Entries Tagged as 'Preparation and Practice'

Pre Spring 2011

Spring is near – at least that is what we all hope! The degrees are going up and golfers are beginning to show up again when the sun is shining. So am I as you can see on the picture, it looks cold but it wasn’t that bad. It was on Sunday just before the sun went down, but I managed to play the par 3 course (5 holes) in a decent score if we don’t count the last hole. 🙂

On the second hole I did a good shot which landed a few meters from the flag – always a good feeling. 😀

Good shot on the 2nd green on the practise course AAGC

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I’m looking forward to be playing on the 18 hole golf course again. Hopefully the sun will break through again and the wind should blow somewhere else. 🙂


Looking back

I have briefly been studying my progress over the years. My golf handicap has been lowered every year but the graph is neither linear or exponential. Take a look at the graph and compare it to your own progress.

HCP Progress

The bars, one for each year, shows the handicap ultimo (blue) plus the drop (red) which in total shows the handicap primo for the year. For 2006 the numbers are handicap 54 primo with a drop of 17 handicap-points (31%) down to the ultimo handicap 37. The two years 2007 and 2009 has the smallest drops which could either mean that I haven’t played that much or I have been struggling with the game. For both years it looks to be the first, based on the number of tournaments I have played each year, but I also think that more practice has been a factor.

The conclusion regarding handicap lowering is that it gets harder to drop the lower you go – it requires a lot of practice and some good tips from the Club Pro.

Thailand 2011

I went to Thailand with my girlfriend to relax and play some golf. I have heard a lot of good about Thailand from friends and I would like to pass on the good advice – Thailand is great, go there to experience the kind people, good food and great golf courses.

Clubhouse area of Banyan Golf Club

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We stayed in the town called hua hin, three hours south west of Bangkok. The hotel named Wora Bura was great to stay at. The hotel was located by the seaside with an infinity pool. The garden and hotel was beautiful made with respect to the thai nature. The hotel is located a few kilometers outside huahin center, but you can easily get there by a cheap tuk tuk og cab.

We had booked four golf courses, the first one called Banyan. A great and beautifull course located in a mountain area. Everything was perfect, except for the rusty golf skills which could have been better, but not a disaster. We had a buggy and a caddy each, that’s the way to play golf in Thailand. 🙂 As we played the holes my game got better and better. Especially the three wood became good, yes it also had to adjust to the climate, and the scores became better. Some of the drives from the tee box where difficult to read how to do but the caddy gave you a club and said “aim for the tree” or “aim for the car in from” and when she said go you just go ahead and shoot. Most of the times it was a success but a few times we had to search for the ball in the rough or find it in the bunkers. 🙂

The second course we tried was black mountian, one of the best ones in pacific Asia. A really difficult course which has to be played with course management in mind. Try it out if you dare to, it is great. Again my game became better and better – it really helps playing golf multiple days in a row. Putting was difficult on those greens but I think I managed to keep the number of puts under 36 for the round. I remember a par 3 hole which would terrify most golfers because of the green being a half island surrounded by water. I can’t say that I wasn’t scared of throwing the ball in the water but I was more focused on landing it close to the pin. About 140 meters to the pin a great shot with the 7 iron landed just behind the pin and spun towards the pin. But when we got to the green the ball was pin low with about a 3 meter put. I spoiled both the birdie and par chance and got a boogie. Darn!! Great shot to the green but bad putting, that is what golf is all about, the small victories and the nightmares such as three putting. 🙂

The third course we played was Imperial Lake View Golf Club which is located among farmers and pineapple fields. The fairways are narrow and difficult to play. Again it was good to have a caddy to guide you through the green. It was not the best of the courses we tried but very good after all.

The fourth course we tackled was Palm Hills Golf Club. We got accompanied by a golf player named Heinz. It was a great day and a good course. I scored around 30 stableford points and that was good for a difficult course and also a total unknown and new course. I hope that I can get a good start when the season in Denmark starts around May. I would like to get under 11 in handicap this year which should be possible if I take the time to improve my short game.

It was great to explore the city and the nature surrounding it. We did that by tuk tuk or by motorcycle. It was really a good vacation my girlfriend and I had in Thailand. The food is one of the things you have to try out in various places, it is so tasteful, cheap and good that you would not believe it.

I want to go there again 🙂