Golf From Tropical Bert’s

by Derek Brook

(Treasure Hill)  Another long drive out to this course that was only spoilt for the scribe when the bus in front did not have it’s engine cover on and what seemed a bolt from the engine compartment slowly arched through the air, to the car, to bounce off the windscreen. One of the joys in life here on the roads. Pointless taking the bus’s number; just grin and bear it.
So book in and off we go. I thought the course was in quite good condition, mind it was a bit windy. So we visited to the rough a lot. The greens were in reasonable condition so you had to be careful but all in all at the present time this is a course well worth a visit.
Soon it was time for a cold shower before getting into the cars for the drive back. One of the problems of the  bounce-off-the-windscreen bit is that you can see it all the way back. Still, in the way these things happen, we had quite a good and quiet drive back and were soon at Bert’s.
After the golfers special we were soon into the presentation which had a ring of normality, so as you have seen photos of them all, I didn’t take one. So the winner with a great 40 points, and gross 72, was Bob Watson at his best. In second was Mike Gaussa with 36 points and in third was Brian Parish with 35 points. So to a couple of cold uns.
Near pin     Mike Gaussa, Max Scott, Andre Van Dyke and Mike O’Brien

Khao Kheow (Stableford) Is it really hot? Or is it just old age catching up? I certainly do not seem to remember it being this hot for a number of years, and it was brought home to me when one of our regular players, who walks, said he was going to take the month off as it was so hot.
Still on this morning we had a good turnout and despite an early start Bert’s golfers’ breakfasts were still going down well. Then into cars and up the road to Khao Kheow. It was nice to see that the worry about the exchange rate did not stop two of our players turning up in their new cars. It is nice to have rich friends.
Once there, we were soon booked in and onto the first tee. The test for the day was to be the A & C Nines, and for me this is the hardest 18 holes here. We were away on time and in the next 18 holes we were able to move at our own pace although as we came to the last few holes we could see the groups ahead. The group behind, one of our own with all players walking, struggled a little in the heat and let the group behind through as the players all had carts. Yes it was hot, however, towards the end of the round the storm clouds gathered and we had some rain drops with lightning in the distance. But it circled the course and we were able to get in dry.
The course itself was as one expects Khao Kheow to be, except after the hard high season usage there is some wear on it at this time of year; it is time for the course to recover. The greens were still fast and tricky and the rough as difficult to get out of as usual. So soon around it was into the showers and up to the restaurant for a bite and a cold drink before we hit the road back.
We were back at Bert’s very early, so the scribe had the daily special, and very good it was too. In fact it went down well with many golfers who replenished lost strength. Then into the winners and losers. The winner with a fine 41 points, and a gross 71 was Bob Watson, fine golf indeed,  he was followed by Max Scott who shot 36 points in second. In third was Dick Warberg with 35 points and in fourth was Alan Sullivan with 33 points.
We then had the MBMG Golfer of the Month presentation and it was good news for the scribe as the winner was Derek Brook. Didn’t I do well? Just lucky that Mashi had a bad leg. TTFN
Near pin  Max Scott (2), Alan Sullivan and Brian Parrish

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