Over the past couple months I haven’t been able to play as many rounds as I want. Heading to the course alone and walking on to play as a single has always been something I would try to avoid. I much prefer going out to play with friends, but as a result I’ve only been able to play only once every week and a half, 2 weeks and if I’m serious about getting to scratch I need to get out and play. I can go to the range all I want, but nothing beats on course experience/practice. My usual playing partner has been busy lately and with the time changes it now getting dark at 5, so our usual rounds at 2 or 3 o’clock are just not going to work. I’ve made a decision this week to start putting in a serious amount of rounds and that will mean going out often by myself. We all know how expensive golf is and we know that twilight rates are the way to go for anybody trying to save a little money. With the time change, getting in a full 18 holes at a regulation course at twilight times are just not going to happen right now, so for the time being I’m going to take full advantage of my local executive course. Tuesday and Wednesday this week I headed over to my local executive course Oaks North and got in some great on course time. The great thing is that right at about 1o’clock, the start of the twilight rate, there is almost nobody there and I’m able to just get on the course and play solo. Was all alone out there, just me, my clubs and my iPod. Got in a lot of great work these past 2 days, was able to play 2 balls on just about every hole and played really well.
On Tuesday, I was only able to complete 13 holes before I had to head back because of darkness, but after 13 I was at even par. Shot +2 on the front 9 and then on #11 a 235 yard par 4, I hit an amazing 5-wood to just over a foot. The tees were all the way in the back, so I had calculated to the hole it was playing about 260 yards and just crushed a perfect 5-wood that landed amazingly softly and stopped about 2 ft from its pitch mark. It’s always a great feeling to have a tap in eagle on a par 4 and that shot I’ll remember for a long time; of course I had to take a picture for evidence! So that eagle got me back to even par for the day and I had pars on the last 2 and called it a day due to darkness.
On Wednesday, I sort of accomplished one of my big goals and that was to shoot an under par round of golf. I was able to play 2 balls and kept stats for both. However, my score with the first ball after all 18 holes was 4-under par!! I say “sort of” accomplished my goal because obviously it was only on a Par 60 executive course and my main goal is to shoot under par on a regulation 18 holes course, but still under par is under par and 4 under anywhere is solid, I mean come on! Unfortunately, with my 2nd ball I was only able to complete 16 holes because at holes #2 and #3, a person was behind me so I just played my 1st ball to speed up play and then allowed him to pass on hole #4. After he passed, I went back to playing 2 balls. For the 16 holes completed with ball #2, I was +3 w/ two 3-putts that cost me. I’ll post a picture of the scorecard from today, but I’ll write out the stats for my 4-under round because it might be hard to see.
Ball #1: Score: 56 (-4) FW: 4/6 GIR: 14/18 Putts: 30 Up and Down: 4/4
Ball #2: (16 holes) Score: +3 FW: 3/4 GIR: 11/16 Putts: 30 Up and Down: 3/6
My iron play these past 2 days has been really solid; in total I hit 36 of 54 greens in regulation, a solid 66%. Changed a few things in my putting setup this week and I’m gaining more and more confidence. I can tell the ball is rolling off the club face a lot better and maintaining its line. I hope to keep that momentum rolling going forward.
Unfortunately it is going to rain here for the next few days, so looks like any practice will most likely have to be indoors. My hope is that it clears up by Saturday and that my friend and I can play a round, will update soon.