The Golf Club write-up for 4th – 8th July

Steve Ellison

A Beautiful Rainbow!

Write Up from The Golf Club, Soi LK Metro

Monday 4 th – Green Valley –Rainbow Scramble – White Tees

1 st – Mike Meir/Gareth Gill (7.5) 56.5

2 nd – David Walker/Bill Gneiting (18.7) 59.8

3 rd – Kevin Hamilton/John Emmerson (11.2) 60.8

4 th – Bob Newell/Simon Philbrook (6.8) 61.2

The 4 th of July is here again which can only mean a Rainbow Scramble with The Golf Club. For

the uninitiated, a rainbow consists of playing 6 red, 6 white and 6 blue tees with the choice

being yours. There is a lot of strategy involved as many factors come into play and even on a

course as familiar as Green Valley, new challenges arise.

The course was in great condition as the recent rains have brought a fresh lushness to the

course. There is a new greenskeeper from The Banyan in Hua Hin and he is doing a great job of

bringing the course back to its former glory. Once the dead patches on many of the fringes of

the greens are taken care of it will be in perfect nick again.

We had 10 tee times booked and used them all save for a couple of medical withdrawals. It was

great to see some of the old faces, pardon the phrase, back with us again. This year took on a

special meaning to Independence Day as Great Britain just gained her independence from the

EU. Hopefully the Pound Sterling will sort itself out in the near future and we get back to 50

baht levels again. In any event, we had a multitude of nationalities represented but not Japan,

as Kenny Aihara was on his way back home for the summer.

After the match, just about everyone headed back to the club on Soi LK Metro for a special BBQ

and feast with the winner’s trophy lifted by Mike Meir and Gareth Gill whose 56.5 score could

not be bettered. The 4 near pins went to 5 th – Gareth Gill, 8 th – Simon Philbrook, 12 th – Alan

McKendry and 16 th – Phil Lawrence.

 

Tuesday 5 th – Emerald – Stableford – White Tees

1 st – Fred Birch (20) 37 points

2 nd – Phil Lawrence (16) 35 points

3 rd – Butch Furneaux (8) 34 points

It has been several months since we headed southwards, and today we were off to visit The

Emerald for a long overdue return. This Nick Faldo/ Desmond Muirhead course was in great

shape and as tough a course as it can be, it is always enjoyable. The collection of par-3’s here is

outstanding and the elevation changes through the course just add to the beauty and challenge

of this gem in Ban Chang.

A good field of 16 golfers completed the field of this event and 37 points was the best the lads

could muster. Steady Freddie rose to top and the 20 handicapper takes first place here today.

Phil Lawrence claimed second with 35 (as well as our near pin!) with Butch Furneaux turning in

34 points for third.

Write Up from The Golf Club, Soi LK Metro

Thursday 7 th – Greenwood – Stableford – Yellow Tees

1 st – Masao Ishikawa (17) 38 points

2 nd – Fred Birch (20) 37 points

3 rd – Ken Grimes (21) 36 points

Mark Wood, Masao Ishikawa and Capt. Phil après-golf back at the club.

Not easy playing golf after such a great Pattaya Sports Club Summer Party from the night

before, but we all managed to turn up at that first tee box anyway. The course was certainly

damp so lift, clean and place is our policy at this time of the year. Greenwood has become one

of the most popular golf courses with all of the Pattaya bar societies these days, as the quality

and price make the trip out here worthwhile.

We were quite sneaky today and tried the shortcut just 3 clicks after the Burapha entrance. We

headed left at the PTT station and up and around to be back on the 331 but past all of that

Amata traffic light nonsense to save a good 10 minutes off our travel time. We have installed

free WiFi in our TGC van so now the trips out and back are far more enjoyable.

Our Aussie mate Kenny Grimes shot to his handicap today and a 36 will get you to third place

on the podium. There’s Tuesday’s winner Fearless Freddie Birch with another great round of 37

for the next step down at second place. Chicken dinner today goes to Masao Ishikawa whose

timing on and off the course is just about perfect. Ishi showed up on Wednesday at 6ish as we

were departing for the aforementioned PSC party so joined us there and now he walks away

with first place! Nice going for a guy who just got his land legs. Well played Ishi-san! Smooth

swinging Scotsman Mark Wood claimed our near pin contest with ease.

Thanks to all who joined us this week for another great week of amazing golf in our quiet little

fishing village of Pattaya, the home of golf in Thailand. We welcome golfers of all nationalities

and handicaps so don’t be afraid, grab your clubs (or hire some from us) and join in the fun!

The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and located in the Heart of Pattaya on Soi L.K.

Metro. We broadcast all English Premier League, UFC, NFL, MLB and NHL games live. Our

kitchen is open from 07:00-22:30 with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, Saturday and

Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya.com and for more

information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at

www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!

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