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Lot's of hype for this, and sadly this gets caught up in its own web.
Course: Creekwood Golf Course
Location: Lorain County, Columbia Station
Directions: Access from Rt. 82, Rt. 10, I-480, and not far from I-71 or the Turnpike
Time Travel: 35 minutes from Akron, 20 from Medina, 45 from Portage County
Dewsweepers Tee Time Was: 730
This week, the Dewsweepers played at a real quaint and fun course in Columbia Station called Creekwood. Creekwood is out in the country, among the trees that plays about 6,300 yards. It is a friendly golf course that is suitable for all levels of play. It's not a long golf course, but it's one that challenges you right out of the gate. You don't play many courses where the number 1, 3 and 5 handicap are the first three holes you play. If you're not careful, you can lose your score very early. But conversely, if you do, there is ample time to make it up.
Beef and Joe Red were off this week, as Beef was on the Dewsweepers Tour West Coast Division, playing desert golf In Las Vegas with his son Dirk and nephew Brenden (also Dewsweeper fill-ins) Joe Red was out of town on business, so Joe's son Bryan filled in as did our friend Manny. Tex and I as charter members teed it up with them.
Manny is a solid player who is back finally after a long road dealing with back problems. But when he is healthy he can play. Today, he played another quiet round as he usually does. Manny seldom has blow-up holes, and keeps his damage minimal. He also putts very well making 8 footers routinely. Manny shot a respectable 42 on the front, and a real nice 39 on the back for 81 on the day. He also had 6 1-putts on the round, always helps the score.
Bryan played the best of all of us probably overall. He had three birdies on the day, including two on the front, and one on the back. He was sailing along nicely, but a startling 8 (snowman) on the difficult number 13 dog-leg left par 4, really derailed his round. But Bryan hit the ball well all day, and recovered also firing an 81, going 39/42. A bad 8, but otherwise well done all the way around.
Tex played a pretty good round, but had the tale of a few bad holes. Tex had three explosion holes, 5, 9 and 11. Taking 8 on all three. But other than that, his short game was good, and he putted fine, and helped keep his damage under control as he tried to erase 3 bad numbers. Going 50/48 for 98 on the day. Not bad considering three tough numbers. We've all been there.
I bogeyed the first 7 holes. Then played only plus 4 on the final 11 holes, that included 2 of those on 18, taking my only bad number of the day, a double bogey 6. I parred 8 out of 10 holes, and kept the number pretty low considering a 7 bogey start, going 43/40 for 83 on the round. I 3-putted number 6, and took a ridiculous double on 18, so the round could have been better. I also took a bad bogey on the short number 11 par 5, that hurt, when you are thinking birdie. So my score could have been better, as I hit the ball pretty well. For the most part we all kept the ball in play all day.
Course highlights? 1,2 and 3. 1 is a monster par 4, 435 yards straight ahead, with a sloped green back to front. 2 and 3 are both short par 4's, that are ridiculously tight with tree lining all the way, 3 has a lake in front. 6, is a great par 4 with a creek at the landing area, or you can try to drive over it (Bryan and I did). 13, is a severe doggy left, that dares you to try to drive it over the trees to the green. 16 is another brutal par 4, doggy right tree lined to a sloped green, and 17 a tough little par 3, 165 yards uphill over 2 creeks.
Creekwood is a fun place to play and is generally in good shape. Rates are very reasonable, with really GREAT weekday specials with cart that are hard to pass up. Always a good time, and one of the nicest starters you'll ever meet.
Bryan - 81
Manny - 81
Wynn - 83
Tex - 98
Next week the Dewsweepers are all back together, and we are playing our first round ever at Sugarbush.
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We need a comedy out right now, and we've got this. Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton star in The Other Woman. First off with this plot line, I don't understand whey it isn't named, The Other WOMEN. But that's just me.
Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall star in the new computer movie, Transcendence.
Course: Shale Creek
Location: Right off Marks Road in Medina
Directions: Easy access from I-71, I-271, Rt. 42. 20 Minutes from Akron, 30 from Cleveland, 45 from Kent
Dewsweepers Tee Time Was: 820
A great weekend meant the Dewsweepers 2014 tour got underway in Medina at a really nice course, called Shale Creek. This course is in a conga line of sorts, of some solid places to play in Medina County. Just a couple miles from Bunker Hill, and Pleasant Valley golf courses. All nice places to play very good public golf.
Shale Creek is a part of a housing community, but the houses seldom are a factor in your shot making process as they are mostly well off the course. This can be played from 6,000 up to 7,000 yards. This is a wonderfully designed course with a bit of everything to test all of your skills. Hills, sand, water, sloped greens, and just flat out good golf.
Today the weather conditions were fine, for the exception of the 30 mph winds that really made it very difficult at times. It's early in the season, but they were in very good shape. Of course, like all golf courses this early, they will improve. But Shale is way ahead of the curve. The were in pretty darn good shape, considering how early it is. We wrestled with the wind, especially on the back 9 when things really kicked up. Not much roll today either as the course was still damp. But it was dryer than most after this terrible winter, and slow to spring - Spring. Overall for our inaugural round, we couldn't have picked a better place to start off.
Beef got off to a slow start today, and had a couple of bad numbers of the front. But Beef did what all good players do, he hung in there and waited to find his swing. After a 48 on the front, with a 8/7 back to back, (tough to recover) he warmed up on the back 9. Parring 5 of the last 7 holes, and keeping the ball in play despite the wind. That's what you gotta do. Just grind it out, and he did posting a very nice 40 on the back with a vicious wind for a nicely recovered 88.
Beef's nice approach at #13
Tex had a remarkably consistent round, scoring 51/51 on a tough day weather wise. Tex is a low ball hitter, and that helped him with the wind. But with the damp, he didn't get much roll and that's his bread and butter. Tex did keep the ball in front of him most of the day, and was the only one of us that did not record a 3-putt. And that was no small feet. Greens everywhere right now, have a ways to go, and are hard to read and not always true. So getting the ball in the hole sometimes is not small thing.
Tex lining up at the difficult #12
Joe Red today was the story. Red did something none of us had ever seen in 30 years of golf! He CHIPPED IN 4 birdies today. On holes 2, 7, 13, and 17. Stunning! He only had 26 putts on the day. He saved himself about 8 strokes by just - not putting 4 times! I have never seen anything like it. Plus, we all got to see the highly inappropriate victory dance 4 times. Yeah, thanks! We don't have to see that again. But, he earned it. Red also struck the ball well to put himself in position to make those chips.
Joe Red's HIGHLY hard to watch "birdie dance" (4 times!) I also did something I have never done. I took a "10" on a par 5, the difficult number 3. After a nice drive into the wind, I tossed 2 balls in the water, and then 3-putted. Tough to recover from that. But, I did to a degree. I had 6 pars on the front, and shot a 43. I wasn't too unhappy since I took a 10! On the back, I played OK, but not as well on the front. The wind kicked up, and I struggled on the last 3 holes, taking 2 doubles for a 45, firing 88 on the day. Overall, not bad since I played the par 5's horribly, (usually my strength) at 7 over (5 on one hole) and missed 4, 3 foot putts. Hard to survive a 10. Sheesh!
I'm sure this was one of my good drives....
Course highlights? This entire course is terrific! The par 5's are all great. Number 2 is a great tree lined par 3. Number 9 is a really nice par 4, that's short, and is a tough approach shot. Number 10, is a challenging par 4, hard dogleg right with a tough green to hit. And 12, is a really tough par 4 that wraps around hard to the right over trouble. Shale Creek can be played many different lengths and ways. But this is not a beginners course at all. The facilities are wonderful, and service is great. They even called Beef to tell him they located his club head cove that he lost, and they would hold it for him until he comes and picks it up. This is also pricier than most public courses, and it's worth it. Although deals can be found depending when you want to play. Just a really fantastic place to play!
Joe Red - 82
Beef - 88
Wynn - 88
Tex - 102
Next week we visit Big Met, in Fairview. A historic course that's part of the MetroParks system.
Course: Big Met Golf Course
Location: Cleveland MetroParks System - Fairview Park, Cuyahoga County
Directions: Easy access from I-480, Brookpark Road, Lorain Road 40 minutes from Akron, 30 from Medina
Dewsweepers Tee Times Was: 645
Big Met Website
Big Met is a storied golf course with its roots being traced back to the 1920's. Big Met is a wonderful, mature course set deep in the valley of the Cleveland MetroPark system, amongst the trees, and privacy only the park can offer. It is a course of moderate length, with a fair amount of sand, some water hazards, but a ridiculous amount of trees. After all, it is the park. This is a wonderful place to play for many reasons, and one of them is its beauty.
Welcome! It is challenging, and being a straight hitter is preferable than not. There is a fair amount of terrain as well, with some elevated and downhill greens that give this some real character. One thing we have always loved about this course is the fact that no two holes look the same. This is a very distinct course that challenges every aspect of your game. Although driver is welcome on many holes, sometimes the smarter play is the position play off the tee.
View off of 7 green into the woods and the Rocky River
Today though as fun as it was, there was a new stat that has entered the Dewsweepers vernacular. The Bo Derek Club. More on that later. Beef had one of those rounds where he struck the ball very well at times, but not always. When he was in position to score, he did. But Beef had some tree trouble from time to time, which is not unusual here at all. And on the back the driver seemed to leave Beef, and he found himself in tough places off the tee. Beef generally putted well, with 6, 1 putts, and no 3 putts, plus draining a huge downhill par putt on the very tough number 2. But his short game, usually very good, was not up to his standards today and it caught up with him on the back with confidence wearing thin. Never good with the short irons. Beef parred 5 of the first ten holes and he shot 45/46 for a 91. With short game woes. We've all been there.
Joe Red too battled some inconsistencies today with a driver that behaved at times, and not at others. Red had a tough act to follow after CHIPPING IN 4 birdies last week at Shale Creek, saving him a ton of strokes firing a tidy 82. No birdies today for Red, (he used his allotment last week.) Red made some good shots, but a bad number or two, and suddenly this weeks round was not last weeks round. But Red did make an insane save for bogey on the very difficult number 7 par 5. After losing his drive way left over mush, hitting a tree and landing near 8 green, he come back from the dead and somehow had a 6 on a hole you would gladly take a 6 on from the fairway. Well done! But he lost his round on two holes, (more on that later), shooting 46/49 for 95.
Tex drove the ball well most of the day, as courses are drying out some and he can take advantage of the fairway roll. Tex made a terrific birdie chip in on the downhill number 10 par 3. A great chip to a front pin on a green that slopes hard back to front. Really well done. Tex's short game and putting were still pretty good as usual with 6, 1 putts. Tex struggled though on second shots, and had a blow up hole (more on that later) and had a bad number or two, and ended up a bit over bogey golf. Firing a tough 53 on the front, but rebounded with a 45 on the back for 98.
I hit the ball fairly well most of the day. My driver was good at times, but inconsistant. But I kept the ball in play, and that helped. I hit my irons much better today, and that helped too. I did not take anything worse than a bogey, with no penalty strokes so it was a clean round. I did miss a few short par putts which I have to stop doing, and I need to find so more consistency with my driver. But today was a step forward but I need to stop with the self-inflicted mistakes, like chunking chips occasionally, and making ALL short putts. But today, it was 41/42 for 83 on the day.
Now the Bo Derek story. Bo Derek, that bombshell beauty from the movie "10" years ago? Last week I took a 10 at Shale Creek. Think it was the first one in my adult life. And this week, Tex joined me on the tough number 5 par 5 with a 10 after tossing one in the water, and a chunk or two. Later today, Joe Red joined the vaunted Bo Derek Club with a 10 on the difficult number 16 par 5, as he got tangled in the trees on the right and the bunker green right. Beef remains the lone and only Dewsweeper without a 10 this year. I am not sure any of us took a 10 last year at all. Hope that's over.
Current members of the "Bo Derek Club"
Wynn, Red, Tex! Beef still exempt.
Course highlights? Number 1 is a tough 429 yard tree lined par 4 downhill. 2, 325 yards uphill to an elevated small green par 4. 7,8, and 9 a brutal stretch of holes going par 5,3,4 and handicap 5,7,and 1. A round can be, and has been lost there. You can make up some strokes on the back, but be ready for 12, a 215 yard par 3, uphill. 14 and 16 are also very challenging. Overall, Big Met is a really nice place to play in a wonderful setting. Worth a drive from anywhere. But make a tee time, as this course gets a lot of play and is always in very nice shape. Prices, liveable.
Scores Wynn - 83
Beef - 91
Joe Red - 95
Tex - 98 Next week in Lorain County at Creekwood
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