Weds 19th – Kabinburi & 20th – Lotus Valley
A flying visit to Kabin Buri with an overnight stay at Serenity Resort and Spa. The area has had a lot of rain recently so it was decided to play pick, clean, and place, as it turned out it was barely necessary as the course had dried out remarkably in the last twenty-four hours. The greens had been sanded on the front nine but somehow we managed to stay ahead of the sander on the back nine.
The weather was hot and humid and with no wind, it became a bit oppressive so fatigue played a big part in the round. Only one member took a cart and it didn’t seem to help his game either as across the board scores were poor.
First place went to Tony Robbins with a very modest thirty points, second went to Geoff Atwell on twenty-nine and Geoff Parker closed out the scoring on the same number. Near pins went to Les Cobban, Alan Sullivan, and Jimmy Carr. It’s hard to explain why everybody failed today, even those in very good recent form but I guess that’s the nature of golf.
1st Tony Robbins (21) 30 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (23) 29 points
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 29 points
Near pins Les Cobban, Alan Sullivan, & Jimmy Carr
Following an overnight stay at Serenity Spa & Resort, we had a two hours drive to Lotus Valley. As we neared the course it seems Google navigation had not kept pace with road changes and gave us a bum steer which caught out everyone, fortunately, it didn’t result in too much inconvenience and everyone arrived well before tee time. An all-in fee of fifteen hundred baht was excellent value for a course of this quality.
Light spitting rain fell for most of the front nine but gave way to sunny conditions for the remainder of the round. Pick, clean, and place was again in operation. and this time it was necessary as there were several mudballs. Most were pleased with the caddies who in general were of a higher standard than the average caddie.
The bunker boys on tour
Despite playing off the white tees the course played long and with no run getting to the putting surface on the longer holes proved a real challenge. Scores were again lower than expected although better than yesterday. Les Cobban took first with thirty-three and had a few sob stories about lost opportunities to do better. Geoff Parker took second with thirty-two points. In third place, Michael Brett blew a chance to win by playing poorly on the closing two holes when in position to take the top prize. Near pins went to Jimmy Carr, Geoff Cox, and Les Cobban.
Despite the low scores and the sometimes poor golf everybody thoroughly enjoyed the trip, it’s always a pleasure to play superior courses and stay in excellent accommodation, hopefully, the break from our routine will refresh some spirits and better play will follow.
1st Les Cobban (8) 33 points
2nd Geoff Parker (18) 32 points
3rd Michael Brett (16) 31 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Geoff Cox, & Les Cobban.