Ria Bintan 20th An­niver­sary Car­ni­val

Ria Bintan cel­e­brates 20 years with a golf­ing week­end of fes­tiv­i­ties

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An an­niver­sary is cer­tainly a cause for cel­e­bra­tion, and in the in­stance of the Ria Bintan Golf Club, 20 years of suc­cess­fully draw­ing golfers of all na­tion­al­i­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence a round or two on one of the best golf cour­ses in Indonesia.

And so they came, and on ar­rival were greeted to Ria Bintan’s own staff danc­ing in chore­ographed uni­son to the strains of Waka Waka by Shakira. Guests were warmly wel­comed, and there were smiles and hand­shakes all around.

The golf car­ni­val was off to a rous­ing start and promptly got un­der­way with the 20-Hole Par 3 Chal­lenge. Golfers were en­cour­age to dress for the oc­ca­sion, ei­ther in the colours of the RB20 logo of green and blue, or in retro golf fash­ion circa 1950’s to the 1970’s. The best dressed lady win­ning a fa­cial and spa gift set, and the best dressed man and flight each win­ning com­pli­men­tary green fees to Palm Spring Golf & Coun­try Club.

The point of the 20-Hole Par 3 Chal­lenge? Aside from scor­ing well enough to win, plainly, to have fun; and at the same time hone in on the tar­get at sev­eral holes des­ig­nated with the Bulls­eye Chal­lenge, earn­ing RB500 dol­lars (that’s Ria Bintan dol­l­lars) each time a golfer en­ters the bulls­eye. The club cur­rency earned to be used dur­ing the night’s fes­tiv­i­ties to bid for auc­tion prizes.

With the fall of night, golfers were treated to a bar­be­cue din­ner af­ter which they gath­ered in teams of five for the lights, colours and game stalls set up for the Night Car­ni­val. With games like Chip-in Pails, Tee It Up, Ver­ti­cal Pong, Luck for Putt, and Putt Tic-tac-toe, more RB dol­lars were earned amidst the laugh­ter, cheers, and beers.

The prize auc­tion with 9 mys­tery prizes, each be­hind the let­ters of ‘Ria Bintan’ were up for bid­ding next. Led by the hi­lar­i­ous em­cee, the bid­ding hot­ted up as the prize won be­hind the first se­lected let­ter ‘R’ was re­vealed to be a Call­away Odyssey Black put­ter. There were other low bids that were sur­prised with great prizes like the Tay­lor­made Spi­der Mini Put­ter and Co­bra Puma Driver, and high bids that drew laugh­ter as the booby prizes were re­vealed. Yet the bids kept com­ing as teams be­gan to pool their hard won RB dol­lars to gun for the top prize of a lim­ited edi­tion watch.

The next morn­ing saw the tour­na­ment proper take place, all golfers sharper for hav­ing prac­ticed their skills the day be­fore through 20 par 3s and the Night Car­ni­val game stalls. The lunch con­clu­sion of the RB20 Golf Car­ni­val week­end saw Cleo Ang tak­ing best gross and Ng Ming Loo win­ning best nett for the ladies divi­sion; best gross for mem­bers was Peter Khong, At­sushi Ya­mada topped the mem­ber’s divi­sion for best nett, men’s divi­sion B best gross went to Peter Khong, and best nett to Alvin Tan, men’s divi­sion A best nett win­ner was Ho Chien Mien; with the big­gest tour­na­ment win­ner be­ing Jack Hem­s­ley, who swept the 20-Hole Par 3 Chal­lenge, best gross for divi­sion A, and over­all cham­pion for the RB20 Golf Car­ni­val.

The big­gest win­ners though were the golfers, as Mr. Levend Arisoy, Gen­eral Man­ager of Turk­ish Air­lines Sin­ga­pore who en­joyed him­self so much over the 2 day event that he gave away an ex­tra prize im­promptu, of an­other round trip ticket to any Euro­pean desti­na­tion. And young Ay­den Teo, who apart from win­ning many a heart with his shy smile, went home with the ti­tle of best ju­nior golfer, a Call­away Odyssey Black put­ter from the prize auc­tion, and the top lucky draw prize of a 3D2N Club Med trip for 2, whom Mr. Bruno Courbet, the Club Med Di­rec­tor of Indonesia, Thai­land, In­dia and new mar­kets, com­mented that there couldn’t have been a bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Club Med’s fam­ily val­ues than young Ay­den.

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