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So changing up my home course on this. Pretty much got out of the league I was playing in on Thursdays because afternoon rounds with work right now and CORONA  just wont happen weekly. Morning rounds down at a local club that I am looking at possibly getting a membership to next year is what I have been playing and will continue to keep playing at least 1 time per week. 9 hole course with 2 different tee boxes for 18 holes (blue/gold for each nine) So for the purposes of my goal I will be using the blue as the front and gold as the back.

Overall not a long course and not a heck of a lot of lost ball opportunities but ball placement is key here. Rough is deep and well placed bunkers. Greens are also postage stamps and are ALWAYS playing very fast, typically rolling @ 12's and there are not many straight putts (3/12 is absolutely BRUTAL putting).

Cant wait to keep knocking out some birds on this!

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Bittersweet one today...one of the two holes I haven’t birdied so far is a 549 yard par 5 (#14). Tees were back today too. Nice drive. 3 hybrid to preferred approach shot territory. 9 iron to front edge of green. Drained a long uphill putt. Tee to hole in four strokes and a tempered celebration. Why? I could not find my ball after my first tee shot so I returned to the tee to hit another. Then Played the hole in four shots, but carded a bogey. Happy to “save” the bogey, but would have loved the birdie.

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On 6/17/2020 at 12:54 PM, Kevin Kikkert said:
  • 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.

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

BIRDIE UPDATE!!!

As stated in my original post about my home course (Sunnybrook Country Club in Grand Rapids, MI), here is my statement on Hole 4 (see above).

If you asked me straight up which hole I would never birdie on this course, it would be Hole 4. The closest birdie putt I have had on this hole is probably 40+ feet....until last night during league!

I had never birdied this hole before and it happened in the strangest way possible:

  • Tee shot right off the toe of my driver and hit a tree about 100yds from the tee box and fell straight down
  • 2nd shot with a 3 wood was struck very well...but, to the right of the corner I was aiming at. Fortunately, hit a tree and dropped straight down, otherwise I would have been in the pond protecting the next hole's green
  • From here, I have 220-230 yards in and trees everywhere. I have about a 15ft wide by 15ft tall gap that I can get back towards the fairway in and the ball is sitting about a foot above my feet. I take a choked up 3 wood...close my eyes...and pray. End up hitting the ultimate stinger that never rises more than 3 ft off the ground...rolls up the green and sits 8ft short of the back pin location
  • Drill the putt with right to left slope and card my first ever birdie on Hole 4. Conventional or orthodox? Nope. Does that matter? Nope!

Very happy to "X" this one off the list! With this one out of the way, there should be no reason not to card them all this season!

(Worst part was, with my handicap and a stroke on this hole, it would have been a gross birdie/net eagle, and I did not go in on skins this week)

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Ticked 3 new ones off today. Made 5 birdies today for 32 points (there were a lot of ones). So I've now got 9 of the 18 holes.

 

2nd Hole - Awesome drive setup a partial wedge that I put to 5 feet.

14th Hole - Decent drive but the second set it up. 6 iron with a draw to hold it into a left to right wind. Put it about 8 feet. Rolled in the uphill putt.

18th Hole - Drive just caught a fairway bunker but played the approach well to about 12 feet. Made a good putt.

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Added my 7th for the year. Our 12th bottlenecks and then bottlenecks again with water on the left. But everything, including the putt was dead straight to the middle. Those curved lines really should be one straight line from tee to hole IMG_4901.JPGIMG_4902.JPG


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They come in bunches.... #8 on #7...

 

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Knocked 8 iron on par 3 16th from 168 to about 8” last night. 13/14 birdies completed but 0/4 on eagles. 


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On 2/20/2020 at 2:49 PM, PlaidJacket said:

I'll birdie each hole at my home course this year - no doubt. I've already knocked out a bunch of them and a couple of them more than once. I'm not a birdie machine by any means but over the course of 12 months I'll birdie them all multiple times. So, that's my story. 🏌️‍♂️

Looks like my boastful comment above was a little premature. There are 3 holes to best of recollection that I haven't birdied yet this year. #5 par 4, #10 par 4, #16 par 3. The number 5 and 10 aren't that difficult actually but I suppose they are for me. Ha! The good news is I still have about 6 months left.

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On 5/31/2020 at 4:05 PM, DaveP043 said:

I got #11 here today, I have 14 of 18 so far.  Some tough ones remaining, a 200-yard par-3, a couple of 420-yard (downhill) par-4s, and a sharp dogleg 315-yarder.  I'll tem them all!

Wow, it took over a month to add my next one, the 201-yard 6th hole.  Three to go!

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Finally birdied #14, a par 5 which is the number one handicap hole on the course that plays about 540 yards. My clubs didn’t make it with me back from Seattle so I was playing a patchwork set from our garage collection.  Solid drive. Smashed a borrowed 3 wood (which I may adopt!) to about 50 yards from a front pin. Chip was decent, leaving about 12 footer uphill which I rolled in. 17 holes down and 1 to go!

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It took me 6 months but on Sunday I birdie our #17 par 3 hole that is slightly uphill and plays anywhere from 110-160 yards.  It's supposedly our #18 handicap hole, but every time I get on the tee, I hit a bad shot. There is a large tree left and short of the green that overhangs the left part of the green.  Shot call for either a high shot over the tree or a baby draw, neither are my forte.  Decent shot this time playing 136y just past the hole and made the 15 footer.  Glad to check this one off my list.  

Now I only have 3 holes left:  #7 par 4, #9 par 5, and #10 par 4.  All tough holes for me, and harder when there is wind.

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Add another one to my list!  Made birdie on the 2nd hole for the first time today.  Still have a few more to go (3, 6, 10, 18).  Two par 3s (3 and 6) and two par 4s.  I guarantee 3 and 18 will be the last to go.  I missed a 4 footer for birdie on 10 yesterday morning.

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Got another birdie off the list.  #9 par 5... 3 shot hole for me all the time.  Pin back right with water short and right.  I started a 7i at the front of the green with a cut but ended up off the back of the green about 12 feet from the pin.  Chipped in for a birdie.  I can't recall ever making a birdie with a Blue flag pin on this hole.

Only two holes left... #7 and #10

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Knocked another one which is an easy one #4. 270 yard drive right into the wind. Great chip nestled up close for a tap in 3’.

had a couple other setups off the tee to polish some off but irons/wedges were not cooperating. Oh well.

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I did it! Completed the birdie challenge this evening by finally nailing one on #8, a 418 yard par 4 (from the blacks). Probably the best drive of the round leaving me 141 yards to a front pin. Actually almost holed it out, but ended with the putt below left to complete the challenge. Slightly downhill but pretty straight. Nailed it. Thanks for setting up the challenge. It was a fun bit of side action in each round. 

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On 7/7/2020 at 8:57 PM, Kenny B said:

Got another birdie off the list.  #9 par 5... 3 shot hole for me all the time.  Pin back right with water short and right.  I started a 7i at the front of the green with a cut but ended up off the back of the green about 12 feet from the pin.  Chipped in for a birdie.  I can't recall ever making a birdie with a Blue flag pin on this hole.

Only two holes left... #7 and #10

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Crossed off two more today:

 

On the 3rd, put a knockdown 6 iron just off the back of the green. Holed the chip with a PW.

On the 4th, long drive that went slightly left, hit a draw 7 iron to get within a wedge distance, hit the wedge to 5 feet, and holed the putt.

 

One that has been quite interesting is how well I have played the 12th hole. I've had 9 rounds since I started the challenge: 6 birdies and 3 pars on 12.

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Hardest (for me anyway) hole on the course is #3. Set it up w a 242 yard drive that actually found the fairway on this dogleg left. The grounds crew has been putting the pins on some very slopped spots and I got this one about six inches right to left from 15 feet.

Glad to check this one off the list because I’m pretty happy with a par on this hole.


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Updated the spreadsheet. I have 4 holes left the par.

#4 - According to Arccos, I am averaging 5.4 on this hole
#10 - Sort of shocked I haven't shot par yet. It's short, but for some reason I struggle. I would suggest I suck when we play this hole because it is the first hole when we play it so I don't know what my tendencies are going to be yet. Averaging 5.8 strokes, which is stupid for how easy the hole looks. I am also averaging 2.4 putts on this hole. Another sign I need to warm up more? 
#13 - Fairly tough hole, had best chance at par this week, but a weak chip left me too long of a par putt. Averaging 5.2.
#16 - Another easy looking hole, but too many wild tee shots to the right leave me in trouble, averaging 5.4 on this hole.

When I look at my averages, I find it interesting that I am scoring better on the harder holes. #4 is 2nd HC hole, #13 is 3rd HC hole, and #10 is the 17th HC hole.

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Was able to knock of 2 more holes today (Gold which is being used as the back 9) hole 4/5 back to back birds


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