Categorized | 2013, News, November 2013

Oranje Cup

By: William Ashbee

Oranje Cup

A delightfully Dutch field turned out for the 2013 Annual Oranje Cup. Aside from some international wildcards, this contributor included, it made for an authentic day played at the magnificent Rainbow Hills, already reviewed in an earlier issue of Golf Indonesia. A Texas Scramble format ensued for a relaxed and sociable day enjoyed by all.

Resplendent in orange, each team filed out for a shotgun start having been warmly welcomed and briefed on the rules for the day. Armed with Rabobank balls and tees, everyone was ready to lock and load with seemingly less pressure on the drive. However, having to take a minimum of three tee shots per player led to a variety of strategies. For those who hadn’t started so well, there were some high pressured knee wobblers towards the end.

With the greens running true and firm and the fairways as you would expect from such a course, it was very much a birdie fest with some electric scoring early on. Not even the Heineken cart could slow things down with many teams shooting below par gross scores.

The 9th hole brought about some quizzical expressions, with a KLM stewardess seemingly standing in the middle of the fairway. Whereas most people were polite enough to avoid her completely, Mr. Roy Widosuwito politely saddled right up beside her with a well-placed drive. She wasn’t, however serving drinks.

Four pairs of wooden clogs greeted each flight as they reached the 10th tee. Very kindly brought down off the Eastern Promise wall, everyone enjoyed photos with legs up and Heinekens raised before having to hit their tee shot in these wooden canoes. This contributor is thinking about attaching some spikes for future as he rather sheepishly walked away with a new Panasonic stereo, many thanks indeed.

Famous Dutch hospitality was prevalent throughout. Everyone was hydrated and happy sending out buggies and having refuelling stations on seemingly every hole. Stroopwafels, krokets and bitterbals kept golfers going throughout the day, as the most celebrated of Dutch snacks. The glorious weather up in the hills was only cut short on the final hole leading to the popping of one hundred KLM umbrellas.

With many teams posting great scores, the prize giving proved climatic. With a gross round of eight under par, John Brown, Jeremy Halma, Paul Neish and Rohanizan Ramly took the beautifully tailored Orange Jackets, Business Class flights to KL and the loudest applause of the day.

A sumptuous Indonesian buffet accompanied the live music, presentations and party atmosphere. Many stayed on to drink the bar dry amongst friends, old and new, to celebrate the Dutch in Indonesia, and may they thrive.

Many thanks must go to the sponsors: KLM, Rabobank, Philips, BAM Decorient, Tebodin, Heineken, Nutreco, Aqua Danone, Café de Burse, Dft Sonnema and All Seasons Holland.

About William Ashbee

A new arrival in Jakarta and recent politics graduate, William works in the commodities sector. A single figure handicapper having learnt the game in England, he has certainly arrived in golfing heaven here in Indonesia.

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