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17 minutes ago, billchao said:

How do we count 9-hole rounds?

Today I eagled #2 at Hyatt Hills (tees were way up for some reason, played at 400y instead of the usual 480). I thinned the drive over the bunker which was my intended line and hit a flighted 8i from 150 with a crosswind to 6'. Honestly too short for a par 5, but still a legit 3. Also birdied the #4 hole which was playing at true par 5 distance. Hit a drive onto the left side of the fairway 250 off the tee, then hit a 2h from 230 to 20'. Missed the putt by 6" but I will never complain about a tap-in birdie. Or a tap-in par, for that matter.

Isn't it just that you played nine holes, and they're numbers 1 through 9?

If you played the same nine twice, and the course only has nine holes… from the same tees… I'd still think that's just holes 1-9. 😄 

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Just now, iacas said:

Isn't it just that you played nine holes, and they're numbers 1 through 9?

If you played the same nine twice, and the course only has nine holes… from the same tees… I'd still think that's just holes 1-9. 😄 

Yea that’s how I filled out the sheet. 

I have also been adding my “home course” birdies to the away composite because I don’t actually know that I’ll play 20 rounds there. It’s one of the two courses open in the county right now so I’ve been playing it every week, but once the season gets into full swing I’ll probably play a mix of them.

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Birdied #4 today at the home course. Was 70° so… good start to the year.

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13 hours ago, iacas said:

... Was 70° so… good start to the year.

Amen!

Brian Kuehn

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Added myself to the away course challenge. I only play about 30 rounds a year. While I probably play about 15 rounds at my home course, it's 27 holes, so there really isn't a standard 18 to do. I'm going to do the away course and see how it goes. 

I've played twice this year, and had 3 birdies, so off to a good start. Birdies on 6, 12, and 15 so far.

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After 2 months with zero golf and my golf clubs at my parents place, came there Saturday and first touch of my golf clubs was a club tournament on Sunday.  Miserable round though I started to find some game mid way through.  Then played a round yesterday (Tuesday) and another today (Wednesday).  A birdie on 8 yesterday, which is a short 300 yard par 4.  Decent drive and ok PW to about 10 to 15 feet and managed to make the putt.  Bit of luck I suppose but also decent putt.  Then today a birdie on 17.  About 525 or so yard par 5.  Brilliant drive to about 260 or so and a nice 4H of about 210 or so.  Was between the 100 and 50 markers but don't really remember exactly how far from the pin.  Half PW which was perfect and landed inside 5 feet.  Bit of a sidehill breaking putt which I made.

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Picked up 5 birdies (😲) on an away course yesterday. Was hitting my irons exceptionally well and also putted decent. Weather was a big factor as in we were wearing shorts for the first time in about 5 months. 

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Added birdies today on #3, #6, and #13.

Had a real good chance on 16 but it lipped out.

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2nd round of year at home, 2 birdies and 1 was on probably our hardest hole. Always good to birdie 6.

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Made birdie on #11 at Spooky Brook today. Flighted 8i into a stiff wind that just got a piece of the green and made a 17’ putt.

I also lipped out a 4’ birdie putt on 15.

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Added birdies on 2, 8, and 9 (twice! but only counts for one in this challenge...) over the past week. Good start to the year.

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AWAY: I am not a birdie machine so it has been nice spreading the action across all 18. Just had my first duplicate on Monday.

HOME: course May open any day now. I hope it does not take too long to get on the board for the Home course.

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Knocked another one off, one of our harder par 4’s , dogleg with undulating fairway.

All of the holes on the back nine are similar as it’s an old riverbed. 

Only one to go on the front nine , oddly enough, the one I would probably birdie the most, the only par five with the prevailing wind helping .

Our four par fives are 530 to 550 yards from the front tees.

We still have a reasonable amount of summer run, and despite being on the upslope of the green in two twice last week it still eludes me. ;-) 

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Made birdie on #3 at Green Knoll today. There was a strong right to left wind so I started the ball over the right edge of the right bunker and let it draw/ride the wind in, ended up 4’ past a front pin.

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Got my 4th birdie of the year today - lead off birdie on Hole #1.  The rest of the round was the typical nGIR scramble for par type of day.  Have managed to par all the holes on the course - which this early in the year is pretty solid for me.  

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Played an away course today, and… let me think… birdied #12 at least. I may have birdied one or two others but that wasn't the game we were playing, so…

And I already had #12, so… oh well.

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Played my first round of the year and bogeyed the first 8 holes but birdied 9. Short par 3 where I hit a flighted 9 iron to 5 feet.

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Birdied (at an away course, Talamore) #4 (duplicate), #7 (new), #11 (new)… and that was it. But two new ones is good.

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