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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 07/11/16

A better day today: only one blob and that was caused by a two-shot escape from a bunker. A cold day with a chilling northerly wind, plus a few squally showers for good measure. But the sun came out towards the end and despite still being very cold it became a lot more pleasurable.

Hole 6 photo - 07 November 2016

The tee shot off the 1st was safe on the fairway and then and I put the next one into the trees on the left. Most unusual, as my hybrid tends more often than not to go right. I was lucky to punch the ball out back onto the fairway, negotiating my way through the trees. A couple of more hybrid shots got me to the right fringe of the green from where I putted on and then single-putted for a nett bogey 7.

On the second my tee shot drifted right but it was a lofted shot that stopped almost dead, and thus didn't run into the dreaded ditch. My next went well left stopping just short of the bunker from where I chipped with the gap wedge but was just off the green. I putted on and two-putted for a nett bogey 6.

On the 3rd a good tee shot into the wind was just short and dropped straight in the bunker. My track record out of this bunker isn't good, but today I made a text-book exit, leaving me a par putt, which I made for a nett birdie 3.

My tee shot on the 4th wasn't long and the second left me about 150 yards from the green. I went for it, fingers crossed that I didn't find the lake, and was just short of the green. I chipped up with a 9-iron and should have made a single putt, but it turned out to be two for a nett par 6.

On the 5th my tee shot was again just short of the green. A 9-iron chip was also a bit short and I needed two putts for a nett par 4.

The 6th was my only really poor tee shot. A ground hugger it made just 80 yards through the grass. I put the next shot right, leaving me with tall trees to negotiate to the green. Going over would have been a miracle shot so I tried a low 7-iron through. It actually glanced the trunk of one of the two large trees, but it continued, coming to rest just off the far side of the green. A 7-iron chip back on was short and I needed two putts to finish with a nett bogey 6.

The 7th was nearly brilliant, but I found the bunker on my third shot and took two to get out. A few feet to the right and that shot would have been on the green. As it was I took two to get out, then needed a chip on and two putts for my only blob, a nett double bogey 8.

The 8th was much better. 150 yards off the tee with my hybrid and then an enormous (for me) hybrid of 168 yards. My third was pin high but went to the right of the green. I chipped on with the 8-iron and single-putted for a nett birdie 5.

Three average hybrids on the 9th got me to within 80 yards of the green, the third being ideally placed between the trees on the left and the bank on the right. As good an approach as I could hope for. I took an 8-iron and once again was pin high but off the green, this time to the right. I chipped up with the 9-iron and two-putted for a nett bogey 7.

The outcome, 52 shots, 15 putts and 14 points. And 71% fairway accuracy!

As an aside, I met one of the club members who was going to a handicap meeting in the evening. He mentioned that they were thinking of putting me up from 24 to 25, to which I suggested that 26 would be a more realistic figure, that quite frankly I would still struggle to play to. I was in any case thinking of writing to the handicap secretary to ask for my handicap to be increased, in view of the fact that I think I've only played to it a couple of times since I got it.

Game Golf scorecard:

Scorecard - 07 November 2016

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