Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 16/02/17 | Kilburnlad | Golf | Diary

Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 16/02/17

After overnight rain today was very pleasant, almost spring-like save for an occasional freshening wind. The golf, however, remained much the same. Today's problem was the short game.

I aim left off the 1st tee to avoid the ditch on the right, and today I overdid it ending up just off the left of the path. However, I cleared well with a hybrid, and using the same club was about 80 yards from the pin for three. My 8-iron was short and then I thinned the next shot out off rough, leaving me just off the green but a long way from the pin. I putted back on but needed two more putts for a nett bogey 8, disappointing after a good approach.

My tee shot on the 2nd wasn't long but I avoided the ditch to the right and the trees to the left. I was 150 yards from the green but didn't connect well with my hybrid and was short. I pitched on for 3 with my 9-iron and took two putts for a nett par 5.

I was short of the green on the par 3, 3rd, chipping on with my 8-iron and two-putting for a nett par 4. Things were looking a bit better.

My tee shot on the 4th was long at 173 yards but went left ending up at the bottom of a bank. My 5-iron clearance wasn't good only adding 50 yards, but I then hit my 27 degree hybrid 142 yards, longer than expected, rather fortunately placing me in the gap between the lake and the trees. All I needed was a controlled 9-iron pitch to the green, but I thinned it and went off the back of the long green, coming to rest in an awful lie. I punched the ball out with the 9-iron but again it was long and I needed to putt back onto the green. Two more putts gave me a blobbed 8 after a superb approach. I hate it when that happens.

On the par 3, 5th I tried to get a bit more distance with my hybrid into the wind, and as often is the case when you try harder, you mess things up. In this case a miss-hit 45 yards tee shot. An 8-iron got me to the right off the green from where I chipped up with the 9-iron and two-putted for a nett bogey 5.

I went left on the 6th and the second shot wasn't great either. The third was better leaving me to putt onto the green but I needed two more putts for a nett bogey 6.

I had a good hybrid tee shot on the 7th, where we played off a mat because of tee box maintenance, then an equally good second. I should have made the green with my 8-iron third but was short, chipping on and then two-putting for a nett par 6.

I hit a long hybrid tee shot on the 8th but it was into the trees on the left side hill. We heard wood and the ball had in fact bounced to the far side of the hill, on the approach to the 7th green. I played a short 7-iron for position so that I could play back to the 8th fairway between the lake and the trees. This strategy worked well and I then tried for the green with my 23 degree hybrid. I was short and had to chip up with my 7-iron, but I then three-putted for a blobbed 8. This was disappointing considering how I had recovered well from the misdirected tee shot.

My tee shot on the 9th was short but straight. The second went a bit left, leaving me a shot over trees if I wanted to stay on the fairway. I in fact went right to avoid the trees but this left me with an awkward fourth shot around the bank and trees that project out from the right. A fortuitously curving shot with my 23 degree hybrid actually turned out to be perfect, leaving me an 8-iron pitch onto the green for 5. Two putts for a 7 resulted in a nett par, which was more than I expected and very welcome.

I ended up with 57 and 19 putts, but there were three eights that were down to my poor short game. I didn't feel too bad, therefore, as my approach game had been more consistent than of late. I'm still fluffing tee shots, and fairway hybrids, but less so than has been the case. Today it was poor pitching and lukewarm putting that did for me. To be fair the ground conditions weren't great, and it was often a delicate choice between digging in with the iron shots or thinning them while attempting to avoid doing so. I've no excuse for the poor putting.

Game Golf scorecard:

Scorecard - 16 February 2017

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