80 (39-41) at Twin Brooks Country Club, Watchung NJ, Sunday. Very difficult golf course and my best 18 there ever. I've had two better scoring rounds on other courses, but given the difficulty of the courses involved, this was definitely the best round of golf I've ever played.
I hit 12 greens in regulation and played the 6 hardest holes on the course in one under par. 31 putts, which isn't my best, but I made lots of saving par putts and hit many excellent lag putts. Twin Brooks greens are very difficult.
I bogeyed the final hole or would have had the magic round in the 70s. Bogeying the last was a choke I suppose, but it really was more just poor execution on a pitch shot. Par 5....I hit a solid drive into rough but behind some trees, so I couldn't go for the green. I hit a perfect 7 iron over the trees into the middle of the fairway, 113 from the pin (par 5). So far so good. In retrospect, at this point maybe I should have stopped thinking so much and just hit the third shot and tried to land it on the green, but I really wanted the birdie and spent alot of time grinding on the third shot. The greens were very hard and fast, and 18 green at TB is, like many of their greens, fairly severely sloped, back to front, AND I had just gone long on both of the previous two holes because of the hard conditions. I certainly didn't want to bogey by three putting from above the hole. I tried to finesse my wedge shot to land close to the front and bounce onto the green, but the I didn't execute the partial swing well, coming up about 5 yards short of the front but, importantly, hitting it a little too much to the right. I was short sided and had to pitch over a little mound on the green, and this ultimately ended up causing the bogey. I hit the pitch with what I thought was perfect weight and hit it on line, but having to carry the little mound made it run out too far, and I ended up about 15-18 feet past the hole. I gave the par putt perfect pace but it was outside of the hole all the way and never had a chance.
Oh well....there's next time. It was a great round for me and I really felt like I was playing within my capability. As good as the results were for me, I didn't feel like I was playing way over my head or getting lucky or anything. I got one pretty good break on an errant shot, and two bad breaks on errant shots, so there wasn't much in the way of golf god intervention at work. I just hit lots of solid, solid shots, and lots of not-so-bad misses.
I love golf!