Round Recap: Meadow Lake Golf Course, 77 (+6)

Posted: June 8, 2013 in Golf Rounds
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Played a round today with a buddy over at Meadow Lake Golf Club in Escondido, CA, had never played over there before today.  We found a tee time online at Golfnow.com for 42% off, $35 a fairly cheap rate.  We finished the round in only about 4 hours, was able to go just us two and did not have to wait at all until the 17th and 18th.  Really fun round and we took our time to practice chips and putts after finishing our first ball, got in some good course condition practice today.  The greens and the chipping areas surrounding the greens were in excellent condition, the fairways and tee boxes were pretty rough, but overall I really enjoyed the course and will definitely be back to play again.  The course plays at a par 71, with a rating and slop of 72.3/129 and measures 6,524 yards from the tip black tees.   We played today from the tips (black tees) and I shot a very solid round of 77 (+6)

Meadow Lake Golf Club 6,524 Yards Par 71

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Hole 1: 569 Par 5

Blind tee shot first hole, dog leg left.  Wanted to favor the right side and let the fairway slope kick the ball left, hit a solid drive, but a little too far right along the cart path and it settled in the rough.  The dog leg makes it difficult to hit it far enough to have a go for the green in 2, so I just layed up to about 100 yards.  Hit a nice lob wedge to about 8 feet, but missed the birdie putt. Par

Round (Even)

Hole 2: 398 Par 4

Another dogleg hole, but this one to the right.  I tried to cut the corner a bit with a 3 wood, drew it too much and was in the rough about 145 out.  The 2nd shot plays to an elevated green so it’s a blind shot.  Not knowing how the green looks, I just took dead aim and hit a nice 9iron to about 15 ft left of the pin.  Quick downhill putt, but 2 putted for par. Par

Round (Even)

Hole 3: 310 Par 4

A straight away par 4, but up a hill, so another blind tee shot and 2nd shot.  Hit a 3 wood to the left side of the fairway, but it ran through to the rough.  Had about 80 yards in, knocked a lob wedge to about 12ft.  VERY fast putt as the green ended up running back to front (wish I knew that prior!) ran the putt about 6 ft by, but clutched up and made the come backer for par. Par

Round (Even)

Hole 4: 176 Par 3

This is a really neat par 3 that plays straight downhill, wish I would have taken a picture, but it reminds me of #7 on the North Course of Torrey Pines, looks about the same minus the beautiful ocean.  The scorecard says to play 2 clubs down, but I think it was playing even more as I hit a PW over the green.  Normally I hit my PW about 130-140, so it was playing a good 30-40 yards drop.  Left myself with little green to work with and a downhill slope.  Just tried to just chip it up into the fringe and let that kill the speed and trickle onto the green, but it got caught up in the fringe and stayed there.  Chipped my next one to about 3 ft and made the bogey. Bogey

Round (+1)

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Photo I took of Torrey Pines North #7 during this year’s PGA Tournament.  For some perspective, the hole today was severely more downhill than this, but not nearly as scenic

Hole 5: 303 Par 4

At 303yards it was the shortest par 4 on the course and a straight forward hole, with a little uphill toward the green.  Hit a great drive to about 25 yards, pitched it on to about 7 ft, very makeable, but missed another birdie putt. Par

Round (+1)

Hole 6: 367 Par 4

Another straight away hole, striped a drive down the middle and had about 80 yards in.  Flipped a lob wedge to about 15ft, had a great line on the putt, but just didn’t hit it, 2 putt par. Par

Round (+1)

Hole 7: 176 Par 3

A solid par 3, tugged a 7iron to the right of the green.  Had a slight downhill lie with little green to work with, it died on the fringe again and was left with about an 8ft par putt that I missed. Bogey

Round (+2)

Hole 8: 417 Par 4

Downhill par 4 where you can let a drive rip, pulled it though into the right rough.  Had about 133 to a lowered green, ball didn’t fly out of rough like I thought it would and left it short in the trap.  Hit a poor bunker shot to the fringe and then 2 putted for a disappointing bogey.  Bogey

Round (+3)

Hole 9: 497 Par 5

Dog leg right par 5, hit a nice drive down the right side, had about 212 in, but a horrible lie, so I just knocked a 6iron to the middle of fairway about 50 yards from green.  Hit a great pitch to about 6 ft and made the uphill putt for birdie.  Birdie

Round (+2)

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A nice (+2) 38 on the Par 36 Front 9.  Fairways Hit (FW): 3/7 43% Greens in Regulation (GIR): 6/9 66.6% Up/Downs: 0/2 0% Sand Saves: 0/1 0%

 

Hole 10: 161 Par 3

This hole requires a very accurate tee shot, out of bounds to the left and bunkers to the right.  Hit a great 8iron to center of green about 9 ft short of flag.  Had a slight right to left breaker up the hill, a great look at birdie, but couldn’t convert again.  Par

Round (+2)

Hole 11: 383 Par 4

Straight away par 4, but you need to keep it in the right half so you have the best angle to the green, hit a great drive down the center right.  Stuck a lob wedge to about 7 ft, probably the best birdie look I had all day, flat putt, but I missed it.  The birdies are just not falling for me right now. Par

Round (+2)

Hole 12: 405 Par 4

A dog leg right hole where the right is a hazard, a tight driving hole that you must put down the left side.   Tried to just hit a 3 wood and over cooked it to the right and it found the hazard.  Was able to drop it as it was a red stake and hit a wedge to about 8 ft, but of course missed the putt again for par.  Poor tee shot leads to a bogey. Bogey

Round (+3)

Hole 13: 547 Par 5

Another dogleg hole this time to the left where the dog leg starts at about 230.  This is a 3 shot par 5, almost impossible to get there in 2 with the short tee shot you are forced to hit.  I tried to be a hero and hit a cut 5 wood around the corner, but that was a big mistake as I cut it too much and it hopped into another hazard.  Took my drop behind some trees and could only advance it to about 200 yards out.  Hit a 5iron to the severe uphill green and had about a 20ft par putt.  My putter picked a good time to actually make a putt today as I sunk the tough right to left breaking putt for a great par save! Par 

Round (+3)

Hole 14: 219 Par 3

A long par 3 at almost 220 yards, slightly downhill with trouble to the left.  Hit a 5 iron just short of the green, chipped up, but missed the par save for a bogey. Bogey

Round (+4)

Hole 15: 426 Par 4

A long, but wide open par 4 where you can let a drive rip.  Unfortunately I hit a poor shot, pulling it low and to the right.  Ball settled in a dirt hole that was nearly impossible to advance the ball very far.  I took a good whack at it, but could only advance the ball maybe 70yards.  Hit a wedge just onto the back fridge about 15ft away, missed the putt and made another bogey. Bogey

Round (+5)

Hole 16: 159 Par 3

Hit it short of the green just barely on the fringe and was able to 2 putt for much needed par to stop the bleeding. Par

Round (+5)

Hole 17: 450 Par 4

A blind tee shot with just two giant boulders right infront of the tee box as a marker that you have to hit over with a driver.  They tell you to just aim at the right boulder as that should be the angle to the middle of the fairway.  Hit a great drive, 300+ right into the center of the fairway.  Only about 140 in, but pushed a wedge short and left, really a great opportunity blown on this #2 hardest hole on the course according to the scorecard.  Had a trickle chip shot that I debated between flopping it high or chipping it low and spinning it up.  I chose wrong and decided to chip it low and it ran about 12 ft by, 2 putted for bogey. Should of flopped it! Bogey

Round (+6)

Hole 18: 561 Par 5

Another long difficult par 5 with a dog leg right off the tee then to a dog leg left for the 2nd shot.  Hit a good drive down the left side, wasn’t in a very good spot for my 2nd so I just layed it up with a 7 iron.  Got a bad bounce and ended up under a tree about 120 yards out.  Punched a 7iron trying to stay under the tree and run it up onto the green, but it came up about 25yards short.  Made a great pitch to about 5 feet and made a nice par save to end my round. Par

Round (+6)

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Had a bad stretch of golf over my last 7 holes going +4.  Ended the back 9 with a score of 39 on the Par 35.  Fairways Hit (FW): 2/6 33% Greens in Regulation (GIR): 2/9 22% Up/Downs: 3/6 50% Sand Saves: 0/0 0%

** For future reference, the “NC” written on my scorecards under the green section is used to indicate that I had no chance to reach the green in regulation, either from a tee shot out of bounds, a horrible lie, or blocked out by items.**

Overall not a bad round for me, I can definitely tell that my game is improving and that really means a lot to me, knowing that my hard work is starting to pay off slowly but surely.  My driving improved from Wednesdays round and that was something that I was really working hard to fix.  I’m excited to see what I can shoot when that part of my game gets really good.  Playing a new course for the first time can be very difficult, but I think I handled it fairly well, +6 from the tips at a new course is nothing to scoff about and I gained a lot of course knowledge for the next time I play here.  I hope you like my round recaps, it’s a lot of work, but I really enjoy writing them and I hope you enjoy reading it too.  On a side note, great news that this round today lowered my handicap to a new all time low! It dropped from 5.1 to a 4.6, feeling good and ready for more

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