Hole # 1, North Course, par 5, 510 yards
It was already hot when we teed off at 8:00am in the morning. There was a slight sheen on the grass because of the sprinklers that cool down the course last evening. Without spiked shoes, it was slippery to walk on, especially on the inclines.
I have never played the North course before so it was going to be treat. The first hole looked narrow from the blue tees. Perhaps it’s because it’s right off the driving range and the fence makes teeing off daunting. It’s also downhill towards a grassed aqua duct. I teed up my ball and took a few practice swings. I started waggling my driver like Jason Dufner and when I was comfortable and relaxed, I went for it. My drive went high and long. I would lose sight of it once it hit the morning sun but I knew it was down there somewhere.
Carts are allowed everywhere so to make the walk bearable. When it’s above 90 degrees, it’s taxing on the body because you sweat so much. I drove up to my ball and looked across a small canal that separated me from the green. The green was situated on a slight uphill and it really didn’t look far from where I was. I decided to hit my Callaway Diablo Edge 4-hybrid. After making solid impact, I was about 50 yards from the green. I had to hit down on the ball to launch it high because of the wet and soggy grass. Also, they don’t seem to rake the lawn clippings after they mow it.
My ball popped up on the green and I was left with a 15 foot putt for birdie. The greens were really slow and I ended up three putting for a bogey. Disappointed but glad that I was playing the North Course.