In our little weekly men's league this past week, a couple of us got to talking about our best round of golf.
Immediately, I thought back to the 13th hole. It's par 3, the #1 handicap hole on the course, with a couple front bunkers, OB right, trees left. It measures at 190 to the middle. That day there was a pretty good breeze, probably 10-12 mph coming into our face and left to right, pushing any ball that gets hung out right, OB. I was vividly aware of my current lifetime best score within grasp, and frantically attempting not to visualize it disappearing with a push/fade that drifts OB, carrying my tears of despair with it. I pulled a 5 iron, I remember thinking to myself that it is definitely a full, hard 5 with the wind, maybe even a 4. If I go with the 4, and try to make a nice, easy swing, the chances of me blocking it increase, whereas my miss when I try to jump on one is almost always a pull hook. Obviously not the best line of thinking when trying to make a golf shot, I'm aware. I pure the 5 with a gentle draw, landing it softly on the center of the green. I wish I could end this tale with a 18' right to left breaker that died in the center of the cup, but I was completely satisfied with a two putt par. Of all the golf shots that day that led to my best round ever, that 5 iron sticks in my mind the most.
I would like to hear some of your stories, what shots did you make, or maybe you caught a good break on a bad swing, that eventually led to your best round?
In the most simple terms I can think of, "no round wrecking mistakes." It's ok to make a mistake here or there, but we all know those shots or multiple shots in a row than can wreck a round. It's nice to play every now and then without any major mistakes.
Not my best 9, but my most memorable. I shot 37 and had 8 putts. I chipped in twice and got it up and down from a creek 40 yards away from the green.
Shot 73 (+1) from the tips at OCN Panther Lake course. I spent all night with a stomach flu and had very little energy to start the day. I didn’t think I had a chance of playing a round like that when I teed it up. Made par on 1 and 2 headed to hole 3 which was a 470yard par 4 straight into a 15mph wind. Nutted driver like 245 and had 3 wood into the green over bunkers and elevated a bit. Nutted 3 wood to 15 ft and sank the birdie. That sequence alone propelled me to a great round. Not my best score to par ever but under the conditions I consider it my best round.
Played Pebble Beach on my honeymoon for the first time ever and shot even-par 72 from the tips on really sandy aerated greens, two birdies two bogeys, 17/18 GIR.
Myself and two strangers walked the course with three caddies, it was not busy at all, never had to wait to hit a shot, was a beautiful sunny ~70 degree day with a very light breeze, and we all had a great time.
I played very well and was able to soak in every single amazing step of that course and the surroundings.
I've had many great scoring rounds, but that's a round I'll remember forever.
Short game was ON. I was unemployed at the time, and did a LOT of practicing on the short game and putting areas of local courses that allowed free access. Got a job, came out for 1st round and shot my best score ever.
Not by best round ever but last weekend was my best 9-hole score. I had a Par on the first 6 holes, birdied 7, par on 8. I was 4 strokes away from being 1-under par for 9 holes. I've never done that before, nor did I. I missed an 8 footer for par. Shot even par 36 on my outgoing 9. What stands out was the back nine. Where I went Double, Par, Par, Bogey, Par, Par, Bogey, Bogey, Bogey for a whopping 43. Just barely broke 80. SMDH!! Oh golf!
My only round ever under par...I shot 69 on a par 72 course but it was a weird one. It was one of those days I was just going to go out and play as many holes as I could in a couple of hours because I had to pick my son up from daycare by 5:30. Well, I get to hole 12 and I'm -2 and I start trying to figure out how I can finish the round. I called my wife to see if she'd be able to pick up my son but forgot she had an appointment and couldn't. At that point, I drove the cart to my car and went to pick up my son (almost 4 at the time) and told him we're heading to the golf course because I had to finish a round. Luckily a buddy and his son around the same age showed up when I got back so I finished out the round. Had a bogey on 13 with a 3 putt. Birdied 14, 15, 16 and another bogey on 17 and a par on 18 to finish with a 69. It was surreal. Obviously not the ideal way to shoot your lowest score but sometimes you just have to do whatever it takes just in case you can pull off a miracle on the course haha. That was in October of 2017 and unfortunately the closest I've gotten to doing it again was an even par 72.
I guess what stood out most to me was that I was able to keep it together while also keeping tabs on my son and it may have actually helped me since I was half focused on that and I didn't let as many bad thoughts creep into my head.
My best ever round was actually during a competitive tournament. Probably my worst week of practice that I have had in a long time. It was about a 35 minute ride to the course in the back of a school van. I used this 35 minutes to clear my head and simply repeated middle of fairway, middle of green. Every shot I hit I repeated this over and over. Never tried to cut a dogleg or go pin hunting.