The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer

Yesterday with beautiful fall condtions I had another 36 hole day. The first course was Stonecrest in Wampum Pa. about an hour and 5 minute drive. This course plays about 6400 yards from the back tees with most of that on the back nine, and plays to a par of 71. The course was in very good shape with the greens running a 6.25 on the stimp and were very smooth. This course is very flat and has a very good design. The three finishing holes are very long and demanding par 4’s playing 440, 468, and 426 and with the wet conditions played all of that yesterday. There are many tree lined holes but yet the course is not super tight. The hot dog at the turn was very good. I got off to a horrible start but did make a swing change in the middle of the round which seemed to work well for the rest of day. But for this 18 because of short game blues again, I could only muster an 83 while Pete shot 80. Then we headed about 6 miles south to Beaver Falls to Fox Run golf course. I had never played this course before and this was a pleasant surprise.  It was about 6500 yards from the back tees and again most of this was on the back nine.  The par was 72 and the course was in very good shape with these greens running a 5.5 on the stimp and they too were in excellent condition. This course had many interesting holes with lots of water that came into play. The course was hillier but was again very enjoyable to play. Two of the more interesting holes were early in the round. The 2ond hole was a 365 yd. par 4 with a dogleg left. The dogleg was well down the hole about 260 yards out and the green which was relatively small was surrounded by very large trees. The third hole was a short par 4 of 297 yds. with a large tree directly in the middle of the fairway about 200 yards out. Again on the back nine there was a stretch of demanding par 4’s, 12, 13, and 14 that were all over 400 yds. My only compaint about this course was some of the scorecard yardages seemed to be off but it is a minor complaint as this was a good solid golf course. My swing change started working well on the front nine and I shot a 1 under 35 on the front but the wet conditions and again bad chipping caused me to stagger in with a 40 on the back for 75. Pete shot 82. The hot dog at the turn was good but they had no relish or onions. Overall with the beautiful day and two solid golf courses this was one of the better days of the trek. These courses are worth the trip and I will be going back. Fifty nine down and Thirty one to go.

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