Our drive on the 11th of the Faldo Course (Par 4) at Mission Hills, China landed better than we expected. Missing the left fairway bunkers, we were left with 88 yards to the front pin on a slightly downhill lie. Taking our 52° wedge we stuffed it real close…one foot just right of the flag. An easy tap-in Birdie.
Coming out of a Birdie, we made a good swing on our next hole, also a Par 4. I faded nicely, hugging the contours of the left fairway bunkers. Right in the middle of the fairway, we had 117 yards to the flag. Taking a pitching wedge, we got pin high left of target…with nine feet remaining. We had the right pace and line for the left to right break for amazing back-to-back Birdies. Sweet. So sweet that we forgot to take pictures of the hole! Sorry.
As usual, we took the 3-wood off the tee on the Par 4 Jade #4. Straight down the middle, we had just 120 yards to the hole but the wind was against us. The 8-iron produced a low slicer and fortunately still got me on the green, 17 feet from the hole. Faced with a left to right break going uphill, we managed to get the break and the speed just right to drop in the cup for Birdie.
On the Par 3 Jade #3, playing 155 yards from the yellow tees, we took our 5-iron to make sure that we avoided the huge water hazard right of the green. To be extra sure, we aimed left of the flag and played our fade to track right at the flag. We were right on line and landed so close to the hole that everyone was shouting and screaming. Turned out my divot was just a foot right of the hole! Nonetheless, I rolled nine feet past, leaving a slippery right to left breaker for Birdie.
On the turn, our drive went into the right rough and fortunately avoided the fairway bunker. With 135 yards to the pin and water lurking on the left in front of the green, we took a 6-iron to make sure we got on the putting surface. We landed pin high 18 feet left of the hole. Faced with an uphill putt with a left to right break, we gave it a good whack and rolled right into the hole for Birdie.
Played off the blues today with the Hong Kong PGA pros at Discovery Bay. We missed a relatively easy uphill Birdie putt on the Ruby 8 and hoped we would fare better on our last hole for the day. Our drive aimed at the left fairway bunkers and faded nicely back to the middle. Taking the 4-hybrid we aimed for the left bunkers at the 100 yard mark. Knowing we can’t reach them, I shot straight at the bunkers, landed short of them and rode the left to right slope down to the middle of the fairway leaving 137 yards to the back pin. On a slight downhill lie, we aimed left and with our natural fade, I swerved left to right going straight at the flag. We knew it would be good, but didn’t expect it to be that good. I was just six feet from the hole. Taking the line to the right edge of the cup for a slight right to left breaker sealed the Birdie and won the skin. Believe it or not…not one of the pros made a Birdie on that hole! Sweet.