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Today was both my best day and most humorous on the golf course since returning to the mainland. I’ll try to give ya the Reader’s Digest version.
 
I have rental property in Savannah, Georgia. Being on the big rock in the pacific for three years I haven’t had a chance to check on my property in a long time. This morning I got up then loaded Barkley (olde English bulldogge) in the back seat for the 200 mile drive down Highway 17 from Myrtle Beach to Savannah. Given the fact my clubs were in the trunk I decided to stop in Charleston for a quick 18 holes.
 
The venue of choice was the Wild Dunes Links Course on the Isle of Palms in Charleston South Carolina. If you have never been (first for me) I highly recommend it. The layout is challenging but fair and the greens were some of the best I’ve seen.
 
As I pulled up to the parking lot I immediately notice it was void of cars and I really didn’t see any Golfers moving about. It was so barren I believed the course to be closed. However I chanced the stroll down the green mile to the Pro Shop. I was super excited to learn the course was not closed for I figured I’d have the place to myself. Boy was I wrong! Evidently the members who play on Thursday mornings all drive their own golf carts to the course thus the reason for the empty parking lot.
 
The pro shop shuffled me to the first tee where I met up with an incredibly pleasant “ambassador”. He gave me a nice overview of the course then sent me on my way.
 
No warm up, no putting, no balls on the range, no “breakfast ball” I simply tee’d it up and away I went. As a single I knew I had to be patient with the groups ahead of me. I did have to wait on every shot but only because I was playing alone. The pace of play was very acceptable coming in at under at 1 hour 45 mins for the front 9. I was definitely the tail end of the morning group. Although I waited on every shot I never saw anyone behind me.
 
I played extremely well on the front 9 coming in at -2 with no bogeys. During my play I did chuckle at the groups ahead who obviously felt the rules (cart path only, 90 degree rules, no closer than....to the green in a cart) did not apply to “members”. I was a guest so who am I to complain about how members treat their own course. It was just a one shot; one kill day for me so no worries on my end.
 
At the turn I chanced a big risk by taking a detour to the parking lot to retrieve Barkley. I figured I give the guys in front some clearance and because no one was behind me the two of us could enjoy the ride. Mind you I did ask the Ambassador first who did give me his blessing before Barkley jumped in for the adventure. We made it to number 15 before I saw the same Ambassador coming towards me with a big smile on his face. Evidently one of the members complained about my dog being on the course. 15 took me right back by the parking lot so again no worries, dropped him off then I was on my way again. I was not bothered in the least. Nothing ventured nothing gained......Barkley enjoyed his 5 holes.
 
Now it didn’t get funny until I returned my cart to the cart barn at the completion of my 69!!!!! The member who complained decided he needed to let me know just how he felt about my dog being on the course. I listened intently and apologized stating, “I meant no disrespect to this wonderful course”.
 
Maybe he had a terrible round or maybe his wife gave him a rash of $&@ prior to leaving for the course but for some reason he just wouldn’t let it go. I think my casual and apologetic attitude gave him the impression I was intimidated or at least passive.
 
Never judge a book by its cover because I went from calm, cool and collected to 99 degrees hot in a matter of seconds. Before I realized what I was doing I had scooped this gentleman up and turned him upside down head first into the trash bin the cart guys were using to clean the carts.
 
Everyone was in shock as this guy stood up wearing that grey trash can like a rain cap. I looked around at the many faces of those observing; some had the look of extreme shock while others were falling all over themselves with laughter. Regardless of the reaction not a single person said a word to me as I walked quietly towards my car. It was a good thing my back was to them because I was fighting back the tears of laughter.
 
The funniest part of this entire story is I was in such a rush to leave to scene of the crime I actually left my bag in the cart!!!!! lol.
 
 
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Holy Cow! I'm actually laughing out loud.

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Starting to figure out my new track, and it was nice today with no wind at all. Shot a 2 over 73. There is one par 3 that’s 210 uphill, and I’m always short on it, and today I even hit my 3-wood and still came up 2 feet short!  That’s a tough par 3!

today was a blue flag to make it worse yet, so I had about a 60’ putt up. So I whacked it up there and hit the cup, and slowed it way down, leaving me an easy comeback for the par.

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almost slam dunked this approach with my gap wedge, but made the putt and my only birds of the day.1BC317E3-288B-4CFA-A85B-20015708C7BF.jpeg.7e93afeb7093fc288b23da2589162327.jpeg

heres the 18th, sun was zapping me on the approach but I made it. Whew...

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Overcast in the low 70’s warming to 79* today. Decided to try an experiment. Played my PowerBilt set today as follows: Air Force One Driver, 3W, 5W, 3H, 4-SW with Apollo graphite shafts. Topped off with my SC Kombi. These clubs have been in my garage for about 8 years unused. I regripped them with Lamkins about 2 years ago but did not play them. My driver has a Winn grip that pretty much fell apart in my hands, but boy howdy could I hit it. 10 - 15 yards farther than my Cobra F8......isn’t that amazing? The irons are standard lie, and I need 2* Flat so I choked up about an inch to hit them....Three approach shots landed inside 3’ of the Pin. Prob won’t keep playing them but it was fun today. Think I’ll regrip the Driver and try them tomorrow. BTW, I shot a 42/45:87.


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40 degrees today but no wind so could play in a compression top and jumper.

Hit the ball pretty well but still shot 82...........my short game is pretty poor this time of year.

Spoke to the pro and signed up for 6 lessons as he is a Driver and wedge expert and hits the ball like I can only dream of 😏

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42 40

Today felt REALLY good! I had a 366 yard drive and a couple other 300+ yard drives today.

The new iron set up is working beautifully. Just need to dial in the distances a bit more.

Had an amazingly beautiful flop shot over 3 pine trees and stuck it on the green to save par. A lot of luck involved on that one!


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Today was my first day playing since mid October. It wasn’t pretty. Somehow I’ve developed a monster draw/hook. I’ve always been a fade player and now don’t know what to do. Hopefully it was some fluke because tomorrow I have an actual game.


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The club had a 2 hour frost delay today.  My wife and I had a 10am tee time, but they started everyone at 10:30 with a shotgun, so we didn't have to wait.  Started on #7.  I drove the ball really well until we got back to #1, then missed 3 of the last 5 fairways.  Only one birdie... on #2.  Shot 78 that included a double bogey and bogey on our last two holes... both par 5's.  UGH!!!

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2nd round with the old PowerBilt Air Force Ones.......41/43:84. Feeling pretty good, playing older sticks with no Arccoss, just a Laser and my feel.


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+1 for 9 on our little TFT executive course. Beautiful day, but it was a wet, sloppy mess. I was pretty wild, but my short game was filthy today. 4 of those five pars were up-n-downs. Should have been even, but a putt hit the flag and lipped out. 

Played the last three holes with a guy wearing two gloves and another in shorts and a hoodie pulled tight over his head. Muni golf is the best. 

 

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Played today - course was ridiculously wet for December. Weather was spectacular. After a brief discussion our group determined that we would leave the pin in. I will say that it didn’t take long to get used to it. I can’t say for certain but there’s a chance that I got big help from it and n my birdie putt on 18. Also I had great pace on my long putts all day. I attribute that to always having the pin it. Sometimes in the past I would forgo the tend - being able to see makes a big difference.

 

Oh yeah, shot 76.

 

 

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17 minutes ago, revkev said:

Played today - course was ridiculously wet for December.

You know it is January 🙂

 

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You know it is January
 


Oops - that’s what happens when i take a week off! :)

That also makes it worse - it normally gets drier and drier here from November until lat April.

BTW my Streamsong round got rained out.


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Got out today in 43 degrees after a day of rain. Sloppy wet mess, temporary greens in fairways but I was the only guy out there. I played 3 balls and here are my takeaways: ball compression doesn’t matter in cold weather and making all my wedges 36 inches long was a really good decision for me.


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Woo-hoo!!! We finally got some sun today, and it hit 70*, so I drove 45 min to go play 9 on a course that drains exceptionally well, Black Bear Golf Course in Delhi, LA. I shot 39 with one birdie. Putting held me back from 2 others... Mostly finding the line was the issue. I hit the GMax twice over 270 into the wind, so that was fun!!!


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Played pretty good today. Had almost everything working. Hit my SW super fat on 9 and lipped out the bogey putt to break 40.


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After a good day yesterday, today was miserable.  One birdie and 3 pars for 11 holes.  Although it was 44º, the wind just  made it cold.  I never got warm, and the swing wasn't there.  My wife's hip started hurting and she cried "uncle", so we left the other couple we were playing with because the 11th green is next to the parking lot.  Once you cross the street to the 12th tee, the course runs away from the clubhouse and you are committed to finish the back nine.

Tomorrow is my walking day with guys at the club; same temp and wind but  it will be warmer walking instead of riding.

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6 hours ago, Kenny B said:

After a good day yesterday, today was miserable.  One birdie and 3 pars for 11 holes.  Although it was 44º, the wind just  made it cold.  I never got warm, and the swing wasn't there.  My wife's hip started hurting and she cried "uncle", so we left the other couple we were playing with because the 11th green is next to the parking lot.  Once you cross the street to the 12th tee, the course runs away from the clubhouse and you are committed to finish the back nine.

Tomorrow is my walking day with guys at the club; same temp and wind but  it will be warmer walking instead of riding.

when I get cold in the wind I try and run up a couple of our smaller hills while pushing my clubs- warms me up for the next few holes.

 

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