As many of you know by now, from beginning July I purchased the Outback Golf Bar outright from Jack. Jack has been tremendous in his support and helping out on the transition, and will continue to lead and play an important part in the current planned tours to ensure that there is a smooth transition for our customers. Jack has been instrumental in planning and administering awesome tours and under the Outback banner and we trust that we will continue in that vein with the great tradition that sets us apart from all other societies.
If you have been to our bar recently, you would have met Tawan, who is my lovely partner. Tawan and I have a large and ambitious road ahead with a lot of positive changes for our customers, some of them small, and some more longer term and large. One of the first changes that you would have noticed is that we cleaned up the Outback grounds, we brought and will continue to bring new staff that are customer friendly, we have a new additional cook, new staff uniforms, new table decorations. You will see new coozies and new placemats in the very near future, and in the next month, you will see a new food menu, the sound system at the bar will be replaced. Looking at our golf schedule, you would have noticed that we expanded our golf schedule to appeal to weekend golfers and visitors, etc.
In the not so distant future, there will be larger changes coming: Improved parking facilities, larger restaurant area, outside childrens play area, redesign of the indoor restaurant to become a genuine indoor Sports Bar and restaurant, etc. Our vision and common theme throughout will be that the Outback is a place where families can come and enjoy good food in a pleasant environment, watch all major sport events, whilst kids can enjoy themselves in an area where they can play safely and not feel bored. In short, our male and female golfers and enthusiasts should not be under pressure to get home quickly on a weekend or any day due to family commitments compounded by a long day at the golf course. The Outback will become a place that every family member can feel at home whilst enjoying good food and drinks and all changes over the next year will be to support this theme.
On the golfing front, I am a great supporter and believer in the handicap system that Jack has established, as it is the only system where the course and slope ratings are used to level the playing field for golfers of all abilities, all golf affiliations (whether PSC or IPCG or tourists with valid handicaps from the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand) and is the only system that can fairly distinguish between players from the white or blue tee's in competitions. In future, we will align our handicaps with the PSC system, and we will use your PSC handicaps for all PSC golfers playing with us. Our computer system will be aligned weekly with the PSC handicaps to be our base handicaps for the upcoming week, the same as all other PSC golf societies therefore. However, because we use the daily slope and index rating to make minor adjustments to the playing handicap, players from IPCG and touring groups are welcome to join us and will not be disadvantaged nor benefit. Players without a valid PSC or IPCG handicap, such a tourists and travelling groups, will be provided with a valid handicap whilst on tour, which gets adjusted normally in our system as per the EGA system handicapping rules. We provide this free of charge for golfers playing with the Outback and we believe the only system that allows different affiliations to play in the same competition and selected tee box in a more equitable manner.
I will provide you with some additional updates on our progress and encourage you to swing by to discuss any questions or ideas.
Many thanks for your support
As the low season slowly and thankfully come to an end, you can now find August and September's outings under the Schedules tab above. As you can see we are now extending our golf to 6 days a week to include Saturday's and we join with other clubs on Sundays at Phoenix. As we get into the busy season, we will further expand our schedule to 7 days a week, something which I am determined to do as part of expanding the services offered to our customers.
The Outback runs it's own minibus on daily trips to pick up and transport golfers for a nominal fee and much less than what a taxi would set you back. Our friendly local driver Dah, will look after you and even help you with storing your clubs and provide hired clubs if required. She is also excellent in cracking a few jokes, so you will arrive at the course in a good spirit, something I find very conducive to an enjoyable round of golf!
Golf bookings can be made in several ways, at your leisure:
1) Simply give myself, Jack or Tim a call,
2) Write your name up on the start sheets posted a week in advance at the bar,
3) Register online using the Mobile App located on the top right of our menu page,
4) Send us a Facebook message. (Oh yes and please find and Like our Facebook Page: Outback Golf Bar Thailand)
Could not be smpler!
We look forward to host Barry Chadbourn's memorial golf tournament on 4th August at Pattaya Country Club. Chad left a lot of good friends behind and this tournament is in remembrance and honour of his legacy.
The format of the competition will be a 2 person Scramble/Ambrose, with first tee time at 8.30am. Following the tournament, we will gather back at the Outback where we will host complimentary burgers, chicken bites, fries and salad.
The cost for the golf will be:
950 Baht (Caddy and Walking)
1,250 Baht (Caddy + Shared Cart)
1,550 Baht (Own Cart)
Competition entry fee is THB300
Sign up sheets are available at the Outback and Billabong golf bars. You may also make use of our online booking feature available on our website. Please feel free to call John Lawton, Andre or Jack if you have any queries. Andre (092 617 4951)
The English Premier Football League has come to a close and will restart in August. Golf continues to be shown in HD, courtesy of Truevision and most of the live Rugby League and Union can be seen in HD, courtesy of Truevision. In some cases, when there are two games on live at the same time, we can also offer Setanta Plus if necessary.
The Outback has two Truevision boxes as well as Banglamung cable tv, which shows Aussie Network [for Aussie Rules] and also some Championship UK football via GMM. We have also recently added 365Sport TV and ThaiExpat TV which give us other alternatives, even when the satellite broadcasts fail due to rain and storms. For example you can now watch Match of the Day and the Football League at Sunday lunchtime.
With seven HD TV screens and the HDMI Matrix, we can show any broadcast sport on any screen and we are also able to show live cricket on Sky Sports if required. We can show most live sports, particularly NFL & Rugby Union, AFL, Golf, Formula 1 and MotoGP, most of which are now in High Definition and look absolutely amazing on our two main screens; a 60 inch & 55 inch.
The use of "Drop Zones" on all courses remains banned as many of them here in Thailand are incorrectly placed, however, there remain three exceptions; the first hole at Green Valley, A1 at Laem Chabang and the 14th at Pleasant Valley, which is an environmental protection area. The rules also governing yellow staked greens have been underlined. The revised PSC local rules are published below.
Your handicap card, shows your last 20 scores; the 10 marked with an asterisk are your counting scores. The score on the top left corner is your most recent and in the bottom right corner, your oldest.
Each time a score is submitted, the oldest one drops off. If there is a lower score without an asterisk, it will be on an easier rated course, that is why it is non- counting, to work out the exact differential, study the example below.