Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 28/01/16 | Kilburnlad | Golf | Diary

Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 28/01/16

Things did not go well today. The weather was fine, which makes a change lately, although the wind was a bit fresh. The greens are open again but we're still off temporary tees. However, the muddy patches that were the temporary tees have now been replaced by mats. The only problem with this is setting up tees on these mats, as it is sometimes difficult to get the right height.

I'm not going to bore you with a blow by blow account as there isn't much to rejoice about. The first three holes didn't go too badly, a nett bogey followed by two nett pars. On the 4th I put my third shot in the lake, thus picking up a penalty, and finished the hole with a gross 8. The 5th wasn't much better as I put the first tee shot out of bounds to the right, but managed a nett bogey. The 6th was a mini disaster; a wayward tee shot and an unlucky bounce on the spiked green, followed by three putts, led to another gross 8. There was slight redemption with a nett par on the 7th, and a nett bogey on the 8th, only to screw up the 9th with a gross 9.

The back 9 didn't start much better with a gross 8 on the 10th, and a gross 7 on the 11th. Nett pars on the 12th and 14th bookended a gross 7 on the 13th. The 15th was absolute meltdown. I again lost a ball in a lake (two new balls in one round) and made a right mess of my pitch shots, ending up with a gross 10! I then parred the 16th (amazing!) before a poor gross 7 on the 17th and a net bogey on the last.
Hole in one !
Fairway accuracy was appalling, some of which I put down to persevering with my 17 degree hybrid, which didn't do me any favours. This club is now out of the bag. Pitching and chipping were mediocre at best and putting on the spiked greens wasn't great. However, my friend Bob managed just 13 putts on the front nine, a hole-in-one on the 3rd helping him to achieve this (photo right), so I can't really make too many excuses. I just played badly. Note the heavy green spiking in the photo.

Having decided to sideline the 17 degree club I experimented a bit with my 20 degree hybrid off the tee, having already blown any chance of a good score. I tried increasing the club head acceleration towards the end of the swing and found that this was giving me more distance and cleaner sounding contact. And despite some wayward tee shots, I didn't actually completely muff any of them, which was an improvement on recent performance. So I at least took something positive away from the day.

Here's the rather embarrassing scorecard:

Scorecard - 28 January 2016

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