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As of today my Winter handicap is 15ish. 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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4th (and last) annual last trip to Thailand

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

Okay, I got the message about playing too much golf...well, mostly getting started at 4-5am so we could play two course each day. But NO MORE; this year it will be one course per day with a noon-ish tee time so everyone can sleep in, then get a decent breakfast, and then play golf, then...get some sleep...

Right now I'm looking at flying to Bangkok on Saturday (or Sunday) 6 Sep. Sunday is a day of rest, then golf starting on Monday. The last round will be Wed, Sep 17, and we'll start flying home later that night.

Although prices go up a bit each year, plan on 3,000 coconuts to cover all expenses, including airfare.

Already there are some weird golfers expressing interest, and of course, I welcome everyone unless they're too serious. We'll have low handicappers and high handicappers; it's never been an issue in the past and I don't think this year will be any different. What's high...maybe 35, and low is somewhere around 5. I'm comfortably in the middle.

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


Who is Frog Hair? This is not him.

Weekly Notes....

Why has it been so long since I've updated this lowly website...well, I forgot; I...aah...I had a flat tire on the way to work; thought I'd do that tomorrow; forgot the website and hadn't bookmarked it; not much to say between last year's cool golf outing, and this year's planning phase...well, no excuses so here goes...

In Japan we've had a particularly dasterly winter - even closed the course for several weeks with historical snowfalls. Twice I tunnelled through 3+ feet of snow with a garden shovel. Needless to say, I love the warmer weather. And then there's my derelict back, actually degenerated disc. That slowed me down for awhile, but now it appears I've found the right balance of pain-killers and "slow-down-that-obnoxious-swing" technique to get me comfortably through 18 holes. Staying competitive against Al was my motivation.

Today I played a great round with Ron, Steve and Ray. Overall, none of us were superstars, but we didn't totally fall apart either. Great partners on a perfect 70 deg day. Throughout the round I counted my blessings for being alive, being with great golfers, and being on the course when mother nature is accomodating. Biggest accomplishment...no lost balls.

In a way, you should also count your blessings, and honestly give some thought to convincing yourself that 11 days in September could be the perfect escape later this year, even if traveling from the other side of the globe to get here. Just ask Super Mex...already there are signs at the Pattaya Airport Lounge announcing his return as the World's Greatest Navigator (I think that's the title Mex gave the owners, the girls call him the World's Greatest something else).

What I read
...now in paperback
           


The Foursome
by Troon McAllister

Troon McAllister
The Foursome
The Green
Scratch
Barranca
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.

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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.