Today I am having a day off golf. I have a surprise day off as my shift was cancelled and while I was going to hit the course, I figure a day off won’t hurt me and allows me to catch up on writing. In the last month I have played a lot of golf and also shot across to Nova Scotia to watch some amazing golf.
I have had another lesson from Dave – I have decided I am his favourite student as I take treats with me. Who doesn’t want banana oatmeal slice and coconut delights when you are practicing?
I have met and golfed with lots of new people. It helps working at a golf resort, and I might like a chat. I played nine holes with John (a fellow Brudenell member) and Colin another random aussie I met at the golf resort. We played on Dundarave starting on the 10th and as we were playing we waved Dale (another new golf friend) through, who joined us instead. Dale then played another nine with us when Colin had to leave.
I arranged to play Brudenell with Dale the following Monday and we were joined by Barry and Kirk. I’ve played with Barry before but met Kirk this day. Kirk and Dale are both big hitters and very good golfers and fought it out from the back tees while Barry and I played from our usual places. I was very happy to shoot 102 which is my best round on Brudenell to date. I then played at Crowbush with Jason and Dale and interviewed them for Fairway Foodie. I didn’t beat my best score of 112 here which I was disappointed with until Dale said it was the worst round he had played all year as the conditions were pretty tricky. That made me feel better as Dale is a scratch golfer so it was the conditions not just me. Jason did comment I was boring as I drove every fairway but one as I usually just hit the ball straight. It was the snaky grass in Australia that has helped with that part of my game I am sure.
In the last month I have played Dundarave and Brudenell numerous times, Crowbush, Red Sands, Rustico Resort, Eagles Glenn, had a couple of lessons, a pitching and chipping clinic, spent hours practicing at the range and have played in the Club Championship. To celebrate my one year anniversary of golf I decided the Club Championship would be ideal. I came in nett 5th place and was very happy – well I am always happy golfing but as I am the newest golfer I expected to come in last so this was a nice surprise and a few dollars to spend in the pro shop was a bonus.
Turns out I am quite the mudder (new term I heard this week) as I played better in the rain (shot 105 on Sunday) than I did in the lovely Saturday weather (shot 108). I was hoping to play better than my 102 and started well on the 9th (shotgun start) with a bogey followed by a par on the 10th and my first two shots on the 11th were great. My third shot was a fantastically hit wedge that I hit a little too well and not only did it go over the water and the bunker but hit the hill at the back of the 11th and rolled into the woods. We couldn’t find it so I took a drop then duffed the next shot and ended up with a 10 (clearly my putting sucked here too as I can’t recall how I actually managed a ten).
The next day as I am standing in the rain getting ready to tee off the 8th, Kirk sees me, yells out and throws me a ball asking if it is mine. It is marked with a spider so yes it sure is. Turns out he found it on the back of the 11th sitting just on the very edge of the woods. Hidden in plain sight clearly as we couldn’t find it the day before but that is golf for you. I did get my ball back so that is a bonus. There was a playoff in the Mens Championship Division which while exciting, I had to get to work. Sharon won the Ladies Champion and Cameron won the playoff. It was a great two days of golf and I love the fact that my golf anniversary will coincide with the championship. A great way to celebrate my love of the game. Monday afternoon was wet and I played the front nine on Dundarave as I was doing a recon for the Duel of Dundarave that I was playing on the Wednesday. I introduced myself to Tom on the first tee and we played the front nine together. I did my best ever drive to date on the 9th (210 yards) and I couldn’t believe how well I hit the ball. Tom did tell me it was the best drive he has ever seen on the 9th – man or woman. I played the best nine I have played on Dundarave (shot a 49) and in the wet too. Clearly I am a mudder.
I was told I had to play from the tips for the Duel so I did a little recon to see how many balls I would be donating to the course. I prepped a dozen and didn’t need any of them when it came to the day as I got a pleasant surprise when I was told the ladies were playing from the reds. It might have been then I decided our team of Jas, Kev and Kirk should be in the competitive division and play skins – luckily the boys agreed.
I did feel I was cheating a little playing from the reds but rules are rules and I did as instructed. Instead of donating dozens of balls, we used most of my drives as I can give it a good whack and the advantage of being so far forward was great for us. It was overcast with storms predicted but I was hoping they held off as I really wanted to play. After meeting the team, hitting the pro shop and getting a bite to eat I hit the practice green. Within minutes the green was full with fellow Duellers practicing their stuff. There were five or so balls being hit to every hole, until the rain started that is. I kept on putting and looked up to see everyone had scattered and were standing under the shelter out of the rain. I told the boys they were soft and that they wouldn’t melt and happily putted in the rain having the practice green to myself.
I had prepped lots of snacks for us, as I hate being hungry and was told the Duel can sometimes be a six hour round. We teed off the 13th at 1pm and could hear the rumbling sky. Ignoring it, we teed off the 14th and the horn went to get off the course. We were all disappointed and finished the hole before heading in to wait out the storm. Forty minutes or so later and we were off back out to finish the Duel. The 15th started wonderfully with a fantastic drive from me, followed by a great whack from Kirk to the green and I managed to hole a very long putt and we had our first birdie and hopefully skin (was not to be). I had so much fun with the boys and I love the scramble format. Well I love anything involving golf but I do like to play as a team for something different. Thursday and I was off to Red Sands to play with the ladies and do an interview. There was a steady drizzle when we started which cleared as we played. It was a wonderful afternoon of golf and I met some lovely ladies.
Friday before work I hit the range and practiced for a couple of hours hitting four hundred balls. I started with my sand wedge and worked through every club in my bag practicing various drills Dave has shown me. I am getting a little more consistent with how I hit the ball and my crap shots are improving. Even if I duff the shot it goes straight – might not go too far but straight is good. I am a bit of a golf slut as I play with anyone. In the last few weeks I have played with Janet J, Sharon, Colleen, Dale, Jason, Kirk, Barry, TJ, Dexter, Saul, Cole, Thomas, D, Betty, Janet W, Janet H, Sandy, Colin, John, Tom, Halle, Colby, John Q, Todd, Jason M, Kevin, Tiff, Kel, Dave, Chris, and Phyllis.
Yesterday I played the 41st golf course I have played in the last year. Not bad for a new golfer. Clearly I am addicted. My next twelve months will revolve mostly around golf with work and volunteering thrown in and I am planning on playing in America, Canada, Australia, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, and England. In the next week or so I have arranged to play at Avondale, Fox Meadow, Mill River and of course will be playing my home tracks of Dundarave and Brudenell.
I do love this game.