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2013 in Review

Last year, my USGA index skyrocketed to embarrassing heights and I scrambled for excuses in this year end post of 2012. And then I played the same type of schedule in 2013 and dropped down to my pre-season goal of a handicap in the 8’s, finishing at an 8.8. So I guess all my logic from last year didn’t hold water. Out of about 35 rounds, at least 20 were on courses new to me and I shaved 4 strokes off anyway. Only five rounds crept into the 90’s, and two of those were in February when I only had one working wrist. But only two rounds snuck into the 70’s, one of which won me $200. So now I’ve settled into a low 80’s threat in the midst of what are supposedly my prime physical years (though at the moment I look more like the “before” pic). So then what changed?

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This awesome swing was never the problem

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Stanford University Golf Course

Stanford University Golf Course in Stanford, CA

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Jordan and me

 

The Stats

Tee Time: November 29, 2013, 1:00, 66 F, calm

Designer: William Bell and George C. Thomas, Jr. (1930)

Playing Partners: Jordan Stankowski, John and Michael

Tees: White, Par 70 (69.2 rating/122 slope/5,802 yards)

Course Handicap: 9 (8.7 index)

Stats: 87 (41-46); 31 putts; 4/13 fairways; 5/18 greens; 1 penalty stroke

The Course

Stanford University sits on 8,180 acres of the San Francisco Peninsula, making it the sixth largest campus in the country (Cal Poly is 9th at 6,000 acres, so that’s yet another “Top 10” list you can find the Mustangs on). It has 46 miles of roads, over 700 buildings and its own power plant, according to the University fact sheet. There’s also over 14,000 trees, including one rather infamous mascot. But the highlight of the campus has to be the jewel of a golf course opened in 1930 by renowned architect George C. Thomas, Jr. His resume reads like a list of California’s best classic courses, including the country clubs of Bel-Air, Los Angeles and Riviera. Stanford University Golf Course has all the same features that make those legendary tracks in Southern California great, allowing the natural landscape of the Golden State to dictate the shape of the course. What results is a tough test of golf from any tees. Lots of elevated greens, sloped fairways and remember those 14,000 trees? Well it seems like half of those have their roots on the golf course, especially those Titleist-swallowing coastal live oaks. Continue reading Stanford University Golf Course