The following series of 20 or so articles were previously published on another website from August 2013 to August 2017 when I first started playing golf to track my progress.

Sweet Golf – Where Have You Been All My Life

First published August 19th 2013

On the second 9 at Royal Crook – effectively hole 12 – I duffed the tee shot maybe 50 yards then flew a 5 iron to the right of the green. But it hung left and dropped into the pond that forms when it rains hard.

Took a drop from the place I played from and hit right out of trouble, about 80 yards way right of the pin with a 10m upslope in front of me and a 10m downslope in front of that.

The green was another 10m uphill with a dry stone wall at the back. Hit a great 6 iron in and landed on the green then bounced over the wall out of bounds – great recovery shot but wrong club and ambitious for someone of my limited experience.

But it flew well and I learned so much in one shot. Yep, golf has got me but I’m beginning to “feel” it and that makes it fun.