A season of new ideas and new achievements!
The 2018/2019 Season of the Cha-Am Golf Club has come to an end as many of our Members make their way back to their home countries and yet another summer!
The Management Committee takes this opportunity to wish them well and trust that they will return as soon as they are able to enjoy more Thai hospitality and more great golf on our famous regional golf courses.
“Famous’ is an appropriate description with our region reclaiming the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO)’s Award for Golf Destination of the Year for Asia 2019.
A Season of New Ideas and New Achievements!
At the end of 2018 the Club had 58 active Members. This may seem far below past seasons but really reflects a change in arrangements with visiting players in the annual Wirkola Cup. The Club continues to have a very positive relationship with these players and was able to join in playing arrangements during the season.
Apart from standard formats for Stableford and Stroke rounds, the inclusion of more social events such as Texas Scramble and 3 clubs and a putter proved popular with players looking for some novelty element in their round.
A feature of the Club’s away game and 2 round championship was a day/night format under lights at the Pinehurst Golf Course. Congratulations go the ‘masters’ of this event with Tore Wirkola as the incoming Club Champion and the Ladies Champion, Lene Rosenstand.
The Club has always welcomed players new to the game of golf. This season included instruction and practice sessions; well attended as a confidence and skills boost to some of our newest Members.
The Club now has its own banners to display and promote the Club at golf courses where we play.
Providing Members with best deals to play golf is a constant quest for the Club which last season included pre purchasing vouchers when they were on offer, including at ‘expos in Bangkok which were auctioned along with a Mercedes golf bag as just another Membership advantage.
Management Committee Matters
At the January 2019 Annual General Meeting a requirement for a nomination fee of 500 THB for new Members was removed and the Annual Fee of 1,000 THB remains the only requirement for all Members. Outgoing Committee Member Kolbjørn Moe was replaced by Bjørn Braaten who joins the other Committee Members now actively involved in planning the 2019/2020 Season:
Your current Management Committee is: Hans Ewalts (President), Rogeir Heimstad (Captain), Paul Graff (Treasurer) and David Watson (Secretary), Bjørn Braaten (Member).
Kolbjørn rightfully received the accolades of all Members for his very active involvement in Club activities, including training sessions. He has now been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Club.
A hole in one at the Club event earlier on the day of the AGM at Kaeng Krachan by Roar Løvseth was also acknowledged with a Certificate of Achievement now available for him to boast about this great feat.
Expenditure of Club Charity funds that had accumulated over several years proved to be a very satisfying achievement with local school children now enjoying a renovated playground and Stray Dogs Cha-Am funded to steralise and vaccinate around 80 soi dogs to make a real difference to the dangers of stray dogs in town.
The Club was also able to hand over a 10,000 THB contribution for the stray dog project from the Cha-Am Bridge Club and help to facilitate collection boxes at business premises.
An animal clinic providing free treatment for rescued dogs is about to open very close to Cha-Am and may be the focus of future charity funding as a Club contribution to our community.
Facebook & Website
The Club’s Facebook page and website have greatly improved in recent years. Further improvements are still needed. Comments about a need for additional photographs and video content have been noted.
Importantly information about significant changes to the Rules of Golf which can into effect from January 1st this year is featured and should be considered by all Members.
Maintaining, upgrading and uploading content is another voluntarily task for Management Committee Members. There is no paid website manager, photographer or Facebook manager! Members are always welcome to post their own appropriate Facebook content; why not you?
These portals have become a most important source of information about Club activities, regional golf opportunities and more. You will soon find this Report posted online along with photos from the year.
Please like and follow www.facebook.com/chaamgolfclub/ and visit www.chaamgolfclub.com
What Did You Enjoy the Most and how Can the Club Continue To Improve?
Continual improvement is the goal of all good organisations and Clubs and we are no exception! Please take the opportunity to reflect on the past Season and think about the answers to these questions:
Ø How could your experience as a Member be made better?
Ø Are there Club events that you would like more of / less of?
Ø Are there golf courses that you would like to play on more/less? (consider cost differences)
Ø Do you have any new ideas for the Club?
Ø Are you willing to assist the Club in any way either on or off the golf course?
Finally from President Hans;
“I would like to thank everybody who’s worked with me on the board during the past year that I have been President of the club. It has been a pleasure to see how these people again and again commit themselves to the club without self-interest to create the conditions for its members to be part of this wonderful club. My sincere thanks and admiration for this; thank you all!
Outgoing Committee Member Kolbjørn Moe was replaced by Bjørn Braaten who joins the other Committee Members now actively involved in planning the 2019/2020 Season:
Hans Ewalts (President), Rogeir Heimstad (Captain), Paul Graff (Treasurer) and David Watson (Secretary)
Kolbjørn rightfully received the accolades of all Members for his very active involvement in Club activities, including the training sessions. He has now been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Club.
In the 2018 AGM the members decided to allocate 45.000 Baht of the Club's charity money to realise a playground for the children of a school in Bangket, district of Cha-Am. In two payments, a total of 40.500 THB has been paid to the school. And now we can proudly present the finished result:
Published by Paul Graff
We had many positive reactions on the Club Championship this year, which was a completely different event than usual. Mainly because it involved one round of nightgolf,, which one of the members (besides one of the organisers) ever experienced.
After arrival at the Pinehurst golfcourse near Don Muang Airport in Bangkok and checking in to the hotel, we had a simple Thai lunch (Massaman( after which we had time to relax and/or prepare for the tournament. We started the first round while it was still light, but soon the sun started to set, which lead to spectacular views of the course.
After finishing the first round an evening snack was provided, ham and cheese springrolls, and the board retreated to calculate the scores and make up the flightlist for the next morning.
After breakfast we played the second round on the same course, which did look different without the darness and the bright lights coming from behind.
An extensive lunch awaited us after the second round, followed by the award ceremony and announcement of the winners:
Tore Wikola was the winner with the men and also the Club Champion of 2019. Oddvar Ahlen was the runner up with the men. With the women, Lene Rosenstand was again the winner, followed by Glenda Ferguson.
Golf’s new Rules were published on 12th September by The R&A and the USGA and are now in effect. The Players Edition of the new Rules many be seen at www.randa.org/en/rog/2019/pages/players-edition.
This is the biggest overhaul in many a decade with the number of rules shrinking from 34 to 24. The changes to the rules of golf are designed to make them easier to understand with an emphasis on speeding up the pace of play. Some of the new rules are more subtle than others with a few you’ll no doubt encounter in your very first round of 2019.
The R&A and USGA have come up with a fabulous Rules of Golf 2019 app available for both Android and Apple iOS devices which includes simple explanations, diagrams and quizzes. We would suggest getting your head around these changes before your first 2019 round; that’s probably the worst time to be learning.
Having a positive impact on the speed of play has been an important part of modernising the Rules
Without overloading you too much, here are our picks of the most important changes.
1. Drop the ball from knee height
From now on, you’ll be required to drop the golf ball from knee height when standing.
2. Reduced search time
The time you are allowed to search for a ball has been reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes.
3. Putting with the flagstick in
You can putt with the flagstick in safe in the knowledge that there will be no penalty if your ball hits it.
4. No penalty for ball moving on putting green
There will no longer be any penalty applied if your golf ball accidentally moves on the putting green.
5. Stroke and distance local rule
We must stress that this is a local rule so check with the club before your round to see if this is in place.
If so, you may take a two-stroke penalty drop in the vicinity of where you ball was lost or went out-of-bounds instead of going back to the tee to re-hit.
6. No penalty for a double-hit
If you accidentally double, or triple hit the golf ball during your swing there will no longer be any penalty; just keep on playing as if it never happened.
7. You can now ground your club in a penalty area
You can proceed just as if your golf ball is on the fairway. You can remove loose impediments and even ground your club while making a practice swing.
8. Unplayable ball in bunker
If your ball in the bunker is unplayable you can now drop outside the bunker under the penalty of two-strokes.
9. Relaxed bunker rules
You can now touch the sand with your hand or club in a bunker, and even move loose impediments. You still cannot touch the ground directly in front or behind your golf ball, with a practice swing or on your back-swing.
10. No penalty if ball hits your bag
There is no longer a penalty if your golf ball hits your own golf bag.
11. Fixed distance used for measuring
To mark out your drop zone this is defined as “the length of the longest club in the player’s bag, except that this cannot be his or her putter.”
12. Measuring, dropping and playing from relief area
If a dropped ball does not stay within the relief area, re-drop. If it still does not stay in the relief area, place it as close as possible to where your second drop hit the ground.
13. Green repair
Scuff marks, spike marks or any unnatural damage to the green is now be allowed to be fixed and repaired; not just plug-marks.
14. Embedded golf ball
You get a free-drop if your ball is embedded in its own plug-mark anywhere on the golf course except bunkers.
15. Ball moved during search
There is no penalty for accidentally moving your golf ball while searching. Replace it, hit it and move along.
From Tracey Walton; Banyan Golf Club’s General Manager & Director: “We feel that modernising the game is a great way forward by making the Rules of Golf easier to apply and we will experience more quick and new entertaining formats of golf at both professional and amateur level in the future to further grow the game.”
Check out www.randa.org for a library of information and videos before next heading for the course!
With Golf Hats for everyone, Aquavit and a snack, Santagolf at Kaeng Krachan was a big success. We had a raffle as well, with the prize being a greenfee voucher for Springfield. We got enthausiastic reactions from all participants. Here are some pictures:
A bit overcast, a bit of wind and a comfortable temperature set the ingredients for a lovely day at Majestic Creek Golf course, which was in an immaculate shape. Everybody enjoyed this day very much, and all that (greenfee, caddie fee, transport and prizes for only 2,000 Baht. Walk in price is 3,200 Baht for greenfee alone!
Winners were Anders Ekdahl and Kent Sterner. Here are some pictures:
Posted by Paul Graff
Members of Cha-Am Golf Club were learning how to play the game at the first golf instruction of the season at Lakeview on 18th November. Here are some pictures:
Posted by Paul Graff
Cha-Am Members joined the Charity Day at Springfield on 20th October 2018 as a most successful 2018/2019 season curtain raiser which also helped raise funds for Cha-Am Schools.
The lack of match practice and continuous rain may have explained the absence of any winners on the day but that did not reduce the enjoyment of Club Members.
The Club’s participation and contributions to the Cha-Am community was recognised by the course management during the event presentations, and we believe it will help to strengthen our relationship with Springfield.
The Club purchased a number of green vouchers during a charity auction to be used during the season for the benefit of Club Members.
Our participation in this event and the positive feedback from those taking part suggests that the season to come will be full of great events and great golf!
Posted by Paul Graff
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