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Just when you thought I was out of this. 

I think I'm the last golfer to add their first birdie to the spreadsheet.

I just haven't played the course at all this year. In previous years I played here all the time because you could walk on. So, I'd walk on as soon as my work day was over and play 9 holes. However, this year with the Covid restrictions you literally MUST have a tee-time. So, I've played a lot less when I can't just spontaneously jump out there and play. 

However, on Tuesday, October 6th I got to play 9 and made 2 birdies. I birdied hole 4 (par 5) and hole 6 (par 3). 

On Saturday, October 10th, I birdied hole 5 (par 4). 

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There was almost 20° temperature difference from start to finish today!  I had 2 birdies (unusual) but both were repeats.   It almost looks like golf is over for me unless we get some sunshine.   

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Seven more birdies but only added #12 to the list. Need 2, 6, 7, 14, and 15. 

1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18

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Finally birdied the 1st hole. Started off the back, so it wasn't the first hole of the day. Playing into the wind, I hit a good albeit slightly pulled drive into the left rough, then hit a good 7i just to the apex of the dogleg. Had about 110 left to a back left pin and I lined up right at it because I was hitting a cut most of the day. Hit a choked down GW, ended up dead straight at the pin, 8' short. Made the 1% right to left uphill putt.

Had a chance on 4 and 9 to add birdies to my sheet, but couldn't make the putts.

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I feel like I've been gone from this thread for months, but I finally got another.  I chipped in on #8, a long downhiller, leaving me only two more holes.

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I'll try and do this next year, but in 9.5 rounds of golf at my home course since the middle of August I was able to birdie, 1,9,11(2),14,18.

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So how's this going for everyone?

I'll probably only get about two or three more rounds in (and a few more, hopefully, on the composite away course stuff).

I still need, on the home course, holes 1 and 2. 1 is a tough par four. 2 is a medium-length par three with a tricky green, but I've lipped out about 12 times there this year.

On the away composite course, I need holes 4 and 13. Maybe I can get those at Bedford Springs or Royal New Kent.

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In my away courses, I need 2,6 and 8.   My home course, I've only played 5 times with 3 birdies.   The season is almost over here because I'm not as robust as @bkuehn1952.    

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A year ago I was -8 with 15 rounds at Leslie Park.  Today I am -8 after 13 rounds.  My guess is I will play 1-2 times more so there is a chance of beating last year. As always, a lot depends on the weather.  Also, being a municipal course, the profit motive is a bit lacking so Leslie closes sooner than many courses.

I completed the away Challenge at -18.  No eagles yet so that is likely to be it for the year.

@iacas, thank you for thinking up this Challenge.  It certainly made me aware of my birdies during the year.👍

 

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Weather permitting I will play my home course for the last time tomorrow.  Still need Par on 3-9-10-11-13-15-17.  I need a helluva round, Among the holes I need are the #1,2,3 &4 handicap holes.

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It took me way longer to birdie #15 at my home course than I imagined and I still only have 1 on that hole. Its a 90 degree dogleg right with no real opportunity to cut any of it off, which leaves 150+yds from the green. It’s also a weird approach, or it just got in my head that I hadn’t birdied it and I kept thinking I had to. Either way, got it and a few eagles.

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Weather here in Eastern NC permits year round playing - though the grass will be going brown soon. My skills are such that it was a "par" challenge for and I am missing par on two holes, 10 & 11. 11 is the #1 hole on the course, with a large pond guarding the front of an elevated green.  I do love its challenge.  #10 borders the driving range and I honestly think I have a phobia of hooking it onto the range so I go for the trees on the right.     

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1 hour ago, phillyk said:

It took me way longer to birdie #15 at my home course than I imagined and I still only have 1 on that hole. Its a 90 degree dogleg right with no real opportunity to cut any of it off, which leaves 150+yds from the green. It’s also a weird approach, or it just got in my head that I hadn’t birdied it and I kept thinking I had to. Either way, got it and a few eagles.

I’ve got a similar hole at my home course. It’s only 318 yards, but, because it’s almost a 90 degree dogleg to the left, you realistically can’t have less than 120 in unless you hit a gutsy shot over trees, where if you miss and hit the tree there’s a very good chance you’re re-teeing. I couldn’t seem to birdie it until a few months ago. That marked almost two years of playing the course. Over a hundred rounds played since April 2018 (when I first started playing the course), and I’ve birdied it only once. But it feels great to birdie a hole that you’ve been dying to make birdie on for a while.

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My home course was in New Hampshire and I haven’t been there since June. I have got birdies on away courses. I will revise the home course next year.

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Not sure how much more golf I'll play this year.  I've already packed it in, and consider this the offseason, so anything else I play this year is going to go in the "Practice Round" category.  That makes this my final update for the year for this challenge.

I finally strung some good shots together and actually got a birdie on one of the 2 remaining holes for my par challenge on my "home" 9 hole course.  Which left only hole number 7 as my arch nemesis this year.  Many missed par putts on that hole, some only a few feet.  Nonetheless, that par managed to elude me all season.  I'll get it next year for sure.

For the composite, I had already finished the par challenge earlier in the summer and added a couple more birdies on 2 and 15.  Looking forward to beating a composite 6 under par next year.

 

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Well, played final round at home course yesterday and checked off #10.  Should have pared #17 but stupid 3 putt, should not have happened!  Overall for the year I golfed 11 rounds at the course, got par on 12 holes, no birdies.  The holes I failed to par are the 1,2,3,4,10 & 14 Handicap holes. The #14 handicap hole was a par-3 and I can't believe I never got par on it.  The #10 handicap was the hole I 3-putted for bogey yesterday.  

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Made it out this afternoon.  Temperature got to 70 in Chicago, so I made sure to get out again.  Intended to play as a practice round,  but got put in a group who was playing straight up, so I played along.  Ended up grabbing a birdie on 4, bringing my total composite score to -7 for the year.  

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WooooOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Finally pulled it off in about the 14th round at Whispering Woods (from the blue or black tees)! I needed 1 and 2, and most of the time, I'd show up and roll onto the first tee without warming up. Even still, I've hit a lot of good shots on those holes, and lipped out a combined 15 times or so for birdie there, so it was hopefully bound to happen soon.

Today the course was WET but I putted before going to the first tee. Tee shots embedded on both holes (one is a par 4, two is a par 3), and I made about a 12 footer on the first and an eight footer on the second. The latter lipped IN from the high side!

So happy to have finished this off. Pursuant to the rules I played the rest of the front nine, but I switched out to some pink cheap ball I found by the third tee as I didn't want to embed and lose some decent balls. It turns out I didn't lose that sucker, and played pretty well considering the slop. Ended up at 34, with another birdie and a bogey out there on the last seven.

So, I'm done with my home course. I still have a few on the away/composite, but only two more rounds actually scheduled, and hopefully the weather holds up for those.

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