Ryder Cup

I was away for the weekend, but got to see bits and pieces of the Ryder Cup.  Saw “session 1 & 2″ more often than I wanted, as a matter of fact…

I’ll be honest with you here, I route for the USA, but am a big fan of almost every golfer out there!  I love the competition and am amazed at the talent level on both sides.  

Many analysts will give the Americans and Corey Pavin a hard time because they lost, but I think that’s a joke.  They were just 1 point away from retaining the cup.  That means it was a fantastic battle between two incredible teams.  A putt here or there an everything changes. 

Great golf between great competitors and most importantly, good sportsmanship between the teams, if not from the fans. 

Carolina Colours: Picture #12

Hole #12 – Par 3 150-200yds. 

This is a sneaky hole.  Looks benign when you step on the tee box.  Perhaps the large green makes it look like it’s just a short iron shot.  You quickly realize that you need a 4 or 5 iron to get there,instead of an 8!  If you look to the right of the pin, behind the bunker you’ll see we have a fan on this green to keep the air circulating as it backs up into the woods; serious woods. 

And I can’t quite believe so many leaves have fallen….  Have I moved too far north? 

I’ve Preferred My Lie

I left New Bern on Thursday afternoon.  I got away from the storm that eventually dropped more than 14 inches on Carolina Colours….  I’ve preferred my lie to Saluda, NC for the weekend.  Altitude 2100 ft.  High and dry!

So on day three of the Ryder Cup, I’m still watching re-runs of ‘sessions 1 & 2′ as the rain is halting play even on the British Isles….
Here’s an observation that always makes me smirk.  When tour pro’s are able to lift, clean and place due to wet weather… THEY ALWAYS DO.  Not only do they clean their ball on EVERY shot, then painstakingly look for a perfect lie to place the ball.  They are certainly good enough to hit out of marginal lies, but in my opinion, one of the things that makes them that much better is that they give themselves the best opportunity possible to hit a great shot when the rules of golf permit it! 
I smirk because so often I see amateur golfers play the ball down when a course is playing preferred lies, or winter rules.  They often say that it’s how golf should be played or that it doesn’t really matter, and I smirk because they are wrong.  
You’ll not only be playing within the rules, you’ll actually improve your game!  

Carolina Colours: Picture #11

Hole #11- 575yd par 5, double dog leg. 

OK, now this hole will spectacular to view in another year or two.  I took this photo on a breezy day, so try to block out all the leaves (yikes, I’m back in leaf falling territory!) You hit out to a large landing area that begins to bend to the right.  That bunker on the right is adjacent to the landing area.  From there the hole bend sharply to the right for about 200 yards before ducking back to the left.  If you look over that bunker on the right side you’ll see a small break in the left tree line.  That’s where the hole snakes back to the left.  I loved the way the hole “spoke” to me about shot shaping (fade a tee shot, draw and approach shot… stuff like that).  It’s a blast to play.