The Pattaya Links Golf Society                                                                                                                                       Pattaya's Oldest & Friendliest Golf Group



Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Alan Attwell (England)
Takuya Okuda (Japan)

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Derek Teeling (England)
Andy Roberts (Wales)
Paul Kennedy (England)
Steven Lynch (England)
Colin Smith (Wales)
Keith Peplow (England)


Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Jeff Hunt (Australia)
Andy Kelleher (Ireland)



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

Sadly, Links Golf is no longer organising formal or tournament golf from today, March 25, due to the restrictions currently in place in Thailand and, it is anticipated, in the next few days.

All games we had scheduled for the remainder of March and for April have now been cancelled.

We will return to golf as quickly as possible when the restrictions are lifted.

If golf courses allow, as they do as present, some individual persons may get together for a game, but Links cannot organise for you.

Sorry, but we are sure our golfers will understand the situation.


The following ia a response to a post on the IPGC Facebook page by Mike Mesommonta (Director, Burapha Golf Club)

"Yesterday meeting (ESGC)
All of our members golf courses
Will screen customers employees Caddies
Check Temperature sanitize hands with alcohol before entering the clubs
Spacing lockers table & chairs
Caddies and employees wear glove and mask
No tournament allowed
Just regular outing
No prizes ceremony
All public area will be sanitize included golf cart
Thank you for your cooperation enjoy your day"



A Day of Luxury at Chee Chan

Chee Chan was booked by a golf tour organizer for 60 Australian golfers. Then, with cancelled and re scheduled flights and closed borders, they could not get here. Phil suggested that a few of our golfers would take some of those tee times if they could have the special price. We put the sign-up sheet on the board and ended up with 41 players, many of whom had never played here before.

The new and grandiose clubhouse, similar in style to Pattana and Royal Lakeside, is all luxury and space, together with spectacular views over most of the course and the backdrop of the Mount with the Gold Buddha to the left and the skyline of Pattaya further right. The weather was hot, but very breezy for most of the round, which is possibly the reason for the lower than expected scores.

This course is in great condition with undulating fairways cut to have the ball sitting up waiting to be hit. The practice green was very slick but the greens on course were not quite that fast but ran very true.
Some names in the results list are new to Links Golf but all played well enough to be there.

The ‘A’ flight had Peter Williamson, returning after a long absence, come out on top of multiple countbacks to take the win with 36 points. Mark Penfold, the golf tour organizer in his first game with Links, took second spot, also 36 points followed by Kim Gueng Hwan, also his first time, in third place, also 36 points.

Hyun Jae Kang, one of a group of three visitors, grabbed the win in ‘B’ flight scoring, you guessed it, 36 points. Simon Niven, whose flight home was cancelled, came out to take second place on countback of 35 points to nudge out Derek Phillips who had one of his ‘good’ days.

Near Pins: Tony Browne (4), Huw Phillips (6), Keith Peplow (12), Bruno (17).
Best Front Nine (non-winners) …. Lawrence Lee….20 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) …...Paul Stewart ….20 pts

Because of the restrictions currently in place we decided to do something unusual. That was to conduct the presentations at the course. The ‘View’ restaurant is a large and ultra-modern venue, serving very nice food with cold drinks and attentive wait staff.

Peter Williamson was the Green Jacket winner, but we forgot to bring it with us. However, Peter had the photo op with Phil, and that’s almost as good.
Hopefully, when this virus situation is over, we can get some good pricing at Chee Chan and come here more often, plenty of people would really like that.

Unfortunately, this is the last competition golf report from us at Links Golf until competition at the golf courses is allowed to resume. We wish all of our golfers, wherever in the world you are, safe travels and stay healthy. Hope to see you all sooner rather than later.







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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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