Day 159 of puregolf2010. Destination Crescent Point Golf Course.¬† Completely shattered after our 12 hour Composite Challenge we were picked up by Mr David Zunker early doors and given a ride out to this Arnold Palmer layout situated just off Hilton Head Island.
Once we clambered out of the car (getting in and out of cars is a pretty big risk when you‚??re as stiff and sore as I was after a 12 hour round of golf) we were introduced to the boss, Bill, who warmly welcomed us and shared tales of his sole journey down to New Zealand (although he was a bit scratchy on the details so either he was (a) pulling our ear, (b) confused by the local maori place names, or (c) a bit hazy after a particularly wild wedding that he now only vaguely remember‚?¶). Anyway, Bill was a good man.
We were joined up with a couple from Texas who were out on a golfing holiday at Hilton Head. Judy and John had arrived the day prior and already squeezed in 36 holes proving they were one keen golfing duo.¬† Like us, they took a couple of holes to warm up. Even in the 95 degree humidity.
The layout had big features such as 100 yard long lakes, massive bunkers and undulating greens.¬† Both having a case of the block slices we found our fair share of water. Perhaps it was just our subconscious telling us we should be taking the morning off to swim in the beautiful ocean nearby.¬† Like other courses we‚??ve played nearby, the greens were under renovation so we didn‚??t see the track in its full glory. It is a good layout and in perfect nick would be pure to play (if your hitting it semi straight.
That said, the track is not as challenging as the starter made it out to be.¬† On the first tee he told us we ought play the white tees (third from back) and maybe the blues (second from back) if we were feeling adventurous. So when we went back to the tips the starter put us at ease telling our playing partners ‚??‚??watch these guys have a really long day playing out of the trees all day if they hit off from back there‚?Ě.¬† So in a great mindset we blocked it into the trees and away we went.¬† Overall though, the course played a relatively modest 6800 yards and birdies were there for the taking. I made four and JP a couple but we both were not concentrating enough to grind out a decent score.
After we played we headed to the Marriott Hotel at Hilton Head which kindly put us up for the night. Being shattered after a long couple of days we took the time to catch up on some sleep, organise our next week ahead and ‚?¶ arrange for Dodgy to be picked up to continue the journey. ¬†Good place to stay at the Marriot and would be a great base if you were coming to Hilton Head on a golfing holiday (which you should), but it does get a bit tiring constantly having staff lingering around trying to milk tips out of you. When upon arrival we opted to carry our own bags in, we were given the cold shoulder by the bell boys such that we had to stop and open the main doors ourselves. Paying for service is a different culture to back home..
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