After some pretty good golf on Saturday Matt and I sneaked out for a Sunday Afternoon round this past weekend and we were very pleased to arrive at the course (on a semi blustery afternoon in the hazy sunshine) and see the white tees back as far as they could go and off the winter locations.
This extra length combined with the wind certainly ensured we were in for a quality afternoon. I personally like the longer setup at Littlehampton with the winter tees making some holes a little too short. Having a full club in is preferable on hard greens where stopping the ball is close to impossible anyway.
We both hit reasonable drives off the first, short of the ridge but while Matt hit a great layup I turned mine over and ended up having to drop out of the trees! Not a great start but a 6 secured me a point and meant I was only one behind Matt.
Matt’s lessons (with our soon to be resident pro) are paying off big time at the moment and with renewed confidence he’s beginning to smash the ball into the same parts of the course as I do. ‘Big grins when he out-drives me now!’
The second was wind with and across and we both boomed drives over the 320 mark leaving Matt a pitch and me a simple chip to a flag. The birdie helped here but only for a second as we had 170 into the wind on the par 3 3rd and both pulled tee shots long and left making bogey 4′s. A duffed chip meant another bogey on the 4th for me which was rescued by a birdie on the 5th. Matt made a steady par on 4 but had a scrappy bogey on the 5th. All was pretty tight. A tough par 3 6th yielded 2 more bogeys then then a steady end to the front nine meant we had matching stable-ford points heading to the back nine.
A poor tee shot on the par 3 11th meant another par 3 bogey for me and then Matt went on a bit of a run matching or bettering my scores coming home with some nice play into the wind. This left me with no choice on the 17th but to have a push for birdie. It didn’t happen after an errant tee shot and I found myself needing to better Matt’s score by 3 to match his points score. Again, no luck as Matt hung on to clinch stable-ford victory again.
Watch this space for some sharp decreases in Matt’s handicap I reckon. 10 by the summer and poss single figures by the end of the year. You must be missing his reviews!