Here are some highlights from the Hell Day tournament at one of my home courses, River Oaks. I introduced this format to the club when I was club president and I’m glad to see that legacy carrying on years after my reign ended. One might call this format a Halloween golf tournament (for those of you googling that term…) Below is a highlight video from my group, showing some of the very tough putting conditions and below that are some photos.
Teeing off on the par-3 12th
Not really sure what is going on here…
This is AWESOME. Halloween pumpkin painted next to the 17th tee
16 tee, carved out of the bushes WAY right of the fairway
Pumpkins are immovable objects
Lasering a yardage on #15 tee
Trophy for LAST place is a guy bending over and blowing a snot rocket on his ball
Due to a horrible email mix-up I’m not on a plane to the Bahamas right now. Believe me, this is not the news I was looking for. So I’m home for the next four days when I thought I’d be soaking up the beach and some resort golf. Boo. I’ll make the best of it though, and play golf a couple of times here and take a small road trip with the wife and my little boy.
Today I’m going to sneak out and catch a round at Wingpointe, a course I thought I’d played for the last time a week ago. It’s closing in a few weeks. I also anticipate playing Sunday. After that it’s Tuesday the 27th for the annual Hell Night tournament at my club.
14th Hole – Wingpointe Golf Course
That’s probably it for the season. The weather may be okay for playing, but I’ve been struggling this year with my game and think I really need a mental break from it. For the first time in my golfing life, I’m looking forward to winter.
Anything interesting happen in professional golf over the last few weeks? Actually, I wouldn’t know much other than Jordan Spieth set the record for most prize money ever, at somewhere around $22 million. He won the FedEx Cup Reset Cup. When I saw him play as an amateur at the age of 16 (picture) I was sure he was amazing, but had no idea anyone could rake in that kind of dough in prize money in one year.
Yes, a great year. Player of the year for sure. I have/had no interest in the Reset Cup.
Recently Comcast, or as I like to call them “Crapcast,” doubled my TV bill. That was the deciding factor in my cutting the cable and going to NO TV. None. No golf. Nothing. It has been quite nice.
Though I’ve attended and covered many professional “tour” events, I find it quite uninteresting to watch other people play golf, as good as they may be. I’ve watched many greats up close and personal including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Jordan Spieth, Fred Couples, Rory McIlroy, Chi Chi Rodriguez, John Duval (I know what I’m typing), Lee Trevino…. dozens of others.
The pros are great but after I watch them hit a few shots in person I realize one thing:
I’d rather play golf than watch other people play it.
There are some occasions where that’s not the case. The Masters? I’d rather watch it. British Open? Watch it. U.S. Open? Maybe. PGA Championship? Meh. Presidents Cup? Not interested. Ryder Cup? Okay, I watch that…
Where am I going with this drivel? This is a blog. I don’t have to go anywhere. As much as I’ve struggled this year with my game and my attitude, I’ve not watched much golf nor played as much. My last round, one of those nuggets the golf gods throw struggling golfers, might keep me in the game for a bit. Even par. Kind of like making a blackjack on the last hand in Vegas, that round will get me coming back, but golf hasn’t fooled me this time.
Yesterday I played a round of golf at one of my all-time favorite courses here in northern Utah, Valley View Golf Course. Valley View is a tree-lined course, always plush and healthy, with a lot of very interesting elevation changes. It’s a fairly difficult course as well.
I’ve been struggling so bad with my game lately that I’ve been fantasizing about quitting golf. As a (now former) 1 handicap I had some real struggles and couldn’t even break 80 for a whole month. Very frustrating, and I was beginning to feel like I was wasting my time on the course.
Then out of the blue yesterday at VV I shoot an even-par 72, including a double bogey on the par-3 16th. I made birdie on the 18th to get it back to even. The only other real booboo besides the 16th was making par on the par-5 2nd, when I was chipping from the back of the green for eagle, about 20 feet from the pin. A bad chip led to a par.
So I shot even par. I guess that means I won’t be quitting the game this week. I feel like the game knows your state of mind, and throws you a little tiny nugget at just the right time. It’s like gambling in Vegas. You lose your ass and that one small win keeps you there, giving you hope.
So I’ll be staying in the game this week at least but you can’t fool me, golf. I know what you’re doing.