It is a measure of the horrors of this past winter that I felt lucky yesterday to get the chance to play eighteen holes of golf at the excellent Calderone Golf Club with temperatures in the mid 40s and winds gusting at more than 30 miles per hour.Those are the kind of conditions that make most golfers cancel their tee times. Still, I would have been entirely comfortable but for the fact that I forgot to bring a pair of earmuffs. There is no such thing as bad weather; just bad clothing choices.
I was literally the only player on the course (everyone else had much more common sense). That made the round quite peaceful and allowed me to play at my natural brisk pace. Calderone is quite a hike, so even with no one in front of me, the round took 3 hours, 21 minutes. My phone’s GPS says I walked 6.5 miles.
The golf was quite a challenge. Guessing the number of extra clubs and how far left or right to aim kept me on my toes the entire round. I really enjoy that sort of mental challenge, though, so it was fun. Given the conditions and the general rustiness of my game, I felt lucky to escape with my 92
Under those conditions, it is hard to judge the state of my game. I felt as though my tee shots with the driver were seriously lacking, but my short game was excellent. My biggest problem tee to green was that I was hitting everything too far left. Sometimes the ball would fade back to the fairway; others, it would just continue on its left leaning path. That’s something I’m going to need to work on.
The photo above is of the fifth hole.