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Bay Creek Nicklaus Course. 94 (45/49, 91 ESC), 29% FIR, 17% GIR and 33 putts. Steady trying to find rock bottom .

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Started off pretty decent at 5 over thru 13 holes then the rains came and the wheels came off.  I shot 9 over par on the last 5 holes for an 86 (adjusted to 85 for posting).  However, team won our game and I won 2 skins to put some $$$ in the pocket.

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Played Palmetto Hall Plantation Robert Cupp course today. Shot 46/44:90 with no birdies. Greens were fast and I overshot several. Course in great shape, will be playing the Arthur Hill course tomorrow. Got both for $45 each thru my timeshare ownership. Weather is terrific, low 80’s.


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Played Palmetto Hall Plantation Robert Cupp course today. Shot 46/44:90 with no birdies. Greens were fast and I overshot several. Course in great shape, will be playing the Arthur Hill course tomorrow. Got both for $45 each thru my timeshare ownership. Weather is terrific, low 80’s.


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There’s always tomorrow for that 80.


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Played Saturday. Hit the ball really solid. Surprisingly solid actually. Really getting a few things ingrained. But had some mental mistakes the last few holes. Focus is key and I let it slip away.

+5 over the last 5 holes for a 75. Ugh.

And the rain from a week and a half ago is back. Thankfully not the 12"+ we had. But courses were closed today.

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5 hours ago, fozcycle said:

Played Palmetto Hall Plantation Robert Cupp course today. Shot 46/44:90 with no birdies. Greens were fast and I overshot several. Course in great shape, will be playing the Arthur Hill course tomorrow. Got both for $45 each thru my timeshare ownership. Weather is terrific, low 80’s.
 

Go get'um Foz!!  I seem to like Arthur Hills courses; I've played two of his courses and enjoyed them both.

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75

10/14 fir

10/18 gir

31 putts. 
 

Two stupid mistakes let to two doubles. Nothing more than mental lapses. I hate mental errors. 2 birdies and an eagle putt inside of 8 feet and didn’t make one of them. Yesterday they went in. Probably will again tomorrow. Just one of those things. Really liking my new irons. Struggling to get used to wedges but those will come around with time. 

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79 in a brutal cross wind yesterday afternoon - there was actually only one hole down wind all day - 190 yard par 3 over a pond with the pin up so the down wind hurt.

Of interest they were doing some new sort of aeration while we were playing. The greens on the front nine had been done and they were on 10 so we skipped it and played two balls on 16. Of course I made bogey on both of those balls. :(

This new method is a small punch through which air is then shot through the root system - the punches are tiny and were spread out by five or six feet - you hardly noticed them - the greens on that side were super firm and fast though. Had lots of trouble adjusting to the different speed on the non punched side.


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I played a new (to me) course on Saturday (Rawiga Golf and Swim Club, for the locals). I really enjoyed the layout and the greens had some subtle breaks and were pretty challenging (and fast compared to our league course). I had "scouted" the course on Arccos prior to playing and really wasn't expecting how hilly the course was - not ridiculous, but certainly much more than shows up on a flat satellite view. I ended up with a 95 with one birdie on a par 5 and way too many of the dreaded 2+ (3 triples and 4 doubles). No part of my game was particularly good or bad, just kind of blah. Highlights were a bunker shot for third which led to my lone birdie, a 155 yard 7 iron out of a fairway bunker (lipped out the birdie putt), and a lovely flop shot over a tree (then promptly three putted for a double).

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79 in a brutal cross wind yesterday afternoon - there was actually only one hole down wind all day - 190 yard par 3 over a pond with the pin up so the down wind hurt.

Of interest they were doing some new sort of aeration while we were playing. The greens on the front nine had been done and they were on 10 so we skipped it and played two balls on 16. Of course I made bogey on both of those balls. :(

This new method is a small punch through which air is then shot through the root system - the punches are tiny and were spread out by five or six feet - you hardly noticed them - the greens on that side were super firm and fast though. Had lots of trouble adjusting to the different speed on the non punched side.


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I saw that aeration up north never saw it in FL. Less invasive and heal faster.


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13 hours ago, fozcycle said:

 will be playing the Arthur Hill course tomorrow. 

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Our home course is an Arthur Hills course - he creates challenging greens. 

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Played 9 yesterday, which was much more like Summer than Fall; hit the ball mostly pretty well until .. uhhhh .. I didn't....

Opening double (good tee shot but a duffed second to which I added a 3 putt...), then two bogeys (potentially both could have been pars; first a chip that I carried on too far and didn't sink the downhill comeback putt and then after hitting the green on a short Par 3 another 3 putt...), then two pars (yea) and then yet another 3 putt bogey (boo; second putt was only about 3 feet out!)..

..and then a double on #7, which has been my nemesis hole on this course, with a solid tee shot that turned left but got a lucky bounce and roll off the hill that brought it back close to the fairway leaving me with an unobstructed 115 to the green .. visualize, rehearse, line up carefully, swing .. only to clip a (root?) that opened the face just enough to push the ball right .. found it in the hazard right behind a big plant .. took a drop back on the other side of the hazard, mediocre wedge on to the edge and couldn't sink the first putt..

..and now #8, a straightforward Par 5 with a pond fronting the green. I'll skip the painful deets and just say I marked this hole as a double-par 10 - and also confess "out loud" that I had a very play UN-happy moment (fwiw I've parred this hole before) - and then dropped it all and moved on to the uphill Par 3..

..on which I made an "easy" (if I can call it that?) par .. decent tee shot just short of the front of the green, decent chip up tho pulled it slightly left of intended line, and a solid 1 putt. So finished well.

Overall.. most tee shots were good or playable, and even think I got some extra distance out of a few; most iron shots were online but not as solid as I'd like, and felt like I lost a little distance on a few; wedges were mostly ok-ish .. until that #8 debacle; but putting seemed really on or off... 

Missed a bunch on the high side and not sure if I simply over-read break and/or stroked it a bit too firmly and/or just missed my start line.

So.... a typical golfing day? 😆

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10 minutes ago, Sluggo42 said:

Interesting discussion on playing “emotions”. I’m very fortunate in that I get to play 4-6 rounds per week. What I’ve discovered is that very simply put, some days you have it, and some days you don’t. My round the other day when I stunk up the place was funny, because we were discussing this concept as we were playing. It almost became funny when one of us hit a bad shot, and everyone had a smile after a bad shot, because we all know it’s not the norm. Because we see each other hit hundreds of great shots most of the time.

but some days.... you just don’t have it. No need to get all pissy about it, because we’re amateurs really. We just give a *sigh*, perhaps an eye roll, and a laugh, then off to the next shot. But we also know that we will play tomorrow, so no big deal.

Great attitude ! We should all keep that in mind...golf is fun🏌️‍♂️

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Forgot how to swing a club... hit 6 shanks with irons and steady pull hooks with driver helping contribute to 6 penalty strokes all capped off with a 9 on the par 4 18th for a grand total 95 in what was my worst round of the year. 

Made a game time decision to use the EXO 7s instead of the Huntington Beach SOFT #6 since I just upgraded the stock grip to a TOUR SNSR contour 140 on the EXO and ended with a season best 31 putts to keep it under 100. 😂 Hopefully, the new grip is going to help the EXO behave after cycling through 4 putters this year.  

I don't think I can game the SOFT 6, the sight dot seems to have me pushing everything right of the hole. Maybe there is something to the visual aspects of the Edel putter fitting system... 

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Been going backwards since July, and then all of a sudden the swing felt great Saturday and I shot 79 at Torrey Pines South (from the 7000 yd tees!), my first time breaking 80 on that course. I knew it had the chance to be a special day when I hit a fade 6-iron from 180 yds out in the fairway bunker on 1, and then sank a 25 footer for birdie. I hit 9 greens and went -2 on those 9 holes and then played bogey golf on the 9 holes that I didn't find the green. Best ball striking day I've had in a long time (5 of the missed greens were off the back after hitting a solid shot but with the wrong club, and only one of my dreaded-yet-familiar pull hooks). Unfortunately it's going to be 10 days until the next round but I'll hopefully get to the range to keep the proper feels going. Even if I don't I will still have a sh*t eating grin on my face for at least another day or two. 

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On 9/20/2019 at 9:47 AM, cksurfdude said:

Yeah that *was* (mostly) us also. We're working on it!

I know it may sound like trite BS but I'm finding it to be quite true: Attitude drives performance.

So you've got to be better at "play happy" for yourself, too! 👍

Well... I really, really tried to "play happy" this weekend.  Didn't really work all that well.  Saturday my wife and I were paired with two very nice guys who were out playing their 2nd round of the YEAR!!  They had a wedding to go to in the afternoon, so they decided to play golf in the morning, starting out with 2 doubles each (drinks, not scores) before they hit the first tee.  One guy didn't get to the Forward Tees on 5 of the first 9 holes with his driver.  On the par 3 #4 hole I waited to make my par putt while each of them 4 or 5 putted.  Really hard to focus on my game when I am trying to play faster than normal just to keep our group from falling too far behind.  We decided to call it quits at the turn, and we came back at 4pm to play the back nine.  Shot 37.

Sunday was a little better.  We played with two guys, one was 76 years old and talked incessantly.  Vey nice, but...  Fortunately, they only played 9 holes, so we had the back nine to ourselves.  I didn't have a very good day scoring... shot 86, but I enjoyed a beautiful day and was a little happier!!

I did have one birdie, but my hole of the day was #18, a par 5 dogleg left with a fairway bunker running on the right side of the fairway from 170y all the way up to and in front of the green.  I managed to get my second shot around the corner (tough shot for me without getting in the bunker), and I had a wedge from 126 to a front pin on a narrow part of the green.  Here's a picture...  my ball is plugged under the lip of the bunker to the right of the pin.  Only the top of the ball was showing.  My wife's ball is in the middle of the bunker.

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I wasn't happy with the lie, but my Callaway PM Grind 60º got it out, and I made par.  Now that made me happy!!

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Not the greatest score today, but it was a great round with my dad at the Nicklaus course at Pine Hills in Plymouth, MA. Got paired up with two members who were great about where to aim and what to avoid. Unfortunately they weren't aware that my father & I have ZERO control over where our ball goes... if it goes forward, we're happy!

5 penalty strokes which really hurt, all of them off the tee. I had another hole where I caught the driver dead perfect and blew through the fairway and landed in thick straw. 4 shots later and I was back on the fairway.

I did have 3 pars so I'll take what I can. The greens here are FAST, like "putt from 10 feet off the green and you're rolling off the other side of the green 50 feet away" fast. Par 3s were kryptonite to me today - 3 of them were triples. Ugh. Need to work on that.

54/56 = 110

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