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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 still 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.

Notes...

Normally we allow one mulligan (from the tee box only) per 9 holes. Once declared it must be used. You can't use the ugly, but better 1st shot should the mulligan go astray. You will also have to wear a Mulligan hat for that hole.

Hit it short of the ladies tee markers...you can wear the pink skirt for the hole. Try not to win this award - it's disgusting.

I have a rubber snake (if you 3-putt you get it until someone else bails you out), an iguana (if you get into a bunker), a fish (water), and a monkey (if you end up in the woods). If you have one of these trophy specimens at the end of the round you shall contribute a token amount to the after-golf drink fund - say 200 baht per animal.

All real betting is optional, of course. I wager a small amount on each hole with my caddie, and always find a way to lose.


Weekly Notes....

Had a great round of golf with Hodgie and Willie on Sat. 

Not sure exactly how hot it got but know it was above 93ᴼ and I drank 4-5 bottles of water without having to stop and sign my name on the bushes. 

Hodgie was unbelievable – nailed a 200yd 5-iron to a tight green and made it look easy…there were other similar shots.  It was fun to watch as I swatted grass chunks down the fairway.  Willie was just plain fun…started a bit slow but caught fire, almost literally with all the heat, and started zeroing in his long irons.  I was still swatting the fairway grass ...and more sand than any sandbagger should carry.


This morning (06:30) was determined to practice at the driving range…hit some relatively accurate drives into the ball-collector guy who unfortunately at the time was only 180yds out.  Concluded it was better to go to work and practice again later when, with luck I'd see better results.


August is one of those really weird months - this year there are five Fri, Sat, and Sun.  I think it only happens once every 823 yrs, but the real significance is that it’s still 5 weeks until the Thailand trip instead of 4. Nonetheless, we still have room for a couple more hackers, and I have a feeling we'll know who they are next week or the next. Also next week I'll finalize all arrangements and will let each of you know your proportionate share of costs for ground transportation. Remember, this is the only money you will pay me directly, and it needs to be collected once I see you in Thailand (before you have a chance to spend it on presents for your wives and kids).

Ok, it's now time to eat a most disgusting snack for dinner...all a part of my comprehensive plan to be in perfect health for the trip. Got some raw fish, kimchi, something that looked good wrapped in seaweed, and some delicious red wine. I'll be watching a Happy Gilmore training video later, then early to bed so I can attack the driving range again tomorrow.

I hope all of you are feeling the same motivation and getting ready for the time of your life!

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


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.