Lake of the Woods Group Returns to Pinehurst

The annual Lake of the Woods area golf trip returned to Pinehurst March 8-10th with 22 golfers anxious to leave the cold snowy conditions in the greater Fredericksburg, Virginia area for the warmer weather and opportunity to swing the sticks for the first time in 2015. The opening round on Sunday at noon did not disappoint. The track was Deercroft Golf Club, which was a first time play for most on the trip. The weather was spectacular-sunny, light breeze and high 60′s. Since it was 2 degrees just 2 days before-the weather alone was worth the trip. The course and clubhouse were not particularly impressive, but the folks running the place were extremely friendly.  More importantly (which is why the GOLF has no “I” in it, because it is all about ME) I won all of my betting money back (and then some) on the first day, by being on the winning team and winning one of the closet to the pin competitions with a 2 footer for birdie; a great way to start the season, by posted an 86. We only had a chance to grab a quick sandwich at the turn which was pretty good, but the hot dogs I understand had spent a bit too much time in the cooker. That evening after dinner at Ruby Tuesdays, we hit one of our favorite spots, the Cookout, a small, local fast food joint-that has 40 flavors of milkshakes. WOW-the place is always busy, great service and GREAT Milkshakes. My Latino friend Dave, a milkshake aficionado, gave it his highest ranking, 5 moos!

Our 2nd round was at The Legacy Links Golf Club, one my favorites from last years trip. The weather with a 9  am tee time was a bit more brisk, but warmed u a bit, but with partly cloudy conditions it was an “On/Off” jacket day. This course, I soon remembered has some very tricky greens and the areas around several of the greens was wet, which made chipping a bit more problematic, which is rarely the least of my worries, so the scrambling 95 should have come as no surprise. Disappointing round in virtually all aspects of my game, and the other three in the foursome were equally challenged by both the course, and our ineptitude. Gene, however, shared a great golf joke about a lucky leprechaun, that I’ll add to my golf joke list. About half of the group, opted for a 2nd round. We did however, stop for a bite to eat, and the clubhouse did not disappoint. There were some menu choice differences, but the high quality, quick service, friendliness of staff were still the same. I was sharing last year’s blog post with the server and realized that the Beef Brisket was MIA for the menu, but that most had raved about the chicken salad sandwich, which was a great choice and I would highly recommend.

The 2nd time out was equally abysmal and started with a 50 on the front, but finished with just 2 over par the last 6 holes to card a 42 on the back-so, as is the case with golf, just enough good things to make me want to come back for another day!

The Lesson Leaned for the day: “We would never have a friend who talked to us, how we talk to ourselves on the golf course…….think about you moron”