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My golf game has been very inconsistent this year so I had no expectations when I headed out to Mt. Si this morning. After difficult rounds at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge and Prospector at Suncadia I anticipated nothing but more mediocre golf. Instead I was treated to an effortless 77. Go figure! It seemed like nearly every shot was just right. Things started well with a 30-foot putt to save par on the first hole. After a bogey at #2 I went through the next eleven holes at even par. I ended up with twelve pars and ten one-putt holes: a super steady round of golf.
I think this is the fifth year I’ve attended the first day of the Boeing Classic Golf Tournament at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Once again, it was a perfect weather day: mid 70’s with just a few scattered clouds. I watched warm-ups for about 45 minutes then had a traditional hot dog for lunch with a couple of scoops of Ben and Jerry’s for dessert. I watched several groups over the first four holes, spent a few minutes at the number 9 green then camped out just off the 14th green to see who could successfully navigate the now famous “canyon hole.” It was perversely gratifying seeing Andy Bean take a seven on the hole, hitting out of two bunkers, sculling the second attempt into the woods and finally two-putting from inside ten feet.
After lots of practice last week, I got in two rounds on Monday and Tuesday this week shooting satisfying scores of 83 and 86 at Mt. Si. As I was sipping my morning coffee today the sky cleared and I decided to sneak in an unscheduled round. It was a truly scrumptious morning. I passed one threesome on the third hole and had the course to myself the rest of the way. After yesterday’s steady rain, the grass was an intense green and Mt. Si almost glowed in the early sunshine. I saw one eagle, a woodpecker and numerous ducks and geese. Over the back nine I fired up an all-Bach internet radio station on my cell phone and added some glorious music to the already bucolic setting. And I shot another 83!
Even on the occasional dry day it’s not much fun to play golf in the Seattle area. Courses and greens are just too sloppy. I decided to take the 55 minute drive east over Snoqualmie Pass to Suncadia Resort and its lovely Prospector course. What a pleasant difference: 15 degree warmer and wonderfully dry. They actually had the sprinklers running. Even my golf was better. Four consecutive pars on hole 2 through 5 led to a very solid 41 on the front nine and I held on to shoot a respectable 89. I love the course. It has large fairways and greens but the variable slopes and bunkers make for a challenging track.