The day started with lots of promise. A brilliant blue sky, warm temperatures forecasted for the afternoon, and an early enough tee time that we could hopefully get 36 holes in. My opening drive put me in good shape to score well on the first hole at Stonehenge, but no luck. Double followed by another double, a bogie, my first par and a double. By the time the smoke had cleared, I had a smooth 91, dented my 58* wedge on a hidden rock, and was really feeling the pain. Not that the course is not a good course. It plays long, with the white tees coming in at just over 6500 yards and a slope and rating of 71.0/130 for a par 71 with 3 par 5’s. Lots of long uphill par 4s. It wasn’t the length though. It was the fat shots, the pulled shots, the 3 putts (although the greens had been recently punched or verticut depending on what was needed, that was not the problem). In the end, too many doubles did me in. The guys in the pro-shop were really friendly as was the starter and the members that we talked to. The range was a bit thin, however lots of range balls available, and you can hit driver.
I found the tee boxes a little shaggy, and even though the course was still wet, there was no CPO today. The course is long, and the bunkers had nice white sand in them. There was very little water that came into play, and the funniest thing I saw was a cannon sticking out of the wall of a bunker!
Jeff was hitting his drives like crazy, and he made some tremendous up and downs including a long sand save on #6 to score 84 for the round. We are all tied up as I beat him yesterday!
Before we started our round, the pro-shop staff was talking about another course in the area, just East of Richmond called the Club at Viniterra. A new course in 2009, this sounded great, so we made arrangements following the round at Stonehenge, and headed across town to Viniterra. We got to the club around 4:00PM, and were sent off the back as there was a small shotgun tournament playing on the front nine. Arriving at the par 5 #10, we knew that this was going to be a great course. Both Jeff and I started with a par, which was significantly better than my double-double start in the morning. We made it through the front nine in less than 90 minutes (even with the slowest cart in the world), and checked in at the pro-shop to make sure all was well before we headed to #1. All was great! We headed out to #1, passing the last few golfers in the tournament. We then teed off and away we went, again finishing the front nine in under 90 minutes. The wetlands, water and sand was used to set up the course wonderfully as most Rees Jones courses do. Jeff again was pounding the ball, and finished with an 82 to my 84, and within a day, i went from 1up to down 2-1. I had a small victory as I took honors for the last hole of the day (and so it is mine until we play again)!
After the round, we headed down to Cary, NC to await tomorrows rounds at Lochmere and Neuse.