by Derek Brook
Khao Kheow (Stableford)
We nearly always book this in as the first Tuesday outing of the month because, to put it politely, it is a great course who look after us. We have been booking the course for many years now and feel comfortable turning up there and know it will be a relaxed day.
We also know the day will be on a tremendous course and the only negative side is that some of our golfers consider the course too difficult for them and sometimes give it a miss. That really says it all, go here and your golf will be tested as will you. Make a bad shot and it is difficult to get back in position without losing a shot.
On this day the test was to be the A & B nines, in that order, and while we know it is a severe test that is what we go to a golf course for. That and a great day out. The weather on the day was really fine at the start but as we approached the last few holes the sky opened and the deluge began.
We started on the A nine, and as said the weather was great, the fairways all round were good, the rough was as you would expect at K.K. It was apparent as soon as we chipped onto the first green that the green was going to be fast and so it proved all the way around. Indeed with fine fairways, tough rough and fast greens the biggest worry most of us brought up was the ball seemed to deviate as it approached the hole. I cannot remember the number of times the ball seemed to be in the hole a couple of inches from the hole and missed. I thought it was just me but several other players also made the point.
It seemed the hole was always on the slant, the course had set the hole in the most difficult place. We all suffered from missed puts that should have gone in. Mind this is a quality course and they sure know how to screw with your brain.
As the round went on, it seemed to get windier and the sky darkened, until as our group played the last hole it started to sprinkle with rain, and as we put the clubs in the car the heavens opened. Of course I was sad for those still out on the course even if their score cards were soggy when they handed them in.
Back at BJ’s, it was soon into the results and this was quite easy, especially on the ‘near pins’ side as Mashi had a clean sweep winning them all. In the results, the winner on the day was Derek Brook with 35 points ahead of Dick Warberg in second with 33 points and in third was Landis Brooks with 31 points. Weird this points scoring, however, K.K. always is testing. As the Scribe won it was time for a few ‘Cold Uns’ and so it was. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin: Mashi (3)