After a few days without rain I was expecting Kinrara to be reasonably dry underfoot but I was wrong. The back 9 in particular had several fairways that were still very soft and had not been cut for a few days. There were also a lot of worm casts and so not a lot of run off the tee. But this is a club that’s spending a lot of money on their facility, the clubhouse is superb and the tee boxes are as good as anywhere we play. They have recently built 3 new bunkers adjacent to the driving range (why???) and there is a lot of maintenance activity on the course. The greens are generally good if some what slow and if they can get the drainage sorted and some new buggies this will be a very attractive venue on a more frequent basis.
15 LC’s teed it up in good weather playing off the Blues as historically they place the whites on the ladies tees during the week. And so it was yesterday, but let me tell you that off the Blues this is a completely different golf course reflected in the slope of 132. Progress was rather slow due in some part to hunting for balls in the thick rough (again due to soft ground resulting in inability to get the mowers working) and ongoing greens maintenance. You will get this on an 18 hole layout! At the 5th we were held up for several minutes as they were hollow tining, sweeping, sanding and cutting the green as we played and we were forced to wait while they mowed an area around the pin.
The winner was Erol Akinci with 39 points and the R/U Kevin Wiggins with 38 points. The low gross was an uncharacteristic 87 by John Laidley and the most golf was played by Richard Moss with 112.
Erol is cut 4 strokes and Kevin 1 stroke.
Full results and handicap adjustments can be found in the attachment.
M&M was taken at the Annex with 11 attending. Good grub and cheap booze. Good location for these gatherings.