Another one bites the dust!

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

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

09/05/07 - Pebble Beach. Woke early with excitement @4.30. I was on the practice range by 6.15. Bitterly cold sea fret (or fog/mist if you prefer), that would last all day! Teed-off @ 9.20 with partners Mike, Gail, Rene (spectator) and Dwayne (not content with plain Wayne, typically, the Americans have to add something extra!).

Anyway, I chose to walk every one of the 6737 yards (the Championship course is only 91 yards longer) but my bag was on Mike's cart, at least for the front nine. On the back nine, I decided to carry. Carts are only allowed on paths and the walks to and from the cart, to collect my clubs, were taking years off my cleats!
Also, I wasn't that keen with my playing partners, so I decided to avoid them as much as I could; I think they got the message.
As for my golf and the course, I wished I'd played yesterday when the sun was out and my golf was much better. The wind was benign, so I had no excuse for shooting an 85, suffice to say, that I think my muscles must have become accustom to 90+ degrees and not 60; I just couldn't get warm and into a rhythm. No birdies, no eagles, just bogies, pars and a chip in @ 15th.The course beat me and I think I was overawed with the occasion!

The course itself is immaculately manicured, greens are fast but not ridiculously so, and the course layout is "traditional" and more compact (between tees) than even I expected. My playing partners uttered several times "God damn, they've used ever inch of this course", as though they were complaining! They didn't seem to grasp the fact that in 1919, electric carts hadn't been conceived! "Come over to England mate, we'll show you compact".... on 2nd thoughts don't bother, stay where you are and be happy being you!). The most memorable holes are numbers 5,6,7,8,17 and 18. The rest are just to die for!

Was it worth the money - you bet! To drive 10,000 miles, to be on Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, was unsurpassable. And playing a course where all the "Greats" have played, was an unbelievable feeling.
Undoubtedly, one of the best days of my life, and arguably, on one of the best courses in the World. It was a once in a lifetime encounter, that not many will have the privilege to experience, and probably one which I will never have the opportunity to repeat. So that's another ambition fulfilled.
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