It's 95 degrees and sunny as heck right now, on the far-away-from-Ike side of the state. Glad I'm over here and not over there. I think it's the first time I've seen the sun in 5 days. Ran into a small doubles tournament going on at the courses in San Angelo, but they let me play through, thanks guys.
I REALLY don't know what to do now, with Houston being wrecked and all. I think it'd be prudent to stay away from there, to let them fix it up and stay out of their way, if it's even safe, if hotels are even in business, water is drinkable and the power is on! Who knows if any courses are good, either. So, I am thinking of sticking to San Antonio/Austin for awhile, head up to DFW for a week or so, then to Arkansas, and maybe hit Houston from the border with Louisiana later, next month, skipping the very far southern coastal courses (Corpus Christi). To me right now that seems like the most logical choice. It sucks, but it's what needs to be done I guess.
Busy planning like mad all night.
People might be thinking that I am missing some of the best courses and wondering why, but it's because I have already played 40+ courses in Texas in the past, so if I come through your area and you wonder why I missed the best of the best, it's because I already played it.
Abilene, TX- Cal Young:Medium to long very flat holes through Mesquite groves and open spaces. One shot across a creek, and another over a tree onto a peninsula. 2 types of baskets, good tees with # and length stenciled, course map at msg. board. A few challenging (as in tough to park not tough to get a 3 on) holes. No legit. par-4 in my opinion.
San Angelo, TX- Picnic Bend:Easily the toughest course of the day, though somewhat short with no holes out of reach but also nothing under 250'. 2 holes dangerously close to a river on one side and road on the other. 1 hole throws across the creek, over a tree line, to a basket on a solid rock old creek bed. Another shoots from up on top of the rock cliff across the water again. One very low ceiling shot next to a fence followed by a hole well protected by palm trees and a cool wide pine. Very clean and well maintained, tees have # and length engraved.
San Angelo, TX- Brentwood:Flat, playing up and down the sides of a small drainage creek lined with rock walls, dry today. OB in play often, roads, yards, and that creek line. Nicely maintained rubber tees but no signs, yet easy to follow due to the size and dimensions of the park. I shot -7, 9 holes, in wind. One hole forces playing right up to the OB road and throwing through a 10' window, or throwing a bomb off the tee, over the fence/net by the tennis courts.
Del Rio, TX- Buena Vista:The Mexican Border fence is OB be careful. Short and flat also, through small groves of trees in a grassy area with some exposed rock ground. Poorly marked, some tees hard to find even though there's a map. One basket way too close to a playground, you throw at the playground then over it, so can't be played when occupied. A few wide open holes, most with a couple trees or a line of trees to easily negotiate, windy.