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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 29/02/16

After last Thursday's encouraging round I thought that it had all gone pear-shaped again today. We did the Par 3 course while we were waiting for our tee time. Now the weather has improved the course is busier, so having just turned up and played during the less clement weather we now have to wait our turn - or book a tee! The Par 3 didn't go all that well, which was I suppose a bit of an omen.

My friend Bob persuaded me to use my driver on the 1st, against my better judgement, but I got away with it, albeit that the shot didn't go much further than I have been getting with my more accurate hybrid. The next two 5-woods each screamed along the ground as I failed to get any loft, although between them they added about 220 yards. An 8-iron got me on the green for 4, but three putts meant I got a gross 7 (nett bogey). Not a brilliant start.

The 2nd was worse. Again I used my driver, but I was so worried about slicing towards the ditch on the right that I actually totally miss-hit the shot, it coming to rest against the base of a tree to the left, requiring a left-handed shot. My right-handed attempt failed miserably, as did the next clearance attempt. A hybrid got me to just short of the green and a chip and two putts gave me another gross 7. Hole blobbed.

And so to the third, where the tee shot went to the right, landing on the decidedly iffy ground under the trees. Two poor attempts at chipping out progressed me about 20 yards, from where I putted on, then two-putted for a gross 6. Another blob.

At this stage things were looking a bit bleak. My drive on the 4th was long although it strayed into the rough behind the right-hand fairway bunker. From there I hit a good, if chancy, hybrid along the line of the right-hand trees, and then put a 7-iron off the back of the green for 3. A good chip-and-run with a 7-iron and a putt gave me a gross 5, nett birdie, for 3 points. I then parred the 5th and the 6th, and things were starting to look up.

Holes 4,5 & 6 - 29 February 2016

Holes 4, 5 and 6

On the 7th my second shot with my 5-wood was hopeless, and the next, with the same club, skewed right into the bunker about 20 yards from the green. I managed a 9-iron out of there to get me on the green, where I two-putted for a gross 6, nett par. I scored the same on the 8th, which could have easily been a nett birdie if I hadn't thinned my chip across the green.

So after 8 holes I was on 44 shots and 14 points, meaning that I could almost have redeemed myself with a good ninth. Thinking like that is the kiss of death! I have been laying up with my tee shot on the ninth to keep the right-hand lake out of play, but my new-found confidence in hitting straighter drives lured me into taking my driver. You've guessed, it went into the lake. After a penalty drop the next hybrid shot got me in a good position for the fourth, but the 5-wood again sliced right and I ended up just short of the lake that sits to the right of the green. I tried to sail over the trees with a hybrid but would possibly have been better off going with an 8-iron, as the lie wasn't great. The shot only went about 35 yards and didn't sail anywhere. From there I put a 7-iron on the green and two-putted, but the damage had been done and I had a gross 8, giving me 52 for the round.

Considering I had two 7s and an 8, 52 wasn't too bad, and although I felt that the round was a bit scrappy, it did perhaps provide me with a couple of course management learning points.

Here's the Game Golf scorecard:

Scorecard - 29 February 2016

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