I have been a forum member for a while but not that active. I have decided to begin a page where I document my golfing exploits/adventures and hopefully a move towards a single digit handicap in the next 12 months. There is nothing original about the idea of documenting my progress given it has been done by many many others. If it doesn't interest you, then don't read it.
My aim is to play in as many comps as possible and hopefully participate in the ISG Vic comps during the course of the year to expand my golfing network/friends with like minded golf enthusiasts.
I have had clubs for over 10 years and used to play around 4 to 5 times a year. However 5 or so years ago, I got the golf bug and began to play more regularly. I had never played in a comp and used to play socially with friends on a fortnightly basis. I then got more obsessed in the last 2 years and began playing every week. I would usually play at whatever public courses that were close to where I live. These were mainly Northcote (9 holes), Bundoora, Royal Park, and Ivanhoe. Earlier this year, I decided to take the next step in my golf development by inquiring about and then signing up to a golf club membership. This was so that I could play regularly and with other people outside of my immediate circle of friends. I posted a topic a month ago about some of my options and eventually decided on Mt Derrimut. This was influenced by a couple of factors, being that it was a relatively cheap option compared to some other clubs which meant that a few mates could also sign up. Also the club seemed progressive and the course is challenging.
After signing up to the membership, I began playing as regularly as I could to get my starting handicap. I played my first three rounds in mid February. I shot 93, 95 and then 89 playing off the blue tees. My starting GA was 15.8.
Since obtaining my handicap, I have played in 4 comps, with the following results:
23 Feb- Stableford (blue tees) with a daily handicap of 18- 35 points
26 Feb- Stableford (white tees) with a daily handicap of 17- 31 points
27 Feb- Stableford (blue tees) with a daily handicap of 18- 35 points
2 Mar - (Stroke- Monthly medal) with a daily handicap of 18- 94 gross for 76 net
My current handicap is 15.7, so not much has changed in the 4 rounds I have played since getting my handicap. Every round that I play seems to be going well until I have a stretch of 3-5 holes where I completely stuff things up. I am confident of being about to shoot mid 80's without much improvement just good course management and no mid round meltdowns. I think the big challenge will be to shoot regular scores of around 80. I would love any feedback from other members on what aspect of my game I should focus on to get better quicker. I have a pretty consistent all round game.
In terms of playing, I have quite a bit of flexibility with work at the moment which means I can play quite regularly during the week. I am often playing in the mornings and then going into work. With this in mind, I would love any opportunities that other forum members have to play at some other courses in and around Melbourne during the week. I don't mind travel however anything more than say 40-45 mins from Brunswick would be onerous.
Hopefully, you all get some enjoyment out of my posts and progress.