Date: 13th March 2011.
Course: Wolfedale Golf Course, Charminster, nr.Dorchester.
Distance: 5467 yds.
Our third visit in three weeks to this course, and happily the weather cooperated – it was a fair bit warmer and much calmer.
Result: Adjusting for our 20-shot handicap, I won by one shot!
I matched my previous score of 62 and did so by making up ground on some holes only to lose it on others. I finally got under double-figures with a 9 on the tricky 5th hole, only to score a 10 on the 7th for the first time this year. Last 3 rounds including this one: 60-62-62.
Dad continued his improvement and shaved a shot or more per hole, although lost a couple here and there too. Last 3 rounds: 61-55-50. Very nice work!
A much better return leg for me, with a score of 7 on five holes. That sounds pretty bad and it is, but it is an improvement on what went before! The main thing is to have found some consistency. I did lose some of the gain with an 11 on the 11th hole, I was distracted when the ball landed in rough close to a tree – rather than take an immediate drop I tried to play it twice and got myself angry with it. Learn for next time. A last-3 of 73-67-65 is still heading in the right direction, just not as quickly as I’d like.
Dad’s back 9 was also generally good, he was on course to match last week’s figure until landing in the tricky sand trap by the 15th green and taking four shots to get out again – it was a 12 for that hole alone. Scores of 52-54-58 see him heading the wrong way in pure figures, but as I say that’s masked by that bunker mishap.
Last three games:
We are getting better slowly but it is fair to say we both expected rapid gains early on, tapering off as we reached the law of diminishing returns. It hasn’t happened that way. We are both chipping away at it with small improvements in our overall scores with each visit. The good news is that I felt much fitter this visit and the game was a lot less difficult to play. I’m still having trouble with putting though – must fix that.
This coming weekend we plan to take a break from Wolfedale as on Friday we hope to go to Windwhistle, near Chard – weather-permitting. We’ve played there twice before, an interesting but long course.