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Fore! August 22, 2006

Posted by jessicraft in fitness, golf, health.
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As I’ve said previously, I really should have left this more open to being “a beginners blog.” I know what you might be thinking – what is a twenty-something year old girl doing figuring out her interests only now – and the truth is I had lots of interests but went through a kind of dry-spell in terms of ‘activities’ and am rediscovering things, I suppose. And, hey, interests change.

So, yet another relatively recent development – golf. A couple of years ago I had my first job that was, well, y’know – like a grown-up. I had a desk, a phone, an e-mail address, good gracious, what a grown-up! With this came – golf. Before this job I had golfed once previously in my life with my family, as my mother is an avid golfer. That experience, probably near a decade earlier, did not go so well to put it mildly.

This time around I found things to be quite different, and golf seems to be a big part of becoming a Grown Up if you want to get into the corporate world (and I do! and I’m still looking if anybody who comes across this has a job for me!). We had a day of learning with Links for Women Golf Schools at RattleSnake, which involved lessons from various club pros at the driving range, the putting green, on golf etiquette and a round of nine with a club pro in the afternoon. Luckily for me, many of the women golfing with me from my office were very new golfers themselves.

It wasn’t much later that I found myself at The Rock, where my foursome managed to golf a single hole before being completely rained out. Just that was very intimidating and that essentially ended my golf for the summer.

Last year I decided I’d like to give it another try – I had come to appreciate the skill involved and understood that golf does take strength and flexibility. It was a challenge, I was terrible at it, so I wanted to learn more (I will always find ways to be a student). I managed to get out to the driving range a few times and had some good laughs with my girl friends “working on the short game” at local miniputt places. I also golfed my first round of 18 holes at Manderley on the Green and tried another nine with friends at Irish Hills Golf & Country Club. It wasn’t much, but it was enough of a taste to get me interested.

So far this year I’ve done the driving range thing a few times, gone to Irish Hills, Pakenham Highlands Golf & Country Club and most recently Amberwood Golf & Country Club.

I guess that’s a little intro to my golf experience so far – I’m a completely horrid golfer but am starting to understand a little more about how I hit, so far I’ve been told that I have a good looking swing, so I guess it’s just practice.

Pakenham Highlands VII

Pakenham Highlands
2006.08.13

Stay tuned for .. I dunno, thoughts on courses from a beginner and workin’ through these clubs.  Hybrids yay, driver so-so, irons not-so-much, that’s a quickie run down so far.

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