Got to play Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach this past Sunday. My friend's uncle is a member and we walked the back nine with his son. It's a very exclusive club with a membership roster of only 300.
First impressions were awesome. The course is in a beautiful area. The cars in the parking lot were the first clue as to what kind of members belonged to the private club. S-class AMG Mercedes, 7 and 6 series BMWs, quite a few Range Rovers, and one very pretty Porsche 911 (997). The range was neat with pyramids ready to be used. Range balls are available for free to those who are playing or practicing. And these weren't your typical Pinnacle or Rock Flight range balls. They were all what looked to be fairly new Titleist NXT Tours. The putting green was also littered with Titleists to be practiced with. Ice coolers with bottles of water were at seemingly every tee box. And the greens and fairways were in fantastic shape. As you can probably tell, the course and atmosphere blew me away.
We played the blue tees which were one set up from the tips (there is also a green tee that on the score card is in between blue and black, but each tee box, blue and green were the same). There was a two-club wind and the course layout meant each hole either played directly into the wind or it was helping. A lot of the par-4s were right at 400 yards with a couple playing shorter with a lot of bunkers and water to make up for the shorter distance. So I hit 3w off the tee a lot, only hitting driver on the two par 5s. I shot 44 mainly because I couldn't make an up-and-down to save my life. If I hit the green, it was a guaranteed two-putt par seemingly. If I just missed the green, I bogeyed it almost every time. Made double on one of the par 3s after a sliced iron off the tee and a terrible first pitch that didn't get up the bank and on to the green. Swung the club fairly well though. Just need to keep pouring sweat into the short game so I don't keep punishing myself for missing the green by 5-10 yards.
Headed to Dayton, Ohio in the morning. Once I have a better picture of my schedule for the month of August, I can pick a date and set up a lesson in Erie. Really looking forward to making that happen.