Have sort of recovered from the Melaka Away golf tour 2018.
It was truly nice three days and thanks to Mike Smith local knowledge we experienced two new excellent eateries; The Curly Tail located not far from the Jonker Street and Pampas Sky Dining on top of the Swiss Gardens Residence located just a few steps from our excellent hotel Ramada. Three of us ordered Pork Knuckles at The Curly Tail, it was stated as small on the bill, it was XXXL, only our Dutch participant managed to finishing it. Melaka from above at night it’s impressive with the new Hilton Hotel in the distance along the shore line.
We played Ayer Kerohs Govenor and Ghaffar nines as our normal Tuesday game and with its 6200 metres from white it’s not a pushover.
– Winner Stan Constantinides with 95/34
– Second Martin Walsh with 93/30
– Third Hans Berger 104/29
Orna was our selection for day one Melaka Away 2018. We started with the North course which we may have not played before, it’s only 2565 metres. Yeah perhaps it lacked a bit of maintenance but for me anyway, very nice to play. Second nine we played the West Course it’s some 300 metres longer and more challenging.
The second day Malaka Away was held at Tiara Melaka, I think the better of the three golf courses in Melaka and they are all located just a few km’s apart.
The three flight was sorted as per the first days results;
– flight 1, Martin Belderink, Ray Funnel and Ian Wise
– flight 2, Roger McGowan, Hans Berger and Stan Constantinides
– and the leader-board with Mike Smith, Martin Walsh and Ricardo Castro
The point span going into the last day here was from 25 to 38.
We begun with the Lake nines (2735 metres), and it was in a very good condition with ample grass on the fairways and very god greens. Woodlands (2854 metres) was our second nine, also very good but lacked grass on the fairways on some of the dense forest areas holes. I would like to suggest that they should cut every third tree or so to get some air in, it’s terrible hot there.
We had a few very good scores this last day and a few whom may feel a bit disappointed.
– winner like last year Martin Walsh with 79 points (nine points more than he had 2017 but then we played Ayer Keroh)
– second Martin Belderink 72 points with an excellent 87/43 today
– third Ricardo Castro with 71 points
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The winner received a box of good Callaway golf-balls and all could take a pick from the golf-courses caps and towels as a memory, all payed from our kitty.
I suppose we all reflect a bit on our experience and results; mine are the three nines I played best and like the most; Ayer Keroh’s Ghaffar, Orna’s North Course and Tiara Melaka’s Lake with an average point of 19.33 per nine.
Food for thoughts; perhaps for the next Melaka Away each of us should select in advance which six holes per course I will use for the total away point calculation.