Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Golfing at Palm Creek

Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to play in a couple's golf tournament here at Palm Creek. Since Orinda does not play, I teamed up with Belinda, a neighbor from Canada who lives behind us in their coach, and played. Orinda walked along enjoying the beautiful day.

First, we had to travel from the coach to the course, so used our electric bikes. Rick hooks up his golf cart to the back of the bike as a trailer and tows his clubs down to the course. It is about 3/4 of a mile and a nice ride.

Once we got to the Pro Shop, we signed in, paid our $9.00 green fees (for 9 holes) and did a little practice putting on the very nice putting green. We really like the beautiful surroundings here at Palm Creek and the excellent maintenance that keeps it this way.

Finally, we teed off at the 10th hole to play the back 9. Here, Rick shows how to tee off and hit the ball for the first hole (he hit the green too!).

The couples tournament was a fun event. Both Rick and Belinda teed off, then they had to switch balls and play the other person's drive. So, Rick played Belinda's drive and she played Rick's drive. This lead to some very interesting shots! Fortunately, we both did reasonably well, but there were several exciting moments.

The back 9, known as the Creek Nine at Palm Creek is a part of 18 holes of beautiful golf that is challenging and lots of fun to play. This is the tee box on hole 13, 174 yards over the water and the large sand trap. This is a very interesting hole -- sometimes you do well, other times -- opps!

This is our team during the tournament -- we did well, but placed fourth. Not to bad and a fun day.

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