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Golf Australia Express : Issue 4
By Damian Shutie EDITOR-IN-CHIEF VIEW THE O ne thing about golfers that baffles me most is how reluctant we are to play golf in adverse conditions. Come winter, the sticks go in the garage. Sure, the game is tricky enough at the best of times, let alone when swirling winds and knife- life rain pummel us out on course. But does not the true spirit of golf— its very soul—lie in the treacherous links courses of Ireland and Scotland? These days, you don’t need to travel to the other side of the world to find this true golf experience. Australians only need to travel overseas to Tasmania (only joking) to get a taste of just how wondrous links golf can really be. Only a year ago on a work- related trip to Barnbougle Dunes—read junket—we were confronted head-on with a decision to make: head inside and put our collective feet up in front of a warm fire with a warm beverage or cheeky cognac in hand, or brave the remainder of the icy cold round in squalling winds and piercing rain. We chose the latter and what followed was undoubtedly the most enjoyable—well, fun— round I’ve experienced. Sure, we got soaked like Irish pissheads, blown around like feathers in a cyclone, and our gear was completely drenched— not to mention three broken umbrellas. Yet, it was ridiculously fun. Why? Simple, we were three mates keen to play golf together, and individually we embraced the attitude of ‘one in all in’. So we teamed up and took on Barnbougle, Ambrose style. We weren’t going to let a little (OK, lot of ) rain spoil our opportunity at such a magnificent course. Yelling across fairways quoting Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore highlighted the attitude we took to the soggy challenge. It was fun hitting 5-irons distances more associated with the Big Dog, but equally so hitting driver into par 3s. It was fun watching balls disappear in puddles in the heart of the fairway. And it was even fun chasing runaway buggies that seemed to be looking for cover of their own. In the end, we learned that weather only affects you as much as you let it. Embrace Mother Nature and a whole new golf experience awaits. And for the record, while beaten about over the nine treacherous holes, it was us who eventually won the battle (four-under thank you very much). Not that we were scoring or anything... EMAIL YOUR THOUGHTS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org WET’N WILD GOLF Enjoy the challenge at golf’s true funpark Imagine playing here in Chiang Mai at Chiang Mai Highlands Or Hua Hin playing Black Mountain Pattaya, playing Siam Country Club Or Phuket playing at Red Mountain (Click on any of the pictures above to get golf week destination details) 8 SUPERB EVENTS Which one will you play? Tailored golf packages also available www.thailandgolftours.com.au Thailand Golf Tours A Unique Golf Experience