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9/14- 10am round at The Dunes Club
One of my personal favorites and it didn't disappoint. Course in great condition tee to green. Alt. hole was being used to give Hole 15 some maintenance. Par 5 hole 13 is the signature hole and I tried to play a 3 wood left of the water but sliced my shot just enough to get wet. Proceeded to hit 2 great shots and just missed the par putt, would have been a great 5. Everyone agreed this was a classic layout and we will back again sooner that later. Side note: our guy from Atlanta is 30+ hcp. and he proceeded to break 100(97) for the first time in his life. Needless to say he had the time of his life on a golf course. I shot a very respectful 87. Had lunch overlooking the ocean and the weather was just perfect, 80's and sunny.
Back to the hotel and Ocean Annies. Place is what it is, some old faces and some new. Know most of the waitresses by now and Jen is my particular favorite. Place isn't everyones cup of tea, but we love it.
Dinner was at Rossis. Not the greatest Italian food, but this our traditional Weds Night. We head into the bar (88's) after dinner an enjoy a cigar and drinks. Good crowd for a Weds. and the perfect place to just chill and leave life in the rear view mirrow for few days. Back to the hotel bar (Sandals) to close out the night. As most of you know this place is always crowded with everyone seemingly knowing eachother. Not my favorite place, but when in Rome.......
9/15 - 9:30 round at TPC
Great weather again and course in very good condition. Fastest greens of the week made for some interesting puttting. Down two shots to my best friend on 9 (our last hole) I stuck my second shot close, made the birdie and won the match by one stroke (shot an 88).. Sweet. TPC is a challenging track but one of the Strands best IMHO.
Dinner tonight was at Biminis, casual seafood place with a fun atmoshere. Place was packed and the guitar player had everyone toe tapping and singning along. We doubled up on most of the menus appetizers replacing the Steam Pots we used to get.
Stopped by 2001 but it was pretty quiet so we headed back to Sandals to close out the night.
9/16- Barefoot Love
A cold front came through overnight and for the first time in our 13yr history is was actually cold (cloudy and 62 at tee off). It had rained over night so the course was wet but thankfully no CPO. Tee boxes and fairways were great but greens were full of divot marks. Why can't golfers take the few seconds it takes and repair them? Some comments from the forum were negative about the ruins but we thought they were pretty cool. Was really glad I packed my golf jacket as it was pretty cold for most of the day. Shot another 88.
Ate lunch in clubhouse but they didn't allow smoking on the deck. What is the world coming to?
Fri night is our big event as we dine at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Ran up a whopping bill as we left it all on the table this night. Great wine, fabulous steaks and lots of laughs. Ain't life great. Closed out the night at 2001. This place is about done for me. Not into the big crowds anymore, but there is action to be had if thats your thing.
Took a cab home with one of my buddies, busted out the scotch and cigars and proceeded to get smashed. Bed was sometime around 4 (not good).
9/17- World Tour
9am seemed to come pretty quickly today. Head pounding in the trip over to the course. Not enough Advil to go around today.
Interesting course, played the two nines that don't include the island green at Sawgrass. Really liked the Amen Corner holes, other than those didn't really get blown away by anything else. Worst greens of the trip by far, I would stay away until they correct this issue. One of the greens on the other nine was closed.
Another cold day forced two players to by jackets in the pro shop.
Back to Ocean Annies but the cold temps forced us inside earlier than normal. Band plays to 11pm on Sat. and I love to just sit out gettting stewed on my last night in Myrtle. Oh well, still had fun and finished the night in the room polishing off the scotch and reminiscing about the trip. Man, does time go by fast in MB or what.