Tropical Golf 04/09

Pleasant Valley – Stableford

Top Cat Nips the Field!

With a fair number of the regular players taking advantage of the Hua Hin Golf specials, we decided to book Pleasant Valley. It has been quite awhile since we had been there with all the good deals on offer during the low season and thus it seemed a good idea to check out the condition of a course we usually play often during the high season. With a small group setting off from BJ’s Holiday Lodge, we were quickly up the 7 and quickly checked in arriving to a nearly deserted parking lot. On the first tee 30 minutes early and checking the condition of the course it was decided to play the ‘Blue’ tees except for #12 where we would play from the ‘White’ tee due to the carry over the water hazard. This decision was met with a couple of groans but all did tee it up and off we went. There are a few holes on this course where the ‘Blues’ are quite long if the tees are located on the tee box listed on the card. However, it seems the course has realized that these holes, #8 and #14 in particular, are too long for the average player and so they place the ‘Blue’ markers on the ‘White’ tee box. Keeping track of the yardages from the tees played showed that we played a course within 20 yards of the yardage shown on the card for the ‘Blue’ tees, with a couple of tees moved back to compensate for those that have been moved forward.

Basically we found the course in good condition, with decent grass under the ball on the fairways and the greens running at a reasonable speed and true. Now, if the course would just get an adequate number of hazard stakes placed along the hazards all would be great. None the less, we made it around in right at 4 hours and although the skies threatened, the thunderstorm missed us and we were soon ready to head back down the 7 to for a snack, a drink, and the results of the day.
With no technical prizes on offer due to the small number of players, it was pretty simple for the organizer to sort things out and wouldn’t you know, one of the ‘Blue Tee Groaners’, “Top Cat” Tom Cotton(21) managed to nip the field turning in a fine 37 points. He was followed on the podium by Dick Warberg(19) with 36 points , and Gerd Riedler(7) with 33 points. We then settled down to set the world right with a couple of cold brew in hand.

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