World Am Recap Day 3
By mustang6560 on 8/29/12
I drove an hour north of Myrtle Beach today to play Rivers Edge Golf Club in Shallotte, North Carolina. And Iâ€™ll go ahead and say it - it was not my day on the golf course...I shot a 96. But, itâ€™s hard to be too upset when youâ€™re playing golf for work. I really liked the layout of Rivers Edge, however, I thought the course had way too much out of bounds. In my opinion, no course should have out of bounds because stroke and distance penalties are the death of a good round.
A fiew of the marsh behind the Rivers Edge Clubhouse
It didnâ€™t rain much in Shallotte today but the course was sopping wet, so we played through the green except for hazards. I started on hole 11, which is a medium sized par-5 with a tucked green surrounded by marsh. I didnâ€™t have a chance to warm up on the driving range because I had an upset stomach (Iâ€™ll spare you the details), so I had to hit my tee shot cold again. Since the green was over 500 yards away and the course was soaked, I decided to play â€śsmartâ€ť and hit a 3-wood. I striped it down the fairway and hit a decent 4-iron to leave myself 110 yards to the hole for my third shot. I was in between clubs and since it was wet, I decided to club-up. Well, I proceeded to blade my pitching wedge over the right side of the green and into the marsh. So I carded a double bogey seven on my opening hole.
On hole 12, I stuck a 7-iron pin high about 25 feet left of the flag, but three-putted for bogey. I bladed my approach on the 13th over the green, but managed to get up and down to save par. The 14th hole, the easiest [insert curse word] hole on the course, I chunked my 9-iron from the middle of the fairway, which left me a 45 yard pitch shot that hit on the downslope of the green and rolled 30 feet past the hole. I three-putted from there for double.
And then my round took a turn for the worst! I triple bogeyed holes 15, 16, and 17. Not only did I make a few bad swings on these three holes, I also didnâ€™t get any help from the golfing gods. I lost my ball on hole 15, my tee shot landed on the edge of the fairway bunker on 16 so I couldnâ€™t make a full swing on my second shot, and my tee shot on 17 landed six inches out of bounds. I was ready to take out each of my clubs and execute them one by one like Tin Cup. I decided right then and there my goal of shooting in the 80s for all of my rounds was over, so I might as well enjoy myself on the golf course because after all, Iâ€™m getting paid to play golf.
A view of the 18th Hole
I grabbed a few beers at the clubhouse and headed out to the first hole. At this point, I decided to set mini goals for myself to help keep me in the game. As you can see from my scorecard, I managed to put together several good holes together on the front nine (my back). I even had a birdie putt on holes four, five, and seven, but I wasnâ€™t able to convert any of them, so no skins for me. My second to last hole, hole 9, was a miniature tragedy on its own. The group behind me drove up to our tee box (our hole was backed up) during my backswing. I wonâ€™t blame them entirely but I sliced my tee shot right into the woods (first time all day). I hit a provision right down the gut (why couldnâ€™t that have been my first tee shot!). As expected, I didnâ€™t find my golf ball so I was lying three in the fairway.
The green is nearly impossible to reach in two because itâ€™s a peninsula green surround by marsh. And there is no room for error because you only have two feet of rough separating the green and the marsh. I hit a beautiful 6-iron (my best shot of the day) to about 125 yards. I was ready to stick my PW to five feet and save bogey. Well, I pulled my shot left and it went it the marsh pin high! The moral of that story is youâ€™re never going to score well on a hole when you have a stroke and distance penalty and a penalty stroke. I finished with a quadruple bogey 9.
The coolest part about my day was the drive home in the Batmobile. Nothing helps erase a beat down on the golf course like cruising in and out of cars for an hour. I'm off to the 19th Hole to mingle and enjoy a few brews. If you want to view my position or any of the ooberâ€™s position in my flight standings, you can click here (I'm in Flight 8).
See yâ€™all tomorrow!
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