A change of venue as we returned to Came Down, midway between Weymouth and Dorchester. Last time we had to wait for the rain to move on before we could start. This time couldn’t be any more different, scorching sun! That was until we got to the top of the hill at the 16th hole and found Portland shrouded in mist like some evil lair.
Date: 26th June 2011.
Course: Came Down, Dorset
Conditions: Hot and humid
Adjusting for the usual 20-shot difference between us, I won by four shots.
It was good to revisit this course in different conditions. I felt fairly slow and drowsy for a while for some reason, but it didn’t seem to affect the game. By contrast Dad was alert but couldn’t string the game together at first!
Since our only baseline score was in the wet we expected a big improvement. I managed that with an improvement of 7 on the front half and a disappointing 1 on the back (generally I played better but I made silly mistakes on three holes). Dad struggled on the front with a drop of 5 shots on last time, but recovered to improve the back 9 score by 6 shots.
A net improvement of 8 shots for me and just 1 for him.
Last two rounds at this course (including this one) (only two games played):
The course is 500 yards longer than Wolfedale so that partly explains the higher scores for us both, the rest we can put down to unfamiliarity with a few of the local quirks of the course that you’d only pick up playing here several times.
We both really enjoyed the round and it is a great place to visit, the views alone are excellent let alone the high quality of the greens and general condition of the course – not to mention the friendliness in the shop/clubhouse.
The cider in the bar afterwards went done well, too.