I have my dentist appointments in a small town 40 miles north of my home town. I was wanting to get out to play tonight, but seeing as this small town has an 18 hole course I figured I would give it a go. It looked pretty nice online and had a pretty nice website.
I walked into the clubhouse and asked the lady behind the desk if there was a chance to walk on (I didn't make a tee time because I had no idea how long my appointment would be). She gave me a puzzled look and then I realized that this was such a small town that tee times weren't really necessary. I asked her for directions to the first hole, hit 3 putts on the putting green, and I was off. The course is 72.6/121 from the tips which play at 6850 yards. The longest course I have played is about 6600 (the tips at my home course are only 6500), but I thought I would give them a go since I probably won't get back to this course any time soon. Despite getting lost a couple times and almost aiming at a wrong hole on my second shot I shot an 80. My lowest differential ever for a round. I can't believe that I can play a course for the first time and play as well as I did. I've been playing my home course for 6 years and the best I have managed from the tips is 80.
The course had some very nice black sand bunkers, but luckily I didn't find any of them!!!
Anyways, I have many horror stories of playing new courses, but this was a rare gem! Anyone else care to share a new course experience.