I got out and played some golf at Angel Park - the site of the 2011 PLM World Golf Tournament. The course was alot of fun. The fairways were fescue/bluegrass and were in great condition. The greens were bent grass. They were deceptively fast...but putted true.
But the thing about desert golf is...if you get out of the grass - you are in JAIL!!! The areas around the holes are inkept desert or manicured rocks...not gravel, but rocks ranging from 2 to 8 inches in diameter.
I shot an 88 and 87. Not great...but pretty good when you figure in that I took 5 and 7 penalties for lost balls. Why so many lost balls? I have been working on a flaw in my swing and Im still a bit inconsistent. AND the WIND!
I was playing all kinds of knockdowns and playing lay-ups to be safe. A wedge into a green was tough...you needed to be able to estimate the wind and correct for it. Or you have to play a flatter club...I was playing 8 irons from 120 yards...I normally hit an 8 iron 160 yards.
And drivers....HAHAHAHHAHA....forget about it. After figuring out that the course was deceptively tight in the first 3 holes, the driver went back into the bag. I had to play 3 woods, stinger 3 woods, 3 irons and other knockdowns to stay low. It bacame a shot placement and avoid trouble round.
On the back 9 I found a few holes where I could let the big dog eat! I birdied the par 5 14th, drove the green on 15 and just off on 16.
Overall I thought the course was fun...challenging and deceptively narrow but fun. The wind made it a riot...the short par 3's were like aiming for the clowns mouth.
Im looking forward to the Sunday tournament!
Originally: Released: Apr 30, 2011 07:53 PM in Dave Ewing's PLM World Blog