It has been 10 years or so since Loose Cannons played up at Awana so after an invitation by the new Golf Manager, Russell Maw, to try out the new and improved course we had 3 flights for this weeks game. The drive up the hill to Awana is still tortuous but the cool air and mountain views once you get there are worth it.
We tee’d off at around 8:00am on Index 1 Hole No 1 which claimed a few early victims with OB left and hazard on the right. The course was in very good condition even though it was a little dry and the greens generally very good although some seemed somewhat slower than others. The course is very tight requiring accurate placement of the ball on the drive and approach …. something many of our members are not particularly good at …. so there were some large contributions of balls to the surrounding jungle and water!
Highlight hole for our group was hole no 11 where Mike Smith pulled his ball left and thought it was red stakes … it was not … so he drove all the way back to the tee to play again in an attempt to scrabble a point. He made a 7 so didn’t get a point but was later informed later by the group behind that he had tee’d off the 2nd time from the ladies tee so his score (had he scored) would have been null and void anyway. This didn’t help Mike’s mood as he struggled with his game today on this adventurous course.
The air was cool so it was a pleasant round and the views and some of the hole layouts were spectacular. We all finished by around 12:30 or so. The original plan was to lunch and refresh at the club but after finding out they only had 9 cans of Carlsberg beer (no draft beer available) and these cans of beer were RM20 a pop …. we decided to head back down the hill to a good Chinese restaurant at Gohtong Jaya. Here we had good food and reasonably priced beer at RM20 a large bottle. So this is something the management at Awana Golf Resort should note …. if they plan on this being a “premier” or “exclusive” course then it should have some basic food and refreshment services at a reasonable price. The course is good but not worth their normal asking price of RM300 …. particularly when you consider the rather sub-standard club facilities (changing rooms and F&B services).
Some high scores today, as expected, but the winner today with a gross 100 and 37 points was Andrew Robinson (cut 4). Runner up was Stuart Taylor with the best gross of the day of 89 with 35 points and 3rd place was Ricardo Castro with 91 for 34 points. Full results below: