Monday gets us all the way to Raleigh, North Carolina. First on the list is Lochmere Golf Club – http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Lochmere-Golf-Club. Lochmere was built in 1985, and is a traditional woodland layout with lots of trees and water that comes into play on several holes. We started on the back 9 just after 8am in brilliant sunshine. It was going to be a hot day, and we needed to get to our next round for 2:30. Struggling through the first nine, we turned the corner is just under 2 hours. This nine took us a bit longer as we struggled to find balls in the deep Bermuda rough. The front nine was a bit friendlier, although double bogies still haunted me throughout the round. I did manage to shoot 87, beating Jeff for the morning round, tying the match at 2.
On the front nine, we were joined by a long-time Lochmere club member, who despite fighting a crippling disease, continued to play golf everyday. It was pretty inspirational to see him play with what he deals with every second of the day.
After finishing up at Lochmere, we headed out to the East side of Raleigh to play The Neuse Golf Club – http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Neuse-Golf-Club (Brian is quite familiar with this course). We got there in lots of time, had a great burger, and waited for the Tar Heels Senior Tournament to finish up. Teeing of just after 2:30, Jeff and I were paired up with a couple of Neuse members who were fantastic! They showed us the ins and outs of the course, and were lots of fun to play with. Jeff’s driver was working fantastic, making 3 birdies on the day. This, however, was balanced with an 11 on the first par 5, suffering through penalties for OB and lateral hazard. Still, he had enough to beat me for the afternoon, taking the lead again 3 rounds to 2.
After leaving The Neuse Club, we headed for Myrtle Beach, stopping at the Texas Roadhouse for a simple steak dinner were we got two 6oz rib-eyes with two sides each for $20.00. The steak was great as was the house salad. The mashed potatoes weren’t the best, however they filled the void. We arrived at the Caravelle around 11pm, got signed in, cleaned up and off to sleep in order to get to Barefoot for our 9am tee time at the Dye Club.