I had originally planned to drive home last night but the weather forecast changed a bit making today look good for another round before trekking back north into the cold snap.
Back at the Bandon Dunes course, I repeated the pattern of the previous two days with a dreadful start but saved pars on three of the final six holes to record a 92, the fourth time I’ve shot that score here. Although I played pretty mediocre golf it was still a very pleasant two and a half days in perfect weather and fabulous views in every direction all day.
Here are a dozen photos from the trip.
Like yesterday, I struggled through the morning round on Bandon Dunes with a just awful 98: no “blow up” holes but an endless string of bogey, double bogey. The afternoon on Old Macdonald was much better starting off with a six-over-par 40 on the front nine. I was kind of worn out mid way through the last nine holes but managed a par on the 18th to get in at 89, my best score at Old Mac.
Following a warm-up session under a beautiful sunrise I flailed through the first seen holes at a miserable 15 over par at Pacific Dunes. Fortunately, things settled down after that and I knocked in three consecutive pars and finished the back none with a not-too-embarrassing 44.
After a short session on the range and a quick peanut butter sandwich I was off to Bandon Trails, the course that has most baffled me in the past. Although I still didn’t play well, I managed my best score there at 91…. and finished the round in just over 2 hours 30 minutes!
With so many gloomy days this fall and so many more in the future, I watched the forecast for a window of good weather and zipped down to Bandon Dunes again (for the third time this year). It was drizzly and gray the entire 430 miles, including when I arrived at the resort. But I had this lovely view from my room to get me fired up for golf tomorrow.
Gee we’re all getting old. Just read of the death of Tom Magliozzi of NPR Car Talk fame. I don’t know how many hours I spent listening to “Click and Clack” over the past 20-plus years but I know I enjoyed a lot of chuckles from them.