first thing that was noticed was that the fairways were in reasonable condition, I do not see too many fairways so I notice. The second was that the greens were very fast although the greens were not in the the best of condition.
As the round went on we found if anything the greens continued to be in poor condition and many patches of different grass was seen, so you would put over a fast green and be pulled up by a rough green bit of coarse grass. Confusing. The A nine followed and confirmed my thoughts of the front nine. One area the Course is definitely failing these days is that there are a lot of brown patches in the rough and I do not remember these in the past. Mind the fairways seemed to be good all around the Course. However all in all this is still a fine Course and well worth playing.
The shower were nice and hot and the towels were good so we emerged from the changing room in a good mood. Happy days. The Restaurant is a bit dowdy, however you get well looked after and the food is quite cheap, if it is not top quality. So back to the bar.
We started the drive back just about the right time for the schools to be coming out, so being a smarty, I decided to come back via Bangpra and route 7. Wow was that a mistake as the road was jammed and at times the traffic came to a stop. We even nearly came to a mishap as some vehicle had dropped its load right in the middle of the road and only keeping a gap from the car in front and a swerve allowed me to miss it. How the cars behind dealt with the situation I have no idea, but probably some truck crushed it.
Back at Bert’s it was soon time for the results. In the A Flight the winner was Richard Kubicki with 38 points ahead of a countback for second on 36 points that saw Mark West in second, Landis Brooks in third and Derek Brook just losing out. In the B Flight the winner was Graham Buckingham with 38 points ahead of Dick Warberg in second with 36 points and a countback for third on 35 points saw Carole Kubicky in third and John Marritt and Tom Cotton just losing out. It was then time to relax. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin John Marritt AVD (2) Tom Cotton
Long Put Dave Cooper Mark West
Friday The 10th January 2014: Pleasant Valley (Stableford) So we went to Pleasant Valley, if you play Golf here there is no reason for me to describe the place, but I will try to explain it in general. It is a Golf Course squeezed, seemingly, into too small a space where the owners, or staff, have tried to make the best of what they have got. The fairways are generally too close but by carefully growing trees in the correct place they have made it safer than it used to be. It has become a fair Golf Course with a new Club House.
This is a Course that players hold diverse views on but my thoughts have changed since the first time I went there and over all I think it is now a really good day out. The fairways are fine, the greens are good and the rough can be the next fairway at times, so all in all a fine day out.
One thing that has been true, for me, is that I always seem to get the caddy you do not want, the new one who knows nothing and should be sent out under instruction. We all, after all, need to learn and have to start somewhere. Unfortunately they seem to throw the new caddy in at the deep end. And we have some golfers who are at the deep end and are not sympathetic. Difficult for the new caddy and difficult for the Golfer. There must be a solution and the one I see is sending the new caddy out with a seasoned caddy. Nuff said.
Back at Bert’s time for the results.In the A Flight, 0 to 20, the winner was Alan Sullivan with 36 points ahead of a countback on 35 points that saw Richard Kubicki in second and Andre Van Dyk in third. In fourth was Dick Warberg with 32 points. In the B Flight the winner was Tom Cotton with 37 points with Karen Brown in second with 33 points. In third was John Marritt with 32 points and in fourth was Graham Buckingham with 30 points. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin AVD Walter Baechli Daryl Evans
Long Put Alan Sullivan
Flight Winner with one of Bert’s finest.