Countdown To GolfaPalooza!

TigersI absolutely love this time of year.  Today is G-minus 30 days from the annual pilgrimage to Myrtle Beach and it’s time to start counting.  Maybe it’s the aha moment I discovered today with my golf swing, or maybe it’s the five sustained days of 80 degree temperatures we’ve got lined up, or maybe it’s the prospects of total immersion in the game I love (playing 216 holes the same week as the U.S. Open is contested at Pinehurst.)  Either way, the anticipation and lead-up to this trip is almost as good as the real thing.

Leopard’s Chase

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 MB lineup (36/day weather permitting).

June 9: Lion’ Paw

June 10: Panther’s Run

June 11: Tiger’s Eye

June 12:  Leopard’s Chase

June 13: True Blue

June 14: Surf Club

The best thing about playing Ocean Ridge Plantation (Four Big Cats) is an abundance of replay targets.  Often, you have the opportunity to play a different course in the morning and afternoon, and I’ll bet we come home with at least three rounds on Tiger’s Eye, which is one of my top five plays on the Grand Strand.

The best thing about playing True Blue is that it’s one of the finest public golf courses in the United States.  Everything about this Mike Strantz design is great.  We added it to the line-up and removed Tidewater after learning that the latter had lost their greens due to a fertilizing double bogey by the greenskeeper.  I’ll have three new course reviews coming for Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run, and Surf Club.  Anyone with an early season report on course conditions for these six, please pass them along.

As readers of this space know, I’ve been in an early season ball striking slump.  It’s hard for the serious player not to let a slump affect the rest of his life, but we try (and usually fail), you know what I mean.  So today was huge.  I recalled Vet4golfing51‘s advice to review the fundamentals during my ball striking slump last year.  Darned if it wasn’t my grip again, and I validated with some swings on my patio driving range mat and then again with some PW shots off turf.  The fix feels great and it’s funny how the rest of your mood improves when you have better prospects with your golf game :)

I hope your season is off to a great start.  Mine is certainly looking up!

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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7 Responses to Countdown To GolfaPalooza!

  1. Brian

    Sounds like an awesome trip! You are going to have so much fun! I will have to say one thing, that slumps are as much mental as physical. I am happy that you found a solution and will reinforce the fix before you go!

    Cheers
    Jim

    • Brian Penn says:

      Jim, my last two slumps have been physical (assuming I’ve got this one licked). They have mostly been caused by not dedicating enough time to my game, and are solved by working through with more practice and play. You are correct though on the mental/physical divide. I think the mental slump is often a more difficult nut to crack. Thanks! Brian

  2. John Gerlesits says:

    13 rounds played last week at MB. All course conditions were great. Played all 4 cats courses, great conditions. Enjoyed rounds at Heritage, Prestwick, Rivers Edge,Glen Dornach, Grande Dunes, &TPC.
    Check out the blacked prime rib at the flamingo grill.

    • Brian Penn says:

      John, sounds like a fantastic line-up. Great to hear about the conditions on the Cats. Last time down, we had so-so conditions on Leopard’s Chase and I’m hoping they hold up over the next month. Thanks for the comment! Brian

  3. What a trip! Can’t wait to hear about it when you get back. I am gearing up for my own golf marathon this July at Whistling Straits. 90 holes in 3 days is gonna be an absolute beast!

    • Brian Penn says:

      Whistling Straits? Are you kidding? Awesome! I will need to see pics of that. Are you going to hit one from the Dustin Johnson “non-bunker” just to say you did?

  4. I’m 100% going to hit from the DJ bunker. Gotta do it just to say I did. I’ll definitely be taking as many photos as possible while I’m there and doing some write ups once I’m back.

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