Checked in at the impressive Hilton Hotel in Hua Hin with some terrific views of the South China Seas for the final leg of our golf tour. With that theme in mind we went to the French styled Fisherman’s restaurant for our first dinner in town and very nice it was too.
Palm Hills Resort and Country Club was our first round with a pleasing layout. Some tricky height changes on the putting surfaces kept us on our toes. With our competition today we went for Waltzing Matilda and the trio of Bob, Trish and Jennie won the day by 3 points.
Sea Pines Golf course run by the Thai Government as part of the Royal Thai Army Sports Centre. A nice setting down by the sea and certainly a breeze was evident on the holes near the sea front. Some tricky holes with sporty undulating greens was the backdrop to our men v ladies competition. The guys just kept their noses in front and came out the winners.
Italian food was the theme tonight and the ladies were really happy with the Prosecco!
Day Off in the quieter paradise of Hua Hin and the group caught up on shopping, sunning and sleeping to get ready for the last three days of golf. Of course, we had to visit the Hotel’s Sky Bar and have some cocktails before dinner.
Springfield Golf Course welcomed us for a Grand Day Out. An original Jack Nicklaus design and as now it is 25 years old it has really matured beautifully. Lots of his usual features with one side of the fairway mounded up and the other full of bunkers. The teams negotiated their way round really well and our caddies today particularly good on their green reading, so plenty of putts popping in. The trio of Rog, Trish and Jennie came out on top today and we all celebrated a brilliant day out with a nice lunch in their very pleasing club house.
We went to Coco51 restaurant this evening for a lovely meal overlooking the ocean. Not sure being driven home on the back of a truck tuk tuk was very “stylish” but we all enjoyed ourselves.
Banyan Golf Course – The winner of Best Asian course 2016 was our venue today. A very different layout for us to negotiate with several elevation changes, especially on the back 9. The caddies knowledge really came to the fore today with lines off the tee as important as those on the greens. Some good golf all round in our blind pairs event and after the adding up had been done Mike and Jennie pipped Barbara and Rog by a point 42 to 41. We all found the course really interesting and as with all the venues we visited the clubhouse facilities and food was really good.
Our evening took us to The Orchid restaurant tonight which had excellent Trip Advisor reviews. The reviews were spot on. Excellent meal, great service for our penultimate night in Hua Hin.
Black Mountain – Final Day – Final Round – Our amazing tour came to an end at the beautifully presented Black Mountain. I knew we were in for a good day when their caddies greeted us wearing my favourite football team (Watford) colours, yellow and Black (Although Mrs P says it was gold and black!) This is an expansive layout with superbly manicured greens. The only hitch of the day occurred on the 7th hole when wind and rain (yes you did read that properly) forced us off the course. Still a nice time for early lunch and to make some purchased in the shop. We returned to the course and finished our round off with 2 out of 3 scores to count on the front 9 and 1 out of 3 on the back nine. A close contest ensued with Bob, Trish and Jennie (sounds like a 60s pop group) taking the honours.
Thailand proved unforgettable and fun. What goes on Tour, stays on Tour, but I can share with you that this will be forever known as the “Okey Dokey Tour”. Thanks to everyone for making it special.