Robbie finds heaven at 47

Blake Hanna, Robbie Taylor and Alan McKendry.
Blake Hanna, Robbie Taylor and Alan McKendry.

The Golf Club review

Monday, Dec. 11, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford

1st Steve Coghlan (36) 42pts

2nd Peter Thomas (22) 39pts

T3rd Thierry Danzas (25) 38pts

T3rd Alain Hefner (15) 38pts

Guys that have been coming here for years say this is the best condition that they have ever seen Green Valley.  The weather is just about perfect these days so golf in Pattaya is at its’ best right now.

Our two Frenchmen, Thierry and Alain had to share a podium spot with 38 points on the card.  A slimmed down Peter Thomas carded 39 points on the day and has received an ice cream ban from Capt. Phil for the rest of the year.

It seems Steve Coghlan either runs hot or cold and will shoot 24 points or, as today, 42 points.  Today was his day and dropped several good putts for an easy win over the rest of the field.

Our visiting friend from the Czech Republic, Eva Solcova, claimed the near pin.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, Pattavia (yellow tees) – Stableford

1st Robbie Taylor (15) 47pts

2nd Alan McKendry (12) 42pts

3rd Blake Hanna (18) 40pts

We played from the forward tees this morning and judging from the scores, maybe we were too kind.  This is one of our favourite golf courses in Pattaya and while the greens can often be cruel, you will have a great day of golf out here.

Today was all Robbie Taylor and the Gods of Golf were on his side as his playing partners watched him sink everything.  It was one of those days (why don’t I get them anymore?) for Mr. Taylor and it is obvious he could do no wrong.

Thursday, Dec. 14, Parichat Links (yellow tees) – 1-Man Scr

1st Josef Birchberger (15) 46pts

T2nd Kerry Smith (17) 44pts

T2nd Sean Hastings (18) 44pts

Ok, those are all great scores but first look at the fine print.  This was a one-man scramble out there today, hence the big numbers.  Josef finally got in the money after playing with us for a few years and his 46 only needed 4 Mulligans, so a great round for Josef.  Kerry and Sean also done good out there and 44 points was a pretty good result also. Franjo took our Caddy Smile near pin today.

With this format, it is just a fun day of golf doing something different.  You get one Mulligan every hole and can use it on the tee, approach, green or anywhere.  Once you declare, then that is the ball in play.  Try it sometime and enjoy the luxury of getting to hit that terrible shot over again.  This scramble works great at Parichat.

Friday, Dec. 15, Mt. Shadow (blue tees) – Stableford

1st Mark Wood (8) 36pts

2nd Kenny Aihara (7) 35pts

3rd Nate Welchert (15) 31pts

Seemed a bit dodgy playing off the blue tees here at first, but when it measures out to just 6,300 yards, it was the correct distance.  The course was in good condition and everyone experienced a great day out.

Our buddy Nate came down from Korat where he is working with the Royal Thai Air Force and had a jump on a weekend getaway.  31 points for Mr. Welchert got third place today.  We finally got Kenny away from watching the NFL and his Patriots for a day of golf and 35 was good enough for second.  Mark Wood was the story of the day and won it all with 36 as well as getting the near pin for a well-earned victory.