PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group
Tuesday, June 19, Bangpakong Riverside C.C. – Stroke/Medal
All looked good today until we turned off the motorway at Bangpakong and suddenly found the road soaking wet and pools of water everywhere. We booked in and were told that carts were only allowed on the cart path, so the ‘lift clean and place’ thru the green ruling was employed.
The course was wet and the ball picked up mud, but the dark skies brightened and there was no rain. Yes it turned out a nice day. This is a relatively friendly course to play with a straight forward layout, normally all before you but if you get off line you will be punished. With the rain and heavy going and only having the carts on the path, a lot of walking took place even for those with carts.
The reason we played stroke play was that this was the day of the ‘Monthly Mug’ and on this day it was very closely played with 4 players returning the same score and the winner declared on count-back. John Pierrel took the victory over Don Carmody in second, Brian Parish third with Mashi Kaneta fourth, all with net 68. Not often do we have so many in the count-back but well done all. In fifth was Steve Truelove with a net 70 and in sixth was Derek Brook with a net 71.
Friday, June 22, King Naga – Stableford
It had been nine months since our last visit to this course, formerly known as Great Lakes and Rayong Country Club but not operating under the title of King Naga. Check-in on arrival was smooth and easy on the wallet with great rates, whether walking, carting alone, or sharing. Soon changed and after a bit of chipping and putting, we were off the first tee a bit early.
This was always a challenging track and it is nice to see progress being made at King Naga to bring it back to a course one wishes to return to. While still a work in progress and currently with cored and sanded greens, the fairways were in good condition with less bare patches than before.
With the course practically to our selves, the groups were around at a good pace which allowed a chance to have a bite and drink in the clubhouse. Have to report the surroundings were pleasant and clean, the food was very good at a reasonable price, and the staff courteous.
With it close at the top, Gerd Riedler (CH 11) on 38 points took the top step followed by Mick Coghlan (25) on 37. Dick Warberg (22) took third with 36 points and Mashi Kaneta(17) was fourth with 35.
Best 9‘s by non-winners came from Brian Parish and Daryl Evans.