Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 25/05/17 | Kilburnlad | Golf | Diary

Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 25/05/17

It was probably the hottest day of the year today, with no wind, so it was a bit stifling. Amazingly the course was extremely quiet. Nobody teed off in the half hour before we went, and nobody followed us in at the 9th. Mystifying. You would think with good weather and nobody to delay us, or chase us, things would have been perfect for a good round. Unfortunately my golf didn't take advantage of these favourable circumstances.

I miss-hit the tee shot on the 1st, the ball ending up 80 yards away on the women's tee. Despite this ideal 'lie', the next wasn't great either, nearly catching the ditch on the right and only making about 110 yards. The following shot was worse, at about 90 yards. Finally with the fourth I got some distance, leaving me a pitch to the green. This went left, the ball coming to rest against the grass cut line. The pin was near so I needed a gentle pitch, but the grass behind the ball impeded the club and the ball didn't make the green. I putted on and then single-putted for 8.

The 2nd was worse. I went badly left off the tee, the ball hitting a tree and bouncing back into long grass. I chipped back onto the fairway then messed up the next shot that was supposed to get me near the green. My fourth shot still didn't reach the green on this short par 4. I was on for 5 but then three-putted for another 8.

On the 3rd, a par 3, I put the tee shot in the bunker. I got out first time and two-putted for 4, a nett birdie on this hole. A bit of confidence returned.

The 4th is tricky at the best of times but today I had a bad tee shot and an equally bad second, making less than 100 yards between them. The third was well hit at over 150 yards and this got me back in contention. The fourth was over the edge of the lake but was good for distance, hitting the bank on the right of the green and rolling down, but remaining in the light rough. I chipped on and two-putted for a nett bogey 7.

On the 5th, a par 3, I again went in the bunker. I was at the back of it and the first attempt to get out only made the front. I did get out on the second attempt but three-putted for a blobbed 6.

The 6th went quite well. A 140 yard tee shot and an equally long second left me a pitch to the green, which unfortunately gave a long putt. I needed two for a nett par 5.

My tee shot on the 7th was the best of the day at 161 yards. The next two shots weren't so good, and then I put the pitching wedge shot long and off the left of the green. I pitched on and two-putted for a nett bogey 7.

The 8th was soul-destroying. The tee shot wasn't bad, landing on the left of the fairway and leaving me the whole width of the fairway to play for. So what did I do: I sliced right into the lake. I dropped and hit a shortish hybrid to the centre of the fairway, from where I put an 8-iron shot on the green for 5, but then three-putted for a blobbed 8.

After all the mishaps the 9th actually turned out to be my best hole. The tee shot wasn't that long, but the following two hybrids were good and left me what should have been a simple pitch onto the green. Unfortunately I went right of the green and had to pitch on, but a single putt gave me a nett par 6 on what can be a difficult hole.

So a reasonably good ending after what was a very disappointing round. I was having great difficulty getting clean hybrid shots, with most of my tee shots being poor, and because of this I was taking more shots than normal to get to the greens. This is of course reflected in the score, a very poor 59 with only 9 points. A total of 19 putts didn't help either, a number of putts stopping just near the hole or just missing. Just when you think your game's improving!

Scorecard - 25 May 2017

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