Loose Cannons play Royal Kampung Kuantan once a year and it never fails to deliver a stern test. KK is one of the oldest courses in Malaysia having been founded by a Scotish planter in 1910 so its 102 years old. It’s a 9 hole layout but tough and long with a slope rating of 134 and it showed in the scores today. Out of the 11 starters only the winner and the runner-up managed to break 100.
The course was in good condition and with a lot of run after the recent dry spell, some reasonable scores were anticipated but alas, the unfamiliarity of this track with it’s numerouse ditches and huge trees combined with the ineptitude of most of the players resulted in some pretty dismal scoring.
The winner was Hans Berger with 36 points and the runner-up was Jeff Pearce with 33 points.The lowest gross was 89 by Hans Berger and the most golf was played by Alan Holgate with 121. Hans is cut 4 strokes and Jeff 1 stroke.
Lunch was taken in Ijok at the usual place and very good it was too. There was plenty of beer drunk for a change and some lively banter, much of it concerning the job our guest Graham has in China where part of his duties involves auditioning girls for the massage parlour of the ski resort he is building. The mind boggles!!! The other topic was a blow by blow account of Alan Holgate’s 6 strokes to get past the ladies tee on the 6th. In addition to the RM50 collected at registration, a further RM10 top up was needed to pay for the lunch and so the mornings golf plus lunch cost us RM60 before paying for the caddy. We shall return next year but I rather fear that with the new road making KK only a 40 minute drive for a lot of KL folk, the price and conjestion may increase.
Mike Smith (looking unusually happy!!), Hans Berger, Bob Simpson and two caddies/masseurs!!