PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group
Tuesday, May 15, Sunrise Lagoon – Stableford
Sunrise where? It’s what I was asking too when Dick suggested a trip there. It just so happened that one of our group had taken a trip there to have a look around and the reply was positive, so we thought we would give it a go.
So where is it? Well you go to Bangpakong Riverside and keep going for half an hour or so and there it is. The entrance is different, reminds me of many of the courses in Pattaya many years ago as they had been laid out but were trying to mature and find their feet. The booking in was also different, you paid, got a score card and were told to change, go outside and sort of get on with it. Outside was a lady who asked what you had paid and then either put you in a buggy or had a caddy and a trolley. Never seen it before. Suspect they had no receipts for the players but it was different and sort of worked. It was apparent not many groups had visited.
The course was very wet but the buggies went everywhere. The layout itself was very flat and an easy walk, but it has much promise as practically every hole has water on it. The place is built around rivers and ponds and playing over water or indeed alongside it is a constant in this round. The greens were slow and most were flat with little deviation, just enough to miss the hole. But the wet grass and the longish grass on the fairway made the course seem very long.
All in all this was a really enjoyable day out and I suspect we will return one day. After all, at 900 baht for green fee and caddy fee, and allowed to share a cart you cannot go wrong.
The winner on the day was Nigel Perry with 39 points, with John Davies second on 38. In third was Bob Britton with 36 points on count-back over Roger Rees in fourth.
Front-nine winner was Andre Van Dyk with 18 points and Darren Evans won the back-nine with 21.
Friday, May 18, Treasure Hill – Stableford
1st Dick Warberg (22) 36pts
2nd Brian Gabe (18) 35pts
3rd Graham Buckingham (23) 34pts
4th Mashi Kaneta (16) 33pts
Best 9’s: Andre Van Dyk and Barry Elphick
We missed an outing to Treasure Hill in April due to the reduced number of golf days so it was nice to see this tough but usually well-presented course back in the rotation. The only apprehension in the minds of most centered on whether the rainy season thundershowers that seem to plague this particular area would give us a break this day. Fueled up with BJ’s breakfast and cups of caffeine, off we headed under fairly clear skies with only a hint in the forecast for showers.
The drive up is now fairly easy and we were greeted at the course by essentially an empty parking lot. With a quick check-in, all opting for the fine 1250 baht “All-In” deal, we were soon off the 1st, playing the yellow tees. No “lift, clean & place” today as carts were allowed on fairways and there was no evidence of recent rains having drenched the course. This proved to be an acceptable decision and other than a light on and off shower over the last couple of holes the weather had little influence and the course was in great condition.
With all four groups finished in 4 hours, all were on the road back to Pattaya and an earlier than usual snack and presentation.