Glad we don’t live in Ann Arbor

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I cut the grass yesterday and will get in a round of golf this week.

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Last Day at Bandon

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.

Sunrise at practice range

Sunrise at practice range

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.

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Bandon Dunes, “Old Mac”

Bandon Dunes; approach to the 4th green

Bandon Dunes; approach to the 4th green

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.

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Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails

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.

Pacific Dunes 11th Tee

Pacific Dunes 11th Tee. Not the most intimidating tee shot at Bandon, but right up there.

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!

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Back to Bandon, OR

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.

Bandon Dunes 18th green; Bandon Dunes Lodge

Bandon Dunes 18th green; Bandon Dunes Lodge

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Passing of Tom Magliozzi

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.

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Supermarket Flowers

We are often impressed with the lovely flowers at the local QFC.  This morning, I had my new Sony DSC RX-100 iii pocket camera with me and I snapped a few photos as we headed for the checkout counter.

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