Results – Melaka Tour – 9th to 11th April 2013

2 Day Competiton – Ayer Keroh & Tiara Melaka – 9th & 10th April

Ayer Keroh – 9th April


All arrived on time at Ayer Keroh and we teed off at 1015 hrs. Pleasant conditions, tree lined course, and even crocodiles basking on the lake banks.!!   But the course is getting a little tired, with the second 9 also having very heavily sanded greens, which made putting a bit of a lottery. The scores reflected the challenges of the course on the day.

All participants bought prizes along to be distributed during the 2 days of the competition. Handicaps for the competition had been levelled and assessed, hopefully to give all a chance. 

Winner on the day was Bernard ocb from Kevin with 89 for 35 points, (Bottle of wine). 6th place Andrew 104, 27 points (bottle of wine) and 10th place was the very heavily favoured Ray , who as a result, scored 121 for 15 points….(box of balls). 


Mister Potato sponsorship signs were seen all over the golf course …. of course in the snack shop there were none to be found

Smiling now … maybe not later

Loose Cannons prepare to head off to 1st tee

Bernard takes on some fluids

Smiling Ted

Kevin as always smartly turned out for the big event

Erol blasts his drive off on the 1st

The Loose Cannons Southern Tour Team at Ayer Keroh Golf Course, Melaka

Vincent tees off on 1st hole

Glen putts looked on by caddy

An array of signs at a tee box with again a high emphasis on Mister Potato

The viking Hans heads off on the 1st

Glen prepares for the par 3 over water

Bernard overshoots the green but is dry

The beautiful scenery of Ayer Keroh

Bernard doing some gardening

Tip toe through the tulips with Glen

Glen and Bernard waiting on the tee box

Glen watches as Bernard’s ball heads to the jungle

Stuart’s ball lies in the rough … but not for long

Bernard assesses the situation

9th hole at Ayer Keroh

Bernard blasts off on the second 9

Glen drives on a tricky par 4 through a corridor of trees

Some of the greens on the back 9 were rather poor because of heavy sanding

Mister Potato continues his marketing campaign

An elevated view at one of the tee boxes as Bernard and Glen prepare to tee off

Glen moves a small “loose impediment”

The back 9 became a little boring and some of the holes were very similar

Gong time …. watched carefully by Mister Potato

Another heavily sanded green

Short par 3 close to finish

Glen recovers well from the rough

Bernard shows his prowess in the sand

Glen making his final push at the end of the round

A tricky shot close to a tree for Glen

Finishing hole at last

A well guarded green on par 3

Glen pitches up to yet another sanded green

View back down the par 3

Panorama view of par 3 hole

Dinner – 9th April 

For the evening’s frivolities, Andrew, who had meticulously planned the evening’s cuisine, deftly directed everyone to the planned restaurant, only to discover that the establishment did not allow or serve alcohol…!!  Very quickly we moved onto alternative location, where a good evening was had by all. Andrew was quickly renamed Nyonya Robinson” which I’m sure will stick for some time to come.

Andrew Robinson recommended the best Nyonya restaurant in Melaka for dinner …. unfortunately it was dry and didn’t even allow us to consume our own wine
Dejected Loose Cannon’s at the Amy Heritage Nyonya Restaurant realising there was no alcohol! By this stage Mr Robinson’s face was ashen gray at the prospect that he couldn’t consume his wine.

Dinner at a Chinese seafood restaurant after a failed attempt to eat at halal dry Nyonya restaurant. Mr Andrew Robinson now renamed “Nyonya Robinson”
After dinner some LC’s headed for some additional refreshments at Hard Rock Cafe

Tiara Melaka – 10th April

Tiara Melaka was in great shape – our golf not so


Teed off at 1015 hrs at Tiara, for the second day of the competition. The course was in excellent condition, the greens were as usual challenging, and everyone enjoyed their day’s golf, on an easier course. Scores were much better. 

The leaders, after the first day, in the third flight, were on the 18th with one of three possible winners. Kevin, as usual creeping quietly up, with Hans leading by 3 points, from Bernard. Then the drama…( see pic). Hans’s drive lodged between 2 trees, took a penalty shot, and then proceeded to put his next shot into the greenside bunker…and…. 

The winner on the day .. Bernard 84 for 39 points, (bottle of wine), Ray was 6th (bottle of wine), with Erol 10 th (bottle of wine). Ted P also had 84 which included 3 birdies, 5 pars and rather too many 3 and 4 putts…!!


Today’s sponsor is Hi-Rev

Glen blast off on 1st tee

Andrew complete with hangover tees off to clear the cobwebs

The leading group of 4 prepare for their final push in the 2 day competition

Andrew gets his head down and starts to play some great golf

Glenis about to hit this ball into a bunker and cause a small debate over the use of a rake

The greens were tricky and fast but played true

A short par 3 with trouble in front

Mister Potato again was out in full marketing force at Tiara Melaka

A great par 5 with the green over water – Stuart managed to put 2 balls in here
Andrew recovering from an awful tee shot

Some great water features on this course

We cannot get away from Mister Potato

Andrew heads for trouble on this difficult par 4

Sometimes it pays to “take time to smell the flowers”

The 9th hole

Par 3 over water

The group behind us in trouble in the water

An interesting hole with two options on how to head to the green – I chose the wrong option!

Glen plays cautiously which pays off

Glen heading home

Andrew is in full swing today and feeling better again

Andrew got into a little trouble on this hole from recollection
This is where Hans Berger’s ball ended up after his tee shot at the 18th hole!
Andrew throws up a lot of sand from his bunker shot – unfortunately the ball rolled back into the bunker

Panorama at Tiara Melaka

Final Results

Full aggregated results are attached for the 2 day comp.

1st place : Bernard 74 points. Trophy + Wine

2nd place : Kevin 73 points Box of balls

6th place : Ted 61 points ( ocb ) Vincent. A very professional looking golf cap

10th place Ray 51 points. Prize to next in line Erol / Glen

An excellent  Nyonya dinner (discovered by accident), at Bistro 1673 on Jonkers Street was thoroughly enjoyed by all, including the good band.


Loose Cannons Golf Day – Orna – 11th April


Normal Cannons game, handicaps and rules played at Orna GC. As at Ayer Keroh, the course and clubhouse were looking a little tired. The course was busy with touring Koreans, but we managed to tee off slightly early, but without the booked caddies. Bernard was suffering from the previous evening’s excesses and as a result gave everyone else a chance…

Jeff who has been vociferously complaining about his high handicap, during recent weeks, has at last corrected it….!! An excellent round of 91 for 48 points, resulted in a cut of 12, beating Andrew who had a 95 for 41 points . Cut 1. 

We were lucky with the weather for all 3 days. Everyone got on well together, all returned home safely , and a good time I believe was had by all. 


Panorama at Orna Golf Club

Getting ready at 1st hole on the east Course

Kevin immaculately turned out again for this outing

The Ozzies scowling at the poms

Jeff tees off on 1st hole, East Course
Panorama of 1st hole, East Course

Tricky greens again today

Ted shows how to hit a great shot from the bunker

The undulating fairways at Orna

Ted on the dance floor

Kevin hits a great shot out of the bunker – unfortunately it’s Stuart’s ball!

A great par 5 where almost everyone had trouble

Panorama of par 5

Decisions … go for green or play safe

Ted hits off on par 3 over water

9th hole, East course

9th hole, East Course

Island green par 3 on West Course

Kevin tees off on island green par 3

Everyone made the green and parred this hole

Kevin’s shorts need some vertical hold adjustment

Beautiful houses beside golf course

Ted coming to grips with his putting

Jeff continues his accumulation of points


Orna is a great design but needs a little more TLC

A blue kingfisher stands guard

Ted fluffs his drive

Jeff heads down the last hole on the West Course with over 40 points already in the bag

Panorama at Orna Golf Club


Loose Cannons Southern Tour – Batam

Cannons all.
8 LC’s made it to Batam and enjoyed 2 days of golf on 2 very good courses in sublime weather.
Batam has changed out of all recognition since I was last there in1979. Back then there were no metalled roads and most of the buildings were wooden. The island was covered in forest with 
a population of only 6000 in 1970 and probably no more than 10,000 by 1979. Today most of the forest has gone, clear logged with mostly secondary forest and shrub left. There are wide dual carriageway roads and a bustling commercial / industrial based community supported by a population of just over 1M with an annual population growth of 8% over the last decade. Amazing! 
Mind you, there are plenty of signs of a country trying to run before it can walk.
Flying Fire Fly for the first time was a good experience; the flight being on time in both directions and their terminal at Subang is both comfortable and efficient. Such a wonderful change from the LCCT at Sepang. Entry was via a 7 day USD10 visa.
The Hotel Harmoni was also a good choice being a reasonable 4 star and right in the heart of Nagoya. Everything was literally just around the corner.
On day one we played Tering Bay in cool cloudy weather with a nice breeze blowing throughout. 
Tering Bay is a testing Greg Norman track and although the course was in good shape; especially the greens, the bunkers with their steep deep sand faces were very challenging especially if you were embedded in the face. The clubhouse is in need of some TLC but adequate and good friendly service. The club found us a mini bus for the return to the hotel and we hired him for the rest of the tour.
For the record Kevin Wiggins returned the best score of 83 for 42 points with Ted Parslow R/U with a superb 78 for 40 points.
Day 2 was the September Medal Game played at Palm Springs. This was a lovely picturesque 36 hole layout having 5-shared greens. We played the toughest of the 4; Palm & Island, measuring 5445 metres with a slope of 126. With a mixture of forest and beach backdrops it was a pleasure to play, again in delightful weather. The clubhouse too was excellent, Balanese style with all amenities and overlooking the beach.
The winner was Kevin again with 82 for 44 points and the R/U was myself with 39 points. The lowest gross was 76 by Geoff Parslow (34 back 9) finding his form, and the most golf was played by Richard Moss with 106.
Kevin is cut 8 strokes and myself 1 stroke.
A very good tour and worth another visit when we can try some of the other 5 courses on the island. Lots of fun.
I will be forwarding some photos to Stuart for inclusion in the Blog.

The photos and captions below by courtesy of Raymond Keys

If you wish to see the photos in original format (large size) please click on the photo itself
Watch this space for next Tuesday’s venue.
The Batam Tourists

My ball is in there somewhere!!!

I’ll give that hole a good whack and see what happens!!

I see the little bugger!

Can anyone see Barry’s ball?

No. – His shorts are too long!!

Richard, proving that he has had training as a mountain goat!

Good balance and well executed back swing.

No follow – through, but job well done!

Barry played with ‘FANI’ all afternoon, but she knew what I was up to and craftily managed to covered up the ‘FA’

Oh Susana…..Lovely girl.

Barry seeking confirmation that 100,000 is really only seven quid!

One of the cheery waitresses. (Note her belt has slipped)!

What a happy bunch of golfers. Especially the guy at the end of the table;-)

Day 2 “Trophy Day” at ‘Palm Springs’

And we still have a ‘full house’!

Beautiful back drop.

Ted lets rip!

There is a very large water hazard behind the green!

A little bit of TLC and this place could be even better!

Fishing or collecting balls?

Kevin – Did you lose your wallet?

Yummy – What a tasty bull frog!

That looks like my miracle ball!

It bounced on the water in front of the wall and somehow managed to get up over it!

The second flight playing the ‘Waiting Game!’

The ‘Pro’ says “Keep both feet firmly on the ground!

Kevin – A very happy September Trophy winner, (until he learned that he had been cut EIGHT)!
Barry contemplating dessert!

I wonder what he chose?


Next Game – Southern Tour Batam – 26th to 28th September 2011

Next week LC’s will tour Batam. 9 have signed up and the Itinerary is attached below. The 9 are:-
Mike Smith
Barry Cousins
Kevin Wiggins
Raymond Keys
Tony Morris
Richard Moss
Ted Parslow 
Geoff Parslow 
Glen Wombwell

We will be playing Tering Bay on Monday 26th and Palm Springs on Tuesday. This is the September MEDAL GAME. Both courses are TP and Stevie Heong has generously donated 4 or 5 sets of vouchers for those without TP books. I will have them with me. Thank you Stevie. A word of warning though. If you have the TP book BRING IT. If you haven’t but can BORROW ONE do so as the clubs may not accept vouchers that are not attached to the TP Book.
Bring some USD and some Rupea. The Visa on Arrival will cost you USD10. If you have Sing $ that will work as well.
Be at the FireFly terminal at SUBANG by 08:45.
As I say, we are 9. If anyone would like to join the Batam tour that would be good. 3 would be great. The hotel still have rooms and there is still room on the flight. It will be a blast. Contact Mike Smith ASAP.

Loose Cannons Southern Tour

Date:-  26th to 28th September 2011 for 2 nights & 2 rounds of golf
Destination:-  Batam Island, Indonesia.
26th September 2011
Meet at Subang Airport, Firefly Terminal at 08:45 LATEST
Firefly Flight # 3425
Dep Subang 10:05
Arr Batam 10:25
Visa on arrival USD10 for 7 day visa.
Taxi to
Tering Bay Golf & Country Club. TP course
We will air for a 12:30 tee time.
After the game Drinks & Light meal at the club.
Taxi to
Harmoni Hotel & Check In.
Evening free and easy

27th September 2011
After breakfast depart Hotel at 09:00 by Taxi to
Palm Springs Golf & Beach Resort. TP course
This is the SEPTEMBER MEDAL game
Drinks Lunch & Prize Giving at the club.
Taxi back to
Harmoni Hotel
Evening free & easy

28th September
After Breakfast Check out of Hotel and take Taxi to Airport
Firefly Flight # 3426
Dep Batam 10:45
Arr. Subang 13:00

For those NOT going to Batam a game is being organised by Ray Funnell & Andrew Robinson at RAHMAN PUTRA. Contact either of these guys if you are interested in playing.

Loose Cannons Southern Tour – Batam – Update

Those CONFIRMED for BATAM are:-

Mike Smith
Barry Cousins
Kevin Wiggins
Raymond Keys
Tony Morris
Erol Akinci
André Holm
Richard Moss
Ted Parslow 
Geoff Parslow 
Glen Wombwell
The confirmed arrangements are:-

26th September

Fly Firefly from Subang.
 Dep Subang 10:05 
 Arr. Batam Arr 10:25
 Visa on arrival
 Taxi to Tering Bay Golf & Country Club. TP course
 This will be the TROPHY GAME
 Prize giving and drinks at Tering Bay
 Taxi to Harmoni Hotel & check in.
 Evening free and easy.
27th September
After breakfast Taxi to
 Palm Springs Golf & Beach Resort. TP course
 After game drinks at Palm Springs
 Taxi to hotel.
 Evening free and easy.
28th September
After breakfast Check out of Hotel
 Taxi to airport
 Dep Batam 10:45 
 Arr. Subang 13:05      
Cost approx. RM1237
The cost INCLUDES Airfare, Carriage of clubs by Firefly, Hotel (single occupancy), Breakfast, Free Mini Bar, Golf Green fee, buggy & caddy (TOP PREMIER)
NOTE:- If you have the TP Book BRING IT. If you don’t have the book BORROW ONE. If you can’t borrow one it will cost you a little more but NOT MUCH.
It DOES NOT include Visa on Arrival, Departure Tax, Taxi (easimated to be RM40 p.p. based on 2 sharing)
Each golfer will be responsible for making their own booking with
Return fare RM343
Golf Clubs RM140
Delux room RM245 p.n.nett (Total 490 nett)
Rate include break fast ,mini bar & internet connection  
The names have been forwarded to Harmoni.

See you all at Subang on the 26th

Loose Cannons Southern Tour – Batam – 26th September 2011

Cannons all.
The proposed Southern Tour to Batam is scheduled for the last week of September 2011.
The response from my earlier circular gauging interest was strong with 13 “definites” and 4 “possibles”.
I think 16 would be a good number and so I now need to know DEFINITELY who will go.
Because Firefly only fly Mon, Wed & Fri there are 2 alternative packages.
Alternative 1
Dep Subang 26 Sept Returning 28 September
2D2N2 rounds Golf
Approx Price RM1380.
Alternative 2
Dep Subang 26 Sept Returning 30 September
4D4N4 rounds Golf
Approx Price RM2260.
Price includes
Return air fare (Firefly) Individual to make own on-line booking.
Carriage of Golf Clubs
Hotel (to be finalised) Individual to make own on-line booking
Green fee, buggy sharing, caddy sharing, based on Top Premier rates.
Transfers will be additional and by Taxi. Est cost per day RM25 pp.
The courses we will play are:
Tering Bay & Palm Springs
Tering Bay, Palm Springs, Indah Puri & Batam Hills or Southlinks.
Please respond telling Mike Smith you WILL or WILL NOT be touring and your PREFERRED package.
The MAJORITY preference will dictate if its a 2D or 4D tour.

Loose Cannons Southern Tour

There has been some discussion regarding the proposed Southern Tour to Johor. So that we can best gauge the most popular date for this please let Mike Smith know what dates when you CANNOT join the tour. The proposed tour will be in JUNE or JULY. 
In September / October we may try to arrange a tour to Batam or Bintang if there is sufficient interest.