Yesterday, I played Osprey Links Golf Course for the second time in 3 years! It was my home course for 4 years from 2009 – 2013 until I moved for work. Now that I am back in the area, it is an easy decision to return to my old stomping grounds.
Before you think that this was a no brainer, it is important to understand that I did not make the decision to become a member because it is comfortable or easy. I actually, gave it a great deal of thought and decided that Osprey Links was the course for me. However, that is a discussion for another day!
I hit the links today with my friends Blair and Rick. I have known these guys from before (Blair I have known for 36 years) and it was an easy decision to play golf with them again. It is likely that I will become part of their group on a regular basis and I know it will be great fun anytime we play.
Yesterday’s round, however, served a different purpose. I had not played in 2 weeks and it was time to get back out on the links. As most of you know, my wife and I moved to the North Bay area and have not stopped working on our new place since 30 June. After getting ahead of the curve, I hit the links.
On recent post, Growth in Your Game, I talked about three goals I wanted to achieve when hitting the links after a 2 week break. The intention was to manage my expectations, always follow my pre-shot routine, and have fun. It was important to understand that I had a fair bit of rust to knock off my game before I feeling comfortable again.
Keeping the 3 goals in mind, I would assess my round was a resounding success. I had no expectations of playing well and I didn’t; I shot a season high 88 with four doubles and 3 lost balls in hazards. I had 36 putts and my GIR and Fairway percentage was less than 50%. As the round unfolded, I kept telling myself that the score does not matter and at the end of the round, my score did not matter! Most of my lost strokes were from my short game; anyone who plays golf will agree that our short game is the first to go during long breaks.
Follow my pre-shot routine always…..well, I was kind of successful. As the round went on, I followed it less and less. This was a mental failure, but not one I will beat myself up about. I will do better next time!
The last goal was to have fun. Well, playing golf with Blair and Rick, having fun is easy. They are great guys who worry about very little on the course. We laughed and cajoled during every hole. They were the perfect partners for my first round back after 2 weeks off!
My first round back was a great success. Now that I am getting back into the swing of things, I can start focusing on improving my game on my journey to being a scratch golfer! I am glad to be back at Osprey Links, it is the perfect course to challenge all aspects of my game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!