Went out to the Plantation Inn this morning for my "first" practice round. By "first", I mean a round with no extra shots, which I rarely do. I want to see how my score will change when it comes down to tournament play. While driving out this morning, it was pouring. I was considering getting a cart due to the rain, but as soon as I tuned on 19, blue skies and gorgeous Florida weather.
I love the enviornment of the Plantation Inn. The setting is great, and I love the mixing of ball golfers and disc golfers. I soon as I was in the Pro Shop, a few were muttering "oh that's right, they have a disc golf course here". Maybe one day, some of the ball golfers will give disc golf a shot, and forever be hooked like the rest of us!
Hole 1: I love the new long posiition. It really forces you to place that first shot in a better location for the possilbe huge hyzer approach. I played it down the gut as my second, then a nice Destroyer skip shot as my third, and canned my 25 footer for a 4. That first hole reinforced what my plans are for the tourney. Solid, smooth shots, without trying to get to crazy. The course will punish you if you do not play smart.
Hole 3: This one gets me every time. I just cannot seem to turn it over enough for it to stay in bounds. Just a foot, but my first O.B. and my first bogie.
Hole 14: I love throwing huge drives down a ball golf fairway. I could have stayed on that tee-pad and practiced for hours, but I am sticking to my no practice shots. The tunnel at the end of the hole is crazy!!! Your second shot needs to be place perfectly in order to get a three, you are punished if you go into the shule. Nice change. The ball golfer that was behind me was stating how cool the two sports are very similiar, but how ball golfers would never play a hole where they have to go through a tunnel like that.
Nothing to crazy after that. I played strong, but got really tired towards the end of the round. I was noticing a change in my run up, trying to compensate for a loss of leg power. Better hit the gym again tomorrow.
Finished with a 64. No too bad, but I know that I can shoot at least 2 strokes better each round at the TPC. If I shoot 64 or below, I will be extremely happy with that.
I will try to keep a TPC blog going during the tournament, posting pictures and all kinds of stories. I am staying in a Villa off of Hole 1, and plan on enjoying the company of my fellow competitors. I am going to bring bocce and badminton, so I am sure we will get some good games going.