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Phoenix Members Golf Society

Tuesday, Oct. 23, Phoenix – Stableford

Before I go into the Tuesday game I will write about the Friday 19th October.  Having just a nice select band of players for 2 groups only we had no choice but to play the Mountain course twice, due to there being large shotgun tournament on the other two courses.

This proved to be fun because we played the front nine holes from the white tees and the back nine holes from the yellow tees.  Our winner was Peter Harris with a fine 36 points, followed closely by Stuart Gordon with 35 points and ‘Mr. Consistency’ Clive Robinson with 34 points.

Tuesday’s winning team pose with members of The Relax Bar staff. Tuesday’s winning team pose with members of The Relax Bar staff.

We also gave two prizes out for near pins and they went to Clive Robinson & Kristinn Helgason.  The lucky draw prizes went to myself and Bill Hewitt.

Onto Tuesday and again we had uneven numbers due to a lot of our non member guests having the day off because of this day being a Thai holiday, thus making the green fees for guests a little too high.  So we decided on team play for a change and a closely fought fight it was.

Lake & Ocean (my favourite two nines) was the challenge, and what a challenge Phoenix is turning out to be.  Tee to green is no different to any other course (except of course the fairways are much better than anywhere else – should provoke a few comments) but when it comes to around and on the greens a high standard of chipping and putting ability is required.

Having three 3-ball teams we decided to play the best two Stableford scores to count for the team score.  After nine holes the teams were virtually level within one point of each other and with one hole left to play the teams were within 3 points of each other, with our team, being at the bottom of the pile.  However, a fine par by Bill Hewitt and birdie by myself (giving a total of 7 points on that hole) helped our team, which included Michael Padilla, to win the day by one shot giving us a total of 81 points.  The other two teams scoring 80 and 79 points respectively.

Near pins went to Hugh Byrne (2) and Peter Harris.  The lucky draw prizes donated, as always by our hosts The Relax Bar at Ban Amphur, went to Patrick Browne, Stuart Gordon and Gerry Hughes, leaving poor old Tim Mason being the only player not to win anything – Ahhh!

As of next week and for the next five months or so the high season will start and all guests of our group are entitled to a reduced green fee of only 1,000 baht plus caddy and cart if required.  However, we will only allow six groups maximum on any of our days, which include Tuesday’s & Friday’s.  We also play every Sunday but the green fees for guests are quite high (1,400 baht), plus caddy and cart if required.

Next week we play for the Trattoria Italiana voucher under stroke play rules.

I am happy to say that the interest is picking up regarding sea fishing and we have scheduled trips set for 10th November (couple of spaces available) and either Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th of November as well.  December will also have at least two to three days booked.  Anyone interested in the golf or the fishing please call me (Mike) on 087 091 7565.