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?