Had back to back great approach shots. First one was a 90 yard flighted wedge to around 6 inches. The second one was an uphill 118 yard flighted 9 iron with a strong cross wind to 3 inches. Nothing like back to back tap in birdies.
Second shot on the 18th hole though I will describe all three shots on that hole. 420 yard par 4. Tee shot is over a pond to a diagonal fairway tree lined to the left, creek on the right. Tee shot went over and just right of the tree line on the left, which is perfect. Center of the fairway 157 yards out. The green is well protected with bunkers left front, right front and behind the green. Between the bunkers in front is an 8 foot high burn to the green. The green is hard and easy to bounce or fly off the back. The pin was tucked in a little finger on the back and left side. I hit the approach to 3 feet right of the flag for an easy birdie.
Par 5 7th hole, managed to get just off the edge of the green in 2, but I mishit the eagle putt and leave myself with a 25 ft downhill left to right putt for birdie....which I drained for my first birdie of the season!
Vegas last week - hit a decent drive (playing shamble and partner was a bit further, moved up to his). Par 5 long ways out, wanted something close to the green for chip and put... Topped a 3W about 20 yards forward.... 245/250 out same 3W still in hand.... crushed it hit the apron and rolled on the green... absolute gem to get on in 3! two putt for the par...
With a quartering wind into us on the 540 yard par 15th I made the rare decision to hit my 8* driver from the fairway. I was 272 yards out and it came off the face perfectly and finished just a yard right of the green a few yards short of pin high for an easy 40’ uphill chip shot with my 9 iron to set up a 3 footer for birdie. I only hit driver off the deck a few times each year but I might more often after how it came off.
Short par 4 with 240 (straight line) to get to the edge of the creek, that guards the green. Sharp dog leg right, at the front of the creek. Blind, narrow tee shot with houses on the left and a line of thick trees on the right. I cut my driver right to the front edge of the creek for a nice easy 20 yard chip to the flag. My only birdie of the day.
Had to thread the needle between two trees while at the same time getting the ball up quick enough to get over a pile of huge boulders. The window was tiny. The needle was probably pointed more towards rocketing it off the rocks and back into my face than pulling this off but, hey, blind squirrels are still winners sometimes.
Had a dart on approach from 105 yards after bombing a drive on the first hole today. Hit it to 10 ft and 2 putted for a nice opening par. It was my best more because of the swing than the result. I have been taking lessons and it’s been a struggle making big swing changes but I did everything right on this one and the swing felt amazing. It was great to see the work pay off.
Hit my 5 iron on a 186 yd par 3 into a left to right and heading wind into the green side trap. Downhill lie and 20yds to the pin and hit it to 18" for par. This after taking a 7 on another par 3 on Monday from a trap when my 60 degree hit hard pan beneath the 1" of sand.
Taking the good with the bad.
Ran for a quick 9 tonight because I felt annoyingly strong, and I was. Kind of had me all over the place. Not on the par 3 6th though. Was 168 to the hole, decided to just keep banging away, and hit a 9i that clipped the pin and got an easy comebacker birdie.
Doesn't look like much but despite being in fairway ball was well below my feet. After fighting shanks all day to put this one within 20 feet was the best non-drive of the day. Birdie putt didn't drop but a sweat free par was sure nice on an otherwise rough day.
The 17th hole at Iron valley has always plagued me. I hit it short right or down into the valley of death on the left. This time, I hit it to the back of the green to 3ish feet. It was a downhill breaking putt that found the cup. First birdie on that hole ever, where par was an elusive score for me.