On the way out to the range, I caught the words that send a shiver down a Myrtle Beach golfer’s spine “Cart Path Only”. With the front that blew through Myrtle Beach over night dropping several inches of rain, the fairways at the Barefoot Resort were water laden, making it a very sloppy day with a lot of walking. That said, it was a great day for golf, as I was paired up with Charlie and Nick. We played from the Black tees, and there was money on the line for skins and blind draw teams.
I started out the front nine pretty well. The greens were a bit hard, and the ball was releasing much further than the greens at the Love Course yesterday afternoon, even after all of the rain. Even with that, I was +3 through 6 with a double on the first par 5. Then my 3-wood decided to stop working, well it sort of stopped on the par 5 #4 and the par 4 #5, however it was my double on the second par 5 that sent the club back into my bag for the rest of the afternoon. I was able to par the #10 par
5, however a triple on the par 5 #12 (thanks in part to 2 balls in the hazard), and doubling the last two holes in a howling wind let me finish with a 42-47 for 89 for the day. Checking in with Jeff, he shot an 86, and so takes a 5-3 lead with three rounds left to play. One high note, I managed to chip in for a birdie on the par 3 #16 which stood up for a skin, and was on the winning blind draw team (two teams tied at 73), so at least I have some money in my pocket!
As mentioned, the course was wet, however it was still in great shape, fairway to green was great, with the exception of some erosion in the bunkers which also had some standing water. This was my first time playing the Fazio Course, and I really enjoyed it. The scenery was spectacular, and the course fair form the black tees at just over 6300 yards. Charlie hit the ball down the middle like a machine, however Nick struggled a little bit with trying to control the long ball, occasionally pulling the ball, or pushing to the right. Both guys are lots of fun to play golf with, and certainly don’t take things too seriously which makes the round very enjoyable.
A bunch of us at dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse to take advantage of the $1.99 22oz beer special. The food was great all around, and the free peanuts on the table were gladly eaten while we were waiting. Back to the Caravelle and to the hot tub to close out the night. Tomorrow afternoon is TPC, which I have not played in years and I am looking forward to it.