Yesterday I played my first round of golf for the year at Corey Creek Golf Club.
I always dread the first tee shot at Corey Creek, or pretty much any course, for that matter. At Corey Creek, you have the clubhouse close to the first hole, and you usually have the next group waiting behind you, plus holes 7 and 18 run right next to the first hole. My game tends to lend toward a slice, so the first hole is usually not kind to me. However, yesterday I hit a decent drive pretty much right down the middle of the fairway, followed by an iron shot that was hit much better than imagined.
I played decently for the day, considering that I have only played Corey Creek a handful of times in the last few years. I got into trouble mostly on the par 5’s on the course. The start of the back nine was 3 of the best holes I have ever played. Number 10 is a short, downhill par 3, that crosses the creek. I usually end up putting one or two shots into the drink, and was prepared for the same fate. However, I hit my tee shot just barely on to the front of the green. I hit a nice putt that gave me only a couple footer for par, which I made.
The 11th goes right up a hill. I ended up with a bogey on that hole. Number 12 was probably the best single hole of golf I’ve ever played. 12 is a big par 5 with a dog leg to the right, which also brings a large pond into play. I hit my drive right down the left-hand corner of the dog leg, and then followed that shot with a horrible second shot. I ended up hitting the third shot about 3 feet off the front of the green. Since the greens were playing incredibly fast, I decided to putt instead of trying to chip onto the green. Lo and behold, I actually sunk the putt for a birdie! It was awesome. So I ended up playing the first 3 holes on the back nine in even par, which was a major feat for me.
I’m hoping to get out more often this summer, and maybe get down closer to the low 90’s range. We’ll see what happens.