Friday, June 22, 2012

Golfing 18 at Butternut Hills

Yesterday since I had some spare cash and time I decided to golf 18 at Butternut Hills Golf Course in Sarona Wisconsin.  My mom decided to come with and pay for the cart so I didn't have to walk this time which was enjoyable.  I didn't warm up so I did even worse than normal on the first few holes.  My slice was horrible for almost the whole first half of the course, but after that I took care of it and only had a few wayward shots, which was pretty satisfying.  I golfed real good between the 8th and 14th holes.  I almost got a hole in one on the 8th (picture below) and got a few pars and a birdie on the 14th.  I was hitting my shots real well on those holes and got gir almost every time.  I would ruin it with my putting though.  After the 14th I could tell I was getting tired from not golfing much and my shots became real inconsistent.  Also I did all this without my pitching wedge which magically disappeared somewhere between the last time I golfed and now.  Anyway I had fun and hope to get some more golfing in soon.  Here are some pictures.

My almost hole in one on the 8th

The clubhouse from the 8th green

Again my almost hole in one on the 8th

Snapping turtle on the 18th fairway

Snapping turtle on the 18th fairway

Sunday, June 17, 2012

US Open

So I've been spending a little time watching the US Open at the Olympic Club in California.  So far going into the final round there are a lot of players bunched up in easy range of winning.  In fact there are 11 guys within 4 shots of the leaders McDowell and Furyk.  The big story is a 17 year old kid and amateur Beau Hossler.  He was tied for the lead for a while on Friday.  He's 4 shots from the leaders right now and has an actual shot at being the first amateur to win a major in a long long time.  He seems really calm under the media attention and pressure so far.  I wish him the best of luck.  Tiger Woods did horrible today and ended up 5 over par for the day and is 5 shots away from the leader.  With a close field I suggest everyone tune in to watch on Sunday, because it is for sure going to get exciting.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Neillsville Country Club Review

Yesterday, I was finally able to golf for my first time this Summer.  I went with my dad, who is not doing well with cancer and my half brother.  We golfed at my Dad's home course, the Neillsville Country Club.  The course was founded in 1935 and is a 9 hole course.  It's layout is quite interesting though, because due to there being multiple tee boxes in different areas each one has a different look at the hole.  The course prices are about a whole 2 dollars more than I expected for how the course is.  Nine holes on the weekday is $14 and on the weekend it is $16.  The grass seems like it is a natural grass, unlike sod at the more expensive courses, and there is a lot of clover and other things on the course.  This seems extremely easy to play.  All of the holes are straight shots except for a very slight dogleg on the 9th.  You don't have much to deal with in the way of obstacles, except some sand traps and a few out of bounds areas.  The course is extremely hilly with lots of holes where you can not see the green from the tee box.  This doesn't really cause many problems though due to the completely straight holes.  If you overshot the green on a few of the holes you would be given a challenge of trying to chip up a what I might call a ridge.  You can see my half brother with that issue in one of the pictures below.  What is extremely difficult though is putting.  As I said before the course is really really hilly including on the greens.  Four and five foot puts that look like sure things are not in any way shape or form, and I found putting my only real frustration on the course.  It was a frustration though.  This course would be so simple it would be a joke if it wasn't for the difficult greens.  Overall I enjoyed the course and playing it was for the most part satisfying.

I played very well thanks, to my father who is what I would call a golf expert giving me tips on how to fix me swing and what club to use and so on.  It was amazing!  Usually I spend all 18 holes trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong and get super frustrated and want to give up golf.  My dad would tell me how and get my issue fixed by the next swing.  It really was a happy moment for me.  I can not described how much I enjoyed my dad helping me golf.  Anyway back to how I golfed.  I had only a few difficult shots on the course usually involving being behind a tree due to a bad drive, but the shot I had on the 18th was ridic.  I will have pictures of it below.  I was basically in the bunker, extremely close to a railroad tie where my swing would hit it.  I believe if I can remember what my dad taught me I would enjoy golfing for the rest of the summer and I believe I'm going to be golfing a little more now that my frustration is gone.  As long as it doesn't come back expect a lot more blog posts.

By the way congrats to Tiger for winning yesterday.  He was 4 strokes down and had the flu coming into Sunday and ended up winning by 2 strokes.  His shot on 16 was nothing short of a top 10 moment and I say congrats for being one scary mofo on the golf course agian.

Here are some pictures I took of my golf outing.

My half brother on a green

My half brother being punished for overshooting the green.

The clubhouse from the 9th hole green area

The 9th hole green as you can see it's not easy

My basically impossible shot on the 9th hole the top of the screen is the green area where i had to try to shoot to.