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Scuds Kota Kinabalu Adventure 2014

Kota Kinabalu

The Magellan Sutera Resort

2 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88100

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Thursday 29th May 2014 to 4th June 2014    

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Robert & Kerry Waterer, Ron & Pat Evans, John & Chris Abrahamson, Ian & Helen Fairchild, Paul & Carmel Greenwood, Peter & Irene Faulks, Terry & Linda Jones, Nick & Sally Williams

We all met at Perth airport for a 12:45am departure on the 29th May 2014. Had a good flight on time, the seating was leather and looked good but a bit squeezy. Arrived about 6:30am, no problems with immigration and bag pick up, transfer to hotel.We stayed at Pacific Sutera, one of two resorts in the complex which includes a 27 hole golf course and a marina with a club that includes a picture theatre and a 12 lane bowling alley and a number of restaurants

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Fortunately the hotel checked us in to our rooms by 8am instead of having us waiting till 2pm. Terry and Linda chose to wait for an upgrade.The rest of the day was spent recovering and exploring, we were going to meet at Breeze Restaurant, situated between the pool and the ocean, but someone found that we had "Happy Hour" (half price drinks) in the Lobby lounge between 5 and 6pm, so guess where we met first!

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At the heart of Sutera Harbour Resort lies Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club offering and extensive range of recreational facilities, marina services and an award-winning 27 hole Graham Marsh designed golf course for club members, member's guests and hotel guests.

As Malaysia's foremost premier integrated property, we are absolutely committed to providing you with a memorable experience plus superb accommodations and customer service.

Nestled between the shores of the South China Sea, fronting the tropical islands and the majestic Mount Kinabalu, is the grand expanse of Sutera Harbour Resort.

The 384-acre resort provides a spectacular array of activities from its luxurious five-star hotels, championship golf course, 104-berth marina and recreational facilities.

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Thursday Night

At a suitable hour, we adjourned to "Breeze Beach Club" for dinner.

Ron discovered that he could get a "Pitcher" of Tiger Beer, once they saw it, others said "I want one of those!"

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Breeze

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Nick & Sally "Where's me Shirt?"

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Terry with a jug

During dinner it was discovered that there were a couple of packing disasters?.

As we can not name names (what happens on tour stays on tour), A nameless member decided that he would pack for the trip as his wife was very busy before the trip, so he packed everything, making sure that he packed his tour shirt for KK. When he unpacked at the hotel he discovered that he packed the "Phuket" shirt instead, and told his wife that he made the mistake because the shirts were similar. Needless to say his wife, Sally, gave him heaps when she saw all seven of us in white KK shirts and her husband in a blue, Phuket shirt. (oops I've let it out of the bag).

Then there was the golfer who let his wife pack and found all of his new undies packed over the heads of his golf clubs, Irene maybe you should have packed the same way on return and his driver may not have been broken in half

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As you can see by the pictures the first day ended with a brilliant sunset and all retired to be refreshed for the next days Golf.

Friday 31st May 2014               Sutera Harbour Garden/Heritage Course

On Friday we awoke to consistent heavy rain, and during breakfast, we were all confident that it would ease or stop before we were due to play (inwardly we were preparing to get wet).

Fortunately, the rain stopped before we got on the shuttle to go to the golf course. We had to wait 15 minutes or so, for the course marshal to check the course before we Tee'd off, playing the Garden and Herritage nines, it was soggy under foot, but the course was great and the greens had a coarse grass but were firm and fast.

We all found the course challenging and the scores showed this to be true. Only one player breaking 30 points.

Winner on the day was Nick with 35 points, followed by Peter on 28 points

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Sutera Harbour Friday

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Nick the winner

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Faulksy 2nd

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These two were sharing a cart for the day, it had a flat tyre, Nick did'nt want to take any responsibility as it was on Peter's side???

When you see Ian, ask him why we nick-named him "Sandman" for the day?

Happy hour that evening was adjourned from the "Lobby Lounge" to the "Pacific Lounge", on the 11th floor (a bit up market).

After a little mix up, which Sally sorted out, (Staff at the Pacific lounge found out why not to get on the wrong side of Sally) we had a lovely afternoon drink and social.

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Saturday 1st June    

 Saturday morning, we were all picked up by coach to transfer us to the "North Borneo Railway" for a half day tour aboard the restored train

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The North Borneo Railway was established in 1890, and was used to haul produce to port during the British colonisation, the steam engines were replaced by diesel and petrol powered locomotives around 1971. The Sabah railway and Sutera Harbour got together to restore the steam locomotive and the cariages in 2000.

The Locomotive that was pulling the train was one of three ordered from the Newtonle-Willows Foundry, Lancashire, England in 1954, and they were the last to be produced there.

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North Borneo Railway is the oldest running steam train in Sabah and Borneo. The nostalgic romance of an old steam train relives memories of a bygone era. Passing through villages and coastal towns, paddy fields, rainforests and plantations of rubber and coffee, a ride on North Borneo Railway is truly a journey of rediscovery into the heart of Borneo.

The North Borneo Railway is a joint venture project between Sutera Harbour Resort and the Sabah State Railway Department (Jabatan Keretapi Negeri Sabah), signifying a historical collaboration between the private sector and the state government. The primary goals of the project are to enhance existing infrastructure as well as help in efforts to promote Sabah as a destination for domestic and international tourism. The North Borneo Railway was officially launched on 22nd January 2000 in honour of Kota Kinabalu achieving city status on 2nd February 2000.

The North Borneo Railway offers passengers an opportunity to experience the bygone era of British North Borneo while transporting passengers along the lifeline of Sabah. Refurbished to recreate the nostalgic romance of people travelling by steam train in the days of the Chartered Company and the British Colonial Office, both the exterior and interior provide an environment that would have been typical of stepping onto a train in the 1900s.

The exterior utilises the traditional deep green and cream of the original North Borneo Railway, with carved brass logos showcasing the original design of a tiger holding a rail wheel, standing on the royal crown. The interior highlights the natural woods of Sabah and unless the train is fully booked, passengers are offered free seating on one of the five colonial-style passenger train carriages.

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Saturday night came and everyone split up to do their own thing, Helen, Ian, Kerry and Rob wandered over to the Magelan for happy hour in the Lobby Lounge. While perusing the menu for cocktails, Helen spotted a waitress with a tray of flaming cocktails, she asked the waitress if she could have one, it took her 5 minutes to explain that they were candles for the tables!

Ian and Helen joined others at Ferdinands Restaurant for Hellen's Birthday

Helen's Birthday "Ferdinands" restaurant The Magellan Sutera Resort

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Helen's Birthday

 

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Peter & Irene at Ferdinands

 

Sunday Free Day

Some of us had dinner at the "Five Sails" restaurant, a sumptuous and comprehensive smorgasbord

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Others had a lovely dinner at Al Fresco

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Monday June 3rd

Golf on Monday was at "Dalit Bay", about 45 minutes north

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Dalit Bay

Tour organiser Rob
Lots of Water (Everywhere)

 

 

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Group at Dalit Bay,

Bus drive to the course, girls went to see the Oratang Park

Girls went to see the monkeys

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Dalit Bay

Dalit Bay

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Dalit Bay

Winning the day on 33 points was Rob (courtesy of a 3 for 5 on the index 3, 7th hole) and Peter came second again, on 30 points.

Ron Peter & Rob

Once again the course was challenging this time two of the players scored 30 or more.

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Terry at Dalit Bay

 

 

Sunset from the hotel

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Tuesday 4th Sutera Harbour Sutera harbour to play the Lakes and Herritage nines, this time playing Stableford Pairs.

Tuesday will be Two Ball

The teams were:

 Robert & Nick                     

Ian & Terry                            

Peter & Ron                          

Paul & John 

 

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Ian with new socks

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The Course from Peter & Irene's balcony

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Nick, Terry and Ian

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Sutera Harbour

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Ron and Peter winning the day with 37 points

 Robert & Nick                      35

Ian & Terry                              35

Peter & Ron                           37

Paul & John                           34

 

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This is the Phuket Shirt Nick!

Tuesday Night was to be our last night on tour. Peter arranged for us to go up to the Pacific Lounge for drinks and nibbles.

Thanks' Peter.

 

Peter was awarded the overall winner, coming second twice and winning the pairs comp today.

He dusted off his speech, and regaled us with it. There are not too many who have heard Peters speech, but we few were privileged.

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Our group of happy tourists

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last night at the hotel

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Card Night begins Chase the Ace

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The Girls Helen & Chris took out the card winnings

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Ian relaxing

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Chris & Linda

 

A great holiday thanks to Rob for organising it all.

Tour Archive (International)

2013 International Tour Phuket

2014 Kota Kinabalu

2017 Hua Hin Thailand

Tour Archive (Inter-State)

2016 Tour Cairns

2018 Melbourne

2019 Kalgoorlie

Tour Archive (South West Tour)

Every year since 1999

SW Tour 2011

SW Tour 2012

SW Tour 2013

SW Tour 2014

SW Tour 2015

SW Tour 2016

SWTour 2017

SWTour 2018

SWTour 2019

South West 2020 now booking

YOU would be most welcome to join us on any future tour

South West Tour Organiser

Ian Fairchild:

Mobile:              0427778019
Email: taghil@bigpond.net.au

International Tour Organiser

"Robert Waterer" <watererkr@aapt.net.au>

Club Enquiries

John Abrahamson (Club Captain)

Mobile:               0475 910 122
Email: jcabrahamson@iinet.net

or send us an E Mail

 

 

YOU would be most welcome to join us on any future tour

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John Abrahamson (Club Captain)

Mobile:               0475 910 122
Email: jcabrahamson@iinet.net

or send us an E Mail


                                                 

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