I did end up going to Brookside as a single, but did not have time to finish either 9. I skipped the 3rd hole, as the people in front of me politely let me play through. I opted to get out of their way by driving to the next hole.
Smooth sailing all the way to the forced water carry hole. I had a choice to hit deeper and have to carry 230 yards or towards a bunker and lose 40 yards with a 200 yard forced carry. I hit one ball deep and thought it rolled back into the water. I hit a provisional over the 200 region to make sure I got it over. I got to the closer one and hit it towards the green. 60 yards out I saw my first one. Arrrghh. I ended up getting 8 strokes because I 3 putted it due to my feeling of overall incompetence. At this point I am 6 strokes over on the holes I played. Lesson learned, drive further up to see if your first ball is in play. To add insult to injury, I was in a cart to insure that I keep pace of play up, and could easily have driven up to check.
Then I got paired up with a couple. They were playing a little slow, because the husband wanted to wait till the fairway was clear to 300 yards or more, so I ended up driving first to speed things up. Our drives were about the same (mine a tiny bit further), not 300 yards. He was interested in my steel shafts on my woods. He thought it was a custom high tech shaft at first. I told him I got them for $18 plus installation at Dick's. He was a bit surprised and inspected the head face and shaft with great interest.
Retro-steel shafts might be the future? BTW, a plug for True Temper Dynamic Gold steel wood shafts. Please keep making them.
I had another blowup hole. My shafts were separating from the head on the driver and my 3W. I had a lousy drive, it rolled to a little less than 200 yards, and I had 268 yards to go. My 3W was creaky on the shot and pulled right, onto another fairway. I hit a PW to get over some trees and it hit the very top of the tree and landed in the green side bunker. For the first time in months, it took me 2 shots to get out of the bunker. Last time was at Oak Quarry in a pot bunker. This should have been cake, and I ended up with an 8 with a 3 putt.
In any case, it was getting late. I needed to get to Dick's before they closed to have the pro write up the ticket for the club repair.
All told, I had 4 GIR on 14 holes and was staring at 4 birdie putts, 2 from inside 5 feet. No birdies. Maybe the pressure? Well in any case I was never good enough to be in this situation before. That in and of itself was very gratifying. 5 pars, 5 bogey, 2 doubles and 2 blow up holes. Lessons learned, always check your first drive to make sure it is OB, check the driver/3W before going out to play.
At least it is easier for me to get on the greens. There appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel.