One of my minor indulgences is to try and play different courses. Playing the same course every time, can be a bit kumon-esque. However, good courses in Surrey are expensive. So what could be a better way to enjoy them, but play them during the winter on winter rates!!!
So thats what we did, instead of playing any of the usual suspects, Rakash and I stumped up some extra dough and played at West Byfleet Golf Club. WBGC is a member GC, but allows some pay and play. With winter rates at 50% off, there was no need to rethink. There was a lot of overnight frost, and the 12th hole was closed for irrigation work. So we ended up playing 17 holes.
Overall a good course, the greeens had a lot of frost, so would not run true. The fairways are pretty wide, though you do have to look out for hazards. It is a shortish course. par 70., but it is packed with fairly long par 4s (12 P4!!!). The driver was out of the bag most of the time.
Rakash had a bit of a poor start. The first 4 holes needed him to take a penalty each.
The drives were not happening, but the mid and short irons were fine. Rakash produced the (trick) shot of the day. On the easy 4th (125yd, Par 3), Rakash miscued, the ball hit two trees and ricochet back to the tee box!! What a ROFL moment. Once he was warmed up, RaG did get his swing going. He was driving the ball 200-220 yards consistently. Rakash’s best was a bogie.
I had a slightly decent start. For the first 4 holes, I scored a 5!!! After I recovered from laughing my face off on the 4th hole, I pulled my tee and it landed on a different green. (Note to self: Never laugh at someone else’s misfortune). I finally got my first par on the 10th hole. I could have gone for a par on the 9th after a great approach shot, however, I tried to be over ambitious getting out of a bunker and ended up with a fat shot which sailed over to the next green!. Driving was pretty decent. My hybrid and 5 iron came back to form. Putting was pointless.
- RaG: 103 + 6 penalties
- VK: 93 + 5 penalties
Overall a good day, I am sure, we can take a few strokes off, since the frosty greens were unreadable. I am not a big fan of Arctic golf, but today it did not feel that bad. Maybe will do it once again.