I’m dead tired from a long day of traveling, playing Black Mesa and then the cocktail party, dinner and lounging in the hot mineral springs here in New Mexico. Yes it sucks, but someone has to do it.
Highlights of the round include making birdie on the 9th and the 16th. I almost aced the par-3 11th hole.
Must get some sleep so until I get more time to post, here are a couple of shots from today. First is the 17th hole, which I gagged, but it is a great view….
Next is the 18th green with the clubhouse in the background. The old squeaky windmill was playin’ some great music today.
I’m now on the flight to New Mexico blogging from my iPhone.
I should be teeing off at Black Mesa around lunch time.
UPDATE 10:48am: Just landed in Albuquerque. It will be a bit of a long drive from here but I’m getting excited to be back at BM soon!
Over the last few years I’ve developed a great friendship with Eddie Peck, principal at Black Mesa Golf Club in New Mexico. Eddie and I have shared many a great meal and smoked many cigars together and of course, played many rounds of golf at some great courses around the country from Ballyneal to the TPC Sawgrass. As good as some of those courses are, Eddie’s Black Mesa is quite possibly the best course I’ve ever played. I had the pleasure of playing the course a couple of years ago and I did a review which can be found here.
I’m excited to announce that I’m returning to Black Mesa this Sunday and I’ll be there through Wednesday. I’ll be cramming in as many holes of golf on this world class Baxter Spann design when I’m not checking out the land which will soon be home for Black Mesa’s 2nd course, groundbreaking this summer. The 2nd course will be designed by my favorite course designer, Tom Doak. You may have heard of some of Doak’s previous projects like the aforementioned Ballyneal or the Doak course at Bandon in Oregon? Yes, Spock.
Down and dirty at Black Mesa’s 2nd course, which breaks ground this summer…
I can’t announce anything quite yet about what I’m doing or what the arrangements will be, because there aren’t any yet. But I’ve been in discussions with Eddie and his PR firm about being the official blog for the progress of the Doak course construction. Naturally that would require the real tough gig that I be at BM numerous times over the two years, the time it will take to get the course built. I’ll have to do a sit down or two with Tom Doak and pick his brain. That won’t suck.
For good measure here’s another shot from Black Mesa for your enjoyment below. You can access my Black Mesa Gallery here, which now has close to 300 images.
We’re about at the half way mark of the fantasy season and yours truly has already flamed out. It has been a while since I updated the scores since Masters week and the TPC have taken up a bunch of my time. So here are weeks 10-18 winners and the total standings below.
Week 10 winner: Eat Golf
Week 11 winner: Cal Birdies
Week 12 winner: Catbashers
Week 13 winner: Sandwedgie
Week 14 winner: jbelz
Week 15 winner: Laxw09
Week 16 winner: EK’s Hackers
Week 17 winner: powerhitters
Week 18 winner: Fore Heaven
Winners contact me to claim prizes!
(click now and thank ’em!)
My first TPC post for this week is an FYI. A “TPCFYI” if you will. I have a huge golf photo gallery here on HOG and inside are many golf course albums. Having played the TPC Sawgrass course a few months ago, I shot pictures of every hole, over 100. Most holes have tee, approach and green shots. I also have shots of the clubhouse, locker room, pro shop and more…
Above, the entrance to the TPC Sawgrass 17th island green.
Hey that’s ME on the 10th tee at TPC Sawgrass!
I hit a great drive there too, drew it right to left with the shape of the fairway!
Click here to view the Hooked On Golf Blog TPC Sawgrass Gallery.