Suncrest G.C. - Butler, PA - 48° and 15 mph winds
Tee time tomorrow is 10:52 @ River Forest.
Played a new course a couple days ago and ended +20. I was on fire.. well, as much fire as someone of my ability can be on the front 9 but dropped a giant deuce on the 9th hole and ruined that half. The back 9 was just a big bowl of blah. 105 slope.
Played a round at a familiar course today and felt like I played much better than normal eventhough my score wasn't earth shattering. +17, 106 slope.
3rd time back on the course and continue to improve. Played at Melreese Golf course near Miami International Airport. Great course CR/SLOPE from the whites 71.3/123. Shot a 105, not so great, but continue to improve. I had some great shots today with sinker from the sand trap and pin strike from 40 yards to make par, I also had some great long putts that kept my putts to 1 and 2 for the most part. I am so happy to be playing again!
36 on a 35 - two bogies and a birdie. Missed a 3 footer and a 6 footer for two other birdie opportunities. Mostly putting on a good line, but they are letting the greens grow a little longer end of season and I kept leaving a foot short....
definitely running to the end of the season and losing my swing for now. I only hit one fairway. Soon, will be in the indoor range and can dial it back in.
The birdie was a ridiculous one - Par 5 Hole 8: pull/drew my drive hard and it ended through the tree line, very long, and up on the front of the tee box of the adjacent hole #6. Surprisingly, I had a clear line to the green (hidden in a tight spot) and thought, "no problem, it's like a long and tight par 3" then pull/drew my 4h well past all the junk, again, and far left almost to the #9 fairway. Just under a 100 yards left, I lasered one over the trees and to within 5 feet and putted out for a birdie 4. Two shots that were so bad that they got past all the junk, and then a really good wedge, in summary. I'm not proud of that one, but I'm not arguing.
Funky weekend. Had a lot of bad luck on the way to a season high 52 on Sat. It was like a staged gag it was so bad, every bad bounce imaginable. Hit sand 7 of 9 holes and 6 of them were under a lip. First hole my ball hit something hard and bounced high landing OB.
Sun. was golf as usual. 81 42/39 with 4 3 putt bogeys after GIR and a double on a par 3.
Oh, forgot about Friday - I took the day off and went straight to a couple nice courses I only played once earlier this year. Was able to walk on one of them right away (the other had people waiting for the frost to go away).
83 on a par 72 (71.8/134) no birdies, super windy, cold. Just couldn't find my game (despite this being a decent score for me on this particular course, it just didn't feel right.) I couldn't string an entire hole of good shots - one or two would be great, then the others would be mediocre. Or I'd just hit crap and then scramble well.......IYKWIM
My course handicap indicated an 81 for me, so I was pretty much hitting in my game....
Could certainly feel the difference in contact with the cold temps. Worth about a ball and a half in distance for anything not hit super pure...... (ironically, the course logo balls at this place are "Laddies" - shoulda tried a couple...)
Based on the last couple rounds, I'm thinking that if I don't hit the range a couple times a week, I'd be a very poor golfer. Some guys can just walk up and play after a long layoff - I'm not that guy.
Stone Canyon: 73.2CR 141slope............ 35-39=74
I did make 3 birdies today, but the most satisfying hole was a bogey save. I drove the ball well all day, except for 1-OB tee shot on a par5. After re-teeing and hitting a very mediocre drive into the rough......I decided to take a 5-wood and go for the green in 4 from a very IFFY lie. I had 237yds to go, and cold topped it.....LOL I played my 5th shot from 117yds and made the bogey putt
............a nice bogey save, and it was all setup by a topped 5-wood layup. HEHE
I shot a 44 on 9 today wind was blowing in on on almost every hole. Drove like crap today hit 3 out of 7 fairways. Actually had one of the best holes of my life today hit drive aoubt 100 yards down the left side right behind a tree pulled out a ben hogan apex II 1 iron hit a beautiful stinger right into a tree back onto the first fairway lol then hit another beautiful 1 iron into chipping distance hit a decent chip then two putted for bogey on a par 5 lol I had a chip on 2 that could have went in if the greens where just a tad faster for birdie had another birdy put stop just about an inch from the hole. Then had a bogey put on a par 3 that lipped out :( I wasn't happy I feel im only a few rounds away from being able to shoot in the low 40's consistently. I believe i've played 6 total rounds in the last 3 weeks which are my first 6 rounds in the last 3 years and i've constantly gotten better each round.
Snuck out of work early yesterday, holidays are always slow for me, and shot a miserable 44. Something unrelated pissed me off and I couldn't get it out of my head. Note to self don't check email on the course. I lost two balls after reading that damn email. Other than that biz as usual.
I went to Rittswood GC this morning. Arrived around 9:00 and was the only person on the course. I didn't see anyone else until I was on the 8th tee. It was 55° with wind gusting up to 30 mph. When I finished there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. The issue this time of year in Western Pennsylvania are the leaves. I spent a lot of time looking for balls, and still finished in 3 hours and 5 minutes.
41-40 = 81 (9 pars and 9 bogies)