As of today my Winter handicap is 18ish. Not that it matters, but it gives some perspective. About 40 years ago I was ready to throw my driver in a fairway pond...my hair started smoking I was so mad, and why?... yea, shanked one. Now my score looked like 110 rather than 109. Big deal.

So I thought ( a rarity) ...why did I spend all that money on clubs, and $20 for the round only to drive myself to the brink of insanity? hmm....good question. At that point, life changed...for the better. If you can relate to this, here are some ways I've learned to enjoy the game.

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8th annual last trip to Thailand

6 Sep (Sat) thru 17 Sep (Wed) 2014

Dod Travel restrictions are OFF and. there's a really great line-up of courses...this will be a first-class outing, day after day and night after night. It is also my last year to organize this trip, so take advantage of the opportunity - after all, we just get older each year and it's always harder to do next year.

I will make this the easiest vacation you've ever taken. You just have to buy an airline ticket to Bangkok...no visa required. I'll either meet you there or have a driver ready to bring you to Pattaya, then I'll tell you when to be where (for golf). Wanna take a day off in the middle - no problem...it's all about having fun.

I've reserved 12 rooms at Sabai Resort and ground trans is arranged. All but a couple of tee time bookings are final!!! Based on my estimations there is room for 4 more hackers.

Come to Thailand! Have the time of your life while you're young enough to enjoy it. Hope to see you there.

Friendship Festival is 6-7 Sep...so come on 8 Sep if necessary. No problem.

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Weekly Notes....

Young and I teamed up for the annual Red, White and Blue tournament, and believe it or not, we took 1st place (Net) in the B Group. The unusual format may have played right into our hands; the front nine was a scramble and the back nine was best ball. We were even on the front nine and four over on the back, for a gross score of 76 and with a significant handicap reduction of 10, we netted 66.

But all of that means nothing. We had great playing partners (Arnel and Noli from Yokosuka), who graciously played worse than us. Young and I both had a couple of "pulled that outta my butt" shots, which of course we thought were long overdue. I won another towel in the raffle.

As the Thailand trip gets closer I'm really getting excited - visualizing long drives on some of those emmaculate fairways at Siam Old and Plantation, and following that with an occassionally accurate approach. I haven't even thought about the shanks, the chunks, or the Pelosi (far left) or the Palin (right off the charts)...or the Lewinsky putts (all lips, no hole) or the Arafat "in the sand and butt ugly"....just the good ones.

What I read
...now in paperback

The Foursome
by Troon McAllister

Troon McAllister
The Foursome
The Green
Rick Reilly
Missing Links
Shanks for Nothing
J. Michael Veron
The Greatest Course That Never Was
the Greatest Player Who Never Lived
The Caddie
Bob Mitchell
Match Made In Heaven
Philip Reed
In Search of the Greatest Golf Swing
James Patterson & Peter de Jong
Miracle on the 17th Green

Golf fiction’s finest hustler— Eddie Caminetti—returns in a laugh-out-loud novel featuring a foursome of upwardly mobile golf fanatics who get their just rewards. Mixing equal parts of suspense, hilarity, and raw human drama, Troon McAllister deftly shows readers what can happen when money, friendship, ambition, and greed converge explosively in a single round of golf.


A Golfer's Life
by Arnold Palmer

Ron during a memorable moment at Laem Chabang GC.


Below are some more pictures of the Sabai Resort, where we plan to stay in 2014. Rooms are nice, the pool is great!

11 nights at the Sabai is aprox $770 (private poolside rooms pictured above)


Want to know your USGA handicap, for free? Here's a little program I created to do just that. Download the Handicapper (shown at the right).

For a lot of additional trip details please click here.