Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 06/11/17
I drove well on the 1st, the ball just creeping into the light rough to the left of the fairway. I got out cleanly with my 5-iron but kept too far left, the ball again settling in light rough. Once again the 5-iron got me out and left me a pitch to the green of about 80 yards. Unfortunately I was just a bit too far left and the ball rolled off the bank to the left off the green into the sunken bunker. My first attempt to exit failed in the heavy sand but I managed it with the next shot, putting me on the green for 6. I needed the putt for a point, but took two for a blobbed 8.
Another good drive on the 2nd left me about 100 yards from the front of the green. My 7-iron was a bit short, requiring a gentle pitch on and two putts for a nett par 5.
Hole 2 from the tee
I didn't connect well with my drive on the 4th, and although it was straight it only made about 115 yards. This allowed me to go for a longer second shot without fear of the lake, but I was heavy on the shot, leaving me well short. I took a pitching wedge to lay up short of the lake and the same club again to play for the green. The ball in fact finished up left of the green in heavy rough. The pin was close to where I was pitching from, making it a difficult shot to judge. Too gentle and the rough could trap the shot; too hard and it would overrun. It was the latter and I needed two putts to get down for a nett bogey 7.
I took the driver again on the short 5th and managed a straight shot onto the green. It was a birdie chance but I was just short, finishing with a par 3 for a nett birdie.
The drive on the 6th felt good but was actually shorter than I expected. I tried a very adventurous 5-iron to clear the willow that sat between me and the green, but didn't get clean contact and instead ended up the bunker this side of the tree. With the overhanging willow branches in front of me I tried playing out with a 7-iron. The first attempt failed but the second was good and left me on the green with a possible single putt. I in fact needed two for a nett bogey 6.
After a good drive on the 7th I pushed a 4-iron shot right into the rough. I played out with my 7-iron and almost made the green, from where I putted on and then single-putted for a nett birdie 5.
The long 8th didn't go too badly. A good drive followed by two reasonable 4-irons left me with a shortish 8-iron pitch onto the green. Two putts for a nett par 6.
The 9th started well, with a good straight drive and a reasonable 4-iron to the light rough on the right of the fairway. From there I tried to hit a 5-iron over the trees that sit on the bank that protrudes from the right, an obstacle that often causes problems. I nearly made it, the ball just clipping the upper branches of the tallest tree, from where it dropped like a stone. Fortunately the lie wasn't bad, and I had a shot to the green, but my 7-iron wasn't great, and this was followed by a pitching wedge shot that was still off the green. A gap-wedge chip and two putts left me with a blobbed 8, just like on the 1st.
The end result was 52 shots and 17 putts, with 15 points. I didn't think that this was at all bad really considering the two 8s. As I mentioned at the beginning, I felt that I was a bit unlucky on the 1st and 9th, the dropped shots not really arising from anything disastrous on my part.
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