This week we decided to head north to Bukit Beruntung which we had not played for many years. It was listed in the Top Premier book at a bargain rate of RM50 but when calling to book I was informed there was a special rate of RM45. Later we found that this did not include insurance which we had to pay separately but still a very economically attractive rate. The club has 2 18 hole courses – we played the better?? East Course and with the Saujana group which had taken over this club some years back we perhaps naively thought it may have improved.
The clubhouse is a very large and ominous looking building which is now in a bad state of disrepair. An outhouse which stored all the grass cutting equipment had recently been in a major fire and was completely burnt out …. insurance job??
There were 13 of us …. again sadly let down by last minute pull outs which created extra costs for a number of 1/2 buggy charges.
We all got off on 2 separate tee boxes at just before 8:00am and the first 9 holes were relatively cool, but got progressively hotter as the morning went on. The course was badly cut up by wild boars and the green surrounds were in pretty bad shape as were the bunkers. You really had to keep on the fairway as there was no relief by slicing or drawing onto other fairways – each hole was individually carved through the palm oil plantations so once of the fairway your ball was well and truly gone.
The greens were very soft and spongy with many bumps and fairly slow – particularly one green which had been left to grow and resembled the texture and nature of my ex-mother-in-law’s thick shag pile Axminster carpet.
However the course was extremely scenic and had some interesting holes as can be seen in the photos below.
We all got round in reasonable time being held up a little by a number of Koreans who were all playing the course. We then headed off and had an excellent lunch at Restoran recommended by Rein Li Tan – who also ordered the food. The Mongolian pork ribs were outstanding and a double portion was quickly ordered
Barry cousins was celebrating his 300th game today – well done Barry – and he kindly sponsored the drinks. Allan McNicoll was having his last Loose Cannons game prior to heading to South Africa so he kindly bought lunch for everyone. Thanks Allan and Barry!
There was a wide range of scores today from very good to VERY bad. The winner today with a credible 42 points (gross of 89) was Mike Smith. The runner up was Iain Wise with 38 points (gross of 94). Best gross was Mike Smith with his 89. Full results below: