Kaneta calls the shots at Khao Kheow


PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, August 2, Khao Kheow – Stableford

It is fair to say that when we make out the courses for the following month, Khao Kheow is first on the list.  This is a Pete Dye Course that tests every shot in the arsenal, and make one mistake and it will penalise you greatly.  On this day we were soon up at the course and with the normal quick book-in were soon at the start.

Mashi Kaneta (left) and George King (right) with one of BJ Holiday Lodge’s finest.
Mashi Kaneta (left) and George King (right) with one of BJ Holiday Lodge’s finest.

The test for the day was to be the B & A nines, in that order, and we were soon away on our day out.  Not a lot to report except that the course was in good condition, it usually is, and we were able to bimble along at a good pace.  The fairways were well grassed and the rough was just that, rough.  The best thing was that the greens were fast and true and all players thought they were in fine condition.

Soon finished it was a quick bite, and then back into transport and back to home base which we reached nice and early.

Back at BJ’s it was soon into the results.  In the A Flight, 0 to 24 the winner was Mashi Kaneta with a peerless 40 points, the best round of the day.  In second place was Tom Herrington with 38 points and in third was Brian Parish with 37.

In the B Flight, the winner was George King with 38 points ahead of Don Carmody in second with 37 and Graham Buckingham in third with 34 on count back over Gordon Clegg.

Near Pins: Mashi Kaneta, Bryce Buckley, Tom Herrington

Friday, August 5, Silky Oak – Stableford

This Friday the Tropical golfers made another visit to Silky Oak.  Usually this is just a once or twice a year visit for the TG, but good rates and favorable reviews have put it in the rotation a few additional times.  It was a later than usual start and many of the golfers were able to sleep in an extra hour or so.  Others used the time for an extra cup of courage to face the many hazards Silky Oak has to offer.

Usually golf reviews in Thailand don’t mention the weather in any positive way, but this day was a rare exception.  Fairly heavy clouds with no chance of rain along with an occasional breeze made it one of the most tolerable days in many months.  Of course riding in a cart also helps.

Silky Oak likes to make golfers nervous with several tee shot water carries, but they really aren’t as long as they seem.  Relax and hit it and you’ll be fine.  Fairways were in their usual excellent condition.  The greens were in mostly good condition, but a few are in need of some TLC.  Silky is also a scoring course!  Shoot high or be left out of the presentation.  This day was no exception.

First place went to newcomer Dave Headington (course h’cap 24) with a sizzling 39 points.  Welcome aboard Dave.  After Dave came organizer Dick Warberg (22) with 37 points, beating Don Carmody (25) and Peter Blackburn (17) on count-back.  Then came the 36’s, 35’s and so on.

Near Pins:  Tommy Marshall, Don Carmody.