Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 23/11/17
The 1st wasn't too bad. Certainly better than some recent happenings on this hole. I had a good drive followed by a reasonable 4-iron, only to be thick on the next 4-iron, hitting more mud than ball. The next shot was far better putting me just short of the green in rough to the left. A pathetic gap wedge (I slowed up on the swing!) left me still off the green, although I could putt on. Two more putts for a nett bogey 7.
A longish drive on the 2nd should have allowed me to reach the green for two, but my 8-iron again took too much divot leaving me short. A pitching wedge shot was also just short needing a putt on. I then missed a short putt, the second giving me a nett bogey 6.
The 4th was sad. A reasonable drive was followed by a perfectly placed 5-iron played from the rough. My 8-iron to the green hit the bank on the right but rolled down to just off the green. I chipped on with the 8-iron, missed the first putt, then missed a short second. So three putts for a nett bogey 7 after being just off the green for three.
I miss-hit my drive on the 5th, going left into rough about 70 yards out. A good pitching wedge shot out was just short of the green, from where I pitched on. The pitch was good but I again missed the putt, finishing with a nett bogey 5.
On the 6th after a shortish drive I hit a good 5-iron that just cleared the high trees between me and the green, although the ball touched a small branch and stopped short of the green. I putted on and had a simple putt for a par, but I missed it! So a nett par 5.
A great drive on the 7th, that was actually hit slightly off the sweet spot, went off low into what was now a very gusty wind. The next 4-iron wasn't great, but then I hit a better one that unfortunately veered right and ended up in a bunker. I picked the ball out with the pitching wedge, not trusting the sand wedge in the heavy sand. I then completely muffed a gap wedge shot, needing another to get on. And then, in keeping with the previous holes, a made a mess of the putting adding three more shots for a blobbed 9. Ridiculous when I was just off the green for 4.
Fortunately the 8th was a lot better. I put the drive to the right of the fairway to avoid the bank and trees to the left. The second of two respectable 4-irons saw the ball roll into a bunker to the right. This time I played a blinder with my pitching wedge, leaving me a short putt, which fortunately this time I sunk for a nett birdie 5.
The 9th didn't start too badly. The drive was straight and clear of the lake that traps many tee shots. My 4-iron then skewed right and wasn't that long. From the rough I played a very mediocre 5-iron that at least left me a straight shot to the green. The 4-iron again skewed right, the ball settling near the lake but not in trouble. I thinned the pitching wedge sending the ball to the far side of the green. An 8-iron chip back off an awkward slope was followed by two putts for a blobbed 8.
Then end result was a 57 with 18 putts and 11 points. With an 8 and a 9, and 3 putts on three of the holes I couldn't have expected much better. Quite disappointing overall, although my driving was consistent, with 86% on the fairway according to Game Golf.
Game Golf scorecard.