Playing my home course today here in NC on a pretty windy day and ran across something I've never had happen to me before on any course. Whoever was responsible for the pin placements for today must have been a sadistic bastard. With some pretty stiff winds, there were pin placements that were impossible.
On hole #11, the cup was on a downslope towards the front of the green. I had a huge breaking 3' putt, and just barely tapped it. Lipped it out, and the ball rolled 12', breaking hard left (as expected) and proceeded to roll 4' off the green because it was severely sloped towards the front of the green. Combine the winds with the dryness of the greens, and it was like putting on glass.
On hole #13, I missed the green on my approach, but hit a great chip that almost stopped a foot from the hole. I say almost, because it then proceeded to roll back 90* and ended up around 12' off the green. I ended up with double bogey when it should have been an easy par. I shouldn't feel too bad though, I had the best score on the hole in the group and one guy actually carded a 13.
On hole #15, the cup was positioned on the side of a ridge, which was impossible to get close to. You either hit the cup, or were 8ft away. I ended up with the 2nd option.
On hole #17, the cup was again cut into the side of a ridge, which made it hit or die. I got lucky to 3 putt and save a bogey. Some weren't that lucky.
I complained to the Pro after the round, and he asked me specifically where the cup was on hole 13, since it's the most severely banked green towards the front. I told him the pin was in the front, and what had happened, and he didn't seem very happy at the person who was supposed to cut the new pins. He specifically told me that at this time of year, especially with the wind, there was no way that pin should be there. I was happy that he acknowledged that the course wasn't setup very well for the conditions and seemed eager to get it fixed.
I ended up shooting 100....... And felt lucky to get that out of today. The scores from my group (most typically shoot mid-80's to very low 90's) were 2 100's, a 101 and a 109. Just a tough day on the course. On a good note, I finally found my driver swing that's been AWOL all summer.