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:
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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:
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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
Golf’s new Rules were published on 12th September by The R&A and the USGA before coming into effect on 1 January 2019. The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf is available on websites and apps, with a printed version being released in November.
Hua Hin Today will feature important changes for golfers over coming months. An important new Local Rule is considered in this edition.
The Players Edition of the new Rules many be seen at www.randa.org/en/rog/2019/pages/players-edition.
An Alternative to Stroke and Distance for a Ball that is Lost or Out of Bounds
Significant issues with pace of play can result from players needing to take stroke-and-distance relief for a ball that is out of bounds or cannot be found when a provisional ball has not been played.
The purpose of this new Local Rule is to allow a Committee to provide an extra relief option so that a player may play on without returning to the location of the previous stroke. The Local Rule may be adopted from 1st January 2019. This Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite amateur level competitions.
The option allows the player to drop in a large area between the point where the ball is estimated to have come to rest or gone out of bounds and the edge of the fairway that is not nearer the hole. The player gets two penalty strokes when using this relief option, so that the relief is comparable to what could have been achieved if the player had taken stroke-and-distance relief.
The recommended Local Rule would state: When a player’s ball cannot be found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.
For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or a substituted ball in a relief area (see Rule 14.3):
Two Estimated Reference Points:
A. Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball (see position A in the diagram above)
Is estimated to have come to rest on the course, or
Last crossed the edge of the course boundary to go out of bounds.
B. Fairway Reference Point: (see position B in the diagram above)
The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point, but is not nearer the hole than the ball reference point. For purposes of this Local Rule, “fairway” means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less.
Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points:
Anywhere between: A line from the hole through the ball reference point (or within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and a line from the hole through the fairway reference point (or within two club-lengths to the outside of that line).
But with these limits:
Must be in the general area, and must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point.
The player may not use this option when:
The ball is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in a penalty area, or
The player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.3).”
Another Relevant Rule Change
Proposed change last year would have allowed a player to drop from any height but this has now been altered. Golfers will now drop from knee height when taking relief. That is knee height when in a standing position, although the player need not be standing when the ball is dropped.
For more information see www.randa.org or find the complete Rules available at www.usga.org.
On the 26th of January 24 players joined the anniversary golf at Palm Hills.The prizes were given at the party the next day, but there were cold towels between the first and last 9 holes and a few cold beers after the game.
The next day the 10th Anniversary PAR-TEE was a huge success with 60 Members, past Members and guests in attendance. Special guests included representatives from Springfield and Palm Hills Golf Courses with their generous donation of prizes awarded during the night appreciated by all. The party started at 6.30, but many were already seated before that time. There were welcome drinks, a mouth watering buffet, a golf quiz (won by the team Palm Hills / Springfield), a tees guessing game (Ellen Schilling guessed only 3 tees of the total of 395 tees) and a golf holding competition (Vee was the winner for the Ladies with 11 golf balls and Steinar was able to hold 16 golfballs in one hand!
Peter Fitzpatrick was so friendly to donate golfclubs that could be auxioned and in total 5,750 Baht was collected to support both the Straydogs Cha-Am and The Ban Bangket school playground.
Photos of this important day in the Club's history can be seen below.
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After a nice (free) breakfast at Palm Hills the AGM was opened by the president. There were 21 of the 50 current members present at the 2018 AGM. The 2019 AGM will be held in (early) february, because the newly adopted constitution is based on a new timeframe that combines better with the Cha-Am golf season. This new constitution was unanimously adopted at this AGM and it's complete text can be found on this website or by clicking here.
After a two year term our president, Hans Ewalts was up for election and was reappointed in the absence of any other nominations. The general discussion included stableford vs. strokeplay, the handicap policy of the club and upcoming new "rules of golf". After the AGM there was a round of golf; Roger Glass and Inger Brett Vingelt were the winners.
Below some pictures of this day at Palm Hills:
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