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My A/C gave out today, suddenly started putting out warm air and hissing when turned on..sounding like air through a metal tube. I figured it needed a recharge, so after my rounds I finally found an auto-supply store and got some. Never done it before, but it wasn't so hard. Seems to have fixed it.

Had to detour several times today due to water-over road or a river flowing down the road. I am in the flood zone now, St. Louis. Crazy..the road by the Arch is underwater, and the parking lot there too. Tomorrow I plan to just drive straight across the state in the morning, possibly getting to Wichita, KS area for night rounds. I have already played the best of St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City, MO so there's nothing left to play on my route.

Centralia, IL- Recreational 9:Much tougher and longer than you'd expect, most holes are actually over 300' and it's hard to get more than a few deuces. There are multiple sets of grass tees, with the longest averaging like 450' and the shortest I think I missed and played from the middle by the tee sign, because it was much longer than it claimed to be in the directory. Flat, mostly field holes with lots of mature trees and some low branches. A few holes in the woods. Good design and fun. If you go off the fairway, you will sorely regret it and wished you wore long pants. Ivy can be 5' tall and lining fairways.

Centralia, IL- Professional 18:Possibly the LONGEST course in the midwest from the long tees, I played short which was still easily 7,000ft long to the short pins! From long to long it is 11,000ft. Mostly flat too with good use of available hills and bumps. If it weren't for ivy so thick off and sometimes ON the fairway right where you need to land to score well, this course would get a much higher rating. As it is, it was hard to play the holes as intended because all I could do was avoid the rough and not worry about score, so I couldn't play a tournament here. Very nice design, featuring many holes requiring two drives to well guarded baskets. Plays in and out of woods, often in very well cleared tree lines. Multiple holes over 1,000 ft from longs. Plenty of shade, a creek hazard and good signs. Have to cross a rickety bridge once and hop down into a creek another time. I recommend scouting out every hole in advance to see where you need to land. It has a course map, scorecards. This should be on everyone's list as a destination. Needs: Round-up like mad, cement or rubber tees, waymarkers.

Carlyle, IL- Carlyle City Park:Fairly nice for what is is, tightly packed into a city park often too close to swings, bathroom and little kids. Easy to figure out. The baskets are homemade and just do not catch a thing. Good designs, lots of variety and tougher than it looks. Slightly hilly, well maintained. Features one great hole, #7- about 310' slightly uphill in a tiny dry creek's valley, with trees spread out to form two fairways.

Carlyle, IL- Coles Creek:Hole #3's teepad was in the lake. Literally, have to see the picture. Lots of flooding around here. This one is in a small plot of land also being used by other people so be careful. Mostly flat with basic shots, a few water hazards. Tightly wooded but no rough.

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Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on June 29, 2008 at 8:17pm
Ben, I stayed in the hotel right by the ballpark near the arch in my last trip (May) to St. Louis. Hard to picture some of that underwater. Wow!

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