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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 04/02/16

I started the 1st with a good tee shot and should have been on the green for 4, but a half-hearted pitch didn't make it, requiring a second attempt. Three putts gave me a gross 8.

Another good tee shot on the 2nd, that amazingly sailed over the high tree on the left, was wasted when I put my second in the right-hand green-side bunker. An overly good clearance took me to the far side of the green, requiring a 7 iron and two putts to get me down for a gross 6.

I put my tee shot on the green on the par 3, 3rd, but again needed 3 putts to get a gross 4.

The 4th (index 1 hole) again took its toll. Putting the third shot just into the right-hand trees didn't help, requiring two iron shots to reach the green, where two putts resulted in a gross 8.

The 5th was one of those minor miracles that keep you playing golf despite all the frustration. A good tee shot put me just short of the green, from where I putted in. It was a long putt across what is an undulating green, and although I had tried to read the line, I'll admit to being helped by a bit of pixie dust on this one. So a gross 2 for a birdie and 4 points.

I muffed the tee shot on the 6th because the tee was set too high on the mat, but recovered to get to the green in 3. Two putts gave me a gross 5.

I was on the green for 4 on the long 7th, which is good for me in winter conditions. Two putts for a gross 6.

The 8th also went quite well, being on the green for 3, but it was a long putt, and in fact I needed 3, giving me another gross 6.

The back end of the round had gone much better than the beginning and I only needed to hold things together on the tricky 9th. My approach was solid, being on the green for 4, which for me is good on this par 5. Unfortunately 4 putts ruined the good run. In my defence, the first putt literally jumped up in the air as it hit a spike hole, as did the third, causing both to be much shorter than they should have been.

There were some good shots today and my 86% 'on the fairway' statistic (from Game Golf) confirms that I was playing a fairly controlled game. Unfortunately the other statistic of 2.22 putts/hole, 20 putts in total, shows where I lost too many shots. Add in a couple of iffy irons and that's why I got a 53 and not a 48, my handicap target.

Here's the Game Golf scorecard:

Scorecard - 04 February 2016

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