Today is the annual Hell Day Tournament at my local club. This is the last event of the year. The tournament was snowed out last week so today is the rescheduled day. I got this idea from a club I was in a few years ago. During Hell Day, we set the course up completely unfair, difficult, insane, nutty. As club president, I get to set the course up however I want. Very fun.
The tees can be anywhere. We’ve teed off of the front porch of the range shack, ladies’ tees, dirt roads dozens of yards from the regular tees, sidehill lies etc. On #10 every year we tee off in the grass by the clubhouse, about 175 yards behind the blue tees. It is a 350 yard drive to even get to the fairway and that landing area is 30 yards wide with trees on both sides. On #16 this year, we’re teeing off from a circle on a dead end street between 15 green and 16 tee. We bring in range mats for those sorts of lies.
Today’s tees include teeing off of #13 blacks to #12 green (par-3), teeing off #13 whites to #15 fairway (320 yards), teeing off #12 reds to #13 (par-5) etc.
On #18 today, a par-3, we’re putting two sets of clubs on the tee. Right handed players must tee off left handed, and left handed players must use right handed clubs.
Sometimes we’ll require players hit a pumpkin in the fairway before they can proceed to the green. We may require that their shots go IN a fairway bunker or greenside bunker before they can continue.
All of the greens have pins in the worst places possible, like in the middle of severe slopes. If you miss the putt, you’ll be 30 feet away. One year I 11-putted #14.
One green last year we made a hole which was about a foot wide. I heard guys saying they lipped out because they played their putts “right edge”??? DOH! On #15 the last few years we put several flags in the green. You can putt to whatever hole you want.
I’d like to play the whole course backwards one of these years. Every year we try to make it even more crazy.
I reaaaallly want to win this year. The trophy for the winner is mega cool.
Six days ago I threw my back out. Last time I threw it out, it took two weeks for the pain and spasms to subside and my game was a wreck when I came back.
This week I tried my new inversion table (where you hang upside down like a bat) for the first time, and I’m back on the course already (yesterday) and in the ZONE. I really only felt pain for the first 1-2 days this time, compared to 13-14 last time. I really hope the decompression of the spine on the inversion table is the answer to the back problems…
Yesterday I played 11 holes and shot -3. I had 5 birdies, two on the last two holes. Then today I picked up right where I left off. I played the back nine again. I started out birdie, birdie, par, birdie, birdie. At that point I’d had NINE BIRDIES IN 16 HOLES! By the time I finished #15 and my eighteenth consecutive hole, I was at -7 for that stretch. I ended up -5 for my last 20 holes.
Winter is coming. In fact, it may have arrived on #16 today. It was warm earlier but the winds kicked up and it got cold, fast. Very cold.
I’ll have more info on the inversion table and what it is about, and hopefully many more birdies to brag about soon.
In addition to my previous post, I have to say today’s was craziest round of the year and one of the craziest ever.
I shoot +7 on par-3’s, 27 putts despite having several three putts, post FIVE birdies, one eagle and shoot 72. Crazy.
Not only that I end up with my friend’s Ping G10 driver in my bag after 11 holes. I hit it three times (as tests after hitting my Nike), all farther than my Nike despite not hitting it as well. By the time I got to #12 tee I had the driver and he wasn’t getting it back.
In the midst of possibly the craziest round EVER, where I shoot +7 on par 3’s, have a double, a triple and several three putts… I shot 72. Yes, crazy. How can I be +7 on par-3’s and shoot 72? Fireworks baby.
I played the back nine first… I got to #3 (my 12th hole) at even par. I then chunk a horrible 5-iron into the lake on this par three. The air is cold and my right hand went completely numb due to the cold and the horrible contact. I hit my 3rd shot on the green, then 3-putt. It is nice to be even par, then get a triple bogey. Let me tell you.
So I get to #4, the hardest hole on the front. We have a cold two club headwind. I stripe a hybrid down the middle. I’m 171 to the pin. I have to pull my 5-iron, the same club I gagged into the lake 10 minutes earlier.
I turned to my pal Dave and said “oh man I have to hit this club again. Well I guess it has a chance to redeem itself…”
I hit a super solid high fade right at the flag. The shot looked good in the air and ended up looking pretty close to the hole. The green is just slightly elevated so it was hard to see the ball but we could make it out.
As we walked to the hole, about 75 yards short I was telling Dave that my shot looked close but might be short. We could see it and really couldn’t tell how close it was.
Then as we walked up the edge of the green and got a better look… no ball. Many shots which hit this green go long, but no ball over the green.
There was only one place the ball could be, in the hole. I turned my camera on and recorded some commentary as Dave walked up. His thumbs up signal let me know that yes, I just score a two on the hardest par-4 on the course, into a cold two-club wind.
We figured that ball had to be sitting on the edge of the cup for at least five minutes before it dropped. Good thing we walked this round and it took that long to get to the hole. If we rode in a cart, my eagle would have been a tap in birdie.
That is my shot of the week, and shot of the year.