As of today my miserable handicap is 16ish. 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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9th annual last trip to Thailand

5 Sep (Sat) thru 16 Sep (Wed) 2015

2 openings remain...or 6, but I'll have to scramble for additional tee times.

Right now 10 golfers are confirmed, but there is a short list of "penciled in players" so one way or another it'll be a good group.


We'll be playing Wangjuntr GC Highlands course on Thursday rather than playing the Jungle course on Friday. Highlands is unique, and you guys need to play it at least once, and I need to play it one more time.

Got a restaurant plan (optional, but good)..

Monday it's Cabbage and Condoms. Great view of the ocean.
Wednesday it's Mum Aroi, and off the beat seafood place right on the ocean.
Friday it's Hopf Brauhaus for pizza and German cuisine.
Tuesday it's Jameson's Irish Pub for a grand finale.

Transportation to all these places is included.

Weekly Notes....

Rain, rain, and oh yes, more rain...this time of the year can get depressing.

But alas, yesterday and today are sunny and hot. Life is good again...but wait...old age has struck again, and I strained a hip muscle yesterday. No doubt caused by swinging out of my shoes in an ill-fated attempt to keep up with the younger hackers. Today I've self prescribed the only medicing I know...lay around the house and drink extra goblets of wine. So far it's working.

My guess is that we'll have 12 palyers for this year's golf trip. There are still some openings so you could be one of the lucky number. Changed the schedule once again so we can play the Wangjuntr Highlands course, which is closed on Friday, but availalbe on Thursday. Bangpra will now be our Friday course, a good venue and the last time I played it the greens were super fast. Tough, but really fun course. Highlands is one for the eternal memory bank, with hope No. 7 "Stairway to Heaven" and some interesting island greens.

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

Pictures from Golf Trip III, VII, and VIII.


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.