Mountain Shadow, Chon Buri, Thailand.

It was Monday morning, I’d had a steady Sunday evening and I was feeling good we proceeded into the 50 minute drive to Mountain Shadow and again I was partnered with me old mate Trevor, a lovely guy from Oz in his 60’s, an expat who lived in Pattaya. The other two were Japanese guys who spoke very little English but with smiles from ear to ear you knew they were chilled, the weather was great a little hot but hey this is Thailand.

The clubhouse was the worst of the lot and needed loads of tlc, apparently this course was bankrupt and was repossessed by the Bangkok bank. The first tee was a little dogleg right with a tight fairway, I was confident, pulled it into the trees, the second hit another coconut tree, the third over the other side of the fairway scrambled onto the green two putted for a 6. I went from that lovely relaxed calm feeling to frustration in a matter of minute’s. The second another little par four, my heads a mess, I hit the first slice into the trees, next into the bunker, thins out over the green scrambles a 7. Holy shit this was gonna be a bad day. We all know this is what golf does to you the round was horrendous got 20 points the course was difficult, tight long roughs and I was having a mare. I made my mind up to just enjoy where I was, this time I had no buggy, I got to the 8th and thought I was going to die, I seriously questioned my lifestyle decisions at this point whilst Trevor in his 60’s was just strolling around making me look a dickhead. It was one of the hardest rounds I’d ever played. I Was exhausted, my mind was blown, my swing was shot to bits and I was ready for beer.

As for the course, It was lovely, as I said the clubhouse needed work and there were a few things going on, but this course is not for the faint hearted, thick strong roughs you really need to get a swing through it here in Thailand and the fairways were tight and lined with coconut trees, but nevertheless it was lovely.

Highlights of two challenging par 5’s in particular the 14th a long dogleg left hugging a lake all the way to the green. A couple of stunning Par 3’s over water particularly a long 150+ carry over the lake.

The beautifully cut yet narrow fairways of Mountain Shadow (well we all need an excuse).

 

Eastern Star, Rayong, Thailand.

Well what can I say, I arrived in Thailand late Wednesday evening and I’ve turned up to play Eastern Star on Friday morning a bit blurry as I couldn’t handle the excitement of being in the land of smiles and ended out on the razz far too late last night.  But as we sat down at The Haven Hotel (this is where you can find a great group of chaps to socialise with in your golfing trip, I’ll explain more later) I got stuck into one of The Havens English breakfasts and had a cup of tea and we had about a 45 minute journey to the course, I started feeling a little better.

As we entered the gates of Eastern Star the usual greetings of the security guards were a miss as the chap seemed to be fast asleep to the amusement of us all, We drove up the drive and you are presented with quite a magnificent clubhouse (most course clubhouses are amazing from my experiences in Thailand). We paid got sorted had a little putt and got cracking. I was slightly nervous but loving being here, the skies were looking precarious though. We got started and as we walked down the beautiful second fairway the skies opened we finished the hole and hid under a hut for an hour with our caddies and watched as the thunder and lightning exploded into action. We were soaked but after the hour we proceeded onto the lovely 3rd par 3 and began our journey towards the ninth, slowly drying off. The course was wet and we got no run whatsoever but it was gorgeous, the rough was cut and the greens were slow which ended up helping me as I could continue from the slow greens in England and just bang them. Finishing with 32 points I was chuffed and ready for another night on the razzle.

The highlights of the course for me was the 8th par 5 which has an extraordinary sitting tall tree on the fairway (I even managed to hit the bleeding thing), the 13th par 3 was immaculate looking, the home run 18th is a little beauty of a par 4 and as I said before the clubhouse really does make you feel special.

The beautifully constructed difficult par 3 13th.IMG_4032

Lovely 9th hole par 4, bunkers around the green but a nice inviting fairway.IMG_4028