Batam Away – 10th-13th October, 2017

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Eight of the ordinary LC’s went to Batam this week to play Palm Springs, Terring Bay and Batam Hills and the good part flying away, it’s just a short convenient trip with Malindo Air from Subang Airport.

 

Our first stop was at Palm Springs which was like a homecoming for me as I used to be member there when I was living in S’pore. They have added New Resort Course since I left so they operate 36-holes now, it’s a nice place and highly recommended but very busy over the weekend. The course can handle a heavy downpour well as it’s built on sand. See report issued for results.

 

Wednesday being the first day of the two day Batam Competition we played Terring Bay, also familjiar to me from my S’pore times. It has some very nice holes along the sea. One could sort of notice that the business is not as good as it used to be.

 

The final day we played Battam Hills a new experience for me. A very nice club house with Egypt decorations on the walls and nicely manicured plants along the fairways. It has a few challenging narrow fairways holes combined with wide opened. The last two courses are also very nice to play but cannot handle water as good as Palm Springs.

We stayed downtown Nagoya at Hotel – Harmoni Batam conveniently located next to Masale Village, a very good place for a few nights.

Batam and specially Nagoya has developed nicely over the years, it’s a lot more traffic though, the main roads are good and the always present motorcycles are well behaved compare to what we are used to.

 

Results

 

As I suspected with the form Bernard has shown lately he won with 36/40 = 76 points, followed by Ted 34/37 = 71 and Martin Walsh 37/32 = 69. It goes to show that one need a lower handicap to be competitive over two days or more.

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Correction …… Glen Wombwell’s score at Tering Bay on 11th October should be 105 for 35 points ….. and Ray Funnell’s score at Batam Hills on 12th October should be 117 for 21 points. This has been corrected in the master spreadsheet and the handicap records.

We had an incident/discussion the first day about Preferred Lie, we all know about that rule “closely mown area through the green” but this happen to be on another hole then we played on. My judgement then was that it’s based on the type/condition of the grass that counts, not on which fairway you are.

 

It was a very nice trip and I especially thank Bernard for volunteer for ‘money bag man’ it helped easing the task.

Photos

Last night seafood dinner and enjoymentPar 3 hole 7 Palm Course ovelooking the sea towards S'por

 

Results – Palm Springs GCC, Batam – 10th October 2017

On our first day on Batam we played Palm Springs GCC Resort and Palm nines. A bit unlucky as it started to rain cats and dogs when we arrived from the airport. We were in doubt that we actually could play but after about two hours we begin to see Singapore on the other side so we went out.
Despite all the water that came down the fairways were in good condition some bunkers were damaged though. We just managed to finish it before it became too dark.
We all enjoyed Palm Springs GCC and they have two more nines to play.

Results

How did it go:
– winner Bernard 38
– second Ted 37
– third Glen 34
– lowest gross Ted and Bernard 84
– most gross Ray 110
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