Yesterday, I wrote an article self-analyzing my 2020 golf season. Overall, my play was very good and stopped short about how to improve my golf experiences in 2021. Considering all the negative factors due to COVID-19, I would rate my golfing experience as well above average. The team at Osprey Links Golf Course were innovative, responsive, and courteous through the trying times and as a result had a very positive impact on how I felt about playing golf last season.
As with all experiences, there is generally a couple of things that I think the golf course should keep that enhanced my golf experience. Additionally, there are a few things that I can do that will help and together these minor changes would make 2021 a better golfing year.
I thought that how we registered to play each day by booking tee times on line, paid up front for events, and the easy cancel process was an improvement for the how we booked to play. It was simple, easy and stress free. Additionally, it greatly reduce any wait times we had at the course during Men’s Night and Senior Men’s. I realize these changes were result of COVID, but it is something the course should consider keeping as we move forward.
I like how we reported to the course. We drove up to the proshop where we were met by a smiling face that checked us in to play. They took car of everything relating to our round in moments and there was rarely any line up as the process progressed. Then we would head to the parking lot, prepare our equipment, and wait for our tee time. For a person who does not linger around the clubhouse often, this efficient check in process enhanced my golfing experience.
This year I fought several injuries. It was the first time that I had hip and ankle issues and I can tell you that I did not like it. I believe that these physical challenges were caused by not taking my off-season training serious enough. So, that will change this year so that I can play injury free for the season. Being healthy and physically fit to golf is very important and it is something that needs constant attention.
Play in a few more tournaments would be great as well. I had some success last year playing in tournaments. I was in the prizes for three of four events and I enjoyed the competitions. I think next year I would like to play in a few more. I think I will actively look for a couple of stroke events in the area and see how I stack up against players from other courses. After playing in a few tournaments in 2020, I realized how much I missed competitions. So, to enhance my experiences in 2021 I think I would like to play in a few more events.
I had planned to play several new courses in my area in 2020. Unfortunately, COVID crushed that idea. I am hoping with that 2021 will offer greater opportunities to play different tracks. The two at the top of my must play list are Sequin Valley and Cobble Beach. I have been trying to play both of these courses for a few years, but nothing seems to ever work out. Hopefully, I can make this happen because that would be really improve my golf experiences next year.
Lastly, I would like to take a golf vacation to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Canada. I have dreamed of playing Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs for many years. It seems that whenever I am ready to take the plunge, life challenges get in the way. Well, I am hoping that 2021 will be a better year for traveling. If I am able to play at those two courses on a vacation, my golfing experience for 2021 would be through the roof. We shall see how things unfold.
Golfing is meant to be fun. I think that I make the most out of the time I dedicate to my passion. However, there is always just a little bit more I can do make the overall season a huge success. Most the changes are on me and how I approach my golf season. I am working towards making 2021 the best golf season to date.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!