Saturday, January 17, 2015
A few days ago we got some rain, which I had thought would've been enough to melt away the couple of inches of snow cover. Trouble is it's been very cold and the ground is frozen, so even a full day's worth of steady drizzle was not enough to clean up the entire mess.
At home in the middle of Manhattan, all traces of snow are gone. So I was surprised when I arrived and saw considerable amounts of snow and ice on the course. Before I went into the bar (which in the wintertime is where you check in for your round) I was fully expecting to be turned away, even though I had pre-booked and paid. But no, even though the course appeared to be completely deserted, the staff was welcoming and didn't make me feel at all weird about trying to play golf in these conditions.
Other than that, I'm glad to be out here. This is my most extreme attempt at frozen golf yet, and I welcome it. The ground is hard and there is some bounce to the ball as it lands, but it's not out of control. I flew my approach to the first green somewhere near the front, and while it was in the air I feared the worst, but it ended up just off the back fringe.
In theory I could take relief from casual water. I chose to play it as it was, made a mess of it and three-putted. Putting on ice is a lot different, I can tell you that.
A miracle lob wedge approach managed to stay on the green even after the big bounce, but more perils awaited. Some of these geese shits had fused onto the surface and had to be chipped off. Not surprisingly, three putts from here.
A snow bunker is actually a very good idea.
Here, on the par 3 11th, about to tee up an 8-iron I said "fuck it" and teed the ball atop a piece of dried up goose turd. It worked.
Trouble is most of it's over ice. I was just glad to two-putt here, and also not to slip and fall. My goal today was to break 90. I failed by three shots; I think it was out there though. Anyways I'm glad I tried. Again, it's a privilege just to be playing any kind of golf at this time of year let alone a full eighteen. The weather looks to be non-catastrophic over the next week, so we'll try to get back out soon and give it another shot. At this stage it might be a tiny, weak ember that could be snuffed out any day, but for now the golf season burns on.