Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 01/05/17 | Kilburnlad | Golf | Diary

Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 01/05/17

Another "why do I bother" sort of day. Overcast with the possibility of rain, which happily didn't arrive, there was a bit of a breeze but it wasn't too cold. We had a later tee time than usual as there was a club competition earlier in the morning. Unfortunately the three-ball in front were playing quite slowly, as was the group in front of them, so there was a lot of waiting around.

My hybrid off the 1st tee went left but stayed on the fairway and was just shy of 160 yards. The next wasn't too bad either but the third shot was well short, as was the following 8-iron into the wind. I chipped on and two-putted for a nett bogey 7.

To say the 2nd was a disaster is an understatement. I usually aim left off the tee because of the ditch to the right and the left-to-right slope of the fairway. This time, however, I was well into the trees and we couldn't find the ball. I dropped in the trees and took a two-shot penalty for a lost ball. A gentle chip back onto the centre of the fairway set me up for the next one onto the green - I wish! The ball scooted along the ground coming to rest behind the left bunker. My pitching wedge then dug in, the ball just clearing the bunker but coming to rest right on the edge of it. I tried to chip from there, but the club face caught the face of the bunker, the ball going just inches. Another chip didn't quite make the green. I putted on and two-putted for 11! It was clear at this point that I wasn't going to have a good round.

The 3rd restored confidence a bit, the tee shot being straight and stopping a little short of the green. An 8-iron chip and two putts for a nett birdie 4.

I took the 5-wood off the tee on the 4th, getting good distance but finishing in the left side rough. The hybrid out didn't get cleanly behind the ball making only 90 yards. I played another hybrid and put the ball in the narrow strip between the trees and the lake, setting me up for a straight pitch to the green. I pushed the 8-iron shot right and had to chip on from the bank, two putts giving me a nett bogey 7.

I had a good 5-wood off the 6th tee leaving me a chance to get on in 2. However, my 7-iron wasn't good and I needed to chip on. Two putts for a nett par 5.

On the 7th a 5-wood off the tee followed by a good hybrid left me with a 7-iron to the green, but I shanked slightly and ball went into the right bunker. I played out into long grass and took my sand wedge again for the short chip, but I was too short and needed to putt on. Fortunately I then got down in one for a nett bogey 7.

After the disastrous 2nd I had been playing reasonably, scoring on each hole, but this run ended on the 8th. My 5-wood tee shot was thin and the ball ran along the ground, not making 60 yards. Not a good start on a 440 yard par 4. I then hit a crisp hybrid 160 yards putting me back in contention. But there then followed two badly hit hybrids each only gaining around 70 yards. Now on 4, I took a 9-iron to pitch to the green but the shot was very heavy and the ball only went 20 yards in the long grass. The pitching wedge got me on from there and I two-putted for a blobbed 8.

And so to the 9th, where a good hybrid off the tee gave me 170 yards, this being followed by two further hybrids leaving me a 9-iron pitch to the green. Again I shanked and had to pitch on from the right of the green, after which I had two putts for a nett bogey 7.

The 11 on the 2nd was psychologically demoralising since I knew that whatever I did after that I wasn't going to score well. In fact, other than the 8th, it wasn't too bad. The total was 60 with 18 putts, 11 points and two holes blobbed. I normally wouldn't expect more than a 6 on hole 2, in which case it would have been a 55, in line with my average round. One day I may manage a round where I don't have one or two high scoring holes. One day!

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Scorecard - 01 May 2017

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