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Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Penati Heritage Golf Course, Senica, CZ

Bohemian Duffer
Penati (SK) Heritage by Jonathan Davison
6230m, Par 72, Slope 147, by Jonathan Davison
5687m, Par 72, Slope 143 (Yellow Tees)


Penati Legend by Nicklaus Associates

Bohemian Duffer
6313m, Par 72, Slope 145, by Nicklaus Associates
5523m, Par 72, Slope 138 (Yellow Tees)


Panorama Golf Course in Senica, CZ

Bohemian Duffer

www.panoramagolf.cz in Kacov, CZ

Expectations are that it will “peg-out” the slope factor meter . . . at the max 155 . . . 8^0 . . .
Each hole has 6 tees, ranging from Kids to Championship . . .
3 Nines: Meadow, River & Forest.
Elevation change from the lowest point on the River 9 to the highest point on the Meadow 9, is ~120 meters.
Tomas Malec, Sport & Marketing Manager, told us that when the rating committee evaluated the course,
They said they usually spend about 10 minutes per hole,
But at Panorama they spent 45 minutes per hole . . . I can imagine, after a short tour.

Friday, July 15, 2016



2016 British Open -- Royal Troon -- Postage Stamp Hole


Golf Digest's 2016 Armchair Architect Entry - Sand Valley #14

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Almost An Eagle @ Ahwatukee CC, Par 4 #07, 16-05-31

Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrippppppped a drive 290 with a tight draw, just inside the big trees that line the fairway, had 99 yds, hit a 4/7ths PW, hit the pin on the short hop of the second bounce, stopped dead. Only thing worth talking about today . . . only good luck all day . . . on #8 hit a career 3iron to the right pin on the 200 yd par 3. Greens were hard, unreceptive, but landing short of the green, dead at the pin, my ball jumped straight right. Missed the knee-knocker par . . . like that all day. . . .

Friday, May 27, 2016


Ocean Course at Kiawah_Mr Science Reports

Mr Science has entered a new campaign of exploration: an attempt to play the #1 Public course in every state as he "fifth-wheels" around the lower 48. . . . So I infer, on his list, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island would qualify for South Carolina. No Issue with That . . . 86) . . . 

Another good round!  Another 84, but on a higher course rating and slope.  2nd in a row that was my best differential of the past 20.  24 putts, 2 in the water, 5 times chipped twice on the same hole, and one triple bogey, without doing any of those things.  Coulda been a 75.  Or 77, since there was an improbable 0-putt and a 30-footer that went in.

I was starting to think I really could play.  After a bogey on #1, I made 6 pars.  7 putts on 6 holes.  Including one hole with two chips and no putts.  The Pete Dye greens are very elevated,

and from the collection area 6 feet below the green my first lob wedge almost made it to the top, but rolled all the way back to my feet.  The second one crashed into the pin and dropped in the hole for a par.

There were dangerous beasts on some of the holes

I made a 5-foot birdie putt on #13, which was the hardest hole in the PGA when it was last played here in 2012.

And made par on the signature 17th

We had a very light shower the last few holes, and it was windy all day, but the downpour held off until after we had finished.

Heading to Pinehurst tomorrow.


Almost an Ace, Club West # 15, 16-05-3

I could areckoned it wouldna go in . . . had the best scoring round of this spring, . . . 41-37 =78 . . . birdied # 15 & #16 back to back

Friday, May 13, 2016


Harbor Club at Lake Oconee

I've been forced to make a slight alteration to the rules for my quest to play the best course "you can play" in each state, according to Golf Magazine.

It turns out that in some of the states, the #1 course is not really one "you can play".  Their list excludes private clubs, but it includes some that won't let you play unless you're staying at the resort, in one of their $250 a night rooms.  Per person, double occupancy. 

In Georgia, as in Colorado, the #1 and #2 courses on the list are "you can't play here" resorts, so I played #3 today, the Harbor Club at Lake Oconee.

It's a Weiskopf/Morrish design, with a few holes like ones I've seen elsewhere, but since they did it in 1991, it's hard to say who copied whom.

I've been reading "The Legend of Bagger Vance", which seems appropriate since we're heading to Savannah tomorrow.  During the round I seemed to have found my Authentic Swing several times, using the technique revealed by Bagger.  Between that and my new putting stroke, from the "Putting Solution" book, I was quite pleased.  The number was 84, but it included a missed 3-footer, a hole on which I chipped twice, and three balls that are now entertaining the denizens of Lake Oconee.  Not bad for the first time on the course, and my first round since leaving AZ over a month ago.

I had intended to play the best course in Texas, but we were waylaid by storms and flooding, narrowly escaping total destruction by tornados.  And I'm missing Florida because TPC Sawgrass was closed for a month before the tournament, and will be closed for 6 months after, for renovations.  Next on the list is the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, and then Pinehurst #2.  It's going to be an expensive week.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


2 Missed Eagles at Ahwatukee 16-04-28

  1st miss today, 3rd on this hole, in the last 2 years . . . 
517 yds, call it 512 with the front pin, par 5, on the right, 
not hidden like usual behind the bunker that fronts the green on the left
a weakish drive, with a strong tailing wind, say, 281, with lots of roll . . . 
5wood 229, pin high, almost, just on the fringe
pushed/misread putt, 38 feet
wound up 3 ft past on the right
made the birdie, anyway.
  once again, on 18, 505 yards, par 5 
I hit a great tee shot 
with excellent trajectory, power draw, into the wind, 261 yds.
likewise on the 3wood, except no power draw, nor help from the wind, 235 yds.
left me in the trap, with no realist chance to get near the pin . . . 
wedged over the green 3 or 4 yards, then couldn't even get up and down from there (short game was turrible all day, putting & chipping) . . . Bogey

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Eagle on Ahwatukee CC #18 16-04-21

narrowly missed an eagle on the same hole last week. 
shot 47-47=94, pulling wedges, skulling fairway woods, and hitting worm-burners from the tee, but suddenly on 18, again, it felt right, totally a mental thingy . . . 
505 yds from blue tees
make it 495 for the front pin.
257 on the drive, the first driver all day with ANY trajectory all day
231 with the 3wood, that had betrayed me all day long,
went 7-7-5 on the other 3 par 5s, making the par after an amazing flopwedge over a bunker 
20ft uphill putt, breaking 2 inches left to right 
(right to left in the picture above looking back towards the fairway)
i'd left at least 4 other putts dead-in-the-heart-but-short today, 
but this rolled in .

that makes me 1-0-3
(aces, albatrosses-eagles)
2 par 4s and finally a par 5 eagle.

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