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#1201 Deege

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 02:34 PM

Well had a great day out at Gardiners today.  A very enjoyable golf course and a gorgeous day for it.

 

I drove the ball well all day and was very pleased with that aspect of the game.  My last couple of games have really seen the change in the driver start to come good so will be time to go off and start working on the next thing soon.  I putted quite well most of the day and had a number of quite pleasing saves, but had two disappointing three putt two pointers.  Fairway woods were quite good and most of the greens were in range of regulation for me which makes a huge difference to potential score.  Ended up 20/21 with a wipe which I am very pleased with.

 

Lost almost a full shot off the handicap and have set up well to head off to Tassie next weekend to play at Barnbougle and Lost Farms with some of my friends from Rosebud.  Looking forward to it.


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Posted 11 November 2018 - 02:49 PM

Well played today Lt Dan....driver was awesome....and everything else wasn’t shabby either!

Fun day watching Geoff have a conversation with himself for 4 hours.
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 03:08 PM

Well played today Lt Dan....driver was awesome....and everything else wasn’t shabby either!
Fun day watching Geoff have a conversation with himself for 4 hours.

I don't know if he was listening though.

Great round of golf Deege. Very stiff to cop that bunker position which was always going to be a wipe. I'd blame those bloody social groups who don't rake the bunkers properly.
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 03:27 PM

Well had a great day out at Gardiners today.  A very enjoyable golf course and a gorgeous day for it.
 
I drove the ball well all day and was very pleased with that aspect of the game.  My last couple of games have really seen the change in the driver start to come good so will be time to go off and start working on the next thing soon.  I putted quite well most of the day and had a number of quite pleasing saves, but had two disappointing three putt two pointers.  Fairway woods were quite good and most of the greens were in range of regulation for me which makes a huge difference to potential score.  Ended up 20/21 with a wipe which I am very pleased with.
 
Lost almost a full shot off the handicap and have set up well to head off to Tassie next weekend to play at Barnbougle and Lost Farms with some of my friends from Rosebud.  Looking forward to it.


Well played LT Dan. You go alright kiddo.
Enjoy your trip.
& just so u know Our game at moonah was a highlight for me this year. :)
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 04:07 PM

Have a great n safe trip Dan, a couple of fun courses ahead of you .....  ;)


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Posted 11 November 2018 - 06:23 PM

Thanks guys. Really looking forward to the weekend in Tassie. I figure that a golf trip with little old ladies might be a bit different to the environment at the Nats.

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 07:00 PM

Thanks guys. Really looking forward to the weekend in Tassie. I figure that a golf trip with little old ladies might be a bit different to the environment at the Nats.

 

It won't be that different.. :D



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Posted 11 November 2018 - 07:11 PM

Thanks guys. Really looking forward to the weekend in Tassie. I figure that a golf trip with little old ladies might be a bit different to the environment at the Nats.


Merely more buckets of white rather than red I suspect. I'm more concerned about the young Tasmanian men who might get molested. What happens on tour stays on tour except here where we insist on hearing the sordid details.
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Posted 13 November 2018 - 02:31 PM

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 07:36 AM

Well I am back from the Tassie trip, and what a glorious trip it was.  The plan was to head over with a group of four from our club - we often play as a group of a Saturday morning and were just idly chatting one day about how we would love to go and play Barnbougle/Lost Farm one day.  We realised there was nothing stopping us and organised a weekend.

 

Unfortunately one of our group was a scratching due to some health issues, but the three of us had a great time.

 

Accommodation on the course wasn't available on one of the days we booked, but we snagged a good Airbnb in the middle of the bustling town that is Bridport for significantly cheaper accommodation costs anyway.  A slight mishap when I left my cabin baggage at home when I went to work.  There wasn't much that I could do without, except it included the trophy for the weekend that I had picked up, and of course the key to the lock on my golf travel bag.  So had to break the second one of those locks in less than a month after a similar issue at the Nationals.  I have learned my lesson and bought a combination lock for the future.

 

We were playing for our trophy which we dubbed "The Maureen" after the member of our group who hadn't managed to make it.  We decided that the trophy should be perpetual as we plan to have some more similar trips in the future to check out courses we wanted to play - thinking about going up the Murray next year.

 

Day 1 was playing on the Dunes course.  One of the women I played with was concerned about being able to walk the course so had arranged to have a cart.  This required a medical certificate, and also to pay for a caddie to drive the cart.  The cart fit two bags, so the other of our group planned to put her bag on the cart also with me pulling up the rear in a pull cart.  When we got there, the lovely Ross said that if I chucked him a $20 cash in hand, he would put my bag on the cart as well and we would all ride in style.  While I wouldn't have paid full whack for the privilege, it did make the logistics and speed of getting around the court much better.

 

On the first day, they recommended the tees based on the highest handicap in the group, which meant we played off the forward tees, rated at about 116 from memory.  We had lovely weather, and we all really enjoyed the Dunes course.  Some spectactular views at different times, with a very links style.  The course was immaculate, though Ross related that they had to do a lot of work when it was windy to keep the sand in the bunkers.

 

For me, I played passably well but managed to miss some opportunities to get a decent score.  Disappointingly ended the day on 29 points with 4 wipes or something.  Played well out of bunkers all day, putted decently but had a couple of holes where I couldn't hit the ball cleanly to save myself.  But after the first day I was leading the charge by one point.


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Posted 20 November 2018 - 07:44 AM

Day two and playing the Lost Farm course.  We decided to play off the blues which was one tee box more difficult than the day before.  I don't know why we thought this was a good idea given that our high handicapper had scored 17 points the day before, but YOLO.

 

Even allowing for the different tee boxes, we found the course significantly more difficult - plenty of forced carries over grassy crap.  As the day went on, whenever there was a forced carry our high handicapper played from the forward tees, so as not to rob herself of all enjoyment.  Given that it was a non-handicapped game, we also reserved the right to allow for some mulligans or 3 seconds off the tee type recalls for truly terrible shots.

 

Both the fairways and greens were much more undulating than the previous day, and some of the greens were simply huge.  The penal fairway bunkers were well in play from all over the course and there were a lot more recovery shots required from our group.  The golf was not great as a result.  Even with the assistance of the ever-pleasant Ross, the blind shots and guessing of directions meant that we had too many shots which were disadvantaged by not knowing the safe lines and bailout areas.

 

I found the course to be more spectacular than the Dunes though.  Each of the holes just about was a gorgeous picture which did not translate at all into my inept iphone photographs.

 

All in all, both excellent and enjoyable courses though the Dunes had the edge for us.  We did learn that they are courses where playing the appropriate tees for your group makes the day much more enjoyable - on the second day the blue tees were fine for me and my friend playing off about 20 but for the 38 handicapper they were not fun.

 

While the golf wasn't great, I ended up taking the Maureen by quite a margin when my two playing partners failed to break 20 on the second day.  Ahh, the benefits of a three person field.  The trophy will be presented on Saturday when we reconvene at Rosebud (with the actual Maureen expected to be in attendance for the first time since she suffered a mild stroke earlier in the year - so should be a good day all round).


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Posted 20 November 2018 - 07:49 AM

Verdict and recommendation - definitely worth checking it out.  I flew in Friday and came back Sunday and it was entirely manageable as a weekend trip from Melbourne.  The green fees were $120 per day which was pretty fair for the quality of the courses.  Staying off site (and we had heaps of options for this) was affordable with a group.  You wouldn't go there for any other reason than to play golf, so I doubt I will get back there unless there is an iseek trip or something similar.  However, I would be happy to go back for a similar weekend if people did want to as I certainly thought it was a great option for a golfing weekend.


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Posted 20 November 2018 - 07:55 AM

YOLO haha

you are awesome Deege

 

great read and well done


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Posted 20 November 2018 - 03:08 PM

Well I am back from the Tassie trip, and what a glorious trip it was.  The plan was to head over with a group of four from our club - we often play as a group of a Saturday morning and were just idly chatting one day about how we would love to go and play Barnbougle/Lost Farm one day.  We realised there was nothing stopping us and organised a weekend.

 

Unfortunately one of our group was a scratching due to some health issues, but the three of us had a great time.

 

Accommodation on the course wasn't available on one of the days we booked, but we snagged a good Airbnb in the middle of the bustling town that is Bridport for significantly cheaper accommodation costs anyway.  A slight mishap when I left my cabin baggage at home when I went to work.  There wasn't much that I could do without, except it included the trophy for the weekend that I had picked up, and of course the key to the lock on my golf travel bag.  So had to break the second one of those locks in less than a month after a similar issue at the Nationals.  I have learned my lesson and bought a combination lock for the future.

 

 

 

OMFG!!!!!    :o   You did it again!!!  Where's Beef when you need him.   ;)


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Posted 20 November 2018 - 03:17 PM

OMFG!!!!!    :o   You did it again!!!  Where's Beef when you need him.   ;)

 

Beef managed it much more quickly than I did.  I was reduced to bashing it with a car jack iron against the concrete of the parking lot.  Of course after I got in, this was happening at 11pm so that I could rescue my pajamas packed inside my golf bag before going to bed.  No more key locks for me!


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