The Rain Held Off

In probably the last golf of the year (I hope not!), I played the back 9 at Tashua Knolls. I killed myself on the first two holes (+4 then triple bogey) and then settled down a bit.

I played the first 3 holes alone which was sort of nice, but a bit lonely. The course was very wet, which probably affected a few shots.

Broke My Best Score!

I played another round of 9 at the Tashua Glen (2036 yards from the blues) and shot a 44 (+11) – my best yet! 3 pars, 2 bogeys and 1 missed opportunity. In between my new golf bag and watching the Golf for Dummies DVD, I hit the ball solidly almost every shot today.

What a gorgeous day as well… nothing like golfing in the fall.

I’m still stymied by the first hole, I tripled it today. That first shot off the tee seems to want to hurt me.

47 at Tashua Glen

Finally! I broke 50 on Tashua Glen with 2 pars, 3 bogeys and an assortment of worse than that.

My best shot was an amazing 8 iron that gave me a birdie chance (that I missed) on the 7th hole.

We played with some noobs who played so slowly we got yelled at… would have taken 7 hours if it had been 18 holes.

The Driving Range

I spent some time at the driving range last Friday – and thought I really had worked out my shoulders and legs. I hit the ball pretty well with the driver – longer than I ever had before.

Then something changed and my ball was suddenly all over the place again. Frustrating as hell.

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Ballyheighe Castle, Ireland

While in Ireland on vacation, I managed to get in a round at Ballyheighe Castle, a wonderful 9 hole course just north of Tralee. It was a bit cloudy and it rained (of course!) for a few minutes. I played with my brother-in-law. To be honest, this was the most amazing course I’ve ever been on (not that I’ve been on too many great ones).

The entire course was surrounded by castle ruins – the 8th and 9th were out front, overlooking Tralee Bay to the South, and the castle gate to the North.

I shot a 54 (9 holes) and played decently given:

  1. How bad I am at golf
  2. The fact that we rented some horrendous clubs (I wish I could blame them) – we had a frayed 5 wood, a very old 3 wood and a collection of irons including a 3, 4, 5 (super tiny), 3 6’s, one lefty 7, 2 wedges and a putter.
  3. I didn’t have my golf shoes (like that matters)

After playing the first 2 holes horribly, I played pretty well – actually parring a par 3 and making an incredible shot from the rough about 180 yards out over at least 50 yards of out of bounds area (easily my best shot ever). If you take out the first 2 holes, I actually played +10 from holes 2 through 9. 1 Par, 2 bogeys, yahoo!

Before going to the course on Thursday, I bought a box of 15 balls for 15 euro, thinking I’d lose them all… we ended up finding 2 balls, and ended up even/par for losing balls.

Ballyheighe Castle Golf

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I stink

I’m taking my inspiriation in concept from Kaimac, who started a blog about golf, but never actually posted about golf because he got distracted.

In any case, here’s the deal… I shoot between 110-120 and am horrible at golf. Just call me Marc McMulligan if you want. I’m that bad.

My hips open too fast so I slice everything.

I can’t concentrate when putting.

I’m just not good.

But I LOVE it.. Golf is my zen moment (or 5 hours, depending).

I’ve been practicing at the range and hitting the ball real well, but last weekend on the course, it all went to crap again.

More to come…

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