Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Arrived in FL yesterday, got to hotel, changed, grabbed lunch and went to the closest course to the hotel, it was 5 minutes away. Not a great course, kind of beat up, but fine for getting off the plane and playing. Left after 16th hole because sky was looking forbidding. Back out today, had booked last night after checking weather, Clearwater Country Club, which was built in the 1920's so it had the old style design of mostly straight fairways, open, but greens mostly elevated and many sloped down from back to front. Very playable, not a bad course and very affordable. Probably the only time I have played next to railroad tracks and CSX freight train came chugging past.
Interesting wildlife in FL, very cool looking birds and even saw a pair of parrots yesterday. No gators spotted.
Weather a bit iffy the next couple of days, so not sure about playing Fri-Sat, but Sun looks OK so far.
It's not how...it's how many
had 2 cloudy/humid days, 2 rainy days, and a really nice, sunny not humid day on our last full day in FL. So we wound up playing 3 times instead of 4 as planned. Last round of the trip was the nicest course, Seminole Lake Country Club. "Member for a Day" special...it's a semi-private club. It was still pretty wet from the 2 days rain, so 90 degree cart path only. Lucky for us, earlier that day it was cart path only. Pretty wide open, easy to stay out of trouble for the most part. Not too many forced carries over water, the layout typical of the old style Florida course, elevated greens. This one was in much better condition than the other 2 we played, greens nice an smooth except maybe one that looked to have some damage. Sand much better in the bunkers, more sand than shells (the lower tier courses have lots of little seashells in the sand, much as we have little pebbles in our lousy bunkers). All 3 rounds during the trip I shot mid-high 90's, which considering that my irons are still not all there, is OK. I'm only about 5-8 strokes off normal (lost shots in greenside bunkers, flubbed chips...). Killing the driver, so at least that's working.
There are some great courses in FL, glad we didn't waste our money on them with the state of our play!
Nice Aimee. Glad you got away, wish you'd have had better weather. Agree on not dropping the $$ when the game's not quite there.
I've been sick, kids been sick, but I mustered out Sat for a captain's choice tournament I had agreed to play in. Hit driver fine and hit some nice approach shots but man my wedges were off. Chalking it up to being sick but I mean I had no control. The swing I'm normally solid with in terms of distance control, I missed every green with a wedge in my hand. Crazy. We came in third thanks to a 20 foot putt I made on the last hole!
It was a charity event for a local highschool .. and the highschool golf team won it going away..-21 to par...shot 51 over 18 holes. Now each team had 8 total mulligans (max) but still 21-under Par is DEEP!!!! We were 12 under with our mulligans :)
Damn teenagers :)
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Finally kicked off the 2014 golf season yesterday with 9 holes after my shift at my course. I played better than I expected considering I haven't even been to the driving range, just swinging a club and hitting into a net at home. I hit some very nice wood/hybrid shots. No touch around the greens despite chipping in of a birdie on a par 4. My putting was better than average (for last year), although that isn't saying much. I ended up with a 43. :)
More importantly, the course was in pretty good shape, finally drying out enough to let out carts. There has been a tremendous amount of winterkill on some greens and tee boxes. Over seeding has already been completed. Many trees have been lost due to the repeated ice storms this past winter. The clean-up is still on-going on the periphery as are repairs to the irrigation system which endured some heaving. My course is extremely fortunate as some of the neighbouring courses have lost whole green complexes.
Played our links style course today, after the rain yesterday figured it would be the better option. Plus I saw plenty of water hazards in FL and didn't want to deal with that today. Was able to take my good range swing out to the course, used the modified stance and made solid iron contact. Only down side is directional accuracy is a little harder to control, hit perfect distances but often 6 feet off from where I wanted. Front 9 had 19 putts because I put myself into 3 putt range. Started strong, holes 1-2 had par, almost parred 3 also. 47 on front 9 mostly due to too many putts. Told myself at the turn that I should try for a 43 to finish with a 90, which I did! 17 putts on back 9. Came within 18" of a hole in one on par 3 number 12, hit a 6 iron about 115 yds over greenside bunker and on. 5 pars, 4 GIR, 1 birdie for the round.
Wild turkeys spotted in fairway bunker on 18th hole (hens). Rabbit in the grass right outside the back door to the clubhouse, nibbling happily.
realized after I posted the comment about accuracy...I usually give myself a 6 foot "play" for shot location (other than wedges, I can't say I'm THAT accurate) so this extra 6 foot of variability was putting me 12-15 away from my desired target in some cases. Although I honestly wasn't getting that mad about it because the distance was dead on, I'd be pin high, just left or right of the pin!
So today was beautiful weather and finally some decent course conditions as greens are recovering from being punched early spring and the fairways have gotten enough sun for the bermuda to start to grow.
Well, I hit the ball a lot better than I scored today. Shot 38-42 for an 80....but man did I play better than that. took 32 putts with 1 3-putt which for me is a little high. I did hit a number of GIR so that might be why but I didn't make any birdies. I had 10 decent birdie chances, with 4 of them inside 8 ft but didn't make any of them. Ran so many putts just by the cup. Augh! Struck my irons well accept on 2 holes where I had some hiccups and went bogey - dbl. Otherwise drive the ball well, chipped well except once which I bladed. But it was just those little things where you hit 4 good shots but wind up taking 5 to hole out.
Opened with 2 bogeys and then had 6 straight Pars followed by an errant wedge and a bogey on 9. Then start with a stupid bogey due to a down hill putt that just kept going. Then a few more par's and then the hiccup and then shooting 1 over on the last 3 holes.
Anyway, was fun to be out, was fun to see me hit some really good shots, just wish I had a few more made putts to show for it.
it's funny how you can feel like you played fairly well but the score doesn't reflect it (and vice versa). Sometimes after a round I'll try to figure out where I lost shots (looking at number of putts is first, and the easiest indicator) but sometimes upon reflection I'll remember a stubbed wedge or something that I had quickly forgotten during the round. Guess short term memory loss can be a good thing. And those lipped out or just barely missed putts are the devil.
True...golfers need short memories...Yeah, I really felt ball striking was one of my better rounds...man had I just been able to make some putts. Oh well. at least I have some positives.
One thing i tried to do better was I remembered my instructor last year said I was cheating on my putts, looking up too early. So I tried to keep my head down and listen for the putt to hit the cup. Especially on short putts.
Lot of rain coming Thursday so I might try to sneak out for 9 holes tomorrow after work.
played our parkland style course (Mercer Oaks West) today. Dried out nicely from the rain on Friday. The rough is in spring growth mode (ie, thick and juicy). Greens and fairways in great shape. Played with an interesting guy, probably early 30's...ex-Marine (was in Afghanistan right after 9/11), law school grad, clerked with NJ Justice, and now works in the Governor's office. 3rd generation Cuban. Nice guy, he had an abbreviated back swing like a slap shot because of torn rotator cuffs (Marine injury).
I shot 43 on front 9, 46 on back = 89. 2 GIR, 4 pars, 36 putts (two 3 putts). One ball lost in the woods. Did hit my new #5 hybrid a couple of times, it seems to work well out of the rough. Getting my wedge mojo back, didn't skull or shank any. It is amazing how long it is taking to get over the "psychic injury" of my lost iron swing, hopefully these good rounds will keep me on the positive path.
I'll make you feel better, Aimee; I shot a 105 yesterday! :P
That's the highest score I've shot on that particular course in 3 years! I was actually surprised it was that bad because I finished strongly with three pars to close. At least I had a positive memory from the outing.
Scomac, finishing with 3 pars is a nice ending. Golf always finds a way to hook you and make you want to come back.
Yes it does Aimee. Another day another dollar as the saying goes. My wife and I headed out to play this afternoon. We only got three holes in before we were washed out, but I had three more pars to add to the good memory reinforcement. There wasn't a poorly executed shot made. Quite a contrast to two days earlier.
Nice to hear Sco. Hopefully you'll get out again soon and keep the momentum...and maybe this time no washout.
Got nine in after my shift at the course this afternoon. The momentum lasted for all of one hole. An up and down side with three pars. My putting is coming around and saved my bacon on three holes. My short game has gone missing in action so far this season. I'm really struggling with making clean contact. Way too many bladed chips.
Snuck out today and played a quick 18 with Dad. Unfortunately had the slice working today. Recapping the round, I find many many shots went to the right. Way too many. Shot 83 with 1 birdie, some pars and 2 dbls and a mixture of bogeys. Greens were slow so that didn't help either. Oh well, guess I'm headed to the range tomorrow :)
played our links style course Saturday. Moved the tee time up a bit earlier because the forecasts had possibility of rain in the afternoon, and it did in fact start raining about an hour after we finished, so that was good. The skies were kind of threatening all day, with a lot of clouds, some areas of clouds really dark gray, and the occasional peek of sun, but all too brief. Kind of cool without the sun, too. Had a decent round, my putting wasn't "on" and I had (3) three putts for total of 36 putts vs my usual 33 putts, so wound up with a 91 when it could have easily been a sub-90 round. Parred all four of the par 3's (with GIR) and one par 4 (one putt). Lost one stroke trying to hack out of thick rough (nothing like advancing the ball 50 yds with a hybrid on second shot of a long hole). Just a bit "off" on some of the fairway shots with 4W, hit behind a couple of times so didn't advance the ball far enough (essentially costs a half stroke). But all things considered, for not having my "A" game, 91 was OK!
Playing on Monday, weather supposed to be low 80's, sunny, should be nice.
So played in my home course's men league Wed...9 holes...surprisingly, played well. On the range warming up hit everything right..on the course, hit draws. Funny. missed a tap in putt (they count them all!!!) on the first hole but other than that, all went pretty well. Had 4 bogeys, 1 birdie and 4 pars...
Played twice since the last update...
first was a match play event which I did just enough to win, 2 and 1. Drove the ball well but hit irons and approach shots badly. No birdies, just pars and bogeys and a couple "others". Thats the nice thing of match play, I can forget the 7's on the scorecard.
Then played yesterday and again drove the ball well but could NOT hit irons or wedges or hybrids. Nothing. Shot 90 with birding the last hole. And I have 2 more rounds in the next 3 days..not good!
Left Wrist has been bothering me and I'm not sure if that's the cause or just some bad habits I need to work through
Played in a charity scramble on the weekend with my wife, our son and another female friend. We shot 3 under with 4 birdies and one bogie. This is the best result we've managed in four attempts in this tournament and it was good enough for 4th place. I drove the ball very well and hit my 3W as well as I've ever hit it from the deck. It was largely responsible for our birdies on the par 5's. My MIA short game is finally showing signs of life; now all I have to do is dial in distances now that quality of contact seems to be rectified. As always is the case with these sorts of events, you live and die by the putter. I made some nice putts from inside 10' and lag putting was good, but no one was dropping the bombs needed to post a really low score.
NIce result Sco. Glad to see the short game coming around.
Played 9 holes yesterday and many of my issues from Tuesday were gone. Head scratching a little bit but glad. Hit some good irons. Was 1 over par after 5 before 3 double bogeys in a row derailed the round. Issue was a wayward approach wedge that found a bunker, and our bunkers get thick and soupy with the rain. Then 3 putted. Next was dunking a tee shot in the water on a long Par 3. Last one was again bunker related...had a long greenside bunker shot and took a big swing...and picked it clean...ball sailed and sail and sailed. Drop! Ha, so now 7 over, I had a very interesting #9.
Tee shot needed is a fade and I hit a draw...ugh...I have to practice hitting a fade on demand! Anyway, found the ball under a row of thick cedar trees and had to flip over a 6i and hit is backwards, left handed. Actually hit it about 15 yards into the open, I was impressed. Then had 150 Uphill over a bunker. My approach HIT THE PIN and settled about 5 ft away. Made the putt for par! Now that was worth the price of admission.
Well have our annual company tournament tomorrow..captains choice. Should be fun. Just down the street so it's finish up about 2pm and come back to watch the Martin Kaymer show! Man is he putting on a clinic. Other than him, scores are staying within the normal US OPen range....but he's on fire.
Played our links style course, Michael had invited a work friend...who was playing with 20 year old clubs and was kind of a mess. Michael lent him his driver and the guy hit it way past where he hit his ancient Taylormade 3w, he was astounded at the difference. Wound up playing OK, same ball the whole round. 33 putts, 3-4 pars, one birdie, shot 88. Still can't hit irons, so hows that for making up for a deficiency, thank goodness my wedges work.
Well the Company tournament didn't quite go as planned...we finished last in the championship flight.. We could not make any putts. I don't know how many 5-10 footers we missed. Well I do..about 9. Drove the ball well and I hit some nice irons shots but I have to spend time with my wedges at the range. Not chipping or pitching very well. And missing the green on some half wedge shots. used to be solid with them. not now.
Going to be hot this week. But I have a lite week at work. maybe I can get out for a round. Will at least hit the range.
Played Mountain View today, the longest/most difficult of our county courses today. Course in really nice shape, rough is brutal with the spring rains we had and heavy growth. Although the grass wasn't as thick and lush as at Mercer Oaks West, so for the most part I could hit hybrid out and advance the ball. Mis hit a couple of shots with my iron woes continuing...I keep feeling like I am going to be able to hit the shot, the practice swing feels good, then it comes off as a block 45 degrees right. So my approach shots into the green wind up to the right of the green...needless to say, glad I am good with lob wedge.
Total score 94, 5 pars, 3 GIR, 33 putts. Played same ball all round.
Well played in a Texas Scramble Saturday. Never played that format. Sort of like Captains choice, 4 man teams, and you each hit a tee shot , choose the best one and then all play your ball into the hole from there. We counted a "net" (handicap adjusted) score and the best gross score. We came in 5th at 19-under par. Winners were 25 under. Anyway, I made 4 birdies myself so that was nice. Was hitting irons well, and everyone contributed at some point.
Not sure if I'll get out this week or not, other than the Wed 9 hole league. We'll see. Lots of evening thunderstorms this time of year here.
That sounds peculiarly like the sort of game that was going on in front of my group a week ago at Tyandaga in their senior men's league. I had never played there before on this rolling escarpment course. I don't think there was a level lie on the place and the rough was thick! It was a struggle to say the least only made worse by the waiting -- 5 and a half hours to play the round! I left home at 7:20 am and didn't return until 4:50 pm!! Ridiculous for a course only 45 minutes from my door.
Way too long for a round of golf. OUch. somedays we see that here but usually 4hrs +/- 30 minutes is what it is here. Weekends might be a bit longer during peak hours but usually not too much.
Well hit the ball well today...but didn't score great. (I should preface this post with I'm 2 bottle of wine into the evening so no telling what might get written...) but shot 79 which with how well I hit irons and tee shots, felt like the worst I could score. I lipped out 3 or 4 birdie putts and wound up with no birdies at all. probably had 32 - 34 putts. Augh! But hit some great drives and great iron shots.
Will hit the range tomorrow....if I can see which ball to hit :)
No wine, just golf. Kind of a slow round, ranger came by on back 9 and said 4 some 2 groups ahead was holding things up and he talked to them..seemed to work because it picked up noticeably after that, but damage done and it was 4:45 instead of 4:15 as usual for the round. We had a slowish guy in our group, so that contributed. Shot 91, had a couple of blow up holes. 2 pars, one birdie ( on #9, my nemesis, hit over water on 2nd shot onto the green and one putt), 33 putts. Had gone to the range before the round to hit some irons to get comfortable, since it still isn't automatic. Still screwed up some on the course, but likely due to tension/anxiety. Playing again today.