Friday, December 23, 2011

Bellville 23 December 2011

It’s been a year since I’ve played Bellville – ironic since it’s probably one of the closest golf courses to where I live. The course is a best to play in the summer – it gets a bit wet in the winter. The wind was quite strong today, which made the game rather challenging on this tree-lined course. One of the only down sides of this course, imo, is the uneven fairways. Even if you centre a drive, you could still be left with a tricky shot well above or below your feet. There are also plenty of doglegs and elevation differentials to keep the game interesting.
On to the pics:
The first hole is quite short and down hill. Well advised to take a hybrid off the tee

On the 2nd, favour the left side to give yourself a line into the green.
The par 5 3rd has an elevated green. Stay out of the bunkers.

The 5th is an interesting hole. Long hitters can reach the green when with the wind – but it’s high risk. Off the tee it’s uphill

…but then turns sharply left downhill.

Should have birdied the par 3 7th – putting wasn’t good today:

The 9th is another shorted par 4. Hybrid off the tee will keep you clear of most of the hazards.

The stroke 1 11th is a bit of a challenge, especially into the wind. Keep left of the fairway for a line into the green.

The par 4 13th is another elevated tee shot inviting you to open the shoulders – especially with the wind from behind. Was my best drive of the day – 280m down the middle Smile

Some nice houses look over the course…

Remember to apply the brakes to your carts on this hilly course, else…

Another example of those uneven fairways:

The 18th is also an elevated tee. If you look carefully, my ball is left of the 2 trees on the 10th hole fairway – a good place to be if you want to take the water out of play for your approach.

If you’re looking for a good test of golf for your skills in course management – look no further. I lost quite a few shots to bad decisions which will improve my game with lessons learnt for the long run.

I also used my new (free) sports-tracker application on my windows phone:

Total distance 11.2km – guess I wasn’t hitting all that straight Smile with tongue out

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