The 8th Sally Cup report – the Alpine Golf Club-
The event was held to celebrate the 8th anniversary of “Golf Studio Sully” with his motto of “golf for more fun and more casual” where the professional golfer Hironori Yoshida, aka Sally Yoshida, runs in Bangkok. The Alpine Golf Club located about 1 hour by car from Bangkok city was the venue. This report fills with a lot of staff’s thoughts.
February is the best golf season in Thailand, and any golf courses have packed with golfers. In that period, the 8th Sally Cup was held with 64 participants on Sunday, February 10th.
At the 3rd hole, entitled as “Beat to the Pro”, the participants can challenge to Sally and professional golfer Ken Sugiyama. I realized that “golf is the sport that you can’t get greedy” as many challengers were beaten by pros one after the other.
At the 12th, the Hole in One award is the Vespa, the Italian scooter brand, from GDO Thailand. Unfortunately, there was no winner, “the hit-the-green challenge” which gave prize to all challengers was held at same time, and the wild applause filled for every shot the players take and the hole got great excitement.
The Alpine Golf Club was the venue for the European tour’s the Jonny Walker Classic, and Tiger Woods won the tournament at 2000. The undulated and highly strategic course layout makes the difficulty level of this course to the best in Thailand. Indeed, it tends to be a bitter experience for golfers who are new for Thai turf and beginners.
Slow play is prohibited in a heavily crowded course in the best season. The following rules were applied to encourage play faster.
*When the ball getting in the pond, taking 1 stroke and continue to play from the fairway side of the pond.
*When the ball getting in the pond in front of the green, taking 1 stroke and continue to play from the point beyond the pond.
*When 2 shots are not enough to get out of the bunker, throw the ball by hand as the third shot.
*After missing the three putts, taking 1 stroke without putting and proceed to the next hole.
*When the ball getting in the bush, taking 1 stroke and continue to play from the fairway side of the bush.
*The maximum score for one hole is 10.
Given the highest priority to “keeping rules”, golf often tends to impose stress to golfers. But, all participants have enjoyed the tournament by such a generous rule. Needless to say, its pace was smoother than the prescribed one.
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