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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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10th annual Golf Trip to Thailand

10 Sep (Sun) thru 20 Sep (Wed) 2017

Right now 10 golfers are confirmed with room for more... it'll be a good group.

Notes...

No visas are required for either of these golf trips.

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....

After a year off to move into retirement I've decided it's time to gather a group and head back to Thailand. In addition to saving up for expenses, I've decided to get some help improving my nearly perfect "Tin Cup" mishits. The caddies at my home course consider me something of a work-in-progress where there may not be enough time left in my life to get a decent swing fully functional. By Sep I should be ready....somehow.

This year I'm considering changing hotels to the Bay Breeze. It cost only about $35/night, has a pool and restaurant and is closer to restaurants, shops and open-air bars.

I was going to limit the number of players to 8, but there's been such a strong response I'll let it go to 16.

1st annual Golf Trip to the Philippines

8 Feb (Thu) thru 17 Feb(Sat) 2018

Right now 12 golfers are confirmed with room for more. The courses will be really fun, the temps not too hot, and the location very similar to what you'll find in Thailand except everyone will speak English.

This will be a fun trip and playing Intramuros GC will be special. It's laid out around the old walled city of Manila, it's short, and it's really fun.

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.