Leaving Phoenix

Trip Start Mar 14, 2007
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Friday, April 13, 2007

11/12/13 April 2007 - Golf, golf, golf, - Wednesday - again, as indicated just golf from Phoenix. Twilight tee-off times and the best so far (only 23) Las Sendas - Best layout, undulating through "Red Mountain" and great views of Downtown Phoenix. Worst I've played and Ralph (Ontario) much worse. Not as ridiculous as the one designed by Seve in the Costa-del-Sol (help me out with the name Sid - Alhaurin?) but with a 30 mph wind equally as difficult. Too many snakes to even consider looking for a ball off the fairway.

Casino @ night, never seen as many people playing Bingo and Slot Machines. What an awful place, spent 10 minutes walking round, then left, looking fwd to my own company! There must have been 2000 vehicles in the parking lot and my 5Litre V8 just didn't fit in - get me home! (Being in a crowd can be very lonely)

Thursday - What a morning! Up at 6. Oil Change at 8. Finished by 12.30! (What vehicle takes 4 hours for an oil change?) Went for a walk whilst waiting - hot & dry in the 90's. Microwave finally broke free of its mountings (that dirt track in Big Bend Country really did it!), bought a cheap tool kit and spent a couple of hours on the repair. All I need to do now is to fix the noisy water pump. 
Golf @ Talking Stick - 3pm- part of the Troon Golf Franchise (52). True desert, no houses, flat, no rough or graded fairway; just manicured fairways and desert waste. From 90deg and bright sun on 1st, to 60deg and a sandstorm by 7th! (51 mph wind gusts, a record since 1955! - why me?) Finished at 7pm nearly dark, cold as hell (50deg in shorts!), but the best I've played - only 7 over! (Moved the ball further back and opened my stance -less snap-hooks but a few high rights!) Sorry - but it's golf jargon, that a few will appreciate.
NB: I've played golf in all kinds of weather but never (until today) in a sandstorm. Visibility and the feeling is like looking through eyes of sand and glue! (Just like Robert Zimmerman's voice!) 
Friday - Last day/night in Fountain Hills, Phoenix - The rain during the night certainly cleared the air, slightly cooler but very bright.  Lazy morning. Afternoon tee-off @ 3.00pm - Longbow GC. This course proves you don't have to spend a fortune to play great courses (24). Absolutely beautiful. It appears that as my stay lengthens in Phoenix, the courses I play get better. Joined up with a family from Detroit - Ralph & his wife Sandy, their two sons Eric and Daniel(who didn't play) Unfortunately play was slow and they had to leave after the 15th (dinner at 8) So I played the last 3 on my own and in near dark. I'm getting there, +6 today. Much better, no snap-hooks, no high-rights, mostly "it went straght down the middle".  

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