The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society started the new week with a visit to Treasure Hill to play a stableford competition in one flight, many hampered by the lack of caddies, a response to the club’s efforts to introduce the minimum wage rule. At least some local clubs, Crystal Bay included, are now letting golfers play without caddies, although they were paid for at the beginning of the round.
Though the workforce were not fully up to it the course itself was and once again it showed its teeth with a ninth consecutive competition there failing to break par for the group.
Sharing third place were Dave Plaiter and Mike Earley with 26 points whilst Yvonne Earley took second with 28. The winner was New Zealander Alan Flynn and his consistency and long hitting helped him to a total of 30 points.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went to Leigh Abbey only hours before he was set to return to Australia after his low scoring round.
Times can be tough at Treasure Hill and this day was one of those which golfers may wish to forget.
Riverside stroll for Flynn & Hennessy
On Wednesday, 13th February the Pattaya Golf Society forsook the bustle of Pattaya for the tranquility of the Riverside course at Bangpakong to play a stableford competition from the white tees, with the substantial field divided into two flights at sixteen and under. The course was in fine order as always and a wickedly strong breeze was in evidence all day just to add to the golfing equation.
A very warm welcome on his return to the group was afforded to Paul McNally and he promptly replied with the best gross of the day on his debut at the Riverside, his 78 giving him 33 points. In the top flight he was only outpointed by Dave Edwards on 35 and Alan Flynn, again performing well, on 38.
In the second flight Ken Grimes returned 33 points for third place with John Chelo in second on 34. The flight winner was Martin Hennessy who used his hurling grip to perfection in accounting 38 points at the head of the field.
There were birdie ‘2’s for Paul Edgar, Dave Edwards, Larry Slattery and Alan Walker, who also received the Booby Bevy for his 8-19 split. Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by a grateful Gary Bolger and the whole field was unanimous in their appreciation of the day at Bangpakong Riverside.
Walker riding high
On Friday, 15th February the Pattaya Golf Society visited Pattaya Country Club to play a stableford event on the course which was the subject of a “very rudimentary back nine renovation almost a year ago. This time it was the front nine which was in acceptable condition whilst the back nine greens were deplorably rough, uncut, variably sanded and had holes which were growing over, not having been relocated for at least two weeks.
The restriction of carts to the paths whilst allowing maintenance vehicles and staff motorcycles access to the rough and fairways does not help. And all for an increase in cost!
On what inevitably became the final visit there this year Martin Hennessy produced another fine effort scoring 34 points for third place, one behind Dave Moriarty’s 35 points in second place, leaving the most senior of the players, Alan Walker riding high on 36 points.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went to low scoring new member Tony Browne after a tough introduction to competition golf on the Eastern Seaboard.
The good news for PCC lovers and members is that the font nine will be closed from 16th March for eight months and you can all enjoy messing about on Pattaya’s newest crazy golf track, the back nine.