I'll be using this thread to reminisce on rounds played and make notes for future use. Please feel free to make light of any patterns (good or bad) that you notice and make comments.
Canongate Country Club - The Oaks - Gold Tees - 7,044yds - 73.3 Rating - 131 Slope
Hole 1: 529 Par 5 - 5 - GIR
Made par. Made a straight drive about 260 down the left-middle of this slight dogleg left to set myself up well for a near-green approach. With 270 yards left I pulled a 19* hybrid and fired a slight fade (that was intended to go straight) but really caught the ball and landed 180 to carry 220. Near miss on a near-green bunker. Made for an easy lob over a bunker onto 18ft putt. 2 putt gives me par. Great start.
Lost: Wouldn't expect to ever make a 18ft putt for birdie but it would be nice some time.
Gained: Solid off the tee and with fairway hybrid gets me close enough to let the short game take hold.
Hole 2: 361 Par 4 - 4 - GIR
Mostly straight fairway with water guarding the left side of fairway and green. Drive is long in the fairway and a pitching wedge puts me at 5 ft for birdie. I 2 putt for par.
Lost: 5 ft birdie putt.
Gained: Driver still works, pitching wedge to 5ft of pin feels excellent.
Lesson: If I could putt that's a birdie.
Hole 3: 182 Par 3 - 4
Run of the mill par 3 with water on the left. The second hybrid swing of the day proves fatal and I top the ball sending it rolling forward just even with the forward tees. Nice! A 9 iron gets me on the green from there for a 2 putt and bogey.
Lost: Topped off the teebox.
Gained: Didn't lose composure, laughed it off and only lost a stroke on the hole.
Hole 4: 400 Par 4 - 5
A fade shows up and my drive is well struck but fades right, hitting fairway but rolling into a fairway bunker. There are two on either side of this fairway at the same approx distance of 235-240. I tried to not hit it too hard but ended up putting a fade on it instead. I make a well struck sand save with a 7 iron leaving the ball 10 yds from the green. I get up and two putt for bogey.
Lost: Got into the fairway bunker. Don't be afraid to manage the course. Should've used a 3 wood to avoid chance of the sand and had an easy approach from the fairway.
Gained: Good strike out of the fairway bunker.
Hole 5: 449 Par 4 - 5
Run of the mill bogey. Took three to get on the green after missing the approach left. Got LUCKY to get away with bogey on this one. A good drive led to a 6 iron approach to a forward placed flagstick. I set up for a slight fade, but pulled the shot instead. It very well could've rolled 30 yards left but hit a tree and bounced back to set me up with a 20yd chip from some questionable dirt. Chip successful and a 2 put lets me walk away with bogey.
Lost: Terrible approach
Gained: Recovered and was helped tremendously by a well placed tree, got away with bogey (I like bogeys)
Lesson: Sometimes trees are there to help you
Hole 6: 174 Par 3 - 5
Pulled a 6 iron again left. No forgiveness on this par 3 as there is a lot of water. Tee shot intended for right side of green, hit left fringe instead, and rolls down a steep decline into the bath. Hit 4 out of the drop zone and sink 5 for double bogey.
Lost: Tee shot
Gained: At least it wasn't a 6.
Lesson: Don't mind the water.
Hole 7: 535 Par 5 - 6
I am not happy with losing 4 strokes on the two par 3's out, so I decide to err on the side of risk on this slight dogleg right guarded by a long lake on the right side of the fairway. My drive fades slightly to the right side of the fairway and gives me a decent look through the trees straight to the green. I pull a 25* hybrid and try to get through. I hit some branches and come up short of the green. No big deal at least it didn't knock into the water. I am in some questionable terrain near the lake under the trees about 30 yds off the green. For my third swing I pull a gap wedge and give it a go. The questionable terrain seems to have grabbed and twisted my club as the shot is a little fat and ends up near a sand trap. A quick up over the sand and a two putt lets me walk away with bogey.
Hole 8: 423 Par 4 - 4
Standard straight fairway, GIR, two putt. Good to get confidence back after a string of gaining strokes.
Hole 9: 409 Par 4 - 4
Another straight one. GIR and two putt. Felt good at the turn.
-long par 3's
-worked fade/draw but twice turned into a pull costing me strokes (keep it simple, stupid)
-chips and pitches
-didn't think too much
-well struck clubs
-successfully worked a fade/draw a few times but maybe is not worth the risk (lost about 3 strokes because of mis-worked draws)
-best round of my life is an 82 and if I had played 42 back in, I would've come pretty close to it.
P.S. Thanks a lot for reading - I think I'll stop at the front 9 because all that memory raking is making me itch to jet my office and get to the course.