Playing Claremont!

In August, I told you I played golf for the first time in 20 years, when six of us played a par three course at Edgefield. Bev and I liked it so much we both bought golf clubs and a golf glove to make the look complete. A couple of weeks later I played the front nine at Broadmore and had some nice shots, but was inconsistent. I kept casual score and probably scored a 60 for the nine. Not good, but I hit a few shots that made me smile and many shots that took the smile away. Next, Bev and I went to Glendoveer driving range and each hit a bucket of balls. I managed to iron out some kinks while blistering several places on my hands. I then played in a nine hole scramble and felt like I stunk up the course. We couldn’t use any of my drives, even with four mulligans that we paid $5 apiece.

Today, I played nine holes at Claremont in west Portland and made some progress. My drives on five of the par-fours holes were decent, two were complete duds. I hit houses three times on one hole and found water on one, losing my new Titleist. Two of the holes were par threes.

It had just started to pour. We had been monitoring some very black clouds, hoping they would blow away. Just before we were to tee off, the rain hit. The drops were huge. It almost looked like large hail. After it let up a bit, I stepped out from under the umbrella and walked up to the tee with my eight iron in my hand, arced the ball over water and plopped the ball on the green, ten feet from the hole. I had a chance at a bird. I was last to putt, and put the ball in the back of the cup. My first birdie ever on a regulation golf course! That eight iron came in handy on the fairway, too. I was about 132 yards from the green, my golfing partner suggested an eight iron. I thought that might be too little club, but I hit a fine eight again just ten feet from the cup. In all, I was right there on most holes to have a shot at par.

Tonight, while walking the dog for his evening constitutional, I paused to remember those eight iron shots. I could see the swing, hear the club strike the ball, and watch the high arc onto the green. I want more!

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