Re: Golfers of RedsZone (aka War Stories from the Rough)
Just got back from vacation- played two rounds with my dad at River Club in Pawleys Island. Had not played in some time, mainly because my priorities have changed, and not being able to really devote practice time to the game, I knew the rustiness would make it too frustrating. At some point in the last decade I realized the only way to get under 80 would be to play at least a couple times a week AND practice. It really frustrated me believing my game could probably go there, but that age, commitments, etc. would not allow me to make it. After that, something snapped and I really lost interest.
Anyway, so my dad asked me to play at his club and I jumped at the chance. River Club is a beautiful course with tricky, yet not insanely difficult greens and lots of fun risk/reward choices. For instance, the par 5 18th has two routes- one with a 225 yard carry over water and the other around a dog leg with two bunkers at the bend. First day, the tee was up a little and there was a slight following breeze, so I carried the water. The next day, the wind was right in my teeth and the tee was back so I had to challenge the bunkers. Bogeyed the hole on day one after a terrible third shot, then parred it after hitting the green from 170 on the second day. Best five iron I ever hit and I nearly birdied it with a nice, right to left putt.
Of course, my game was terribly inconsistent, except for putting and wedges, which are the part of the game I always worked on the most. Drove well the first day, but by the second round, I put away the driver and stuck with a three wood. Ended up shooting a 94, which is about 7-8 more strokes than I usually would have been happy with there a few years ago. Had a great time though. When you're down in South Carolina golfing, there is no such thing as a bad day.
Next Reds manager, second shooter. --Confirmed on Redszone.