Were Was Wills When We Needed Him!

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

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

First let me say that the golf course and was one of the best we have played on the trip and it  was the best in terms of condition - it was in great shape! We also played quite well especially when you consider the circumstances that I am about to describe. Play on the course was the absolute slowest that I have ever encountered.  It started out with the starter saying that he wanted to get us out a little early and said that we should be ready to go by 9:50 for a 10:10 tee time. That was great with us and we hurried to get a quick bite and and got back to practice green by 9:30 - we finally were call to the 1st tee around 10:25 and got started @ 10:30 - 20 Min's late instead of 20 Min's early. Well these things happen and the course was so nice and the GPSS and all of the stuff looked so nice that we went off on our way excited to explore yet another new great golf course. Well 3 hours later as we were approaching the 9th tee we had had just about enough of this special place. I have seen a lot of slow rounds and but I have never seen anything quite like this. I am not sure about what was holding up the entire course but I can tell you that the group ahead of us was a site to see. Let me give you a taste of what was going on ahead of us. As we approached the tee box for the par three 6th hole( we had stayed back as the group ahead of us hit their shots to the green) we saw to guys up on the green and the second cart driving up to the green. (It was a threesome and a "rider") The man who was playing, we could tell that he was the "player" as he had been giving some lessons to the rider as he played a "few" shots as they made there way around up to this point. Anyhow back to the 6th green, the player walked onto the green and the other members of his group were finishing up their puts and were ready to walk off. This man then went down into the bunker in front of the green and we were on the tee ready to play. We then witnessed a display that I have never seen in golf. We were able to count 10 strokes as this guy tried to get out of the bunker. After about 4 or five tries even the other guys in his group gave up and left the green and went to the next hole and hit their tee shots. Once out of the bunker he needed to put out and hit 6 more puts before he eventually got the ball in the hole. Now that was 16 stokes that we witnessed and at least 1 from the tee but from what we saw we are sure that it took at least 3 to get into the bunker so not to many of you have ever seen a 20 but I can tell you it it a sight to be seen. We somehow managed to keep going through all of this (the guys behind us just gave up and went in) and had two good rounds. We are sure that had Wills witnessed this he would have just shot them and moved on - Ross Bridge needs a Wills or two around here to keep these people on their toes. Dad played very well and I can say that he wins the trophy this year hands down. He is playing well from tee to green and putted much better today. I guess his new life as a "golf bum" is starting to pay off in his play. I can only hope that it has the same effect on me when my time comes (it can't come too soon for me). All in all it was a good day - The player and rider went in after nine and we were able to play the back nine in a respectable 2 hrs.  We then relaxed for a couple of hours and watched the Open - and went down and had another nice dinner at Brocks - Evan(great waiter) who we met last night took good care of us as Dad was able to give him all sorts of travel tips for his trip to Europe ( Spain & Italy) this summer. He also had the Chef make us a special desert(not on the menu) a peach souffle that was amazing. Its been a very nice place to end a great trip. We have another round here to play before we head off to the airport tomorrow and our trips back home. So its off to clean up and pack so we can get an early start tomorrow. We hope "you all" have had some fun traveling with us we have had a great time and the blog has been a big part of that fun. I will try to get one more entry in after I get back to wrap up any exciting happenings from tomorrows golf and travel.

Course Details: Ross Bridge
       Craig - Orange Tees - 6800yds   Slope 118   Score 41+41 = 82
       Hal - White Tees - 6200 yds    Slope 117    Score 43 + 41 = 83

Shot of the Day - Hal chipping to 2 inches on 18 to save par from the rough just in font of the water (one foot on the rail road tie) - he never saw the shot as he was too far below the green to see the result until he walked up to the green.

Weather Report - Mostly Sunny with highs in the high 80's - late afternoon thunder showers ( we stayed dry again) evening lows temps in the mid 60's under clearing skies. Another great day for golf with little or now wind to speak of.

Food - Brocks was very good again tonight and as mentioned above the service made the meal! - Breakfast buffet - same as all of the other ones - OK but nothing to write home or in a bog about.

OK - lots of love to my girls - Kathy, Kimiko and Samantha - Love you and will see you tomorrow night. - Dad
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