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July 23, 2013

Importance of staying in the fairway

Golfers know that the game is much easier when you play from the fairway. I learned this lesson in a big way last week while playing at Kiva Dunes and the Gulf Shores Country Club.

I was playing with my friend from Batesville (let’s call him B.H. as to not give away his identity). We headed out late afternoon to looking to get 18 in before the setting sun.

The place we stayed at was connected to Kiva Dunes, the No. 1 ranked golf course in Alabama. We loaded the clubs and drove the 300 yards to the club house. Yes, drove. (B.H.’s idea).

We were able to get right off on No. 1 and my experience of sea-side golfing began. I am an average golfer at best. Anyone that has ever played with me knows that bogey golf is good for me.

B.H. and I both started with a par on the first hole. Great start. The next hole was a par five and let’s just say neither of us played it very well and move on to the next three holes.

I managed par on the next three holes and a bogey on six to take a two shot lead on B.H.

The other thing that many of you know is that I don’t like snakes. I am fine watching Animal Planet and seeing all the poisonous snakes and constrictors, but not in person. I know Tom (Big Mac) is laughing at me as he reads this.

My first lesson in keeping the ball in the fairway was next and it had nothing to do with scoring better. After my tee shot clipped a tree and I lost the next shot left behind some trees and brush, I went in and found my ball and played the next shot.

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