Sunday afternoon, the par-5 #18 at Raintree in Green, OH near Canton-Akron airport.
No. 18 has a split fairway divided by a 15-20 yards wide creek / water hazard down the middle. I haven't found the value of playing the upper (right) fairway after playing the course many times. Bombed one to my usual spot on the left fairway but it ballooned up and was pushed into the hazard by the wind..
Dropped out 2 and hit my third into a bunker on the upper fairway which is the next logical shot. Everything drops significantly R to L so the idea is hit anything past the traps on the right edge of the upper fairway and it feeds down nicely to the 100 yard marker. From there it's an easy wedge to a wide green fronted by two ponds left and right connected by a water channel. Bunkers also guard front of green.
So I hit #3 into the closer of the two bunkers with just a miserable swing. Upon reaching ball in bunker, pulled a 9-iron with the idea of getting to the 100 yard marker or closer. Bladed the bunker shot, hits front lip, goes straight up, hits grass and trickles into second bunker 10 yards in front of me. By now I'm flustered, so I climb in and hit only a 10 yard green side bunker shot with the same 9-iron that stays in the deep stuff and went nowhere.
Already laying 5, I hit a 7-iron from the rough to a back pin which measured 140 even on the range finder. Fatted the 7-iron and it fell miserably short into the channel that connects the two large ponds. Pulled out stroke SEVEN and dropped my 2 clubs lengths back and in the rough. Tell my buddy, 'watch this' and hit a lob wedge right over the flag stick to about 8'. Get to green, it's a wicked downhill left-breaking 10-foot putt. If it doesn't go in for a 9, it's a certain 2-putt back up the slope and a 12 for the hole!
Pulled putter back about 2" and nudged the ball. Picking up speed all the way to the hole ... and it buries dead center for a NINE!!! Honestly, I don't know if I could have written a double-digit single hole score on the card. I've been playing all my life and cannot remember taking a 10 or worse possibly EVER.
And what a freaking disaster of a finish. After making doubles on 7, 8 and 9, pulled it back together all the way through 17 when disaster struck on 18. Carded 92 to lose by 3 shots.
Post a Blow UP, Melt Down or Disaster of a hole so I know I'm not the lone ranger out there.