Archive for April, 2015
I so like this course and haven’t yet tired of the three-hour drive. Accompanied by my golf buddy, Ron Hillis, I was back at Gamble Sands today, shooting a steady round of 87 with two birdies and one, very ugly, four-putt triple bogey. For the fourth consecutive round I managed to birdie the par-five 18th hole this time by getting out of a fairway bunker after an errant drive and chipping in from fifteen feet off the green for the hole out.
All of our rhododendrons have finally blossomed. I made a collage of some pics I took this morning before the rain and sleet.
With the local weather forecast looking pretty wet for the next week or so, I decided to sprint over to the “dry side” and enjoy another round of golf at Gamble Sands. It was a terrific afternoon: 64 degrees and mix of clouds and sun. I didn’t score well (92) but I felt good working on the many swing changes I have underway. I drove the ball well hitting 10 fairways with no lost balls/penalties. If I had putted better the score would have been fine. One cool thing, I birdied the 450-yard par five 18th hole for the third consecutive time. This time, I crushed a 290 yard drive then went over the green into a bunker with my second shot. Out of the sand in three, I made a 19-foot putt to end the round!
There is a series of these kinds of puzzles depicting “olde” settings: candy store, grandpa’s garage, grandma’s kitchen, etc. This one is the Olde Bookstore. The bookshelves and pictures over the arch were very difficult.
7:40 tee time this morning at Pacific Dunes, my favorite course at the Bandon Resort. Ball-striking today was much better than Wednesday but my short game didn’t hold up. I hit 10 fairways but recorded par on only two of those holes. Mishit wedges on the par-4 16th hole produced an eight and I limped off with a 93. Still, I love this place.
Today’s two rounds were at Bandon Dunes and Old Macdonald. Yesterday afternoon’s practice session felt great but little of that remained this morning. I played OK in the morning recording a 91 at Bandon but really struggled in the afternoon wind on Old Mac stumbling to four triple bogeys over the last ten holes for a 99. That score on Old Mac is even more deflating considering I got around with just 33 putts, an accomplishment on those monstrous, rolling greens. Just had too many wayward balls off the tee and landed into too many bunkers.
After my truly pathetic play on my February trip to Bandon Dunes I was antsy to get back. So I was on the road by 7:30 and at the practice facility around 3:45. With the longer days, I had time before dinner to snap a bunch of photos on the always lovely Bandon Beach. I like this one of the driftwood.
…another missing piece! Geez, this is the second of the last four puzzles where we’ve ended up with a missing piece.
Trisha had a manicure appointment this morning so it was a day off from the gym. I teed off at 7:45 in a peaceful fog. The swing changes from last month’s lessons are helping. In spite of really mediocre putting and pulling one shot OB on the 11th hole I still managed a tidy 83 with birdies on #12 and #17.