There is a thread in the “Forums” where the total number of courses played has been discussed. I have undoubtedly played more courses than the average golfer but certainly not as many as some of the more prolific players have stated. One point that interested me was a comment someone made about not remembering every course without the aid of an actual written list. I suspect that many of us could list every course we have played from memory and give some story or incident that occurred. We may not remember a birthday or appointment but that day at Black Forest when sun alternated with sleet and rain is etched in our memory.
On courses I play frequently I seem to have one or two permanent memories for each hole. The 17th at U of M is thought of as “The Skunk” hole. One evening we were finishing up our round when the driver of our cart, Marty, saw a skunk moseying along the left side of the rough. He thought it would be interesting to get a closer look; I jumped out of the cart before he got too close. The rest is history.
The 15th at Hudson Mills is the site of the 8-putt. My wife and I were playing a mixed couple two-person scramble event. On the 15th green the hole had been placed on a diabolical slope. My wife and I negotiated it in 2 putts. The other couple was not so lucky. Their first efforts up the hill left his putt 3 feet above the hole and hers 12 feet short. Eventually they decided to take the shorter putt and when they both missed their closest ball was now 15 feet away. When they both missed again, one short and one long, they had now accumulated 6 putts and still had a choice of an uphill 5-footer or a downhill 3-footer. This time they took the uphill option; she missed and he made for a team total of 8 putts.
Playing a new course is always exciting. Still, it is nice to tour a familiar course and recall all the triumphs, tragedies and comedies. We don’t need a list, we have a golfer’s memory.