Played at Redgate in Rockville yesterday…despite a cold wind it was a nice day. Course was, for the most part, in good shape (the cold March and some pretty bad t-storms on Friday evening aren’t anyone’s fault). The old SGWC played with a rare friend who doesn’t give me the stink-eye (in fact I think I contributed to him getting the golf bug as bad as he did…you’re welcome).
A full review to follow, but a few mentions about Redgate Golf Course:
-Folks in the pro shop were very polite and friendly and not the “whaddya want” attitude I’ve experienced a few years ago. The gentleman who was working was apologetic about it being “cart path only” (given we had strong t-storms on Friday night, it’s understandable- several bunkers had standing water and there were at least half a dozen not small puddles in fairway and greenside areas).
-The starter was a nice guy as well. Look- we’re playing golf! It’s supposed to be fun so starters that see themselves as some kind of “Checkpoint Charlie” types…ugh.
-Played (as is my want) as part of the dawn patrol. I play fast (our twosome wasn’t trying to set a speed record, but by playing ready golf and having a reasonable “circle of friendship” on conceded putts) and we got around in 3 1/2 hours; saw the group in front of us a couple times and only saw the group in back of us a couple times.
-Billy Casper Golf is managing it; I won’t pretend to know or care about the politics of the course (at one point the city of Rockville ran it). If the course continues to be viable (and honestly it’s a great traditional course) then that helps everyone.
-I played average. Did something to my middle finger (those that know me would say it’s from overuse) so the back nine wasn’t exactly great. Unlike last year I didn’t have a chance to do a lot of gym work early so I feel like I’m behind the 8-ball a bit. Played really good on the front nine but missed more than a few makeable putts. Maybe not having feeling in my hands didn’t help (and having people and animals look at me weird for choosing to wear shorts).