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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes


to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends



Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for




The True Spirit of Golf
(With grateful acknowlegements to John Mason)

The Golfer’s Prayer

O Lord, I would a golfer be!
Where par is 4, I seek a 3;
Where par is 3, my goal is 2;
But, failing that, an ace will do.

On all par 5s, I aim for 4
A 3 would make me praise thee more.
Alas though, Lord, such scores it seems
Are nothing more than wishful dreams.

So, when I shake on the 1st tee,
One straight shot I ask of thee.
Let me not slice it out of bounds
3 off the tee destroys my rounds.

Let me not hook and trouble find,
For such disasters blow my mind.
Nor let me top it thirty yards
And run big scores up on my cards.

Preserve me too from fiercest rough;
This game's already hard enough!
Nor let me stray into a burn
And find I have not lost my turn.

Do not let me bunkered be,
As sand will be the ruin of me.
And, if I hit a little thin,
Stop my ball right by the pin.

O let my nerve be hard as steel;
Let my hands be blessed with feel;
Let my putts be firm and true;
Down in one – at worst, in two.

And, if my prayers shall all be met,
Then I will act with etiquette:
All my divots I'll replace
Pitch marks? I shall leave no trace!

So, one more favour, Lord, I seek –
Can I play this way each week?


The 19th Hole Beckons

From the first to the last, golf should be a blast;
As we hasten our way to the bar.
Where tales may be told, by the young or the old,
Past, current or ne’er to be star.

In a euphoric state, it’s the place to relate
How we played better than we just scored.
How we gave it a clout, how we saw it lip out,
On a course all but put to the sword.

Of a draw – not a hook – it’s a tale of bad luck
Of balls resting in divots be damned;
Or in rough much too deep; or in bunkers too steep,
With too much or not enough sand.

You’ll hear more than twice, that it wasn’t a slice;
It was simply another power fade.
While that chip that was thin, but that somehow fell in,
Was the best shot that ever was played.

With so much to relate and so much to debate,
How could we ever get bored?
As we tell of our duels and argue the rules
In the hope of some reasoned accord.

I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s the best place to be,
This abode of the golfing go-getter.
So, by my reckoning, with all of this beckoning,
The quicker we get here the better.

And amid all this banter, you’ll find just one ranter -
It’s me – with a message – OK?
With a 19th like ours, golf shouldn’t take five hours,
So, let’s all put an end to slow play.




Tournament News


Note from the Links Hotel webpage

As many things have changed in the ‘new normal’, here are some updates for how we can obey the rules until they change.

For the first 2 weeks we will not run competition golf. It will be social golf only.

Golf courses will open locker rooms, in most cases, but will not allow showers, in all cases, which means we travel back smelly!!

We may return to Links Bar after the round, but there will be no presentations, of course, and no food or alcohol served.

However, we can meet at the Bar in the morning where breakfast will be available, while complying with social distancing rules.

By all means fill out your scorecard and we will enter into PSC or Birdie for you for handicapping. A box will be set up at the Bar for you to pop the card in.

They will be collected next morning, so if your card is not there it cannot be entered. You may wish to enter your own score.

We will post all scores on the board, on Links website and Facebook, but there will be an Opt Out available.

Because we have a limit of 5 persons per bus, the fare will need to go to 400 bht. Not so. bad as we won’t be paying comp fees.

For those playing Burapha on Wednesday, Phil will give a run down of any other things we need to know.

This is the way it is, and we will make changes as the Government makes changes.

Just for your information, below is a list from Khao Kheow. Other courses will have slight variations on this:

  1. Golfers must wear sanitary masks / cloth masks. And have to go through all the screening points before entering the clubhouse.
  2. 1 group can only play 4 people
  3. Do not allow followers
  4. Golfers must drive golf cars themselves. (The caddy stands behind. Do not allow caddies to drive in all cases)
  5. Photo shooting is not allowed within the stadium.
  6. The locker room is not open for use.
  7. Can order food. But not allowed to sit and eat together
  8. Must reserve the field in advance, do not accept Walk In all cases / Thank you.













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Other News


Sign-Up Sheets

Sign up sheets are now displayed for up to a fortnight before a fixture as current demand is greater than experienced before. Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Notice

Golfers are reminded that a confirmed handicap needs to be shown before competition entry is accepted.

PLGS and Handicaps

As we are a competition based golf group the access to accurate current handicap details is essential to preserve the integrity of our competitions. There seems to be some problems wih PSC fully joining the new world handicapping system Therefore PLGS has decided to encourage all golfers to join Birdie (Thailand) and use its handicapping system. It is fully compliant with the new system and is professionally maintained. Access is available 24/7 and all PLGS competition scores are now being sent to Birdie as well as PSC. Adjustments are iimmediate and a confirmatory email is sent whenever a member's score has been added.

Birdie membership is free and an app is available for download on its website at

All PLGS golfers are therefore invited to join Birdie.







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