Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Man, I Suck At Golf!

It was Presidents Day yesterday and I had the day off, so I decided to go golfing!  Keep in mind, I've only been golfing 2-3 times in my life and the last time I went I was around 16 years old.  But my wifey got me clubs last Xmas and I do enjoy hitting balls at the driving range occasionally, so I figured why not!

I am smart enough NOT to try going to a regular course.  Lucky for me, we have a beginner course close by, the Palm Valley Public Golf Club.  That is a 9 hole course, especially designed for newbs like me.  Thank god for that because, it was far worse than I expected, but it was pretty hilarious!  I so wish Google had the ability to map out where each of my balls ended up, because people would pay money to watch that all day long. 

It is so cheap to play, only $10 and $2 more for the little rolly thing to pull your golf bag around.  How can you go wrong there?  And it really is a scenic course, it's by no means high end or top of the line, but that's not what anyone is looking for when they play here.  They do a great job keeping the course running and charging as little as they do.  Kudos to them for keeping golf accessible for the little guy that isn't hard core.  I got to see a bull, several horses and some blue herons.  That was in between smacking several balls into the water, 9 to be exact, smacking it onto the fairway of another hole, overshooting holes, getting a ball stuck in a tree, etc.

Needless to say I stopped keeping track after hitting 4 balls into the water on the second hole, shown below.  Yes, 4 in a row.  Luckily the 25 or so balls I started with were all free, I grabbed them from the golf course in our back yard over time, so no biggie.  See my captions and comments below for more details. 

Hole #2 ate 4 of my balls...glug glug glug glug
I agree, that's a bunch o' bull
Blue heron looking for some golf balls

Yep, I somehow managed to wedge a ball into a tree, that takes talent!
There is a horse farm next door, there were several
Close-up shot

Ball washer, yep I tried it out

When I first tee'd off, my ball hit this sign just to the left of the tee..mo' TALENT!

Best hole of the day!

This was my last hole of the day.  It wasn't the 9th hole, but I played the holes out of order so that I wouldn't interfere with the only other 2 peeps out there playing.  It was 110 yard hole, but it looked a heck of a lot further.  The guy at the counter told me 'it's an iron course...', which basically means that you can use your irons instead of the big drivers.  Well, psft to that, he didn't know who he was taking to. 

I tee'd off with a 5 driver and got my first two shots right on the green, avoiding the water!  I pushed my luck and my 3rd shot did go into the water, but as the saying goes, 2 out of 3 ain't bad!

This is the same hole, that ball closest to the hole was my 3rd shot for par, but just missed it as you see.  However, I did manage to two putt the further ball in for my first and only par of the day and it was my last shot!  That definitely helped to make the day a success and I managed to laugh quite a bit at just how terrible I really was, so apparently it's back to the driving range for me.  I'd definitely try it again though, as long as no one else is on the course, but it would probably be best to take a few lessons first, if not for me the safety of the surrounding animals.  

It was a cooler, cloudy day with temps around 55 degrees but the clouds did manage to break just enough to expose the blue sky above on my way out.  All in all it was a great unplanned activity for my solo day off and a great little inexpensive course to play!  Good times.


Anonymous said...

Way to go "Tiger". The only way to go is up so you should get better with practice. It sounds like you had a fun day and enjoyed nature. And thats no bull.

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