It was -1'C (30' F) when I arrived at the course and the landscape was glistening with the morning frost. Luckily I was wrapped up with long-johns, under-armour and enough material to kit out a 7-aside rugby team. I headed to the first tee, to discover that I was not the first group off. In fact, I was 4th! I under-estimated the bravery of the older members, who were equally wrapped up and ready to battle the cold. Being the 4th group off could be a problem in terms of trying to play as fast possible, so I decided to walk out onto the course and start mid-way round.
This was the view from the 2nd tee, with some brave older members setting out for the day
|The only company I had for most of the round was the local deer|
I headed back to the 1st hole, where a couple of gents let me play in front of them (probably because of the pace with which I walked up to them from the 18th green). I holed a 40 foot putt on the 1st and headed down the second thinking "holing putts is a great way to save time, I should try that more!"
I played the next 6 holes, and finished my practice round on the 7th green. 75 minutes 25 seconds and 74 shots. Both numbers were a lot lower than anticipated, but encouraging nonetheless.
|This is the summary of the round via the Runkeeper iPhone app.|
Overall, a good start to the challenge though and certainly gave me confidence. On the day I will have to play 10 rounds in approximately 18 hours of sunlight. So I will need to be playing each round in approximately 1.75 hours (including any stops, meals etc). Still going to be a massive challenge, but today was a good practice-run.
Saying that, I am not sure I fancy playing 9 more rounds today...?