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Golf from the “Travellers Rest” 31st October

Reporter Barry Hooper

When will they ever learn what Loyalty is?

In last weeks report I was singing the praises of the Green Valley Golf Club.

Unfortunately this week I have to completely reverse things and chastise the same organisation.

The TRGG has supported this course all the way through the low season with regular weekend visits. Granted with discount vouchers and the like. Have endured changes in venue at a moments notice from Green Valley to St Andrews without complaint or any redress.

We had a booking for the course on the 31st and it was only when confirming the booking that we were advised that the cost was going up 500bht and the discount vouchers held would no longer be honoured.

So an immediate decision was made that we at the TRGG would not be going there on the 31st and will for the foreseeable future no longer be using Green Valley until they see some sense and realize that loyalty just has to count for something. We can but hope.

 

It has to be said that their loss was “Rayong Country Clubs” gain. We contacted the course to see if they could accommodate us at very short notice. We received an immediate positive answer that they would be only too glad to look after us.

We also found out that the cost for play even at a weekend was very favourable.

Concerns were raised amongst members about the quality of the course. One to which the TRGG has never ventured. These were soon put to rest upon arriving there on Saturday.

I do not think I have ever seen so many very happy caddies than when some thirty plus of us turned up to play.

Granted the course still requires substantial work to take place in parts it only recently having had new ownership take place but at the charges imposed everybody I believe was more than happy with the quality and service received. The scores were good and I personally was impressed with the layout of the course. Very testing in places and required good course management.

The consensus was that we will most definitely be returning.

 

The first foray of the week was to Pattana on Monday the 26th

Good numbers taking part again. But it must have been hard going judging by the returned scores. Ito Akitisji was top man with thirty-one and this after winning the count back over Joe Kowalszyk 11 to 10 on the back nine. Third was Peer Bruun with thirty again after count back over Trevor Hartley. This was one of Peer’s better days upon reviewing the rest of his weeks participation. He also managed a two along with Jon Lay

 

Tuesday 27th had us visit the Khao Kheow. Have not been there for some weeks

This was obviously a good choice again judging by the size of the entry.

A great course this and obviously suited both Eddie Townsend and Ray Allison who headed out the two divisions.

Divison 2 went to Eddie with thirty-eight. Followed home by Joe Kowalczyk at thirty-five and David Gray third at thirty-three

Division 1 had Ray Allison with forty at the top. Second was Bob St. Aubin at thirty-seven and with thirty-five Rusty Barfield was third.

Five two’s – Rusty Barfield, Ray Allison,Trevor Hartley,Peter Clark and Mike Rushant.

 

 

Thursday the 29th and out to our regular venue of Phoenix. Lakes and Ocean

A very good turnout yet again and so two divisions.

Guess what? It was a lady that took top honours in Division 2 this week. Amphan North to be exact with thirty-eight points. Jeff Wilcox was second with thirty-five after a four way count-back over Paula Byrne, Laim Horgan and Trevor Hartley.

Division 1 had Niall Higgins at the top with thirty-nine and a full five up on the count back fight for second, third and fourth between Ito Akitoshi, Peter Clark and Hugh Byrne.

It was a day for multiples with nine two’s recorded. One at the seventh from Amphan North. Four at the fourteenth from Peter Clark, Trevor Hartley, Niall Higgins and Amphan North. And three at the sixteenth form Trevor Hartley, Mike Sanders and Ted Senior

 

 

Saturday 31st October and our first ever visit to “Rayong Country Club”

(formerly called Great Lakes) after the very bad treatment from the management at Green Valley (see opening report)

Division 1

Mike Rushant was top with thirty seven after taking it on count back over Mike Sanders. Peter Clark was third with thirty-six.

In Division 2 the day belonged to Liz Hartley with her forty-two pointer. Her best score ever in Thailand. What a way to finish off your holiday. She had to immediately rush off to the airport after play which prevented yours truly from obtaining a photo of her in the winners line up. Sorry Liz.

Second was Mark Krysl with another great score of forty. I was fortunate to have him as a playing partner on the day and he had remarked to me that his aim before having to finish his stay in Thailand was to lower his handicap. Well that he did that with it going down to 29. Well done Mark.

Third also with forty was Gary MacDonald losing out on the count back over the last six.

 

Saturday Winners

Mark Krysl, Mike Rushant,Mike Sanders, Peter Clark and Gary MacDonald

 

 

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If you want any further information about the golf outings played by the TRGG please contact Fergus Brennan on 0860567019 or call in to the Travellers Rest in Soi LK Metro.

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