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Day 2 brought us much better weather than the day before. The forecast had originally called for an 80% chance of rain, then 50%, and by the time we finished breakfast Shoe told us we wouldn’t get any. He was … Continue reading
For a great intro to our first day, check out Will’s post from his blog (make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post).
Like I said a few days ago, the pictures were few and far between due to the weather. We tee’d off in a light rain and 20 mph wind, and we got pounded with weather all day. We gave up trying to keep score after the second hole due to the rain, but ironically it freed us up to place our best golf (maybe ever). After making a triple on the first and a double on the second my worst score the rest of the day was a bogey and I kept hitting the ball better and better. Will and I have a great ball flight for links golf – low, penetrating knuckleballs. I reviewed my round in my head and realized I shot a 45 on the front nine and a 40 on the back with worse weather.
The front nine was great fun, but Bandon Dunes really blossoms on the back nine. The skies opened up on the 9th and the green was so deluged with water that it was a virtual pond. We could not putt the 9th or 11th greens because they were under so much water. On the 11th I said to Will that the stretch from holes 9 – 12 was the worst weather I had ever played in (second round at Old Head in 2011 might have been worse).
The Bandon Dunes course really grew on me yesterday. It might have the best collection of stunning ocean holes out of the four courses here, and it feels like a true links because it is so wide open.
After our round we were scheduled to play the Preserve, but we were beaten up. The wind and rain were so brutal that water leaked into everything we had on. We made our way back to the Inn (room 143 is an awesome corner room). Will relaxed in the jacuzzi tub (with jets on) and I showered. We felt like a millions bucks.
After cleaning up we made our way back to Pacific for lunch. Will had the BLAT and seafood chowder and I had a great chicken sandwich. We finished our day of golf putting 36 “holes” at the Punchbowl, the new 2 acre putting course on the property. It was the most fun I’ve had putting, ever. Will took me down 4 & 3 on the first 18, and I took the second 18 at 3 & 2. Sherri, our server, actually came out to take our drink order (2 coffees) on course!
After our putting rounds we walked up to Old Mac, shuttled back to the lodge, and did some shopping before heading back to our room. We were so tired we took a 30 minute nap and had lights out at 8:45.
Day two has a round at Old Mac @ 9:50 followed by a quick bite. We’ll decide afterwards if we want to play another 9 or 10 holes on Old Mac, play Punchbowl again, or maybe hike to the Labyrinth before we have dinner.
I have been remiss in updating my blog, which makes no sense considering my son, Will, and I had the opportunity to play Sand Hills – one of the best courses in the world – four times this summer. More on that later along with a thorough review of the trip with plenty of photos.
The situation at hand involves our departure tomorrow for Bandon, my fifth trip and Will’s first. He’s eleven and more than ready to tackle the elements to play at arguably the best resort in the world. We leave at 6:45 am and land in Portland at 11:25 am local time. 5+ hours later we will be at Bandon Dunes. I’ve included our itinerary below along with a stunning new aerial photo that I am sure was taken by a drone. We will provide updates throughout the trip. Not sure how many photos we’ll take on day one since the forecast calls for 55 degrees, 100% chance of rain, and wind gusts up to 25 mph. But then again, we’re a long way out from our tee time on Saturday morning and things could change by then, hopefully for the better.
December 15, 2014 6:07 PM
Dear Mr. Krick,
Thank you for planning your visit to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. We are pleased to confirm the following tee times for you:
Some cool videos from Will’s time at the Nike Jr. Golf Camp @ Boyne Highlands 13 -17 July 2014.
I realize this is my first post of the year, which means my addiction to the game has evolved into a healthier love for golf. Rounds played this year are down primarily due to increased responsibilities at work, more travel, and my desire to play as much as I can with Will. This creates an economic limitation to the number of rounds we can play because the cost is higher. Nevertheless, I digress.
Yesterday we drove up to the Orchards Golf Club in Washington, MI for Will to compete in his second DCP local qualifier. Last year he made the attempt in Hinsdale, IL and finished right in the middle of the 12-person field for the 10-11 year old age group. This year 30 kids registered, and Will finished tied for 6th. The top three moved on to the sub-regional, then to the regional, and then to the finals at Augusta National. He managed 30 points in putting, 20 in chipping (almost sank one!) and only 7 in driving. I actually thought driving would be his strongest category. If his first drive stayed in bounds (it was out by about a foot) he would have moved on to the sub-regional at Fox Hills. He netted 57 total points, just five shy of third place. It was not meant to be this year, and Will has moved on vowing to persevere as Bobby Jones did throughout his golfing career and life.
Wisconsin will have a site known as the “Bandon Dunes of the Midwest.” Can’t wait. Read more HERE.
Well, I know that spring is actually here when I start getting the itch to play 18. Yesterday at lunch I was at Carl’s Golfland in Bloomfield Hills testing clubs on the outdoor range. It was 46 degrees and misting (heaters on), and I was hitting balls in a suit (sans suit jacket), tie tucked into my shirt, without shoes / in my socks. I was there with my colleague Mark, and in the next hitting bay was a guy who was a spitting image of Miguel Angel Jiminez.
I tested the R1 black driver and the original Rocketballz 3 wood. I was so fired up that I bought both of them after hitting only a few balls with each. The R1 (black) arrived on the scene this time last year and retailed for four bills. Carl’s had it on sale for $180. Done. I had my eye on the Rocketballz 3HL, which is actually a 17 degree club that plays like a 4 wood. It was so easy to launch high and long, exactly how you want the ball floating onto the green of a par 5 for your second shot. Carl’s had this one listed for $108, they marked it down to $98, then matched the King Par price of $90 and took another $5 off for good measure. $85 – unheard of. Cost of the clubs + tax = out-the-door price of $280 total for both. Not bad for the best driver on the market and the best selling fairway wood of all time.
My two brothers-in-law are enjoying some great golf right now, and I wish I was with both of them. Jon played in the Pro Am at the Champions Tour event today – the Mississippi Gulf Shores Classic. Eric is in Scottsdale and Tucson playing some great golf this week. My back is shot (I might have a bulging disk like Tiger) so I was not able to go. Jon’s celebrity status in the link below.
Quick preview for 2014 golf-related activities:
Last item for discussion – Golf Week’s annual ranking of best courses you can play in each state. Thoughts? Courses I’ve played are in blue text.
Golfweek’s Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play
My Pops turns 66 today, so I thought I’d shout out to him with some birthday wishes and great picks from past golf trips…hoping for more, this time with the third generation!
Happy Birthday Dad!