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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

 

Shalimar


2417 Yds, Par 33

Mr Science Reports:

is the name of the perfume my high school girlfriend wore. She would put a drop of it ... never mind. . .

Shalimar is also the name of a 9-hole executive course in Tempe. It is equally memorable for the caddies there. If you take a caddy, there is no greens fee. The caddies are high school kids, and the program is sponsored by a local car dealer. When we agreed to take a caddy, we got our range balls comp'd. It's a very family-oriented place, the owner of the course lives on the 3rd fairway, and there is a large golden retriever wandering the premises. Too old, I think, to be as friendly as she probably used to be, but she did get around to greet everyone.

The course is not very impressive, either in design or condition. The one interesting hole is the 9th, a 300-yard par 4 from the back tees, with an "island" green. The interesting part is that the middle tees are 223 yards, and from there it would make a great par 3 for the pros to play. Otherwise it was Ground Hog Day. I was hitting 5 and 6 irons every hole, depending on the wind, to a 160-yard par 3. It felt like playing the same hole over and over. I only birdied it once, though. 3 of the 4 par 4's were 3-iron, wedge, so the monotony was intense.

"3", for the name and the caddies

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