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I hit a 360 yard drive on Sunday - #12 at Quail Brook. If you hit the ball down the center of the fairway with a draw and carry the hill, it runs down towards the hole. The crest of the hill is 270 from the back tees and that’s where I measured the yardage from. The ball ended up just short of the left greenside bunker.

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Yesterday on the Par 4 5th at Fenner Hill, I hit a 3H heavy off the tee and had 155 uphill to the green. Hit a 5 iron on and made the birdie putt. On the previous par 3, I hooked my tee shot way left. I pitched from 45 out to 2 feet to make par. Two good holes in a row.

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Best shot of the week.... last Thurs. 10th hole... par 5. 

1) rolled tee shot 40 yds.; 2) hit the 2nd shot off the toe of the FW - I mean the toe, not the toe of the clubface - it went about 100 yds right and settled with a 100' pine blocking the next shot. 3) there's a water hazard 200 yds away and the hole goes downhill to into it. 

Club selection - 5H. Shot. Something I'm not good at - an intentional power fade. Result - ball at the very end of the fairway, dead center, total distance 190. 

Next shot 95 yds - 50 degree wedge 15 feet above the hole leaving a 9' putt.

Moral - don't give up on a hole no matter how bad it starts. Distances measured on my Garmin.

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Par-5 8th hole, dogleg left. Blew my drive into penalty area on right side, and after knocking around off some overhanging branches, my best guess to where it crossed was about 120 yards from teeing area.

Dropped on an extreme sidehill lie in clumpy rough, ended up having to place the ball which was about 12 inches above my feet. Attempted to advance the ball as far as I could, but I topped a hybrid about 50 yards, but made it into the fairway.

Laying 4, still about 290 yards from the center of the green, and another sidehill lie with the ball about 8 inches above my feet (at least I was in the fairway). Choked up on 3W to almost the bottom of the grip and hit it pure, rolling out to about 240 yards.

Left me about a 45 pitch to the hole, which I put within 5 feet, but 2-putted for a 7.

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Played 9 holes last night and had about 70 yards to pin from a fairway bunker.  Opened up my 50 degree edel and hit it just right to about 6 feet.  Missed the birdie putt though.  

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486 yard slightly uphill straight away par 5. Today it had 10-20mph or a little towards 8 O'clock quartering tailwind gusting to 30. I hit a 3 wood off the tee, as my driver gets knocked out of the air in a strong tailwind. It turned out better than expected, slightly right of center in the fairway, leaving me 198 to the center of the green. Hit my 9 wood and watched it hit on the slope on the right fringe of the green, bounce hard right and end up in a collection area, about 7' below the surface of the green, about 25 yards from the pin,  Hit my 54 degree degree wedge slightly fanned open well to the right of the pin, scooted up to where I could see and watched as it slowly came down the sloping green, gaining speed as it came down the wind dried hill.........and bang, off the stick, it went back up the hill a foot or so, than came back down again, and curled in for a lucky eagle. Only hole I had under par today but hey..... I'll take it.

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Played in a 4 man scramble yesterday, it was our 16th hole of the day and we were 80 yds out in the right edge of the fairway and the hole was cut front right about 4 paces on and 3 off the right and a semi blind shot with a bunker short. My teammates all had missed the green and I was the last to go. There was a 15 mph helping wind, so I was playing a 75yd shot. Clipped it good, it was right in line with the flag, I jumped up in the air as the ball landed and watched it take one bounce and trickle into the cup for an eagle! Of course at the beginning of the day my team decided not to play skins either otherwise that would have been a nice payout for sure.

Had I been playing my own ball I never would have been that aggressive, but my miss from that yardage is a slight push to the right, so I figured even if I did miss the green we'd have 4 chances at a chip and a putt and the rough wasn't very thick or long at all so I wanted to be aggressive and have been practicing my 75 yd shot a lot lately so was very confident and comfortable with the swing length I needed for that shot.

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Two "best" shots from my last round:

1) #16, par-3, playing 190 yards - thinned a 6-iron pretty bad, but got enough clubface on the ball to get it airborne. The ball flight was a low draw, and it was going straight toward a shallow bunker at the right front of the green. The ball hit the sand in the center of the bunker and somehow bounced/skipped (guess the sand was hard, or the angle of descent facilitated skipping on sand) over the lip, landing on the green and rolling 20 feet past the hole to leave a birdie putt. More lucky than good, but no pictures on scorecards right?

2) #17, par-4 - hooked my drive into the tree line separating the 15th and 17th fairways but caught a bit of a break because the ball hit a tree and bounced back out into the left rough of the hole I was playing. The result was only a 190 yard drive, leaving about 195 yards into the green. My ball lay in some light rough just inside the tree line with overhanging branches obstructing any shot that started left. If I pulled the ball even a touch, it would likely hit something and end up well short. I picked a target line about 1 yard outside the closest and most threatening tree branch, and made my cleanest strike of the round with a 6-iron, a little bit of a push draw, that skirted the tree trouble and dropped softly about 15 feet from the hole.

I missed both birdie putts though. 

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Had a subpar day on the course today, but I hit a couple of shots with my 6 iron that helped on the mood. 
This shot on the difficult hole 7 was smashed as pure as I can. It ran out of fairway and ended up in the semi, but that felt good. 
I also hit a perfect 6 iron into what actually is the hardest par 3 in Norway, hole 11, a 207 yard par 3 with a big elevation difference, water the first 180 yards and on the right and other trouble to the left. It played into wind today so I decided to hit a cut fade at. It landed 2 feet short of the flag and hit the pin on the first bounce before it settled 6 feet behind the hole. I made the putt for my first 2 on that hole in 15 years. 2A74A58A-D258-430B-A1C8-015F6F2C88F1.thumb.jpeg.8c51450c450c3c6ffc8e00488f702987.jpeg 

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