By Lesley Warner
showing me how it’s done
I went to PolTony’s with friends and not much
enthusiasm, thinking that this would be child’s play ‘mini golf’.
Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong - there are 18 holes, all with
obstacles. The A holes aren’t too bad, but the B holes are much more
difficult. There are multiple humps to get over, corners to putt round,
small pipes to putt through and an impossible basket to putt into. (Well
impossible for me, even with instruction from Paul the ‘Pol’ from
PolTony’s). The mini golf is set among the trees in the lovely garden so
there is plenty of shade and places to sit down.
The game rules are:
1. The maximum number of strokes for every hole is 7. If
the ball is not holed after 7 strokes, then add 1 penalty point and write
down 8 points.
2. Every player will play in turn until the ball is holed
or the maximum points are reached.
you sure I can only have 7 shots?
3. After every player in the same group has played the
hole, every body will move onto the next hole.
4. If the ball stops against a red border, you may place
the ball 5 cm/6 inches from this red border and play from there.
5. If the ball is hit out of the field, it shall be
placed 15cm/6inches from the border where the ball left and add 1 penalty
6. If the ball is hit out of the field and rolls back on
to the field, it will be played from the place it lies and add 1 penalty
7. There are two kinds of holes, marked with an A or a B
Holes with an A (Normal Hole): The first stroke is played
from the red carpet and the following strokes are played from where the ball
don’t believe these scores
Holes with a B (Obstacle Hole): These holes have a red
line in the field. The first stroke must be played from the red carpet. You
must pass the red line in the field. If not, you have to play again from the
red carpet. You have 3 attempts to pass the red line in the field. If you do
not pass the red line after 3 attempts, you have to place the ball on the
blue spot behind the red line, play from there and add 1 penalty point.
From these rules you can tell this is just as competitive
as any other sport. It’s good fun and even got me, old misery guts on that
day, laughing. Paul told me it takes about 40 minutes to get round the
course depending on the number of players. It’s good entertainment for any
age or nationality and at 120 baht each, it is not going to break the bank.
And, you can play 2 times with one ticket. There are plenty of refreshments
available and a restaurant. It is easy to find on Thappraya Road (opposite
Captains Corner). For more information or booking, telephone (038) 250 318.