WWD Monthly Mini-meet

Ladies!

Join me for a monthly mini-meet at Eagle Indoor Golf (555 Howard St, San Francisco), every 2nd Wednesday of the month to meet other women golfers. 


This is for all abilities, you don’t even need clubs! Newbies are welcome. Clubs are provided or you can bring your own. It’s $15 for two hours to swing at the range or play a virtual course with others. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the event. Post a comment below if you’ll be joining next month!

Details:

  • Eagle Indoor Golf (555 Howard St, San Francisco)
  • every 2nd Wednesday of the month
  • 6pm-8pm
  • $15
  • For ladies, 21 and over.
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$1 skins for putts

Made up a game to mimic tournament pressure on our putting game, “$1/hole skins for putts”. 

Rules:

  • For each hole, count number of putts (chip putting doesn’t count) per player.
  • Lowest number of putts on a single hole gets $1 from everyone else. 
  • If everyone has same number of putts, no money is exchanged. 
  • Shots and chips leading up to the putting has no impact on who owes who money. 

The friend who joined me in this match at San Juan Oaks is a 5 handicap and I’m a 29 – over the 18 holes I held my own and only owed him $4 at the end of the round! Two inches more on the final hole and I would have owed him $5. Thankfully the greens were on the fast side – I putt better with fast greens.


Halvesies

Played from the forward tees again, without my caddie-friend though, and barely squeezed in under 100. The best accomplishment this weekend was a compliment from someone who I golfed with 6 months ago.  He said there was a very noticeable improvement in contact with the ball and commented, “keep up the good work!”

The newest strategy is to work with clubs that my GameGolf is reporting as most accurate (5h over 5W, 8i over 9i, and PW over UW/56/60*). So I built a spreadsheet to plan out the round using only those clubs (where possible) even if it means adding a shot to a par 4. So instead of hitting my 5W for a 160 yard approach shot, I’ll hit two PW shots. For a 200 yard approach shot, I’ll hit my 8i twice. I call this strategy “Halvsies” because I’m splitting a long shot into half.

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Game Golf Stats

This strategy means:

  • More control
  • Less errant shots
  • If they do go off target they don’t go off by as much
  • More practice with my irons on all types of shots
  • Learning what a 50, 60, 70 yard shot feels like with a PW
  • Less high risk shots (hitting wood off a bad lie)
  • Not trying to hit the green from 160 yards out and scoring range is now in the < 100 yard distance where it should be.

Over the last three rounds using this strategy, my gamegolf shows the short game improvement over the prior 11 rounds. And “better short game” = “better putting” because you get on the green and closer to the hole (more controlled shots).

Breaking 100

Every golfer dreams of going lower – Making birdies, reducing 3 putts, breaking 70, breaking 80… for me it was breaking 100. And it finally happened at the most unexpected of places, Bandon Dunes Old MacDonald course. I wanted something special to remember the day. To commemorate my first birdies, I saved the ball that made the magic happen and wrote the date on them.

A ball marker or bag tag from the course seemed appropriate, and then I was told that their ball marker could be engraved (stamped actually) onsite. How perfect is that?!

Two years in the making.

The first time my score dropped significantly (from 140’s to 120’s) was after 10 days of only practicing short game about a year ago. I had come close to breaking 100 once or twice over the last year. Last year, I decided to start playing from the white tees (slope of 124-136) instead of the forward tees. I was driving 180 so I certainly had the length for the whites and could hit GIRs on par 3s from the Whites.

A curious thing I noticed is it seemed like I would get about the same score (hovering just above 100) no matter if I played from an easier slope tees or harder. I like to think playing from the higher slope tees has led to my improved golf game.

So how did breaking 100 happen? I decided to have fun and play from the forward Orange tees at Bandon so I could take in all the sights and sounds of the beautiful course with less focus on the game. I played Pacific Dunes and Bandon Trails in one day on Monday. I started out playing horrible, but by the end of the 36 holes I was feeling a little more loose, and even had a 275 yard drive (courtesy of rolling down a hill). My caddie (my best friend) was icing on the cake for getting a low score. Surprisingly, I was making tons of GIRs, which I didn’t do often playing from the whites. I even drove the green on a par 4 (wind behind me).

Enjoying the GIRs, I decided to play from Orange at Old MacDonald the next day. It’s an easier slope than the previous two days courses and the combination of slope + having two rounds of practice paid off. With a huge thanks to my caddie for the club selection and targets, I signed my card with a 93.

Old MacDonald Course
Old MacDonald Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Chambers Bay

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Chambers Bay is home to the 2015 US Open. This link style course was built in an old quarry along the Puget sound. I had the privileged of caddying for a friend who was playing in the Golf Channel Am Tour Pacific Northwest Championship this past weekend. These are my thoughts on the course.

  • Challenging course; wide fairways, however, there is only a narrow space where you can it so the ball does not run away; good ball placement is a must to stay out of Dunes; the greens are undulated and it’s easy for the ball to run off the greens or to be on a different level than the pin.
  • One drive-able par 4.
  • Many of the par 3’s have elevated tee boxes from the green.
  • There are a lot of tee box options, which make it a different course every time you play it.
  • All holes have good views of the Puget Sound.
  • The range, short game area with bunker and putting green are a 2 minute shuttle ride down into the quarry from the clubhouse.
  • #1 and 10 tee box are at range/short game area down in the quarry.
  • No trees or bushes (no shade) on course, except for one lone fir.
  • Walking only course. Pull carts available.
  • Easy to find ball in the fescue. Fescue in the socks is prickly/itchy.
  • A couple greens are in really bad shape (never recovered from aeration). The greens seem to have an algae infestation and are fescue. They are slow.
  • No water hazards on the course.
  • Long walk up a hill between 3 green and 4 tee box, but they provide a shuttle.
  • A few holes are an uphill climb.
  • Pace of play is important and they have marshals to keep people on pace.
  • Caddies are available for hire.
  • No beverage cart. There are two snack bars with bathrooms (at the turn (#1&10) and then another one at tee box # 4/12/15)
  • The clubhouse has a small, decent menu. A better place to eat seafood is Duke’s (about 30 mins from course).
  • For those without a tee time, it’s $25 for all day practice facilities.
  • Recommend checking the dress code policy on their website as it’s detailed.

Overall: I’d wait till the greens are blown up and converted from fescue to poa annua in a couple years before going to this course.