Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 02/07/18
A 140 yard drive off the 1st tee was followed by two hybrid shots, each also around 140 yards. This put me about 30 yards out and a pitch on left me a putt for a par. I needed two, but it was still a nett par. Not a bad start. I aimed left off the 2nd tee but overdid it, the ball entering the upper branches of a high tree, and then dropping back into the rough below. But it was safe. My hybrid shot hit ground before the ball, sending the ball right towards the ditch. Fortunately it didn't reach and I was able to play an 8-iron onto the green. Two putts for a nett par 5, giving me two nett pars in succession.
Things were obviously going too well, so the mini-disaster on the 5th was probably to be expected. I used my 23 degree hybrid and put the ball on the green, but far to the right with the pin being far left on this wide and undulating green. I was putting uphill and the green had been watered, slowing it somewhat. With a fall-off beyond the pin I didn't want to overdo it, and instead I was too reticent. The ball only got two-thirds of the way to the hole. I then was too strong with the following putt, the ball rolling down the drop-off and leaving me a challenging putt back, which I missed. In the end it was four putts for a nett bogey 4 after being on the green for one!
Following a reasonable drive on the 6th the hybrid shot was sliced sending the ball towards the bunker to the right of the green. Fortunately it didn't make it and I pitched on, followed by two putts for a nett par 5. A good drive on the long 7th set me up for a hybrid shot that left me about 90 yards out. I pitched on and two putted for a nett birdie 5. On the even longer 8th my drive wasn't as long. The following hybrid shot was good but bounced violently right on hitting the ground. I can only assume there was something that caused this, but it left the ball close to the path. I took the 6-iron not wanting to risk the hybrid but the ground was hard, possibly because of stones under the grass. The resulting shot was only 100 yards. However, I could then pitch on from about 50 yards, the ball actually settling just off the green. I putted on and single-putted for a nett par 6.
I had been doing very well and only had to keep my head on the 9th for a good score. The drive sliced and I held my breath as the ball headed towards the lake. On reaching the lake I found that the ball was a couple of feet away from the water and just outside the hazard posts. With a slight downhill lie I took the 8-iron. The ball crashed through the tops of the rushes in front of me and just cleared the tree on the opposite bank, landing on the fairway some 80 yards forward. My hybrid shot then put the ball about 70 yards from the green, from where I pitched on and two-putted for a nett par 6.
I came in with 45 and 17 putts, with a Stableford score of 22, making this my best 9-holes. If I hadn't four-putted the 5th, things would have been even better, but there again I did have a bit of luck elsewhere. Needless to say I'm very pleased.
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