Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My Golf Season Finally Begins!

My home club has been open for almost three weeks but various things worked against me playing my first round, most notably cold and wet weather.

I was planning on getting my first round in on Saturday morning but woke to temperatures around freezing and light snow. I could only laugh.

Thankfully, the sun finally peaked out on Sunday and despite cool temperatures around 6 degrees on the Celsius scale, I finally made it out for my first round of 2013!

After six months of hibernation, a rusty game was to be expected and I got it in spades. My putting was especially atrocious, as I had 20 putts on the front nine alone and only a single one-putt on the entire day in a round of 83. I wasn't hitting it very far in the cold weather but I did hit nine greens in regulation so I guess I'll call my ball striking "okay" for the first time out. My 37 putts overall were a score-killer but I'm not overly worried, as it's usually a strength of my game.

Score aside, it was wonderful getting back out. I was smiling ear to ear and even high-fiving my buddies on the practice green prior to heading out. One of my friends even made an ace, his first hole-in-one! Not a bad way to start the season!

It was great seeing everyone again and I'm looking forward to a great year of golf.

I'm finishing up my Muirfield Village course profile and should have it online by early next week at the latest. Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 05, 2013

We're Open - And I'm Old!

So after a dreadfully long but routine Southern Ontario winter, my home club in St. Catharines finally declared the golf course open for play on Wednesday April 3rd.

Temperatures didn't even reach 5 degrees celsius but a few antsy members bundled up and bravely headed out to stretch their legs and bat a frozen ball around the links. Many more have been out the last two days, with glorious sunny skies and temperatures around 10 degrees...perfect spring golf weather!

I will be participating in our curling club championship on Saturday and have other plans on Sunday with my son so I don't plan on hitting my first golf shot of 2013 until Masters weekend. That said, I'm starting to finally get the itch and look forward to getting back out on the course soon.

In other news, I turned the dreaded 4-0 on Monday this week. I celebrated by running our fiscal year-end inventory at work (happy birthday indeed!), eating some Mossimo's pizza during lunch and munching on my wife's delicious homemade sugar cookies upon getting home that night. Not very glamorous, I know, but oddly satisfying! I did get out a couple nights with friends in the days leading up to my birthday so a low-key celebration was more than welcomed.

Soon, you will start seeing some course profiles from my Columbus, Ohio trip from back in August of 2011. First up will be Jack Nicklaus' most celebrated design, Muirfield Village Golf Club, the annual home of the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour. I was fortunate enough to play the course twice during my week-long visit and took a number of photographs during my time there.

The wonderfully-designed par five 5th hole at Muirfield Village

I really enjoyed the course and think very highly of Columbus as a city, with incredibly friendly people, great shopping and excellent restaurants. My wife, son and I all loved the week we spent in the city and I hope to go back again sometime soon.

I should have that post completed in the next seven to ten days and there is a good chance I'll pre-empt that with a brief writeup on my first round of golf in 2013, which hopefully will take place next weekend!

Welcome to golf season!