Extending The Michigan Golf Season

The second at Washtenaw on December 17, 2020.

Extending The Michigan Golf Season

I’ve played on Christmas Eve, but this year’s golf season has been as long as any I can remember.

I got out for a round at Washtenaw Golf Club after work on Friday the 17th of December and managed to get in sixteen holes before dark. I played one through fourteen, skipped fifteen and sixteen, then played seventeen and eighteen back in.

Temperatures were in the forties — but with no wind and the sun overhead, I was quite comfortable.

I was not alone in my madness. When I arrived at Washtenaw, the parking lot was at least half full of cars. I was well behind the crowd, though, teeing off at 2:45 pm.

The eleventh at Washtenaw on December 17, 2021

I played much better than I did earlier in the week. When I am not playing regularly, the thing I struggle with most is remembering to turn — turn back and then turn through. I find myself hacking at the ball rather than turning through it. Once I remember to do that, I start playing much better.

There’s a ball in there (foreground, just right of center)

Washtenaw is in great shape right now, but as luck would have it, I managed to drive a ball right into the one bunker with a large drift of leaves. On the uphill twelfth tee shot, I yanked the ball left into one of the facing bunkers.

Fortunately, I a) found it and b) it was sitting up. I managed to get a hybrid on it, send it up over the lip of the bunker and into the middle of the fairway. It was a nice recovery.

The eighteenth at Washtenaw at dusk on December 17.

Sunset on December 17 was at 5:03. That’s not the shortest day of the year, but darn close.

Looking at the long-range forecast, I doubt I’ll get in a round before the end of the year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for January, to extend the streak.

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