Play It As It Lies

Trip Start Jun 08, 2007
Trip End Jun 15, 2007

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

What can I say - another great day of golf here in the deep south. We were wondering if the long drive to Dothan would be Worth it. We are so glad we made the trip as Highland Oaks didn't disappoint in the least. We started the day as always with a quick trip to the Waffle House. Can't believe that we don't have one right next door her in Greenville, I am not sure what we will do tomorrow. We drove out to the course. I think we were the first ones there and we had a 9am tee time. It was empty so again we were able to play as a twosome and could just play at our own pace all day. It was not our best day striking the ball although Dad started out with 2 strait pars and  3 out of the first 4  he had quite a few circles on the Highlands Nine (our front side)  the we held it together for the most part but the Marshwood Nine (our second) was a little bit harder for Dad. Again I must sound like a broken record but the course was beautiful and in great condition. We are becoming a RTJ fan but I m sure Dad would like a few of the bunkers adjusted since he seemed to find his share throughout the day. I seem to have a new affinity for the local foliage (tall pines) and was visiting them often. As you can tell we could have played better. Well now its time to get to the title of the article. If any of you have ever played with Hal you know that he has way of playing what we might refer to as a preferred lie on occasion - ruff, fairway,bunker or green can all be in need of a little lift clean and shall we say replace... I need not say more. He also has a way of kicking his playing partner when they are down.... As I was the first part of the day. So you can imagine how much pleasure it gave to me - for all of you to once and for all tell dad he had to "play the ball as it lied!" It was even worth the 2 dozen balls I lost when he did play it.. and in fact even kept it in play for the next shot. The picture we all now have of dad with shoes off in the lake will be with us forever. I will alway remember Highland Oaks if only for that moment. After we played it was again time for us to hit the road - this time to Greenville. A relaxed two hour drive and we were at our next stop on the tour Cambrian Ridge - we stopped by the course to check it out and were about to play a quick nine - the one that we weren't going to be able to play tomorrow because it is closing for maintenance -when a huge thunder storm blew in fast. They had to blow the sirens and get everyone off the course. We were about 2 mins from disaster and were lucky keep dry and safe. Of course it ended up costing us a lot more to stay dry that to play as the Pro Shop had some nice stuff.  We are excited to play the course tomorrow and check off another top 100 you can play course. Now for the food and weather report.

Weather - mostly cloudy with a high of 90 - humid but we have played in much much worse. Thunder Showers in the PM - see above. Evening temp 65 under clearing skies.

Food - Dothan Waffle House - thumbs up - as good as we have become accustomed to.  Wal Mart - super store - Lunch -  Dad says the chicken wings were the best he ever had.
Ruby Tuesdays - Greenville - the worst meal of the trip, poor food and even worse service - stay away  - try the Cracker Barrel - it can't be any worse.

Thanks to all of our visitors - we love the replies - keep them coming - Bobby - VJ will win the open, just kidding - play the field.

Miss you all and a special hi to my girls. will talk to you soon - Dad
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craigmorris on

Re: Where did Hal's shot out of the water end up?
Listen wise asses., be advised that the scores are as follows: Day one- Hal 87, Craig 85 Day Two Hal 87 Craig 81 Day Three Hal 89 Craig 87 Day Four Hal 92 Craig 88 All of the courses have slopes that range from a low of 128 to 133. They are long, elevated greens and very well trapped. Today the course was 7,000yds from Gold (Craig) and 6500 yds from the White (72 yr. old and sickly Hal) 6th hole was long par 5 for Craig, 660 yds and for Hal 616 yds. So put that in your ear. We are manly men, playing manly courses. We give no quarter!

Craig says go ahead and sell he can find you a house in the 'Big Love Compound'or you can move in with the Morris Clan. When is little Richie going to beable to cme out and play? We are now planning next years trip aand a bigger and better BLOG!

craigmorris on

Re: Where did Hal's shot out of the water end up?
Oh By the way I forgot to mention the ball ended up in the middle of the fairway, but I still got a six finding it difficult of swing and put in bare feet!

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