Greenwood C & B – 5th Sept
Monday, August 19th – Majestic Creek C & B
1st Jimmy Carr (14) 36 points
2nd Robby Watts (7) 36 points
3rd Geoff Parker (16) 31 points
The first game of our trip to Hua Hin was played at the Majestic Creek course under bright sunshine. The condition of the course was good although the greens were deceptively slow. As we rarely play this course, unfamiliarity with the layout presented a fresh set of challenges knowing where hidden traps lay, etc. Nevertheless, two players managed to master the course, both ending with thirty-six points, Jimmy Carr edging out Robby Watts on countback. Five back Geoff Parker took third with thirty-one points. For this trip, we have decided to not have a near pin competition which is unfortunate for Robby as he would have joined the exclusive “all four” club. On check-in, we received a nice surprise as we were given a voucher for free food and drink after the game, this was a first and a pleasant surprise and also an indication of how competitive it is to get players in one of the worst low seasons in memory.
Tuesday, August 20th – Springfield
1st Robby Watts ((7) 42 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (14) 29 points.
3rd Michael Brett (14) 29 points
The second game of our Hua Hin sojourn was played at the Jack Nicklaus designed Springfield course where we were allocated the A & B nines. The course was in superb condition and the weather fine till the back nine when we got hit with a short heavy shower, not enough to stop play but heavy enough to get soaking wet. Many locals regard Springfield as the best course in the district.
In a remarkable display of quality golf, RobbyWatts took first place with forty-two points, a round that contained four birdies and at least three other missed birdie opportunities. This puts Robby in the box seat to take golfer of the month again. Jimmy Carr edged out Michael Brett for second place on countback. On the way back to town we came across an Aussie bar selling Angus beef burgers and cheap beer so that was too good to pass up, given the Aussie winner was shouting. Not surprising many other golfers were there having left Springfield, where service prices are amongst the highest seen anywhere, e.g. a golf tee shirt for over three thousand baht, most, would see this as excessive, also their beverage prices were on the upper end of the scale, in contrast, their green fees were quite reasonable and good value.
Thursday, August 22nd – Black Mountain A & B
1st Robby Watts (7) 31 points
2nd Michael Brett (14) 31 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (14) 29 points
The third round of our sojourn to Hua Hin was played at the magnificent Black Mountain course. As always the course was in pristine condition, well-manicured and beautifully presented. Despite that scoring was disappointingly low. A couple of reasons contributed to the low scores, at times the wind was particularly strong and we had to deal with some of the most wicked pin placements one could imagine, one can only assume the greenkeeper either has a wicked sense of humor or he had a very bad night. Once again Robby Watts emerged victorious beating Michael Brett on countback both on thirty-one points. Jimmy Carr took third place with twenty-nine. Prior to the round a few of our members found some very smart golf gear at very reasonable prices in the pro shop sale, Black Mountain gear is always sought after as its always very good quality and very trendy.
Friday, August 23rd – Imperial Lake View, Mountain & Lake nines
1st Jimmy Carr (14) 31 points
2nd Robby Watts (7) 29 points
3rd Geoff Parker 26 points
Our last game of this trip was played at the Imperial Lake Course, we previously had a booking at Banyan but since everyone had played it several times we decided on a change of venue and Imperial Lake View turned out to be an inspired choice. Possibly the most difficult course any of our group could remember made even more difficult by at least two club wind which seemed to uncannily to be either across or in our faces for the entire round. Off the yellow tees, the course measured six-thousand, six hundred and twenty-one yards and contained four very long parr threes The difficulty of the course, coupled to the wind and the unfamiliarity of the course layout lead to some disappointingly low scores but didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the round in some sadistic way. Jimmy Carr took the honors with thirty-one points, followed by Robby Watts in second place on twenty-nine, the remaining places don’t even rate a mention.
The overall winner for the week was Robby Watts with two wins, one (Springfield) by a huge margin. His play consisted of long straight drives, precision iron play, but some indifferent putting. Runner up Jimmy Carr also with two wins was consistent as ever, but with lower winning scores than Robby.