Malacca Away – 12th-14th March 2019

Day 1 – Orna Golf & Country Club

The first day of Melaka Away 2019 is done and dusted. It was an ordinary Loose Cannons Tuesday game at Orna’s West and East nines. Quite a nice course actually, good layout but a bit dry though.

Mike Smith, LC’s founder looked forward to this but unfortunately he could not attend as his doctor gave him yesterday strictly instructions of; no golf, no car driving and no alcohol for 10-days. And of top of that Roger McGowan had a bad back despite consuming some German medicine on the way back to Kuala Lumpur.

So we ended up with two flights only.

Results

1) Martin Belderink hcp 23, 90/41

2) Bernard Romahn hcp 14, 82/40 which is lowest gross as well

3) Hans Berger hcp 30, 102/36

4) Ricardo Castro hcp 15, 90/33

5) Andrew Robinson hcp 30, 105/33

6) Jan van Driel hcp 26, 104/30

7) Joseph Winter no official LC hcp yet 97/29

8) Ray Funnell 33, 118/23

Day 2 – Ayer Keroh Country Club & Day 3 – Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club

After a night out on the town, well it was mainly limited to Restaurant Curly Tails lovely food, day two of the Melaka Away 2019 awaited us at Ayer Keroh Golf Club Berhard, it is perhaps the most scenic of the three courses in Melaka

We started with Governor nine and ended with Ghafar, 6070 meters long from white. Like we experienced from Orna, the courses were dry so we got some bounces and extra meters. Governor nine was perhaps the better of them.

The last couple of years having a beer or two for lunch in their restaurant has been complicated, but after last years election beers are now available again and with the food coupons we received we had our lunch there of course.

Back to the hotel, we others had a rest whereas Ricardo was looking for a place to replace the putter shaft. Before heading off for last nights dinner and activities we assembled at our hotel Ramada Plaza bar for a few beers, buy one get one, was a good deal. Walking through Melaka at sunset along the river is very nice and you will see new restaurants open here and there since last year. I was looking for my very old place “Honky Tonk Heaven” but John the Kiwi owner and a very good piano player, had closed some years ago and left. Instead of the 21st floor sky restaurant we went for Bistro Year 1673 at Jonker Street. We have spent many Melaka Aways there and have good memories like when Geoff Parslow entertained us singing. Food was as usual very good, splitting the bill i.e. Going Dutch did not workout or was voted down by the wine drinkers I suppose so one could hear some noisy guests, but I think that is forgotten now.

Thursday the 14th of March the last day of Melaka Away 2019 arrived and rumors was saying that one guy had left the hotel very early for putting lessons. Our requests for caddies was delivered as asked for, very good as one cannot drive on the fairways. Quite a few complained about Tiara Melaka’s Meadow nine, I thought it was better than the Woodland nine. Overall all courses we have played suffered from lack of rain and poorly raked bunkers.

We had a good prize table, four bottles of wine, several boxes of golf balls, golf caps and some home made spicy stuff by Andrew Robinson Inc

The last day starting leader-board looked very different after all was done and dusted,

Wednesday and Thursday result you can see in the tables below.

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Overall result :

Winner Ricardo Castro 70 points

Ricardo the winner

Shared second Hans Berger, Jan van Driel and Bernard Romahn  62 points

Aftab Ahmad and Josef Winter came shared fifth with 57.

Andrew Robinson 56, Martin Belderink 55 and Ray Funnel with 48

*Josef will have a LC handicap from now on

And a big thank you to Joseph for the kitty contribution, we will use that wisely

Many Thanks Everyone and Cheers – Hans

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Melaka Away – 13-15 Mar 2018

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.
Results;
– 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.

Results;
– 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
See below for details

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.

Results

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Malacca Away – 22-24 March 2016

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Day 1 – Tiara Melaka

We had four full flights with 16 players for the first day of the Malacca Away trip with two players (Erol Akinci and Graham Cadman) coming down for a day trip to make up the numbers. After an easy drive down from KL most players arrived at Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club before 9:00am. We had time for some morning tea at the clubhouse cafe and after an easy registration we all got off on the Meadow and Woodland 9’s at 9:30am. The course was very quiet so we were not held up at all. After a humid start the weather was surpassingly cool given the hot weather of the last week and a pleasant breeze made it even more pleasant. We had a very brief shower of rain but that passed within 5 minutes so did not hold up the proceedings.

The course was in good condition overall although there were some bare patches on the tee boxes and the bunkers were in need of attention. The greens were fast and fairly predictable but with a few nasty slopes.

After the game we had some cold beers and a some lunch at the clubhouse cafe at a very reasonable cost – many thanks to Hans Berger who financed the beers as he was celebrating 250 games with Loose Cannons …. quite an achievement.

Geoff McLaws had his 100th game with Cannons today so we look forward to some sponsored refreshments tomorrow at Orna!

 

 

Results

The winner today was Andrew Robinson, and after some post game and post results announcement score adjustments, he still won on count back from Geoff McLaws with a 93 for 41 points. Runner up was Geoff McLaws with 77 for 41 points and the best gross score of the day. 3rd place was shared between Roger Surieux and Bernard Romahn both with 38 points. Most golf was both Iain Wise and Richard Moss both with gross of 110. Full results below :

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After lunch we then headed into Malacca and checked into the Ramada Plaza Hotel which was certainly a step up from the Bayview Hotel where we stayed last year.

On the first evening we all had dinner at Bistro 1673 which to be fair had rather ordinary food and it also seemed to be a problem getting some cold beers at one point. However we managed to spend about 4 hours there before staggering back to the hotel.

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Day 2  – Orna

The first day of the 2-day competition was held at Orna Golf Club. We played the East and West Courses under rather hot and humid conditions with little or no breeze. The course was dried out and bare in many places with very hard and sloping fairways making shots difficult. We saw one sprinkler on the course which was not working properly and simply creating a large pool of water in the middle of the fairway – a shame that simple maintenance cannot be done. The greens were ok overall however but had many undulations which proved a test for most players.

After the game we had some drinks and a snack at the club cafe before heading back to the hotel.

The results from Day 1 are shown below:

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We all had dinner on the second night at a new Spanish restaurant called Salud. The starter of cheese and ham (when it eventually arrived) was good but the main course was really a disgrace. I had ordered the pork rib loin which closely resembled something you would give to your dog … only one poor scrawny and skinny rib on a bed of powdered pureed mashed potato and a limp piece of salad. The wait for this was far too long and the service poor …. the staff could not even manage to bring us some olive oil for the dry bread. Anyway a few bottles of wine and some beer took some of the pain away.

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Day 3 – Ayer Keroh

The final day of the tour was at the tough Ayer Keroh Golf Club – always a test of golf and stamina after 2 days of golf and 2 evenings out in Malacca. Conditions again were very hot and humid with very little breeze making it a hard slog for most on this rather long course. The course is however very beautiful with some magnificent large trees and lakes complete with crocodiles!

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Results

Results from Day 2 were as follows:

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The winner of the 2 day competition was Iain Wise with a total of 190 for 72 points and he was presented with the Malacca Away trophy by Mike Smith. Well done Iain – guess those lessons are now showing some reward. Runner up was Martin Walsh with a total score of 176 for 70 points and 3rd place was Paul Geddes with 172 for 68.

The overall score for the two day tournament are tabulated below along with the scores from the game at Tiara Melaka.

 

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