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Lakeside Lodge - Manor Course - 18/09/17

I played today but it was pretty much a disaster. My back is still playing up and today was a test to see if I should play the Mad Cats competition on Friday. On today's performance the answer is definitely no!

I didn't start off too bad, getting a 4 on the par 3, 1st. Then on the 2nd I had a good drive, only to thin my pitching wedge shot along the ground and into the bunker. I got out and then shanked my gap wedge, the first of a number of shanks today that left me wondering whether I should bother. I ended up with a 7 on the 2nd. My pitching wedge shot across the lake on the 3rd, although good for length, went left into the trees, and a I eventually finished with a 5 on this par 3.

My drive on the 4th went left into the edge of the trees, settling near some loose stacked timber. I took a free drop and hit a 7-iron shot to safety further along the fairway. I then put a good 5-iron shot into a bunker. I came out with the pitching wedge, taking no sand and going some 80 yards into heavy rough on the far side of the green. It took ages to find the ball, and we found three others before mine. I pitched on and two-putted for an 8, including a penalty drop from the heavy rough.

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Lakeside Lodge - Manor Course - 04/09/17

The main course was booked throughout the morning so we were obliged either to wait until after lunch or play the Manor course. No choice really. I like the Manor but today I wanted to try out my 5-wood off the fairway, and the Manor isn't the best place to experiment. It's a narrow course and doesn't treat wayward shots kindly. In the early days of my golf I often played the Manor, and equally often spent a lot of time in trees. On a couple of holes today I was treated to a bit of nostalgia as I found myself in much the same situation.

Having taken a couple of my hybrids out of the bag, the 1st presented a bit of a challenge as I didn't have the club that I would usually use. I'm a bit unpredictable playing irons off tees but today I took the 7-iron and hit a perfect length shot, the only problem being it was right and landed in a bunker. I played out but then slowed up on a delicate gap wedge shot, not making the green. However, I putted on and holed the ball for a nett par 4.

My drive on the 2nd was just about perfect in both direction and distance. A gap wedge onto the green for two and two putts for a par 4, nett eagle.

Hole 3 - 04 September 2017

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Lakeside Lodge - Manor Course - 11/07/17

I played the Manor course today and things didn't go that well. It was a fresher day than of late with rain threatening, and quite a strong breeze was evident on the less sheltered holes. I like the Manor course but it demands accuracy, being generally quite narrow with plenty of trees to welcome stray balls. Today I wasn't accurate and I paid the price.

On the now shorter 1st I found the bunker on the right and took two to get to the green. With two putts it was a nett bogey 5.

I went into the right side trees on the 2nd and played an air shot on my first attempt to get out from under low branches. The next didn't clear the trees but I managed to get clear with the third. A pitching wedge to the green and two putts for a nett bogey 7.

I cleared the lake and put the ball on the green on the 3rd, but the putt was very long and I needed three for a nett par 4.

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Lakeside Lodge - Manor Course - 03/07/17

We hadn't booked a tee time on the Lodge Course today so went up to the Manor. I rather like the Manor. It's usually less busy than the Lodge and I find it more varied. It's also quite a narrow course that demands a degree of accuracy.

The 1st tee is now further forward, the owner having developed a couple of houses where the men's tee used to be. Now you tee off over one lake, rather than the two lakes as before. It's in fact the former ladies tee. At 115 yards it's short with a lake immediately behind the green. My 27 degree hybrid did the job, the ball settling just off the right of the green. I putted on and single putted for a par, a nett birdie.

After a reasonable tee shot on the 2nd my 9-iron was short. This green also has a lake immediately behind it, so short is better than long. I decided to try the lob wedge, which I put in the bag after my trip to Pavenham last Friday. I struck the ground a bit behind the ball with the result that the ball went only a few yards. I then did the same thing again. In fairness it's a club I was lent and I've never used it before. Still short of the green I putted on then two-putted for a bogey 7.

The 3rd is a 90 yard par 3, over a lake. I've put many a ball in that lake, and had taken to using my hybrid to ensure that I cleared it. However, with my iron play improving of late I went with my 8-iron and got over, but went off the right side of the green. A more successful lob wedge put me back on and I two-putted for a nett par 4.

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Lakeside Lodge - Manor Course - 24/10/16

The Lodge Course was fully booked up to almost midday so we went up to the Manor Course. I rather like the Manor but my friend Bob never seems to enjoy it that much. It's a narrow course that punishes wayward drives. The good news was that it wasn't busy, so we had nobody holding us up in front and nobody snapping at our heels behind. It's a while since we played it and quite a few trees have gone since then, altering the outlook quite significantly on some holes. The Church Course on the other side of the road , where I did a lot of my learning, is now permanently closed.

The 1st tee has been moved forward to make way for building development and the hole is now only about 120 yards over a lake. I took my 27 degree hybrid and lofted the ball onto the green. Two putts for a nett birdie 3 was a good start.

My hybrid tee shot on the 2nd was a bit right and ended up just over the path in the rough. My 8-iron out wasn't clean and I needed another pitch to the green, which bounced left on landing leaving me a long putt. I ended up needing three putts for a nett bogey 6.

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Lakeside Lodge - Manor Course - 05/09/16

First outing for a week and the main course was closed for maintenance, so we went on the Manor. I like the Manor but today it caused me a fair bit of grief. We started in very light drizzle, not that wetting, but it made the greens very slow. In fact the Manor greens aren't that good to start with, so today was challenging.

It started reasonably well, the first tee having been recently repositioned, making this par 3 only about 125 yards. My hybrid tee shot bounced before the green and ran on, only to run off the back. A gentle 7-iron chip and two putts for a nett par 4.

On the 2nd my 5-wood tee shot went right, influenced by thick out-of-bounds trees on the immediate left. We found the ball in thick rough and I played a 9-iron to the back of the green, chipped on and only then realised it wasn't my ball! That should have been two penalty shots but as it was only a practice round, and as there wasn't anybody close behind, we went and found my actual ball. My 9-iron this time clipped tree branches and didn't make the green, but another gentle 9-iron got me on for a single putt and a par, nett birdie.

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Lakeside Lodge- Manor Course - 11/04/16

The Lodge Course was closed for maintenance this Monday so we went on the Manor Course. We haven't played it at all over the winter as it's been closed.

The 1st hole has been shortened and the men and women now play off the same tee, situated between two lakes about 110 yards from the pin. Previously the men played from further back and had to play across both lakes. My tee shot was length perfect but the right to left wind drifted it to the left of the green, where it plugged in very muddy ground. There followed a comedy of errors as I took three attempts to cover less than 15 yards and then two-putted for a poor gross 6 on what is a par 3.

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Lakeside Lodge - Manor Course - 28/12/15

Yesterday I played on the Manor Course at Lakeside Lodge, my home club. The main Lodge Course was busy, and we hadn't booked.

I like the 9-hole Manor Course, the 563 yard par 5, 6th being particularly challenging. There's a lake and a left-hand dogleg at just over 200 yards and from there the approach to the green is relatively narrow, with dense trees either side should you make a wayward shot.

Conditions yesterday were quite bad, with very soft ground and surface water in many places. Most of the bunkers also had standing water. The greens, which are never quite up to the standard of the Lodge Course, were covered with heavy dew, making distance judgement extremely difficult.

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