Silver Lakes - A Backbreaker and A Heartbreaker

Trip Start Jun 08, 2007
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Trip End Jun 15, 2007


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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Let the games begin. Dad and I had a great first day. We got off to lazy start this morning. It was great to be able to sleep in after the day we had yesterday. The course was 10 min drive from the hotel and it was great. It is in a beautiful area with lots of trees and rolling hills. There are no houses or development around the course so it was quite peaceful and you didn't mind getting your but kicked because it was beautiful. The names of the nines - Backbreaker and Heartbreaker are just a tough as their names imply (it's rated as one of the 25 toughest course in the US) . Every green was elevated and full of mounds. I seemed to get the worst of it around the greens and was always having to ask Dad to stand in the direction of the flag so I could pitch up. We played ok, not great,  but no big blow ups and only lost a few balls between the two of us. In Fact by Dad's standards a great day as he found 5 balls and only lost one so he was plus 4 for the day.  It was a beautiful day and the course was empty enough for us to play as a twosome and get around in just over 3 hours so all in all a great first day on the course. We only played 18 as we got a late start and it worked out well as we had a two hour drive down here to Grand National. We stopped at the local market and got a cooler and a bunch of green tea ice tea and set off on our way. It was a beautful drive and we are getting a great sense of the state as we go from course to course. The aera around Silver Lakes had a lot of rolling hills and wood and as we got closer to the Auburn aera it turned to more open space and farms and hills. More of what I had though the state would be like. The driving is easy we just put or fate in the Hertz never get lost GPS system and punch in the address and off we go. We don't turn until she says and follow her lead. I have faith in the system but Dad seem a little worried as we set turned off on to those 10 miles or so of dirt roads but I had faith. If you ever need to get rid of a body we can help. We got here and the hotel is very nice and the golf couse looks great so tommrow should be another great day.

Love to my girls- Kimi, Sami & Kathy, and to my boys Teemu and now Chester. - will write more tommorow.

Dad
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richjack
richjack on

Rooollll, Tide Roll!
Greetings Morris Men! You are in Crimson Tide country - spent a bit of time there myself (highschool sweetheart went to Univ. of 'Bama - no, Rich was NOT my highschool sweetheart - haha!) Kath sent me your travel blog so we can share your trip with you guys! The courses so far look absolutely beautiful - what a fun adventure for both of you since you've never spent any time in that area of the country....enjoy every minute of it and keep the blogs coming, it's so fun to read them and look at the pics - thanks for sharing - by the way, Shane just handed me a golfball, for some unknown reason, so there you go - golf is on the minds of your friends and loved ones! Hit him straight and LARGE, boys!!!
Funny you already mentioned the Waffle House - my brother went down to Anniston, AL for Senator Moynihan's son's wedding many years ago to a Southern Belle and that was the only place they ate the whole time there were there - including right after the wedding since apparently they don't offer much food at Southern weddings - kinda like Mormon weddings I guess - punch and cookies!! hahaha
Enjoy guys and keep the entries coming!
Da Hertgens

rsalmons
rsalmons on

Long time no speak.
So, this is what is comes down to. I have to track you down in Alabama of all places. Good to hear the trip is going well. Your description of Alabama is not what I thought, it sounds very beautiful. That is also one part of the country I have not yet set foot in. Maybe someday. New dog? Well congrats to Teemu, his namesake finally got his name on the elusive cup last week. I will catch up with you when you get home. Who do you like in the Open this week?
Bobby

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