Trip Start Jan 01, 2009
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I checked into the Westgate Lakes Resort around noon. Since I was traveling by myself, I only booked one of their studio rooms; however on check-in they offered a free upgrade to one of their two bedroom villas. At first I refused the upgrade. Next, one of their guest services employee drove me in a golf cart to my room...nice touch
At the activity desk, I got a recommendation for a nearby golf course, Kissimmee Oaks, along with a coupon for a discounted green fee. It was easy finding the course because the Hertz rental car came equipped with a Garmin...I must get me one of those. I do not know who designed the course, but Kissimmee Oaks is a nice track especially considering that the total for green fee and cart was $41. I enjoyed playing the course even though I was having a bad golfing day...what can I expect considering I have not played in about a month. I shot a 60 for my first nine holes. This included the eleven I carded on the 351 yard, par 4, 4th hole. There was water all along the right side of the faraway and water cutting across the front of the green
I got back to my usual self on the back nine and shot a 49. I managed to play bogey golf for holes 10-14 before I ran into a little trouble. For holes 15 and 16, I triple-bogeyed both holes due mainly to my short game. That is to be expected because you need several rounds under your belt before the "touch" comes back for short chip and pitch shots. I did finish the round on the high note when I parred the last hole. #18 is a 375 yard, par 4 with a dogleg right guarded by water at the turn and water on both sides of the green. I placed my drive on the left side of the fairway with a perfect angle to the green. I was nervous about the approach shot with water on both sides, so I decided to lay it up in front of the water. I finished the hole with a quarter swing sand wedge and a 1 putt. After the round I grabbed some Chinese food on my way back to the resort. I had enough time to eat and shower before Greg showed up with a six pack of beer and some chips.