Will and I enjoyed an absolutely perfect day on the golf course today. I played last Monday, but it was the first time we got out to play 18 in almost 3 weeks.
We drove the 50 minutes to Leslie Park, one of Ann Arbor’s two muni’s. It was voted best muni in the state 5 years ago, and it was in perfect shape today. We tee’d off at 11 and finished at 3:30, walking all 18 holes in our zero-drop slipper-like True Links golf shoes. We played as a twosome and waited a lot, but we were smart – we brought a frisbee with us to pass the time. Here’s a pic from the 14th tee looking at the 16th green to the left, the 17th green to the right, and the signature barn in the middle.
Will broke 100 (48+51 = 99) for the second time in a month, and I carded my second eagle on a par 5 in five days. Our short games were on through the front nine – we got up and down in two eight times between us.
My eagle came on the par five 11th hole, which is on the far western edge of the property. The hole shapes slightly right to left, and requires a precise tee shot to hit the fairway. The landing area, if you hit it, is elevated about 25 feet above the putting surface creating a potential opportunity to go for the green in two through a shoot of trees. I drew my tee shot a bit too far left, which careened in the trees, spitting my ball out to the right in the rough next to the fairway. I had 240 yards to the back pin and a perfect lie. I picked the ball perfectly off the firm turf with my 4 wood, and told Will immediately that I pured it and I could not have hit it better. We walked the fairway, approached the green, and realized my second shot had landed on the front left part of the green and rolled to within 3 inches of the cup. I was three inches from an albatross! I actually marked my ball, let Will finish out, and tapped in for eagle. We had a great time despite me carding three double bogeys in the final 10 holes.
We’re planning to play Rackham tomorrow, and then we will play a two-man best ball scramble at St. Clair Shores on Monday so Will can prepare for his first ever match (scrimmage) next Sunday with his PGA Junior Golf team.
Make sure to get out there and enjoy the weather!