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.
Like most amateurs, the biggest area I could save strokes is with my short game. I shot a 73 last week where I got up and down 1 out of 4 times. That’s a 70 if I had a short game. I’ve gagged away thousands of shots with mediocre short game plays.
My friend and local pro, called today because he had some down time this afternoon. He and I play our grudge match several days a week. Some days he beats me and some days I beat him. There’s probably nobody more qualified to help me out, since he’s watched my short game in action and under pressure. By pressure, I mean when there’s a $1 skin on the line. That is pressure.
I had a good hour long lesson. My buddy knew what I needed to work on and helped me out with what he called “positional” short game. We adjusted my alignment, posture, swing plane and especially my grip. I’d been choking way down on my chips. No matter what I tried, I hit all my chips on the toe. Little did I know that being choked down like that was causing the toe shots. Other adjustments, when I properly implemented them, worked very well. We worked for practically the whole hour without ever moving the ball from the basic position, on my right foot.
I have a few keys to work on: grip, ball position, bringing the club back inside and perhaps most importantly, quiet upper body. If I get all of those working, my chips are dead on line and perfect distance. If I get all those working, rounds in the 60’s are coming. I can feel it.