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10 minutes ago, JohnSmalls said:

Had my best look at par (birdie for handicap) on the toughest hole on the course yesterday.  Nice little 4-5 footer, with a left to right break.  Lipped all the way around the cup and out almost like Xander Schauffele's putt on 17.  Another day of wait to finish off the front 9. 

 I feel your pain.

Tough luck for both Xander and Morikawa yesterday.  The pressure mounts when you have a great chance to make a needed birdie.

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12 hours ago, Kenny B said:

 I feel your pain.

Tough luck for both Xander and Morikawa yesterday.  The pressure mounts when you have a great chance to make a needed birdie.

Went back today and got my par on 7! 💪 

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My home course: Sunnybrook Country Club in Grandville, Michigan. 

Sunnybrook CC is a well maintained course with a very walk-able Front 9 and a Back 9 with 3 holes that are steeply up or downhill. The greens are in great shape and can be deceiving without the correct read or knowledge of the course. The maintenance crew keeps the rough very long, which makes missing the fairway feel like a penalty many times. 

  • Hole 1 | Par 5 | 452: Reachable in two with a great drive, but there is a pond that covers the last 30-40yds just in front of the green, so flying your 2nd shot is difficult
  • Hole 2 | Par 4 | 389: This course has a lot of long Par 4's. Creek and trees on the left, big trees on the right. Plays straight, but feels scary. My least favorite hole on the course
  • Hole 3 | Par 3 | 155: Three of the four Par 3's are almost identical. Play at 150-165yds and have some bunkers, but no real danger.
  • Hole 4 | Par 5 | 527: Drive 230 to a corner protected by a huge tree. 90° left dogleg with 250+ from there. Not getting home in two.
  • Hole 5 | Par 4 | 320: Shortest Par 4 on the course. Green is protected by trees on the right with a pond. Straight forward, though. I hit 3 wood off the tee.
  • Hole 6 | Par 3 | 149: See Hole 3 and rearrange the bunkers.
  • Hole 7 | Par 4 | 353: Short, but has another 90° dog leg left and the corner is protected by woods and a giant willow tree. Another 3 wood off this tee. Can be a very tricky green.
  • Hole 8 | Par 4 | 422: The beginning of the "Long Par 4" stretch. Plays like a Par 5 for me, but reachable with a good 3 wood second shot. Straight as can be.
  • Hole 9 | Par 4 | 382: Another straight Par 4, but a creek runs 40yds in front of the green that is very dangerous for me.
  • Hole 10 | Par 4 | 419: Yet another straight, long Par 4.
  • Hole 11 | Par 4 | 374: Feels almost identical to Hole 10 to me.
  • Hole 12 | Par 4 | 328: The first of the three "Hill Holes." Tee shot over a large "ravine" to an uphill fairway landing spot. Plays short, but tee shot placement is absolutely crucial.
  • Hole 13 | Par 3 | 157: See Hole 3 and 6, but add a very sloped, speedy green towards a pond on the right.
  • Hole 14 | Par 4 | 411: Blind tee shot uphill. Woods scare you on both sides and looks daunting. Second shot is straight down hill into a steep green with bunkers and a pond.
  • Hole 15 | Par 5 | 488: Straight Par 5. Still cannot get home in two, but 3 decent shots put you in great position. 
  • Hole 16 | Par 4 | 391: There is a corner you can cut the slight dogleg left, but you do not want to hit through the fairway. Green protected by bunkers on approach. 
  • Hole 17 | Par 3 | 212: Longest Par 3 by par and always feels into the wind. I rarely hit this green and usually end up right and blocked by a tree and bunker. 
  • Hole 18 | Par 5 | 561: Again, not getting home in two. Speed slot to the right allows you to cut a corner of trees, but again, three decent shots can put you in great position.

The holes that I am most likely to birdie are: 1, 3, 5, 6, 13, 16 and 18.

The hardest holes for me are 2, 4, 8, 12, 14 and 17.

Let's see if I can birdie them all!

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I am absolutely ALL over this!  There are definitely some holes that are going to hold me back on this.  But with all the golf I'm playing this year, I hope to be able to accomplish the Birdie/Eagle challenge!  I'm estimating that the last one for me will be the 3rd hole, a 200+ yard par 3 that has water protecting the left side of the green.  I hate that hole.

My home course is Highlands of Donegal in Mount Joy, PA.  It is a links-style course on what used to be rolling farmland.  It's open, but the fairways are narrow, the windy is using blowing, and holes 7-9, called "Charlie's Corner," can take a decent front 9 and squash it real quick.

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#1 - Slight left dogleg par 4, but usually plays into the prevailing wind, making it longer than the scorecard says.

#2 - Short but uphill par 4, once again usually into the wind.  Elevated green protected by several bunkers.

#3 - Hellish par 3, 200+ yards from the Blue and Black tees.  Front left of the green is protected by a pond, leading often to a bailout to the right.

#4 - 90 degree dogleg right.  A solid driver or 3 wood can cut the corner and leave only 100 yards in, but be wary; it's OB right, so any miss in that direction means it's 3 off the tee.

#5 - Long par 5 with a narrow landing area.  OB in the cornfield left, and water that protects the front-left and left of the green.  Not much margin for error if you go for it in 2.

#6 - Another long par 3, playing 185+ yards and a big green.  Can lead to 40-50 foot putts very easily depending on pin position.

#7 - The start of Charlie's Corner.  Relatively short par 5, but often requires 3 shots due to the shape of the hole and the blind descent down to the small green.  OB right and hazard all down along the left in the woods.

#8 - VERY short par 3, but still not easy.  Only plays 90 or so yards, but it drops about 40 feet.  Anything long goes into Little Chiques Creek behind the green, and the front bunkers are no fun.

#9 - What an awful hole to end the front 9 on.  Only plays 275, but requires a mid-iron off the tee for positioning purposes.  Fairway slopes left towards the water hazard, and there's a large tree that protects the right side of the green.  Have to be left to have a decent approach shot angle to the green.

#10 - Straight away par 4, fairway bunker on the right is reachable with a good drive.

#11 - What to hit off the tee?  Driver or 3 wood puts the waste area in the left and right into play, and even a pulled 3 iron can get you in trouble.  Play it out to the right to be safe, even if it means a missed fairway.

#12 - Straight forward, slightly uphill par 3, but a big green to deal with, as well as bunkers on both sides.

#13 - Flat and then dramatically uphill par 5.  The landing area for driver has a fairway that is only 5-10 yards wide, with a fairway bunker on each side.  Five bunkers and a false front protect the highly elevated green, so any shot that comes in low going for it in 2 is asking for trouble.

#14 - Short, downhill par 4.  Open on both sides, but several areas of native, tall grass vegetation are ready and waiting to snag an off-line tee ball.  Positioning is more important on this short hole.

#15 - Another 90 degree dogleg, this time on a par 5.  Uphill from the tee to the fairway, the corner is protecting by a line of trees, a fairway bunker, and OB stakes to the right.  A solid drive gets you up close to the top of the hill, but then it's still 200+ yards home, even with the best of drives, and the shot will likely be blind.  Aim at the 2nd power tower, and you're in decent shape.

#16 - Short par 3, plays a bit downhill.  The green protected in front by a bunker willing to catch a shot that gets caught in the wind, which is often swirling on this hole.

#17 - The penultimate hole is nothing to be trifled with.  A slight dogleg left, this lengthy par 4 usually plays into the wind, making it often driver-long iron to reach in 2.  Good preparation for the following hole.

#18 - Long par 4 to end the experience, anyone?  450+ yards from the Blues/Blacks, with the drive going uphill.  Once again, will require a long iron for the second shot to a narrow green protected by a pond on the right.  If this hole is into the wind, it plays more like a par 5.

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It's hard to finish off my last 2 eagles when you aren't playing your home course. I think I've played out there once in the last 4 weeks! Hopefully I can get a round in this weekend.


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Really stalled out here. Haven't had any birdies the last few rounds, and last night was particularly frustrating. Had a league match, and hit 5/9 greens in regulation, which is extraordinarily high for me. Managed to take 11 putts on those 5 holes. The one 3-putt was very bad: got scared of the first putt and left it well short. But the other four holes were all OK putts that just weren't good enough.

Tough to have that many birdie looks in nine holes and get nothing from it.

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This is my third year at my club.  Going into this year I had birdied 1-6 and 10-15.  This year I have birdies on 7, 9, 16, 17 and 18 but can't buy a birdie on the holes I had already birdied in previous years.  Who's idea was this?

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1 hour ago, Wedgie said:

This is my third year at my club.  Going into this year I had birdied 1-6 and 10-15.  This year I have birdies on 7, 9, 16, 17 and 18 but can't buy a birdie on the holes I had already birdied in previous years.  Who's idea was this?

Talk about pressure!  I'm in the same boat.  I know when I step on the tee box that this is a hole I need to birdie.  Then it's not happening.  I got a birdie on #12, a hole I aced 3 years ago, a week ago because I was distracted and wasn't thinking.  

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I have a goal this year of making a birdie at hole 9 on my home course. It plays about 145 to 150 from the blue tees. I always fear hitting it in the water, so I take out an 8 iron and proceed to hit it over the green. I need to be not afraid to hit a 9 iron here.

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Missed a 10ft birdie putt on 15 yesterday during league...brutal! Still a tap in for par (birdie with a stroke) to win the hole! 


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Finally birdie #10. Pushed my tee shot right so I had to take an 8 iron up over the trees on to the green. Drained a 20+ putt for the birdie. Was in a 2 man best ball event where it was a net eagle for the hole, but was almost happier thinking about being able to X this one off the list. Two more to go to cover the course.

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Ticked off the par 3 hole #8 playing 200y into a breeze today.  Made a 30 foot uphill L to R putt.  This is such a hard hole for me to birdie because it usually plays into the wind, and I don't hit that green very often.

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I wish this was something I could partake in. But I honestly don't play the same course more than 3-5 times a year. Maybe in the future if I ever end up getting a membership somewhere.  

I suppose the 9 hole executive course could be doable. Some tricky wedges into really firm greens are hard to get it close. 


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Another one ticked off, chipped in on the 215 yard 13th par 3. Had good chances on 3 and 7 that I couldn't convert. 5 to go.

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Of the 6 holes I have left to par, I'm sort of shocked/disappointed I haven't already checked 5 of them off. They are all relatively easy holes - short par 4's or nearly reachable par 5's. The 6th? I don't think I've ever had better than a bogey. It's the second longest par 4 on the course and is usually into the wind.

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I'm a 3rd of the way to making birdie on all of the holes. Made two new ones on Tuesday.

Got close to the green on the Par 5 11th, but had a tricky 3rd but managed to get it to about 3m. Rolled in the putt.

Backed it up a hole later by putting a wedge to within 3 feet. Must have gone awfully close to holing out for eagle by the pitch mark and the ball being on opposite sides of the hole.


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On 6/22/2020 at 7:06 AM, Lakeeriegolfer said:

I wish this was something I could partake in. But I honestly don't play the same course more than 3-5 times a year. Maybe in the future if I ever end up getting a membership somewhere.  

I suppose the 9 hole executive course could be doable. Some tricky wedges into really firm greens are hard to get it close. 

If you really want to up the ante, for a 9-hole course you have to birdie every hole twice!


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7 hours ago, gavinski91 said:

If you really want to up the ante, for a 9-hole course you have to birdie every hole twice!

Fortunately if you wait til about 6:30 or 7pm to go off last with no one behind you its really easy to hit like 4 tee shots. Giving 4 putts at a time at it. This can be done. 

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I was the perfect model of consistency yesterday.  Played 27 holes and my 9 hole splits were 48-39-37.  Not sure what happened that first nine but it was UGLY!

The good news is I scratched another hole off the birdie list and only have two left.

Hole 3 is a 410 yard par 4 that usually plays longer than that.  The green slopes pretty severly back to front so it's a must to stay below the hole.  My usual tee shot puts me in or near the fairway bunker to avoid the hazard running up the entire right side.  It looks like woods but there is a stream in there that makes anything hit too far right unplayable.

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Hole 7 is another 400+ yard par 4 that gives me fits.  You can't see it from the Google Earth image but the tee box is elevated about 50 feet above the fairway.  Anything heading right will catch a slope and run into the creek or pond.  Go too far left and you are in another hazard.  The green is also elevated with water to the right and behind the green so it takes a precise shot to stay on target.

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After a several round drought, finally picked up another birdie in last night's league match. Hit a heel-cut 3W into the corner of the dogleg, then a nice GW to within 2'. Gotta love when you have the tap-in birdie!

 

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