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Reporter Barry Hooper

Not So Pleasant


It seems that there is not a week goes by without my having to have a whine about one or other of the great courses with which we are blessed and always because of totally bad management. I am sorry to say that this week was no different.


A course that we had not visited in some time was “Pleasant Valley”.

Many golfers had reported to us that the course was in good order. So it was decided to give it a try. Unfortunately the course maybe ok but yet again the organisational skills at the course were well below par. Despite a pre booking that had been duly confirmed by phone in advance we arrived only to be told that our booking “could not be found” and having subsequently resolved that problem then found out that there were insufficient caddies available. When Oh When will these golfing operations really get there acts together.


Our first trip on Monday the 15th was to “Un” Pleasant Valley.

Course was great yes but the management skills sucked. (see opening paragraph)

As is usual of late at the TRGG it was a great turnout and two very full divisions.

There were also lots of new names and that is always nice to see.

Division two was a win for Marlene Prudden with thirty-eight.

Second and four points back was Supawan Nittijanya with thirty-four.

Third was Gerard Baclet also with a thirty-four but beaten on the count back over the back nine by just one.

Division one went to Howard Tyler with a great forty pointer.

Second was Brendan Moore at thirty-seven and third Ed Brubaker at thirty-six.

Three two’s on the day.

Peter O’Regan and Paul Whitnall at the eighth and Roger Wilkinson at the seventeenth


Tuesday the 16th was a visit to Bangpra.

A great turnout of over forty players and three very full divisions.

Well what a pleasant surprise we actually got started without any major problems rearing their ugly heads.

The course however proved to be a real test of golf as the scores go to show

Division three found Jack McNamara at the head of the field albeit with just thirty points.

He was followed home by W. Markwell (sorry no first name given) with his twenty-nine and Joe Peters a further two back at twenty-seven came in third.

Division two was a win for John Merritt with thirty-four. Behind him was Noel Reynolds at twenty-nine but only because he beat Noel Larkin on count-back by two on the back nine

Division one saw Graham Johnson take the top spot with his thirty-three. Second was Kam Khan also at thirty-three but only fifteen on the back nine so pipped by the count-back. Back in third was Ted Senior who also had to endure a count back this time over Ted Lodge both with thirty-ones.

Overall winner on the day was Billy Ostle with his thirty-six points and the highest of the day.

Two’s on the day totalled five. Mod Chaviraksa and Larry Simpson at the second.

Sam Khan at the eighth and Brendan Moore and M.Mooers at the twelfth.



Thursday the 18th and back to Phoenix we went. Lakes and Ocean

Praise where praise is due. This management really knows how to operate a golf course despite the very large numbers that we take to them regularly we never really endure any problems and as always the course was in excellent condition and again played well.

A large entry and so three divisions were played.

Division Three saw a win for Paula Byrne with forty-four. Some score that and a four point shift as a result in her handicap back to twenty-two.

Second was Kurt Bertlesen with thirty-five and Alan Evans was third with thirty-four.

Division Two was a win for Tristan Gilbert and his thirty-six. Second was Billy Ostle with thirty-four. Frank Courtney came in third at thirty-three.

Division One was a yet another win for Mod Chaviraksa with her thirty-nine.

It has to be said however that the differential distances between the mens and ladies tees at this course do offer them a big advantage. But the men know this when they decide to mix it with the ladies don’t they.

Second was Hugh Byrne with thirty-six. Gary Blackborne came in third at thirty-four.

Only the two two’s on the day. Ebina Yoshi at the second and Michael Prideaux at the seventh.


Saturday the 20th and over to “Eastern Star” we went

It was a very large turnout for the weekend for us yet again. This is a course that knows how to handle the numbers. All forty eight players got away without a hitch. But the course had a few tricks up its sleeve and was in no mood to give away anything easy as the scores go to show

In Division three Alan Evans took third spot with thirty-one. Second went to Seamus Farrell with thirty-two and the winner was Mark Krysl with thirty-five. Mark had only arrived in the previous day and he told me that his win was the best thing he could have had at the start of his break because he gets in the picture and his wife will see it back home and there is no disputing that he is here to play golf.

Division two saw a win for Frank Courtney with thirty-three followed in by Billy Ostle at thirty-two and in third spot at thirty was Ted Senior.

The winner of Division one was a new name M.Mooers with his thirty-three beating Larry Simpson down to second on count back. Third spot went to Gary Blackborne with his thirty-two. Only three two’s Gary Blackborne, Carl Eisenreiv and Bill Shepley


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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