Date: 9th April 2011.
Course: Wolfedale Golf Course, Charminster, nr.Dorchester.
Distance: 5467 yds.
Conditions: Sunny and warm with a variable cool breeze, strong at times.
We’ve taken a month off as we were alternately busy on different weeks. Now the sun was out and the temperatures are climbing it is time to get out there again and see if the improvement in weather has a positive effect on our game.
Result: On scratch he wins by 16, on our 20-shot handicap I win by 4! A second straight victory for me. That means next time he has to carry the forfeit on his golf bag:
I set a Season’s Best of 55, taking 5 shots off the previous best this year! We think this may also be a Personal Best but we don’t have all the cards to check them. Dad shot a 52 so I was only 3 behind. He can usually get well into the 40s but has yet to do so this year, his SB is 50 last time out. I’m very happy with this result.
We pushed quite hard to get around the first nine. After getting bottled up between two groups of four we elected to jump from the 2nd tee and instead play holes 7-8-9 which looped back (the 9th green is next to the 2nd tee), then to finish the round properly after that. A fairly fast pair should easily beat two groups of four (and the pair following them). It was tiring but it worked, we wouldn’t be trapped behind them on the back nine! It was a little distracting though.
We had a more relaxing back nine, although my new golf shoes were chafing my feet which began to hurt in this section (the right heel quite badly). Worth saying again: I am always better on the front nine at this course, the back is when the tiredness kicks in. This is a very hilly course, most are on the front nine but there’s a killer uphill on the 17th which just knocks you sideways. I always, always take two or three double-figure scores on the back nine.
Imagine my surprise and delight when this time I scored no double-figures! Not just for the back but for the entire round! Very happy. I had a 65 which tied my score last time (another SB), so even though they were all single-figures I didn’t have any 5s either (I had two last time). I still take this as progress because the ‘bad’ part of the game has been ironed out and the scoring was much more consistent: now to bring down the average. Dad got another 52 which matched his SB.
Last three games:
Good progress from each of us. We have more to work with though, the next challenge is to get 115 for me and 95 for him. Promising.
Here is a breakdown of my last three rounds:
There doesn’t seem to be any logicl progression hole-to-hole. Look at the 4th and 5th. 5-9-4 then 10-4-8. There is a lot more consistency to be found which is good news, the score can be lowered still.