I had a glorious round with my dad this past Sunday morning, only the 2nd time in three weeks I’ve hit a golf ball. We teed off first of the day at just before 7:30am. At his beautiful club Hidden Valley, the mountains shield the direct sun for a while. We played about five holes before the sun broke over the mountains.
On #5 green I took a couple of pictures because the lighting was so cool. Little did I know that mother nature was showing me the target with a sun ray which shot right into the cup!
I managed an easy 73 on that great morning.
In my previous post I wondered if the Sweet & Saucy fudge would help my golf game. After a three week period in which I didn’t touch a club (yes hell froze over), I shot a 74 on a very tough course.
In my round with my dad yesterday I came to the par-3 13th hole at +2. My ball striking, especially my irons, had been pretty good. I guess practicing a bunch of 5-irons on the range helped that day.
On the tee of this 155 yard hole I announced “I haven’t had a hole in one in 7 years.” I nailed an 8-iron and it never left the flagstick. From the tee it looked like it hit the stick.
When we got to the green my ball was about five feet behind the hole. My ball mark was TWO inches right of the cup. If I would have aimed two inches farther left I would have flown the thing right in.
I made the putt for birdie enroute to a 74.
UPDATE: 24 hours later. I guess I can’t quite back it up all the time. I just flamed out in my club championship. Maybe next year.
I’ve struggled this summer. Unfortunately my schedule has been all thrown out of whack by a “commitment” I made which I’m really regretting. Never again.
As a result my scores haven’t been as low as normal and my handicap has gone up from a 1.3 to a 2.3. This may not seem like a lot, but the closer you are to scratch the more difficult it is to lower your handi. As an example, I’d say it is more difficult to go from a 2 to a 1 than it would be to go from a 25 to a 15. I’ve been trying to get from a 1 to a zero and that is even tougher. I had it to a .9 for two weeks a couple of years ago.
I had a good 71 last week which helped but no super low rounds like the 68 and several 69’s I had last season. The year isn’t over yet, but I’ve got some work to do.
Today was my usual Thursday grudge match. We played a different course which wasn’t in our normal rotation. They’d “added” black tees, but essentially the black tees are the same as the old blues. On a couple of holes they extended the tees back on the par-5s. I guess they’re trying to give some defense to this old course from today’s long bombers.
So on one of those par-5s which was extended something very odd happened. I teed off first and crushed my drive. Best contact of the day. Unfortunately my ball pegged the power line going over the blue tee which was now in the line of fire. I re-teed and hit one good, but not as solid down the middle. My friend John was up next. Guess what? He hit the same damn wire with his drive. What are the odds?
At the end of the round we tallied up the bets. We play the following bets: Individual player versus player nassau, greenies on every hole, sandies, skins, stars (a buck for 4 pars in a row or better), and finally 6-holers, where we rotate partners every 6 holes.
At the end of each round is a total mess which takes about 30 minutes to settle. Today EVERY bet tied between the three of us. No money changed hands with literally hundreds of possibilities.