7:40 tee time this morning at Pacific Dunes, my favorite course at the Bandon Resort. Ball-striking today was much better than Wednesday but my short game didn’t hold up. I hit 10 fairways but recorded par on only two of those holes. Mishit wedges on the par-4 16th hole produced an eight and I limped off with a 93. Still, I love this place.
Today’s two rounds were at Bandon Dunes and Old Macdonald. Yesterday afternoon’s practice session felt great but little of that remained this morning. I played OK in the morning recording a 91 at Bandon but really struggled in the afternoon wind on Old Mac stumbling to four triple bogeys over the last ten holes for a 99. That score on Old Mac is even more deflating considering I got around with just 33 putts, an accomplishment on those monstrous, rolling greens. Just had too many wayward balls off the tee and landed into too many bunkers.
After my truly pathetic play on my February trip to Bandon Dunes I was antsy to get back. So I was on the road by 7:30 and at the practice facility around 3:45. With the longer days, I had time before dinner to snap a bunch of photos on the always lovely Bandon Beach. I like this one of the driftwood.
…another missing piece! Geez, this is the second of the last four puzzles where we’ve ended up with a missing piece.
Trisha had a manicure appointment this morning so it was a day off from the gym. I teed off at 7:45 in a peaceful fog. The swing changes from last month’s lessons are helping. In spite of really mediocre putting and pulling one shot OB on the 11th hole I still managed a tidy 83 with birdies on #12 and #17.
To escape the current stretch of damp days around North Bend, I decided to make a one-day voyage to Gamble Sands north of Chelan. I was quite surprised by the snowy conditions through Snoqualmie Pass and began to question the forecast I had seen for central Washington. But once over the mountains, it was, as predicted, sunny and mild. Arriving around noon I was the only golfer at the really spectacular Gamble Sands course. Best of all, I played well, garnering nine pars on the way to a very satisfying 81, my best score there by six shots. I was particularly pleased with a birdie on the final hole. After slicing my tee shot well into the desert, I managed to locate the ball and hit a spectacular escape well down the middle of the fairway. I followed that with a beautiful wedge to five feet and made the putt for 4. By the time I settled in the car for the ride home it was a sizzling 65 degrees. Well worth the three-hour drive.