10th grade for Brie starts Tuesday... Summer is coming to an end. We spent the summer of her 15th year on this earth traveling around the state playing many different golf courses. We hit a different course each week all summer long. Previously she had only been on about 8 different courses in the Brainerd area. Not only did she get the experience of playing those different courses but she also drove to or from or both to each of them. (drivers permit) She broke 100 3 times, Fergus Falls, The Pines, and Cragun's Bobby's. She got her first Eagle. She broke 50 on many 9's, just about every course we went to had 1 nine in the 40's.
Today we had our last trip of the summer down to a course called The Ponds near St. Francis. I had free passes from playing in a Scramble for work early in the year at The Refuge which is nearby. They have 3 9's at the Ponds, we played the White and the Blues, the other is the Red. That is a course you need to play a few times to know what is going on. There are a lot of blind shots and wetlands that sneak out near the fairways. I shot an 80 and she had a 103. She had 2 birdies and 2 10's, but played pretty well most of the time. She is still adjusting to the longer shafts on her new clubs, and that cost her by hitting the ground first a few times. I 3 putted a bunch early but eventually settled in with 10 pars and 8 bogey's. The White tees that I played from were in horrible shape, and there were several parts of the course that were pretty soggy and a couple of greens that had large dead spots but otherwise it was a pretty good course.
This summer we played (not in order)
The Territory-St. Cloud
Pebble Lake- Fergus Falls
The Vintage - Staples
Cragun's both courses- Brainerd/Baxter
Rich Springs-Cold Spring
Golden Eagle-Fifty Lakes
The Ponds - St. Francis
She also played The Classic, The Preserve, and Deacon's Lodge without me.
There is one course in the Central Lakes Conference we didn't get to, Alexandria Country Club. I saved that for last primarily because they don't offer any discounts that I've found anywhere, and they charge the same rate for the weekends as they do during the week. We might try to hit it some Sunday before the weather turns bad.
Has she played Eagle's Landing, Little Falls Country Club or Atikwa in Alexandria?
I've still never played LF. And probably never will. Haven't played at all in several years. When I do play, it's Eagle's Landing. The back 9 is very forgiving of a slice.
No we haven't been to those. We should hit Eagle's Landing someday, we drove by it to many of the courses we went to and always joked about squeezing in a quick 9. If you want to correct a slice try to wing inside out and you'll either straighten it out or start getting a draw.
"You guys are true athletes!"