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Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Answer is 42 - A Long Day in Monterey

Playing 36 holes at the Bayonet / Black Horse Golf Courses is an annual tradition for the Oracle Golf Club. I can barely deal with the emotional trauma of 18 holes of my usual bad golf, but this year, agreed to attempt it.

I was up at 4:00 AM to get my act together and make the 8:20 tee-time in Monterey. We started the day in sunshine, but the warm inland air alternated with cold swirling fog from the marine layer blowing in the from the ocean throughout the day.

The first round was at Black Horse. Bob, Jeff and I played in a threesome, which means we alternated playing a second ball on each hole to complete the foursome in the team competition. For those keeping count - Yes - we actually played 42 holes each over the course of the day - coincidentally, 42 is the same as the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. But I digress.

The extra holes didn't help. We were the only team to finish the first round with a net score over par.

After lunch, Paul joined us for the second round at Bayonet. He was back for the 20 year anniversary of the last time he played with OGC (plus or minus a few years - no one can actually remember that far back).  I decided that Paul has the best reactions after his follow through.

As a team we did a lot better on the back, but still came up short - finishing 2 strokes behind the winners.

Wedding party in the background
Probably the highlight of the very long day was coming up 18 on Bayonet, the last hole. A wedding party was perched on a vista near the clubhouse and just getting started as we approached. Jeff was on the tee. You can see the wedding party in the upper right of the picture - in the same general direction that Jeff is looking after his tee shot. I should point out that Jeff is an excellent driver and hits the ball a long way.

He didn't actually get all that close, but he was close enough that the wedding party acted as a gallery and gave him an appreciative round of applause after his recovery shot back to the green.

My net scores were 83 and 77. You figure it out. After the long day, Paul took pity on me and let me stay at his place in Pebble Beach and save me the drive back to EssEff.

We talked about old times, ate fajitas, and drank single malt scotch. It was a long day, but a good day.

Credits: My phone was acting up (meaning I didn't have it adequately charged) so most of the pics on this page are stolen from my playing partners. Blame them. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

EssEff Muni Triple Crown

 18th Tee at Harding Park 
After a month-long hiatus, I'm going to have to go some to keep pace with my 2018 Golfing Resolution of playing at least half as many rounds as the President of the United States. For the Independence Day Holiday Week I decided to play three EssEff muni's in five days (I need a day off in between).

First up - Lincoln Park on June 29.

Played with Captain Jim, "Pops" and a random single (John?) who caught us mid round.

Jim throws one in the ocean. Maybe. 
Jeff on 17th tee

It was a good start. I broke 100, which is always my goal - a 97 vs Jim's 100* (with an asterik - he knows why), and Jeff wasn't keeping score.

Next up - Sharp Park on July 1.

 Four groups on the 4th hole at Sharp - Welcome to Sunday Muni Golf  

Smoke from fires in the North Bay blew south and mixed with the marine layer to create an odd lighting effect, even as far South as Pacifica.

OB1 and OB2 on the 4th Tee

Played with Original Bob (OB1), Other Bob (OB2), and Joe. I didn't break 100 on gross score, but on net scores:
  1.  MW - 76
  2. OB2 - 76
  3. OB1 - 80
So, there's that. Onward.

The final Jewel in our Triple Crown was TPC Harding Park on July 3.

 18th Tee at Harding Park 
Played with OB1, OB2, and Stuart. Cubs were playing Detroit while we were on the course, so OB2 and I were showing our colors. Cubs won. As it turns out, that was my highlight of the round.

I spent a lot of time in the sand, but then so did Stuart:

And OB2 spent some time with a 2nd shot [arguably] behind the Women's Red Tees:

OB1 just looked good out there:

The most drama occurred on 16, where OB2 and I had birdie putts in a duel that was reminiscent of the Tiger Woods / John Daly playoff at the 2005 AMEX Championship:

Conditions were tough, but the "Perfect Manhattan" served up by Bartender Mike at the 19th Hole was, well - perfect.

Final Net Scores:
  1. OB2 - 74
  2. SJ - 75
  3. MW - 83
  4. OB1 - 86

Blogger Notes: I apparently forgot how to blog over the previous month. Putting this long post out there with the hope I will blog forward and backward in time from here, eventually filling in the missing month. A lot happened last June. We can only hope.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


I checked the schedule before planning my annual spring trip to Shag Lake. Cubs vs Indians on arrival, Cubs vs Pirates on the back end. Perfect. I even caught a game on Direct TV on the United flight over:

It helped pass the time, but the Cubs lost 10-1. We arrived late, so it was the next day before I could indulge in a Chicago Style Hot Dog. Tried a place near my childhood home, "Biggies." It's been there for years, but I'd never tried it. Recommended: 

That satisfied the Chicago Hot Dog Craving. I had to wait until that evening to complete the cycle and fill the Italian Beef Craving at a classic Wrigleyville landmark:

Then it's two blocks down to the Temple.

Harlan found us seats on-line. Cousin Nancy was also at the game,  she snuck (sneaked?)  into our section.

For some reason, we did not manage to get a picture together at the game. Probably because we were so nervous about what was happening on the field. Plus we were sitting among a bunch of Cleveland fans. Very annoying. 

As far as the game itself, not so good. The Cubbies showed some defensive gems, but were also victimized by a great catch at the wall. Net... net, they got shutout and almost no-hit. Indians 1 - Cubs 0.

I am becoming concerned. Going back to the last game of the 2017 season, and before that in a 2016 NLCS game, I have now attended 3 Cubs losses in a row at Wrigley.  Of course, they did win a World Series during that streak, so there's that. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mid-week Presidio

In my continuing quest to play half as many rounds as the President of the United States in 2018, we scheduled a mid-week round at the historic Presidio course. This course always kicks my ass and today was no exception.

Played with Stuart and Other Bob (OB2). "T" joined us as a single, but I did not catch the accurate spelling of his multi-syllabic name. He said to call him ""T". I'm good with that. It was a beautiful day on a beautiful course.

We're on the 3rd hole, but for some reason Bob is on the 2nd fairway. 
I don't remember which hole this is. 
Some pics from the day...

Bob off the tee and into the trees on the right
On my way to a par on 13
Stuart tees off on 12 and 13
 We had a discussion on which hole we would consider to be the "Signature Hole" at Presidio. My choice is 18, as the imposing row of mature eucalyptus standing at attention on the left side of the fairway invokes the military history of the course. Well - in my mind anyway.

MW on 18th Tee
Stuart on 18th Tee
Bob's 4th and 5th shots after hitting his tee shot into the right side,
taking a unplayable drop then hitting across the fairway behind this tree.
We lost count of his score on this hole. 
 Like I said:

SJ - 88
BF - 96
MW - 109

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sharp Park - No Cigar

It's round two at Sharp Park for this foursome. The same crew - Original Bob (aka OB1), Other Bob (aka OB2), Stuart, and your loyal blogger - played here last week. At the 19th Hole, it was unanimously decided that we need another shot at this track ASAP. So we're back again.

Stuart on 4th Tee
The day started cool, grey and blustery but the marine layer burned off within an hour and we enjoyed sunshine the rest of the round. In no particular order, some pics from the day:

OB2 on 6th Tee
I believe OB1 is signaling that he found his ball
Somewhere after the turn
MW on 16th tee
OB1 admiring Stuart's swing
OB1 on 6 (or 7)
OB2 on 16th Tee
OB2 congratulates me on kicking his ass all over the course...

 We walked the course and my score improved marginally over last week. 

Final Scores:

SJ - 84
BP - 91
MW - 100 (net 70)
BF - 100 (net 84)

Close on my goal to break 100, but no cigar. It only takes a few stupid shots to fall short, and I had more than a few. Stuart had the only birdie of the day with a 4 on the par 5 fourth. Everybody improved over last week, except for Other Bob - he got worse.