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Bobby Jones Golf Club (Gillespie 9) – Sarasota, FL

06 Jun
June 6, 2018
Entrance

Bobby Jones Golf Complex – Gillespie 9 Executive Course

Robert Tyre Jones, the man, the myth, the legend is alive and well. Well, maybe not the man himself, but the legend lives on at Bobby Jones Golf Club in Sarasota, FL.  History abounds at the club that features the American 18; British 18; and the Gillespie Executive 9. Our round today today took us to the Gillespie Course and we were greeted by

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Terrace Hill Golf Course – Temple Terrace, FL

09 May
May 9, 2018

Hole #3 – Par 3, 124 yards

LIGHTS (the sun has set; the full moon has risen; and the course lights are turned on)! CAMERA (set to catch those spectacular evening shots)! ACTION (not too much action on my Pro V1’s because my rental clubs were so old the grooves had disappeared)!

Terrace Hill Golf Course is an executive nine (par 30) and has the distinction of being a lit (or is it lighted) course. My round started about 8pm in 60 degree weather. What a nice change after stepping off the plane from Colorado. My last round under the lights was 50 years ago. I remember it clearly as I embarrassed myself in front of my beautiful date. I also struggled this night in front of my BEAUTIFUL wife of 36 years. Either the course’s lights aren’t very good or my 67 year old eyes don’t see very well at night – probably the latter.

Hole #1 – Par 4, 292 yards (white). Hit & Hope!

Hit and Hope – that’s what it felt like as I addressed my first tee shot of the year at the par 4, 317 yard first hole. I hit a low screamer that somehow found the fairway but then proceeded to top my next two shots for my first bogey of the year. I blame my new glasses on those last two shots! We were treated to a fox sighting as he walked without fear across the green probably knowing full well that I had no chance of hitting the putting surface.

Holes #2, #3, #4, #5 are all par 3’s; my scores were all bogey 4’s. Five holes; five bogeys – I should have practiced some before this trip!

Hole #2 – Lights are on; moon is hovering over the green.

At night when you are one of the only a few golfers on the course, Holes 5 & 6 can be a little scary (and I mean frightening scary). I don’t know what’s (or who’s) living beyond the out-of-bounds fence, but as I shanked my tee shot into the trees, something big stirred. I didn’t stay around to investigate or try to locate my ball. Who knows what danger lurks (at least one fox) beyond the fence, so keep your shots to the left on these two holes.

Par:  Greens and fairways were in good shape. Not a course a scratch golfer wants to play for a challenging round. It’s a good course for the uniqueness of playing at night; for an evening out with the family; a date night with your wife; or a quick play to work on your short game.

What else is there to do in Tampa? It’s Florida; it’s warm; it’s March; it’s…Spring Training Baseball!! We cruised over to Clearwater to catch a Phillies game. A great afternoon was spent watching baseball, eating cheesesteak, and drinking Ballantine Beer (only kidding).

Phillies/Blue Jays Spring Training game

7740 Temple Terrace Hwy., Temple Terrace, FL 33637;  813-985-4653;  www.thgcgolf.com

The Causeway Club – Southwest Harbor, ME

06 Dec
December 6, 2017

The Causeway Club. The causeway as seen from Hole #4

“Quirky, funky, unique…a course everyone should play”. That is how one golfer described The Causeway Club. Another person in the same group said, “it is a cow pasture.” I guess to each his own but we have heard this before, so here is our take on this interesting track. Read more →

St. Croix Country Club – Calais, ME

01 Nov
November 1, 2017

Hole #6 – Par 3, 126 yards. Clubhouse in background

It was an All Saints Day. Golf at St. Croix Country Club in the morning and a visit to St. Andrews in the afternoon. We couldn’t have experienced a much better day unless Read more →

Wawenock Golf Club – Walpole, ME

25 Oct
October 25, 2017

This clubhouse greets you as you enter the driveway. I feel good about this course.

“Wawenock” is the name of one of the bands or subgroups of the Penobscot tribe, located in what is now Maine. The name Wawenock means “round island” in the Penobscot language. I have to admit, every time I hear that name I think of Donald Penobscot from M*A*S*H. I’m not sure about the “island” part but there is plenty of water around this area. I do understand the “round” reference because Read more →

East Potomac Golf Course (White Course) – Washington, DC

11 Oct
October 11, 2017

Hole #8 – Par 4, 286 yards. Washington Monument seen from fairway.

We had one full day in Washington, DC. One Always Time for 9 team member had never visited our nation’s capitol. How do we visit Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, The White House, U.S. Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian, plus many more and still get in a round of golf? Here is how we accomplished everything in an eight hour time frame… Read more →

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