Re: 9/18 - First Annual Sand Trap "Forward Tees Tournament"As I said in another post afterwards, I ended up playing from the whites so I went from 71/125 to 68.8/121 To add a disclaimer, I ALWAYS play better when I'm solo vs. playing a group. The distances are based on what the blues were the last time I played before doing this and what the whites were that day. Courses has 5 tee boxes and 4 sets of tees.
Hole #1, par 4. 385(blue), 343(white) My driver has been really crappy lately but I decided to start off giving it a try. Horrible shot that only went about 190 yards to left rough. Since I'm forward though I only have 160 into the green. Nice 8 iron, stick it on the front and two putt...Even.
Hole #2, par 5. 508, 488... Letting my driver swing one more time..another crappy shot(but better than 1). Reached 200 yards this time and was in the fairway but its a par 5 so no biggie. Hybrid to 50 yards, wedge shot missed just right(fringe) I knock on and two putt for a bogey. +1
Hole #3, par 3. 170, 151... a pretty stiff par 3 from the blues, turned into a fairly tame par 3 from the whites. Stock 9 iron onto the green and left myself with an uphill putt. Just missed the birdie attempt and tap in for par. +1
Hole #4, par 4. 341, 312..swinging my hybrid off the tee now. In the fairway but my swing was not good. A little off the toe and high. Still, like #1, I'm forward so I'm only 136 yards out. Kind of duffed my PW trying to take some off of it and end up short right. I hit a good chip and get up and down to save a par +1
Hole #5, par 4. 343, 304.. Finally a good tee shot. Played right where I wanted 55 yards from the green direcly in front of it(hole is a weird design with a three level fairway and the green a little offset right). I mishit my wedge a little strong and landed on the back fringe. I BLASTED a putt from the fringe downhill about 13 feet past the hole and then 2 putted. +2 for the round.
Hole #6 par 3. 140, 106.. Stock LW shot for me. Hole plays a little downhill but it usually doesn't change the club unless the wind is blowing. Stuck the green dead center, flag left back. two putted. +2
Hole #7, par 5. 435, 395. Another great tee shot but missed right(fairway runs from left to right at angle from the tee boxes so a fade is your best shot)Still in good shape at 145 out..think I got a little "help" from my hybrid tee shot?? lol). Stock PW onto green dead center, flag in front. 2 putted for birdie. +1
Hole #8 333, 284. Hybrid still working with a strong tee shot. 50 yards out, middle of the fairway. Another disappointing hole though as I stuck my pitch about 8 feet away but STILL 2 putted and the 1st putt was not good. +1
Hole #9 404, 379. Little too much height on the tee shot and also right. 150 out with a stock 9 iron(I forgot that this hole always plays shorter on approach, though and blew over the back of the green. Chipped on and two putted for a 5. +2
Front nine stats. 4 fairways hit, 5 GIR, 17 putts average approach distance 105 yards. 38 strokes.
Hole #10 309, 295 I left my tee shot high and right and 143 yards out. Tricky lie but basic PW. Ended up on the back right fringe. Hit a nice chip that rolled to inches and tapped in for a working par. +2
Hole #11 387, 355. One of the toughest holes on the course. Flare my tee shot way out to the right and have to wedge out onto the fairway. From there I proceeded to leave the next shot short, then blow the chip over the back of the green. FINALLY chipped close for a tap in..but a double bogey! +4
Hole #12 185, 150. Usually no relief after 11. Thank God for forward tees! Put a 9i right and just short of center. Had to putt over a hump but I managed and got off with a two putt. +4
Hole #13 378, 340. Tee shots working again..right down the middle, 130 out. Hit my 54 to the front left of the green, pin front center. Basic two putt. +4
Hole #14 580, 521. Stock tee shot, and played 6 iron to get to the 150 marker. Left it a little right but on a good lie. Use my PW and hit the ridge in the center of green, pin right middle. Luckily the ball held on the ridge so the putting wasn't too tricky. Felt like I should have had a birdie here but walked off with par. +4
Hole #15 353, 310. A bad tee shot VERY HIGH and right. 195 out and hit a hybrid into a green side bunker. I just wanted to get out and onto the green and accomplished that. 2 putted for a bogey..felt good about managing the hole as badly as I played it. +5
Hole #16 475, 426. Good tee shot to the usual rough between the two fairways. 200 yards out but a flat lie. 2nd shot leaks a LITTLE right and I carry the front bunker by a yard...good position though, which I wasted with the chip. Put it too far past the hole and two putted for a par. Left another out there, I feel. +5
Hole #17 140, 116. 54 wedge off the tee and it sails high and a little right. Basic chip and putt for an up and down. +5
Hole #18 356, 313 Pull my tee shot slightly left but get great distance with a little help, leaving myself 50 yards. Basic two putt par from there..+5
Final stats. 7/14 fairways, 10/18 GIR, 33 putts, average approach 128 yards. 77 strokes.
I actually really enjoyed the change, and thought it really helped my golf game given my swing problems at the moment. I didn't notice a whole lot of spots that were different from where I would normally be playing from..probably because of the switch from driver to hybrid. I enjoyed doing this and will be doing it more often when I am playing solo(no one else ever wants to scoot up! lol) In the end the score still comes down to putting. If you're on with the putter that day, I think anyone will score well relative to their handicap. If its average or worse, you'll wonder what the heck happened!