Taylor fits the bill at Eastern Star

A shy Kenny Aihara (left) with Ian Brimble, Robbie Taylor and Franjo Blazevic.
A shy Kenny Aihara (left) with Ian Brimble, Robbie Taylor and Franjo Blazevic.

The Golf Club review

Monday, Nov. 20, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford

1st Andy Makara (31) 42pts

T2nd J.P. Thomas (24) 41pts

T2nd Bob Mulholland (7) 41pts

T2nd Peter Thomas (22) 41pts

5th Butch Furneaux (12) 39pts

The greens were fast out at Green Valley today, even with a light mist for the first few holes.

The locals took advantage of the day as regular Monday golfer Andy Makara won with a strong 42 on the card.  Three followed on 41, including our mate Bob Mulholland who did not allow all the locals in all the scoring.

Robbie Taylor took the near pin but walked off with just a par.

Tuesday, Nov. 21, Greenwood A & C (white tees) – Stableford

T1st Ian Brimble (9) 35pts

T1st Butch Furneaux (12) 35pts

3rd Don Calais (8) 34pts

Greenwood was not in the best shape we have ever seen, but was very enjoyable and playable nonetheless.  The greens on the front nine were sanded but putted true, and the back nine greens were just great.

No high scores today and a tie for first saw the return of our old mate Ian Brimble, and the departure of the engaging John “Butch” Furneaux.  Don Calais found himself at third with a 34 and none other than Kenny Aihara claimed the Caddy Smile near pin.

Thursday, Nov. 23, Eastern Star (white tees – Stableford

1st Robbie Taylor (15) 40pts

2nd Kenny Aihara (8) 38pts

3rd Franjo Blazevic (6) 37pts

We were off the yellow tees today at 6,600 yards and it was a good decision as we were getting a fair bit of roll on the ball in spite of a few wet patches.

Former pro Franjo Blazevic is getting used to his new clubs and a 37 here got him third place.  Kenny Aihara is getting his form back thanks to those Sunday sessions at Siam Waterside.  Kenny was back on the podium today with a respectable 38.

It was all Robbie today with a ‘Taylor made’ win on 40 points, and the near pin as well!  That is very good shooting on this track so congrats for a fine round of golf.

Friday, Nov. 24, Pattavia (white tees) – Stableford

T1st Kenny Aihara (8) 39pts

T1st Franjo Blazevic (6) 39pts

3rd Fred Birch (19) 38pts

If this isn’t the most improved golf course in Pattaya, I don’t know what is.  Nick Faldo is responsible for this layout, and the topography on this plot of land is host to a lovely, undulating 18 holes of pleasure.  Yes, the greens can be cut too close to make it unfair, but if you can handle that challenge you will love this track.

It is a difficult feat to shoot your handicap here, but on the leaderboard today, all the lads did just that.  Congratulations to Freddy Birch… not just on his 38, but Fred and Yui just bought a new house!

Franjo continued his good form and a 39 tied with Kenny Aihara for their shared win.  Kenny has been with us for about 8 years and I don’t believe his handicap has ever been this high, so he obviously needs to spend more time in Pattaya!  I know Kenny won’t mind me sharing this, but last year at Pattavia, he had a 5-putt green. That is an example of how difficult this course can be.