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For friends, family and the random search engine visitor. This blog started as an experiment in mobile blogging from my Palm TREO 600 700 Prē HTC Evo,Samsung 5. Now it serves as a simple repository of favorite activities. Expect bad golf, good fishing, great sailing, eating, drinking, adventure travel, occasional politics and anything else I find interesting along the way including, but not limited to, any of the labels listed here...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Fools at Lincoln Park

 On the 8th Tee 
We couldn't have asked for a better day at Lincoln Park. As it was Easter, Passover and April Fools Day, we pretty much had the course to ourselves. Other Bob and Joe signed up, the three of us choosing to demonstrate our religious convictions and family obligations in our own special way.

 10th Green - my birdie hole
Weather was perfect, and the course was in great shape by EssEff muni standards. Lance was on the front desk and, after giving me shit for riding in a cart, included Ray - a single from the East Bay - with our threesome. Although Ray grew up in San Francisco, he'd never played Lincoln. It was an opportunity to show off a little municipal pride and regale him with our encyclopedic course knowledge during the round. We're not sure how appreciative he really was by the end of the day.

In any case, 17th tee photo ops are a mandatory exercise for any Lincoln Park virgin ...

Of course, Other Bob never misses an opportunity for an 17th tee ocean shot ...

... but he brought a growler of Lagunitas IPA , so there's that...

It was a good day all around. I had a couple pars, only one snowman, and a very rare birdie to break below 100 for the first time in months. Dare I say, a breakthrough round.

JF - 88
BF - 95*
MW - 97

* Includes a two stroke penalty for an unauthorized Mulligan on the 1st hole. When handicaps are figured in I beat Other Bob badly with a net score of 69 to his 76. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Farthest Closest at Eagle Ridge

It's now three months into the year and despite previous protestations, I have made no real progress on my 2018 Golfing Resolutions. My excuse this time was the frequent forecasts for rain in the month of March, most of which proved to be inaccurate. "Yet he persisted".

Rain was also forecast for the March Oracle Golf Club event at Eagle Ridge.

Bob and I were paired with Desmond and Maria.

It sprinkled a bit on the ride down, offering double rainbow as an positive omen for the round ahead. It cleared up when I got to the course and, for the most part, the rain held off and we had a pleasant outing in blustery conditions.

Nestled in the Gilroy hills, Eagle Ridge offers some spectacular vistas this time of year as the wet weather paints the hills a rich verdant green. I've always enjoyed this course, although it's embedded in a housing development which is always problematical for my game. I only hit one house this year, so there's that. Some pics from the day:

The highlight was my drive on the par 3 13th.

At 190 yards and uphill, it takes a driver for me to get there. And I got there - on the green 46 feet 5 inches from the pin ...

 ... and the longest "Closest to the Pin" award in club history.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Poppy Hills

Only two months in, and I am running well behind on my 2018 Golfing Resolutions. Two rounds in two months are not going to cut it and, as a consequence, I've lost ground on every rez. In my own defense, I was knocked out of action for a month by my second bout with the flu this season. But that's over now...

On Saturday we were back at Poppy Hills with the Oracle Golf Club. It was a cold drive down, with temperatures in the high thirties, but fortunately the mercury got back close to 50 for the round. A beautiful sunny day, but with a brisk wind on a challenging course.

I played with Other Bob, John and Donna. This is a winning combination for this "two best ball" team format - one high handicapper (me), a ringer (John), a sandbagger (Other Bob) and Donna playing from the forward tees (who is also a ringer). We came close. The team finished with a Net 12 under par, one stroke back of the winner. I blame myself. Or rather, I blame the flu.

Although, if Bob and Donna could get off the beach, it might have made a difference in the final outcome. Just sayin'

Some pictures from a fun day on a great course:

I think all of my foursome would agree that the highlight of the day was my 300 yard (approx) drive on this hole:
Yes, that's Bob's drive in the far distance 80 yards behind
As far as the final score...

... this was a team event. There is no "I" in team. My individual score is not important.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

My Tom Brady Story

Tom Brady LII Superbowl Cover

It was the summer of 1999. Pat, a friend from my prior professional life at Oracle corporation, invited me to play a round with him at Green Hills Country Club.  I eagerly jumped at the chance, as it's not often I get to play a private Alister Mackenzie golf course. It was the only time he invited me, which is the rule not the exception when I am invited by a member to play a round at their private course. It's always one and done. Probably has something to do with my bad golf game and, I assume, bitter complaints and threats by the other members after I depart.

The starter put us with a another pair to fill the foursome - Green Hills member Thomas Brady Sr, and his son Tom Brady - home from school break at the University of Michigan. It was the summer before his last season at Michigan as the starting quarterback for Wolverines.

Tom is, of course, a natural athlete and a great golfer. I am not. I didn't spend a lot of time in conversation with my playing partners because, as per usual, I spent much of the round consumed by the on-going horror of my game.  I don't think I was much worse of a golfer then than I am now, but I was certainly not better.  The golf itself was unremarkable and the scores are lost to the dustbins of history. I probably shot something in the 115 range, which would be typical for me on a course of that quality. But I digress. 

Tom took pity on my game. He was friendly, offering encouragement and sympathy as I hacked my way around the course. I was not a huge college football fan at the time, but had a general appreciation of who he was and Michigan's ranking as a good but probably not  great team in the coming season. Late in the round I realized I was being unsocial and decided I needed to at least feign interest in this likable young man and his college football career. This is what I said, thinking I was offering an encouraging and optimistic assessment of his team's prospects for the coming year: "Michigan is pretty good. They could finish in the top ten in the rankings this year." 

Tom's demeanor instantly changed. His face went cold, he stared at me like I was a bug crawling on a hamburger.He was actually pissed. Finally, in an icy measured tone, he said:
If you're not playing for a championship, there's no point in playing."
Okay then. I remember thinking at the time - This is the most competitive SOB I will ever meet. 

And that's why I am taking the Patriots and laying the points. Pats 33 - Eagles 24 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

First Round of 2018 at Lincoln Park and New Year Golfing Resolutions

 10th Tee
It's a new year, the rainy season is underway, but there was a window between storms on Sunday. Time to get a start on my 2018 golf ambitions. A nostalgic ORCL Alum crew from the nineties, Original Bob, Other Bob, and Joe joined me for a round a Lincoln. Foggy, cool, and sloppy, which is to say, a typical Lincoln Park outing.

They start us on the back on weekends, which is annoying and makes beer transport management difficult (we used to grab beers from the car as we made the turn by the parking lot).  Still, a good day of bad golf. In my case, since I have not touched a club in months, really bad golf.  Scenes from the day:

13th Tee
One of my best drives of the day. Unfortunately there was a tree in the way. 

I hate it when that happens. 
Other Bob on 16
Somewhere along the way we reached that magical moment in the day where we switch from coffee to beer (okay... it was like 10:30).


Original Bob on his way to a par on six
Joe's approach on seven to 6 feet and leading to..
Joe's birdie putt. Or lack thereof. 

Traditional 17th Tee Portrait with Bells Two Heart Ale.

Bob's approach on 1
Which brings us to the 19th Hole...

My scorecard showed BP 92, JF 93, BF 95. MW score was unreadable.
... and some updates for 2018. The neighborhood Tee Off Bar & Grill is closed and the Lincoln Park Burger is now $14. Make of that what you will. For my 2018 Golfing Resolutions:
  1. I resolve to play at least half as many rounds of golf as the President of the United States.
  2. I resolve to play all San Francisco Muni Golf Courses Lincoln, Sharp, Harding, Glen Eagles, Golden Gate.
  3. I resolve to improve my HCP Index to below 29 (Currently 29.7)
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