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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 29/10/18

I played today but it was so bad that I'm not going to give the normal walk-through. I've been suffering a lot of sciatica lately and I think I'm at the point where I must accept that the golf isn't helping. I really struggled today over the last few holes, feeling that my mobility was gradually reducing. My game certainly deteriorated. Weather wise we are at last experiencing a colder spell, although it was bright and not too cold while you were in the sun. Certainly I can't blame the weather for my performance.

My driving held up and most of my hybrid shots stayed out of trouble although I did manage to pull the ball left into the lake on the 8th. My irons were very patchy, with some good shots but far too many bad ones. Four-putting on the 4th after a reasonably good approach didn't help the final outcome, especially as I followed that with three putts on the 5th.

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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 25/10/18

Yet another glorious autumn day that started with a bit of a chill in the air but warmed up as the sun did its work while the wind stayed away. Perfect conditions in fact, and a good start for me, but as usual a few mistakes robbed me of that sub-handicap round.

A good clean drive on the 1st made 170 yards and was in the centre of the fairway. Two hybrids and an 8-iron put me on the green where I didn't quite manage a par 5, taking 6 for a nett par. Another safe drive on the 2nd followed by a 7-iron left me just short of the green. A chip on and two putts gave me a 5 for another nett par. I took my driver on the short 3rd and was just off the right of the green. A gap wedge on and two putts for a nett birdie 4. A long drive on the 4th followed by two well-placed 7-irons left me a chip on and one putt for a nett birdie 5.

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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 18/10/18

The fine weather continues into late October but the areas of longer grass are now heavy and damp, proving much more of a challenge should you need to chip out, especially when close to the greens. I was quite happy up until Hole 8, managing to control my game and not do anything too silly. But a pulled drive on the 8th gave me my first blob, and then I really messed up the 9th.

Autumn colours - Hole 6 - 18 October 2018
Autumn colours on Hole 6

We teed off earlier than I had expected, giving me no time to warm up. I didn't hit my drive off the 1st that well and was lucky it stayed out of the ditch on the right. However, after that I managed a couple of reasonable hybrids and put the ball on the green for 4. Unfortunately three putts left me with a nett bogey 7. The drive on the 2nd was better and although my hybrid didn't make the green, as a result of sending the shot through the outer branches of a tree, I pitched on for three, with two putts for a nett par 5.

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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 11/10/18

Another day and another disappointing round. The score wasn't outlandish but there were just too many bad shots. My driving is holding up but the mid-fairway shots are unpredictable and the shorter irons frustratingly bad. But the weather was once again amazing for mid October, although the wind did play a part.

The 1st started well, with a safe drive and two reasonable hybrid shots, although the second of those did stray a little too close to the lake on the left. I then was short with what should have been an easy pitch, needing to tap back on with an iron. Two putts a nett bogey 7 that could easily have been a par 5. For once I got the drive right on the 2nd, starting to the left and coming round to mid fairway, making 192 yards in the process. I then pitched on for 2, but three-putted for a nett par 5.

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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 09/10/18

The beautiful autumn weather continues and today I played with my wife and her friends, teeing off the red tees to be sociable. I actually had quite a good round and if it wasn't for a complete disaster on the 2nd, things would have been even better. My driving was very consistent, and I putted reasonably well, but I again let myself down with some very poor iron shots.

Things couldn't have started better as I was on the green for 3 on the 1st, and two-putted for a par. This made what happened on the 2nd all the more galling. My drive found the ditch because of a combination of my shot and a strongish cross-wind. I dropped but then hit a 7-iron that nearly put me back in the ditch again. It left me with the bunker between me and the green, and my very positive attempt to clear the bunker sent the ball across the green and under a bush, from where I needed to take another drop. I thinned the chip, sending the ball back across the green and off again. I then thinned another chip again sending the ball back across the green. A putt on and one more putt gave me 7 strokes, plus two penalties for a 9!

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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 04/10/2018

Yet another beautiful day in what is a superb Indian summer. And we now have winter rules in force, meaning that it's possible to the lift the ball on the fairway if it's sitting on the bald patches remaining from the scorching summer conditions. Unfortunately this additional advantage didn't stop me once again recording a disappointing score.

My driving wasn't quite as accurate today but I managed for the most part to stay out of trouble and achieve respectable distances. This was the case off the first tee, but I then pulled my hybrid shot sending the ball into the trees to the left. I was only on the edge of the trees but my 6-iron out sent the ball through some foliage. I lost sight of it, but a loud 'wood' contact confirmed I had once again pulled the shot, the destination tree being within the lake hazard. We eventually found the ball, which was unplayable, but I had already dropped and played an 8-iron to the right of the green. A pitch on and two putts for a blobbed 8.

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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 01/10/18

After watching the highlights of the Ryder Cup (we haven't got Sky!) enthusiasm was high. We always think the next game is going to be The One, but this feeling is often magnified after watching the Pros at work. However, as is often the case, one's dreams rarely match reality.

Once again the weather was fine, although a cold wind necessitated a couple of extra layers. Here's the view looking back down the 7th fairway.

Hole 7 - 01 October 2018

I didn't start too badly. My drive and first hybrid shot were almost of equal distance, leaving me about 130 yards from the pin. I then put the next shot over the bank on the right and into the ditch. I tried playing out, but failed, so took a drop, from where I pitched on. I should have immediately taken the drop, as this would have saved a shot. Lesson learned. What was even more annoying was that I putted in, which would have been a 6 without the drop. As it was, it was a net bogey 7.

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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 27/09/18

Today's effort wasn't much of an improvement on my outing with the women on Tuesday. Once again conditions were good, which is more than I can say for my golf.

I found the right-side ditch with my drive off the 1st tee. A penalty drop was followed by wild hybrid that put me well into the trees on the opposite side of the fairway. A 7-iron out managed to avoid all the trees and put me back on the fairway, from where a 3-wood recovered some ground. I then got on with an 8-iron and two-putted for a blobbed 8. Not a good start. The 2nd was only a minor mishap in comparison. After my drive I went over the ball with my hybrid, moving it hardly any distance. The next attempt was better, allowing me to pitch on, two putts giving me a nett bogey 6.

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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 25/09/18

I missed my Monday golf this week because it was a 'French' Monday, when I go to my U3A French group. So I joined Helen and her friends on the Tuesday, playing off the red tee boxes to be social. That should have made things easier, but I managed to make quite a hash of things. No excuses, the weather was good, the only negative being the rock-hard fairways that still have lots of bald spots.

I was in the left-side trees off the 1st tee, clearing poorly, and then hitting a mediocre hybrid. My 8-iron then left the ball precariously balanced on the edge of the bunker, from where I hit across the green, needing another chip back on. Three putts then sealed my fate with an 8. The 2nd was an absolute disaster. I thought I had found the right-side ditch with my drive, but the ball was in fact just on the edge of the slope, well beneath my feet. I had an air shot with my first attempt, and almost another with the next. Third time lucky but still well short of the green, from where I took a chip and run shot. Three putts finished the debacle with a 9!

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Aylesbury Park Golf Club - 17/09/18

We spent a few days at Hartwell House, a very impressive National Trust owned Relais & Chateau hotel, which was only five minutes drive from Aylesbury Vale Golf Course. We had pre-booked but it was very quiet and we enjoyed 18 holes in pleasant weather with nobody holding us up in front, nor pressing us from behind. This is how golf should be.

The 1st hole showed a ditch at 190 yards but it didn't appear anywhere near that far. I took a 7-iron to lay up but soon realised that I should have believed the distance, as I was still a way from the ditch. A weak hybrid shot went left, just missing the ditch but leaving me an 8-iron shot over the edge of trees. I could only hit to the right and the ball ran on, nearly disappearing into the heavy rough. Fortunately it didn't, but my next iron was short, requiring another chip on. Two putts for a 7 gave me a nett bogey, but it was a very shaky start.

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