The Golf Club review
Monday, Nov. 20, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford
1st Andy Makara (31) 42pts
T2nd J.P. Thomas (24) 41pts
T2nd Bob Mulholland (7) 41pts
T2nd Peter Thomas (22) 41pts
5th Butch Furneaux (12) 39pts
The greens were fast out at Green Valley today, even with a light mist for the first few holes.
The locals took advantage of the day as regular Monday golfer Andy Makara won with a strong 42 on the card. Three followed on 41, including our mate Bob Mulholland who did not allow all the locals in all the scoring.
Robbie Taylor took the near pin but walked off with just a par.
Tuesday, Nov. 21, Greenwood A & C (white tees) – Stableford
T1st Ian Brimble (9) 35pts
T1st Butch Furneaux (12) 35pts
3rd Don Calais (8) 34pts
Greenwood was not in the best shape we have ever seen, but was very enjoyable and playable nonetheless. The greens on the front nine were sanded but putted true, and the back nine greens were just great.
No high scores today and a tie for first saw the return of our old mate Ian Brimble, and the departure of the engaging John “Butch” Furneaux. Don Calais found himself at third with a 34 and none other than Kenny Aihara claimed the Caddy Smile near pin.
Thursday, Nov. 23, Eastern Star (white tees – Stableford
1st Robbie Taylor (15) 40pts
2nd Kenny Aihara (8) 38pts
3rd Franjo Blazevic (6) 37pts
We were off the yellow tees today at 6,600 yards and it was a good decision as we were getting a fair bit of roll on the ball in spite of a few wet patches.
Former pro Franjo Blazevic is getting used to his new clubs and a 37 here got him third place. Kenny Aihara is getting his form back thanks to those Sunday sessions at Siam Waterside. Kenny was back on the podium today with a respectable 38.
It was all Robbie today with a ‘Taylor made’ win on 40 points, and the near pin as well! That is very good shooting on this track so congrats for a fine round of golf.
Friday, Nov. 24, Pattavia (white tees) – Stableford
T1st Kenny Aihara (8) 39pts
T1st Franjo Blazevic (6) 39pts
3rd Fred Birch (19) 38pts
If this isn’t the most improved golf course in Pattaya, I don’t know what is. Nick Faldo is responsible for this layout, and the topography on this plot of land is host to a lovely, undulating 18 holes of pleasure. Yes, the greens can be cut too close to make it unfair, but if you can handle that challenge you will love this track.
It is a difficult feat to shoot your handicap here, but on the leaderboard today, all the lads did just that. Congratulations to Freddy Birch… not just on his 38, but Fred and Yui just bought a new house!
Franjo continued his good form and a 39 tied with Kenny Aihara for their shared win. Kenny has been with us for about 8 years and I don’t believe his handicap has ever been this high, so he obviously needs to spend more time in Pattaya! I know Kenny won’t mind me sharing this, but last year at Pattavia, he had a 5-putt green. That is an example of how difficult this course can be.