Golf is an exciting, adventurous, exasperating and addictive game. Some days I play as if I know exactly what I am doing. Others, not so much!
The first three holes at Roundel Glen Golf Course, for some reason, are challenging to my game. I am not sure why, but how I start on these holes is usually indicative of my round. I am not sure if it is just mental, but I always have in the back of my mind “You know you are having a bad day when…”
Roundel Glen starts out with a tough 145 yard par 3. The green is elevated, hard and kidney shaped. At the center it is 10 paces across and at each end about 14 paces. It is protected at the front by two bunkers on the left and right. If you miss the green, you had better be short because chipping from the sides would test Phil Mickelson’s wedge play.
The second hole is a long par 5. It takes me three to get there every time. It is wide open going down the wide fairway, however it always plays into a head or cross wind. There is out of bounds on the right and a creek running across the front of the green about 10 paces from the front of the green and two large bunkers are on the left and right. The green is fairly large and receptive. This hole sounds easy, but for some reason it is challenging to my game.
The third hole is a 160 to 190 yard par three. It plays longer than the yardage. There is a big bunker on the left with a thicket like rough also on the left. The wind always blows from right to left, so the hazards are usually in play. There is a row of trees down the right side of the fairway which also forces the player to play towards the hazards. Shaping the ball left to right is the shot on this hole.
These three holes are tough starting holes. Personally, if I can get through them even or one over, then I am in good standing for the rest of the round. Any higher and I struggle to shoot a low score.
I actually like these three holes. If they were located elsewhere on the course I would revel in the challenge. But the first three holes are tough. I have tried playing them differently, using positive thoughts, and even taking the aggressive approaches, but it does not change the mental block I have on these three holes.
I am not sure if this is going to change, any suggestions?
I am a grateful golfer? See you on the links!