I played Crosswinds Golf Club to write up a golf course review. My golf play had been decent lately and expected a nice high 80s/low 90s round. I walked to my car with a 96. I swore I would have my redemption with this course and returned a week later and returned to my car with a 98 hanging over my head. What went wrong? Simple I played the scorecard and not the course.
How to Improve on a Golf Course
It is a high sign of praise for a course that I played it like crap and I still want to come back and get my revenge. The key to improve my game on the return trip is to learn from my mistakes. I look at scorecard at find those holes that ate my lunch and what can I do to play better.
- Which holes collected the most strokes?
- What were my shot/club selection on these holes?
- What is the course layout, water, sand, trees, that affected your game?
- Did I play a high risk/reward shot or two?
- How many three putts did I tally?
From these questions, I devise a strategy to find the next round to play a solid round and within my skill level. Sometimes it just takes knowing the layout of the course and avoiding pit fall locations.
Second Time: Play Your Game Not Against My Past Self
In Mario Kart, players can complete time trials and to see how you do against previous times, players chase ghost racers showing past performance.
The worst thing I can do when I play a course again is to compete hole by hole with my previous self. If I do not match my first few holes score, I will get discouraged and then cannot relax.
On my third attempt at Crosswinds, I scored a 93 and felt fine about it. I know the course now and have a strategy. I will break 90 there in another try or two.