Saturday, July 2, 2011

Butternut Hills Golf Course: Review, pictures, and my golf including using the mighty 1 iron

Course Review:
Three days ago my brother and I golfed at Butternut Hills Golf Course.  We went for their twilight rate which is $12 for unlimited golf walking after 5 pm.  My brother splurged and also rented a cart which I jumped on.  The course is in amazing shape especially for the price.  When we got on the course it was busy.  Busy enough where we had to start on the back 9 first, but still got be able to play without making a reservation first.  The course seems very short with many par 4's less than 350 yards.  The water hazzards for the course never really are in the way if you can hit the ball straight.  You can tell this course is designed to be more fun for the amature golfer, which is good.  You want to have fun while you golf and this course is one to do it on.  The course is kept up very well.  It is easily on par (no pun intended) with more expensive courses.  The thing that makes this course different than more expensive courses is how laid back it is.  You can tell everyone out there is there to enjoy themselves.  Even the employees encourage you to have fun out there.  The greens seem odd to me though.  Very few of them have any break to them even though it seems that they all should.  This makes the course much easier and more fun to play.  Again a good thing.  The only problem you might find on the course is a few people have way to much of a good time.  They are not much of a problem though and something you should expect paying a price this low.  This is my favorite every day course to play and I suggest it to anyone in the area.  Here are some pictures.
The 10th tee

The clubhouse which has a full bar and food

The 18th green

Some golfers

Every herd of a greenside cemetary?

The par 3 15th hole

Looking off the tee of the 6th hole

looking towards the tee of the 6th hole

The par 3 8th hole

My brother right after teeing off on the second hole

Looking at the second hole from the green

My Golf:
My golf was still not at the level it was last summer, but it is slightly improving. This time I was able to do about as well as my brother, which last time he was beating me at golf like no other.  If I didn't pay attention to my swing I would finish on my back foot and slice a lot.  I still have a slice 70 percent of the time on my fairway metals, but it is improving, and I hope I will be able to fix it.  We golfed until it got dark which ended up being about 26 holes which is quite a workout especially since we were fishing for 3 hours before that.  I made 3 pars and 4 greens in regulation.  I found that very satisfying and showing that I am improving in my longer shots.  There could be another reason why I got those gir's though, and that is coming up next.

The Almighty 1 Iron:
I decided to do something fun and different.  A few months ago now I purchased a Tommy Armour 1 iron on Ebay for only a few bucks.  This purchase happened after I spent countless hours just looking up as much golf information as I could online and came across some stories of the 1 iron.  In case no one knows anyone about the 1 iron just like I did before I did some heavy searching; it is a club that used to be very popular, but died off at the end of the 90's as easier to hit clubs were invented such as the hybrid.  The 1 iron is considered the hardest golf club to hit.  John Daly even have a 0 iron for a while.  There seems to be a very small dedicated group of people who refuse to let the 1 iron go.  They quote reasons such as: "why drive a driver 280 yards in the rough when you can drive 240 in the fairway with the 1 iron," "it is the perfect club if you need a low boring shot that goes far."  I discovered these all to be true for me.  The drive tended to be low straight and boring.  The ball would also roll for a very long ways after hitting the ground.  This surprised me quite a bit.  When the ball would hit short of where I wanted I would get disappointed then watch the ball roll uphill to exactly where I wanted it to go.  Also as I found online the ball tends to go straight.  A lot straighter than with a driver or fairway metal.  The one problem is the club is really really hard to hit.  I've been practicing with it for a while and finally got good enough where I could hit it well 70 percent of the time.  I did not hit my driver the whole time on the course I would just hit the 1 iron and was satisfied with all the shots.  I was able to be much more accurate with my shots and put where I want the second and third shots were much easier.  I know why this club died though.  With it's difficulty to hit compared to other clubs which go the same distance I know why it died.  I wish it didn't though I would love to try out some 1 irons with new technology.  I really think the 1 iron helped my golf game greatly.  I am sure I will be using it a decent amount until I get a new driver and can hit it straight.
My 1 iron and if you look in the distance you will see where I put the ball on the 197 uphill par 3.

Anyway that is my long 3 into one blog post about my day of golfing I hope you enjoyed it.

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