I was just going to buy a bucket of balls and hit the driving range, but the guy in the clubhouse said they had discounted rates during the winter. 18 holes usually runs $30 including a cart, but now it's just $20. I figured what the heck, I'll try that instead.
Bay Hills is a real golf course, 18 holes, par 72, 6028 yards off the white tees. And I just stunk today. I've still got a wicked slice, and I am still have trouble hitting with the woods. I also have almost no range whatsoever; my best drive is only about 150 yards. That's short even for the ladies!
My best hole was #5, which is the second hardest on the course. I actually managed to keep the ball in the fairway. I finished that hole with triple bogey. My worst hole was #6, a par 5 monster that's the second longest hole on the course, 389 yards off the red tees. I couldn't seem to hit the damn ball more than 50 yards at a time on that hole. It took sixteen strokes to hole out. Argh!
I started playing at about 2:00, but it was starting to get dark by the time I reached the 9th hole. Most people would have finished the entire course by then. I gave up and returned to the clubhouse. The guy gave me back the difference in price between a 9 hole game and 18. That was nice of them.
I ended up scoring an 84 on 9 holes, par 36. That's 48 over par, or more than 5 over per hole average. I made 3 triple bogeys.
I can't give up though. This was only my 4th ever round, and my first on a regulation course. Things can only improve!