Today was my first day golfing at Bay City Country Club for the SVSU golf league. The temperature wasn’t much higher than 60, especially with a steady 2 club wind. When you start off with a 10 on the first hole you know the end result isn’t going to come out how you want. Add in an eight on the other par 5 and it all adds up to a nasty 52. At least I went bogey-par-bogey on the last three holes.
The course is definitely one of the nicest, if not the nicest, I’ve played in the Saginaw area. It’s definitely one of the most difficult and probably has more sand than the other 3 courses I play most often combined. Nearly every hole had fairway bunkers near the landing zones and the greens seemed to be surrounded. It’s a good thing I can hit it long enough to bomb it past the fairway bunkers when there isn’t so much wind.
I was happy with my iron and wedge play for the most part, but my putting pretty much sucked. The greens are a lot faster than I’m used to and they were also recently air-rated (or whatever you call it) so the ball bounced a little here and there.
I’m really looking forward to playing a more challenging course each week, compared to my other league which is basically on a 27 hole course that little more than a field with trees and nice grass. I shot a 44 for league there on Tuesday after being unable to hit a sand wedge. I was inside of 100 yards for my approach shot on every single par 4 and 5. Ugly!
As a Michigan golfer I’ve had to live with a shorter golf season than the more southern states. For the past 3 years I’ve gone on a 3 day golf tip to Boyne at the end of August where we play 36 holes a day. After the trip I’m usually sick of golf for at least a week and usually 2 weeks. That puts the season into September. During the month of September things start to pick up at work and the weather begins to change.
I usually golf a few times during September, but with the weather changes and everything else going on, I’m just about done. I haven’t played 9 holes in at least 3 weeks and don’t know if I’ll get any golf in for the rest of the year. October is a month of cold rainy days and that’s not my idea of fun on the golf course. Courses run all kinds of specials during this time, but it just isn’t worth it to me. I need to move somewhere warmer…like California!
According to ESPN.com the TCP at Sawgrass will undergo renovations costing an estimated $25 million. Plans involve changes to the stands on the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes, a new water drainage system, and new technology around the course. Technology improvements would include video screens around the course as well as a radio system for fans to listen to the action (maybe XM since they broadcast the PGA Tour).
Hopefully, it translates to a tournament that all of our tournaments can look at as a model, and that’s where the bar is set in terms of fan experience, player experience and sponsor experience.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem
For full details visit ESPN.