Results – Thursday, February 22, 2018; Bernie Memorial Announcement

Announcement:  Bernie Memorial Golf Tournament, Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 9:00 AM, Waterford Valley.  The Bernie Memorial Golf Tournament is an annual golf tournament, originally sponsored by Ray Terry (who purchased the trophy) to honor the memory of Bernie Moody, an avid Chiang Rai golfer who was very friendly, welcoming to all, and a big part of golf in Chiang Rai for many years.  Ray Terry has since also passed on to the great clubhouse in the sky, and the Bernie Memorial (along with the Tony Memorial) has become an annual event to honor the lives of all those Chiang Rai golfers who are no longer with us.  The tournament is being sponsored by Chiang Rai Golfers this year.  Several SMAF members are planning to participate, including 5Points, Graham, Bruce G, Andrew, and Paul and Young Park, among others.  If you are interested, please email your entry to by Friday so a draw can be sent out at the weekend.

Today was beautiful, sunny and warm — perfect for golf.  The course is looking very nice.  The greenskeeping staff is clearly putting the final touches on the course for the Singha Open professional tournament, which will be held March 22-25, 2018.  There are a few sand traps which are being renovated, and there is some sand on greens and tee boxes, but in general, the course is starting to come into its pristine pre-tournament state.  The rough is getting longer, and conditions will get better and better over the next month.

Today we had eleven players and 10 participants (all members) in our regular skins game.  All played from the blue tees, except for Young, who played from the red tees.

Scores were generally better, perhaps because of the awesome course conditions and dry fairways, which had a lot of run.  Everyone was in the 30’s (except for Graham, who scored 40 points to win the Stableford top prize.  5Points, Bruce G, and Paul each scored 39 points to share the runner-up prize.  No one won the closest-to-the-pin prize on Hole 3, but Brian got two skins for his closest on Hole 7, Bruce G won Hole 12 (Les was only half a foot farther out on the opposite side of the hole), and Graham took the honors on Hole 17 (about 3 feet from the pin; Andrew was about 3.5 feet out; both birdied).

Save the date (March 26, 2018)!  A tentative plan is in the works for a Chiang Rai community golf tournament, sponsored by SMAF.  March 26th is the Monday after the Sunday final round of the Singha Open professional golf tournament.  The course will be in pro-tournament form, with long rough and Sunday pin placements.  We will play like the pros and have a chance to win a trophy, just like they do!  We currently have five tee times (accommodating up to 20 players)  and could probably get more if the demand is there.  We are putting together the details and will have an announcement soon!

Here are today’s results:


  • Winner:  Graham (40 Points)
  • Runner(s)-Up:  5Points, Bruce G, and Paul (39 Points each)


  • Hole 3:  No One
  • Hole 7:  Brian (x2)
  • Hole 12:  Bruce G (Les was a close second)
  • Hole 17:  Graham (Andrew was a close second)
stb score Players hcap Skins Money
39 96 5Points 27 4.33 183
35 101 Egbert 28 2.50 0
31 101 Brian 24 4.00 150
40 89 Graham 21 3.50 100
39 78 Bruce G 9 3.17 67
31 100 Marc 23 0.33 -217
38 88 Andrew 18 0.50 -200
34 105 Les 31 3.50 100
39 88 Paul 19 0.67 -183
32 104 Young – R 28 2.50 0

Next Events:

Santiburi Members and Friends:

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)
  • Monday, February 26, 2018, 8:40 AM (please be at the course by 8:25 AM)
  • In general, SMAF plays every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 AM.  Please be at  the course by 8:15 AM!

Chiang Rai Golfers:

  • Tuesday, February 27,  BERNIE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT,  Waterford,  9am —  Please be at the course by 8.30am.  To enter email A draw will be posted at the weekend.




Chiang Mai trip update

Hi all

Getting close to our golf trip now and here is the list of players that have confirmed to me that they will be playing.

John Gates (5 points) Graham T ,Bruce G, Marc , Eric George ,Charcey , Tommy , Ross , Neil , Petr S ,Keith ,Judy and John, Ron, Paul and Mark W that’s 16 players.

If anyone else whose name is not on the list wish to play let us know as everyone is welcome no matter what hc you play too.

Can all golf societies pass this around as it would be great to get more players.



June 5 & 6:  Chiang Mai vs. Chiang Rai, at Chiang Mai.  The days are now confirmed for Monday 5/6/2017 at Doi Inthanon golf course 10am tee off at a cost of 1000 baht (with cart) and Tuesday will be at Green valley at 800am at a cost of 1500 baht including cart and a 200 baht lunch voucher.  All players will have to arrange their own accommodation and Transport. A lot of us will be going down on Sunday and will be staying at the Lux hotel for 700 baht a night.  Please encourage all your friends to play. Any enquiries email me at or ring me on 0615354864. please pass this message on.




Results — Thurs Mar 23 — Are you going to Chiang Mai in June?

There was a tournament in the morning at Santiburi so 6 Santiburi Members and 1 Friend  made the trip to Waterford Valley.  The biggest complaint was the greens were bumpy.   The fairways weren’t lush and green like we are used to.

There was only 1 who succeeded getting on a par 3 green with his tee shot — Egbert, on #11, good for 3 skins.  Egbert also won the stableford with 39 points.  Brian was second with 36.  Les was the big money winner with 8 skins and a 320 baht profit.


Next rounds at Santiburi:     Saturday (25th) — Please be at the course by 8:15 AM.  Next week we will be back to our normal schedule of Monday, Thursday and Saturday — Be at the course by 8:15 AM.   The course is closed for the Singha Masters from April 4th to 9th.

Below the scores is an important message from Mark Woods regarding the Chiang Rai- Chiang Mai competition in June.   Please let Mark know if you are playing.

stb score Players Skins Money
36 96 Brian 24 2.5 -65
32 81 Bruce 5 2.5 -65
39 96 Egbert 27 7.5 285
31 101 5Points 24 0.5 -205
27 99 Leo 18 1 -170
33 111 Les 36 8 320
31 94 Colin 17 2 -100

Hi all,

In the first week of June the annual Chiang Mai , Chiang Rai cup will be played over two days either Monday Tuesday or Wednesday Thursday ( up to us ) in Chiang Mai. The two courses it will be played on are Inthanon golf course and Green Valley. Those of us who played the cup in Chiang rai last year know how close we came to upsetting the cup Holders so we are asking for all Golfers in Chiang rai to seriously consider playing this year. This tournament is being arranged by the Chiang mai people and they are asking for the Number of players we can bring down this year. Can you please advise your committee or your Group organisers or me (0615354864 ) if you can play in this years tournament. If anyone knows of people who might be visiting let them know. All are welcome and the more the merrier. More details will follow when we know the numbers who are playing. Please advise as soon as possible.

Remember its only a game so I hope we get the numbers to kick there arse


Bernie Memorial Tournament results

It came down to a countback against Bruce Guthrie and Leo but Leo’s stronger back nine was enough to take out the Bernie Memorial Tournament at Waterford Golf Course on Sunday (March 12).   There was a total of 18 golfers which included 6 Santiburi members.

The scoring for the top spots was close in beautiful weather tempered by a strong breeze, with Bruce and Leo locked on 38, followed  by John (‘Five Points’) on 37 and Keith Holt (36).
It was a great showing from Keith, particularly since he hasn’t played since January.

Nearest the pin on the par threes went to Scott Bieber on the third, Bruce G on the 11th and Keith H on the 15th. Nobody hit the 6th.
There was a draw for best score on six mystery holes and the winners were Rob, Jim, Leo, Mark, Five Points and Bastiaan.
The special Cruel Hand of Fate award went to Will Farris who showed great perseverance and good humour despite a sudden unexpected drop in form and a ton of bad luck that saw him wipe eight of the 18 holes.
Rob Parish paid tribute to Bernie and the others we remember in this tournament, and everybody raised their glasses in a toast.
 Will F recalled  Bernie with his little stool marching down the fairway and parking himself near the green while he waited for the others to hit up.
Special mention to John Upex who donated a box of balls and Rob who also threw in a sleeve of Srixons for the prize table.
Also thanks to Sara whose painting of Santiburi Golf  Course made first prize so special and Neil Horton, the tourament’s previous winner, who spent hours refurbishing what had become a rather tattered trophy.
Complete list of scores:
Bruce 5 38
Will 12 17
Peter R 12 25
Rob 13 34
Bastiaan 18 28
Leo 18 38
Ron 36 25
John F 18 30
Scott 20 33
Graham 19 24
Mark 19 33
Marc 20 30
Jock 20 30
Ross 20 31
John U 21 28
John C 25 37
Keith 28 36
Jim 36 34
More pictures on Facebook page Chiang Rai Golfers

Bernie Memorial Tournament

Dear Chiang Rai Golfers

We have a date, time and place  for this year’s Bernie Memorial Tournament.

The  tournament will be at Waterford Golf Course on Sunday March 12 at 9am (please arrive 15 minutes early).

Make sure you book through the organisers at the course to get the member rate of 850 baht or 1150 shared cart.

We have set the entry fee at 200 baht to cover the prize table.

Please advise if you are attending. Acceptances required by Thursday.

People are free to elect their own four or to go in the draw. Can you advise beforehand.

We will be playing off the blue tees but those who regularly play the whites can do so. Your current handicap will be valid, wherever you play, and the tournament is open to all players.

The competition will be stableford with  prizes for first, second and third.
Additionally there will be nearest the pin prizes on the four par threes. There will also be a mystery hole prize and another prize which is still to be decided.

The prizegiving will be at Waterford Golf Club. Food and drink will be available.

Look forward to seeing you.

Chiang Rai Golfers

Chiang Rai Golfers

Chiang Rai Golfers is the other golf group in Chiang Rai.   The main difference between them and the Santiburi Members is that they prefer to play at Waterford or Happy City golf courses where it is cheaper.

There are several golfers in Chiang Rai that play with both groups.  Chiang Rai Golfers believe as we do that “All Are Welcome” and we encourage all golfers to play where they choose.   Both groups get together for community competitions about 5 times a year.

They can be contacted at and can be found on Facebook as Chiang Rai Golfers.