Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 06/07/17 | Kilburnlad | Golf | Diary

Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 06/07/17

My usual 9-hole Thursday outing, making it the third game this week, which is unusual. Another humid day but with a fresh breeze and thunder audible in the distance, but fortunately it stayed dry for us. As has become commonplace on Thursdays, we had a slow round following other groups. Players' etiquette is sadly lacking in many cases and the fact that they are playing slow seems not to trouble them in the slightest.

After birdying the 1st off the red tee on Tuesday, today didn't go anywhere near as well. I topped the ball on the tee shot and only made about 80 yards, just past the ladies tee. The second was better, but I then went too far left and presume that the ball rolled into the lake, as I couldn't find it. I dropped and put an 8-iron shot just off the green, chipped on and two-putted for a blobbed 8.

On the 2nd my tee shot went well into the left side trees, from where I chipped out sideways. Playing for the green I then went right, the ball stopping just short of the bunker. I then 'slowed down' on my lob wedge shot and put the ball in the bunker! I took a sand wedge out and two putts for a blobbed 7. Not a good start.

My tee shot drifted right on the 3rd, possibly because of the cross wind as the shot appeared true when it left the club face. I pitched up and two-putted for a nett birdie 4.

A long tee shot on the 4th went left onto a bank at about 160 yards. I pitched back to the fairway with my 7-iron, and then laid up with my 8-iron to avoid the lake. My 9-iron shot to the green was then short, needing a chip on and two-putts for a nett bogey 7.

I was short on the 5th but fortunately the ball settled between the two bunkers. I chipped on but then three-putted for a nett bogy 5.

Two reasonable hybrids on the 6th followed by an 8-iron pitch left me two putts for a nett par 5.

My tee shot on the 7th was long at 183 yards. The following hybrid was then unfortunately a bit too long at 162 yards, as the ball ended up in the first of the two bunkers. I tried to play a long 9-iron out but only succeeded in putting the ball into the next bunker. Another 9-iron was still short of the green, needing a chip and two putts for a nett bogey 7.

On the 8th my tee shot bounced left on landing, leaving the ball close to the tree line. I needed to play out slightly to the right, so took a 7-iron to avoid going too long into the lake, although I ended up closer than I would have liked. The next hybrid left me a pitching wedge shot onto the green, where I managed a single putt for a nett birdie 5.

Two reasonable hybrids on the 9th left me with the possibility of getting on in 3 with a good hybrid shot. As it was the shot wasn't that great and I needed to pitch to the green from about 35 yards. Two putts gave me a nett bogey 7.

A bit of an up-and-down round, with some good shots and a few too many mistakes. I came in on 55 with 18 putts, and 12 points. The first two holes cost me too many shots, after which it would have been difficult to finish with a good score. I also lost a ball today, which is actually quite a rare event for me.

Game Golf scorecard:

Scorecard - 06 July 2017

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