Played again this morning with a mate from work at the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Fire Course is the other course at this facility along with the Earth Course where I played on Friday. Both courses are designed by Greg Norman but the Fire Course is probably slightly easier (and shorter) but still an excellent course and in awesome condition with Norman's standard visually intimidating, deep fairway and green side bunkering.
I warmed up well but noticed immediately that I had left my putter and gap wedge at home courtesy of a evening practice session I did on the weekend. It was going to have to be a shared putter with my mate and hopefully don't leave myself 100 out too much!
I hit the ball beautifully right from the start. After a poor ball striking round in my last game I just focused on set-up and tempo and it all came back to me. In fact, I would go as far to say that the front nine at least was as good as I've ever hit the ball. I hit every fairway with good length and also hit 7 greens in regulation. Disappointingly I bogied both of the holes that I missed the green on but I offset those with a nice birdie on the 2nd but I missed two other genuine chances (including one from 8ft on the 1st and one from 4ft on the 5th!!!). So I went out in +1, 37 which is probably the worst score I could have made based on my ball striking.
Back nine wasn't quite as pure and I went through a rough patch on 11-13 courtesy of a couple of bad swings, two of which found fairway traps which are (depending where you end up in the bunker) usually a wedge out and start again. I finished strongly again though and came home in +4, 40 but still hit 5/7 fairways but only 4 greens.
All up a nice +5, 77 off the back markers with 12/14 fairways and 11 greens in reg. Despite a borrowed putter I actually felt like I putted well, despite a couple of aforementioned short misses, I didn't have any three-putts which is good.