On the road to Kabinburi

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Monday, July 6, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford

1st Kenny Aihara (3) 41pts

2nd Aaron Robinson (28) 40pts

3rd Lasse Petterson (24) 37pts

We know it has to be done, but when they do sand those greens it sure does make those putts a lot more difficult.  We are so accustomed to playing a perfect Green Valley that on the odd day when conditions are not great it seems like another venue.  Oh well, in a week or so all should be fine again.

The Golf Club group at Kabinburi.The Golf Club group at Kabinburi.

That a guy could shoot 41 points out there today is yet another testament to how good a golfer Kenny really is.  Last month’s Monthly Medal winner (all 60 kilos of him), Kenny Aihara, once again showed us all how a little patience goes a long way.  Great shootin’ my friend!

Our new buddy Aaron Robinson from ‘Downunda’ had a terrific round and hit that magic number 40 to nip at Kenny’s heels.  Big Lasse Petterson is back in town and also put his stamp on the course.  Shooting 37, Lasse did not let those greens get the better of him either.

Wednesday, July 8, Kabinburi S.C. (yellow tees) – Stableford

T1st Kenny Aihara (3) 36pts

T1st Phil Smedley (10) 36pts

3rd John McHugh (9) 35pts

3rd Martin Zimmerman (16) 35pts

Finally, we got back up to Kabinburi but this time at a new resort hotel called the Tawa Ravadee.  Sprawling over 30 acres, it was a great venue for a stay and play and even had its own driving range!

As we arrived at the course, a light mist of rain prevailed overhead.  By the second tee box, it had moved on to leave us with a perfect, cool day for golf.  The course had a few choppy holes where they were putting in some irrigation systems but that did not affect our play.  Fairways here are magnificent, greens were a bit slow, but they are throwing some serious money into upgrading this layout to make it even better than it is now.  This is the longest golf course in Thailand and their back tees (the Kato tees) are a staggering 8,075 yards.

Phil and I both remarked that the only frustration was setting up on the tee box.  Usually there is the odd leaf, blade of grass, brown spot or whatever that you can use as a directional guide to line up your drive.  The tee boxes here were flawless and truly like a carpet.  Out went that system!

Captain Smedley decided to play ‘lift, clean and place’, which was the correct ruling as the turf had a good bit of water still, but no actual puddles.  The good boys, Kenny and Phil, tied at 36 and that was the best we could muster even off the yellow boxes.  John and Martin were tied at a shot back on 35 after the cards were all processed.

Thursday, July 9, Kabinburi S.C. (yellow tees) – Stableford

1st Dave Ferris (23) 35pts

T2nd John Hutt (27) 33pts

T2nd Mark Reid (10) 33pts

Overcast skies made for another nice and cool round of golf here, but as is too often the case with road trips, throbbing heads were the order of the day.  The front nine would function as a recovery phase for many of us.

We stuck with the yellow tees again and that proved to be right as 35 points was the best score we could muster.  Third place went to our old mate Mark Reid, visiting from Dubai and showing it pays to be a teetotaler.  It’s always great to get Reidy in the mix.  The steady John Hutt got on the podium for another week to tie with Mark at 33.

The reliable Dave Ferris kept his wits about him to end up on top of the heap.  As you probably all know, Dave is our ambassador for the Caddy Smile project so it is with great pleasure to see him rewarded with this win.  Well played buddy!  Those 35 points were certainly well earned.

Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya.com.