On the Friday before Labor Day, Barstool Sports was kind enough to have a half day in the office for those who came in. There were no live events planned…until Dave Portnoy made sure that there was a Picks Central episode. That was fun.

Following the half day, I rushed home on Metro North, literally hopped straight in the car and headed to the golf course to squeeze in a round of golf on a Friday afternoon. My golfing opportunities are fading drastically with football season approaching, so time to get on the tee box whenever I can.

I played at my “home course”, Oak Hills Golf Course where I have had…not much success.

Being a solo player, I was partnered with three players. One’s name was John, and he was a nine handicap and an absolute beast of a golf player. You do not hit driver a ton on Oak Hills, but when John did…he hit it about 320 yards dead straight. Just absurd.

The other two players were a married couple, Cathy (I think?) and Mark. Cathy was very good. An orthodox putting style, but it worked. She also knows the course really well playing tournaments there very often.

Now how did I do? Well I played about my average self…through the 13 holes that I could finish. It was getting dark and I got an invite to go to my girlfriend’s mom’s house for dinner, so I had to jet on the second-to-last par three of the course.

In terms of calculating what my total score would have been, I took the averages from the same-par holes and applied the higher rounded number to the final five holes.

Now let’s see how I did in my 11th round of the year.


Hole 1
Par 4 | 374 Yards

For the second straight round (maybe third?), I hit a ground ball with my first tee shot.The ball barely went anywhere, but it was a fairway in regulation. I put the checkmark down in that category in my book, but I don’t feel good about it.

My second shot is with a five iron, essentially just hoping to get near the green and have a solid chipping opportunity. I did not want to hit my three iron on the first hole not warmed up yet. It is a good thing that I didn’t because the group in front of us was still on green and it would have been a rough start.

My five iron leans a little left, gets a helpful bounce off the cart path, and it ends up in a very nice spot about 10 yards shot of the green.

From there it’s a good pitch and a classic Stanko two-putt. Starting off with a five is a-okay to me.

SCORE: 5 (2 Putts)
Handicap: 3
Score Overall: 5 (+1)


Hole 2
Par 4 | 295 Yards

Second hole is a dog leg right and seeing how it is incredibly short, I went three iron off the tee.

Another ground ball. UGH.

I don’t think I get more than 100 yards out there, so I have a while to go. I take out my six iron and I lay up in front of the green again. I end up on the left a bit and on a donwnhill slope. Not the easiest position for someone who is inconsistent with chipping to begin with.

My pitch onto the green bounces hard about 10 feet in front of the hole, which was in the center of the green, and rolls off the back. Now I am chipping from the back rough for par.

I chip it to about 20 feet…AKA not very good. Was scared to hit it deep because the green runs downhill from where I am. I two putt from the predicament and I write down a double bogey.

I just want to get a tee-shot in the air.

SCORE: 6 (2 Putts)
Handicap: 9
Score Overall: 11 (+3)


Hole 3
Par 3 | 109 Yards

I got a tee shot in the air! I mean it was a pitching wedge, but still!

The pin is in the front, and I land my ball in the middle of the green, but it is on a top tier.

When I tell you that every single one of us in the group ended up missing our putts and ending up in the same exact spot, I mean it. The way the hole was placed, all of our balls rolled to the front right portion of the green in front of the hole. A nasty pin placement. Literally everyone ended up down there.

It took me three putts to get it in the hole, so another bogey.

SCORE: 4 (3 Putts)
Handicap: 17
Score Overall: 15 (+4)


Hole 4
Par 4 | 307 Yards

This hole is in my head. But this time, it didn’t fuck with me too much.

I get my driver in the air, but (despite aiming well right) the ball ends up veering towards the left. You know what is on the left? Trees. Lots of trees.

I do not lose my ball which is massive, but I am stuck underneath trees without a view of the green.

I take out my seven iron and hit my shot of the day. Holy lord, what a seven iron punch shot.

This ball comes flying out of the woods low, and it is hooking left the way I want it, and good lord if it doesn’t bounce on the hill and slow down as it approaches the green. From where I was, to be around the green, is a massive success. I shaped the shot I wanted, which is a minor miriacle.

My ball ended on the back rough because it was coming in so hot. Totally understandable and not surprising. All I am thinking is a nice chip and a par putt.

WRONG. WHY WOULD I EVER THINK POSITIVELY??

I hit my chip from the back too hard. I see it roll past the hole….and onto the fringe on the front of the green. Insert sad face emoji.

Now I have about 15 feet up hill for par…and despite this being a par putt, I decide to leave it well short of the hole.

So to sum it up, I three-putted, wrote down a six, and both exhaled and fumed at my play.

SCORE: 6 (3 Putts)
Handicap: 5
Score Overall: 21 (+6)


Hole 5
Par 3 | 174 Yards

A long par three with an elevated tee box and water in front of the green. I take out my four iron and I hit a solid shot, but it gets taken in by the right to left wind which pushes it onto the left side fringe. I also could have have used a longer club, like three iron, but I was happy with how I hit the four iron.

On the way toward the green, John and I almost got hit by a ball hit by a player on the hole six tee box. They didn’t yell fore. Shame. The ball literally bounced about five feet in front of us. would have been a really bad bruise.

The flag on hole five is in the back of the green. So much that I feel the need to chip it rather than putt it.

That was a stupid idea. My chip ends up woefully short and now I am about 60 feet short of the hole putting for par. Luckily I am able to put it out of my head and I hit a ridiculous lag putt that rolls just past the cup and missed the hole by a one ball diameter to the right.

A tap in bogey from the terrible chip I had was good.

SCORE: 4 (2 Putts)
Handicap: 15
Score Overall: 25 (+7)


Hole 6
Par 4 | 304 Yards

The sixth hole is a shorter dog leg right again. The main difference between this sixth hole and the second hole is that this green is a bit more elevated.

I hit a three iron and if I could be so bold, it is a damn beauty. Sure, it is not a fairway in regulation, but I am only one foot into the rough and I have a clean view of the green. This is what I call a win.

I take out my pitching wedge and all I want to do is hit a shot similar to that of the first par three. Rather than having a nice lofted PW shot that goes about 105 yards, I hit this ball skin thin and it goes railing up the hill and is for sure over the green.

I hang my head in shame.

I get up towards the green, and the extra thick rough in the back right of the green is holding my ball. I didn’t lose the ball, which i feared. However my score would basically reflect I did because I hit my first chip deep and it rolls off the front of the green. Yeah, we love golf, don’t we?

So my fourth shot is a chip onto the green and I leave my bogey putt short and therefore I am writing down a double bogey.

I really can’t string shots together.

SCORE: 6 (2 Putts)
Handicap: 13
Score Overall: 31 (+9)


Hole 7
Par 4 | 336 Yards

I should not struggle on this hole like I do. I need to do better.

My first drive is like a line drive down the first base line…and the only thing there is a bunch of weeds. So not a great start.

My second drive, and third shot, is a good drive about 215 yards right down the heart of the fairway. I have about 120 yards downhill to the hole so I take out my pitching wedge. You do not want to go over the green because it is just woods. I actually hit a nice shot but leaks a bit right so I end in the right side rough.

Chip for my fifth shot, and two-putt for double-bogey.

SCORE: 7 (2 Putts)
Handicap: 7
Score Overall: 38 (+12)


Hole 8
Par 5 | 484 Yards

The first par five of the day. I have gotten par on this hole, but for the most part it is not good scoring.

I hit a good drive that goes maybe 175 yards. The wind was in our face on this par five. Awesome experience. My second shot is with a one wood. I aim about 30 degrees to the right more so than I should because this club as a way of tailing left.

It does so again. And I lose my ball.

I have to drop. Second straight hole with a lost ball. GAHHHH.

My fourth shot is with a five iron and I get it near the green, past the bunker on the right hand side. My par chip gets onto the green, but barely. Two putt from there is a double-bogey.

Really screwed the pooch with the lost ball. Otherwise it would have been okay.

SCORE: 7 (2 Putts)
Handicap: 11
Score Overall: 45 (+14)


Hole 9
Par 4 | 440 Yards

A long par four. This is the whole where other John took out his driver and splatted it 320+ dead straight. He was hitting a lob wedge into the green after his drive.

I hit a good drive about 220 yards (wind at our back. wonderful). With about 200 yards left, I take out my three iron hoping to get near the green.

A word of advice for those who want their second shots to be good….don’t toe it. My shot goes almost directly left and I am near the 10th hole fairway. I am also still about 170 yards away.

I take out my five iron and good lord do I crush it. I hit it very well, coming up about 15 yards shot of the hole and.I am just BARELY in the rough. Like I am half-and-half between fairway and rough. I take out my pitching wedge and chip it from about 15 yards to the hole, to about 25 feet. I am just barely on the front of the green.

Then this may have been my best putt of the day. I only need one straight with the putter and I write down a sliming bogey five on the scorecard. I at first got STOKED that I got par, but then had to do a quick recount. Still, a bogey on what they say is the hardest hole on the front nine is good.

SCORE: 5 (1 Putt)
Handicap: 1
Score Overall: 50 (+15)


Hole 10
Par 5 | 528 Yards

Back to a par five. This might be the hardest stretch of the course. Par five eighth, long par four ninth and par five 10th. Handicaps 11, 1 and 4. In fact, it is officially the hardest stretch. These three holes handicap total to 16. The next lowest handicap would be seventh, eighth and ninth, which handicaps add up to 19.

After purchasing some much needed gatorade at the snack shack, I step up to the tee first and hit a pretty terrible drive. I am in the rough, so I take out my three iron to just inch forward. I don’t make good contact at all so my second shot rolls up to where John’s drive was. Humbling.

My fourth shot is pretty damn good, and it was easy because I didn’t even need to putt away from three-iron. I somehow land the ball on the green on the fourth shot, giving myself a long par putt.

FREAKING HIT THE BALL SALLY!

I don’t hit my first (and par) putt long enough. Then I over correct on the second, so now I have a three putt.

I HATE THREE PUTTING.

SCORE: 7 (3 Putts)
Handicap: 4
Score Overall: 57 (+17)


Hole 11
Par 4 | 365 Yards

Love this hole. really, really, love this hole. This hole is just made for me.

The shorter dog-leg left hole fits my swing wonderfully and i blast a drive into the middle of the fairway that went at least 200 yards. It even got an ohhh-ahhhh from my fellow players.

I am a bit less than 150 yards out so I take out an eight iron. Turns out I needed one more club. My eight iron lands on the front of the green and does not get a ton of roll out so now I am putting from birdie about 40 feet way. Struggle city for a man who does not love greens of Oak Hills to begin with.

My first putt comes up short because I refuse to be aggressive on the green. My second putt misses the mark for par. I am fuming inside a bit as a tap=in for bogey. This is always a best chance for me to get a par, but I do not capitalize.

SCORE: 5 (3 Putts)
Handicap: 10
Score Overall: 62 (+18)


Hole 12
Par 5 | 501 Yards

This hole lives a little bit in my head.

A long par five with trees lining all the left side. Also the shot is blind off the tee box. Why does it have to be like that?

I tee it up, it is hugging the tree line, and I find my ball just near the edge of the woods. It was not OB, thank god. This was also the only hole where I outdrove fellow John because his hit a branch.

I had to punch out with a three-iron and the ball went tumbling down the fairway. I was still a way away from the hole, so I had to get there.

This is where we have a serious of duffers. My third shot is chunked, and then my fourth shot is chunked…again. Finally my fifth shot lands on the green and I have to put now to save bogey. Unfortunately I do not one-putt this par five and it is a double-bogey seven.

SCORE: 7 (2 Putts)
Handicap: 8
Score Overall: 69 (+20)


Hole 13
Par 3 | 154 Yards

This was a solid way to end my abbreviated round…granted the tee shot was terrible.

I took a seven iron to the elevated green, but I bladed it and sent it ricocheting to the trees that line the left side of the green. I was fortunate and the ball bounced out…granted bounced back. So my drive ended up going only about 100 yards forward. Not very good. Also my ball was in the fluffy stuff.

My first chip is not strong enough and it doesn’t reach the green. I am still in the rough. UGH.

Rather than really struggling and wallowing in the end, I actually hit a phenomenal second chip and put the ball three feet below the hole. I had an uphill putt for bogey, and I nail it in a one-putt.

This was my second one-putt of the day. Both one-putts gave me bogeys. it is kinda fitting how I one-putt bogeys on the hardest hole on the course (ninth hole) and easiest hole on the course (18th hole).

SCORE: 4 (1 Putt)
Handicap: 18
Score Overall: 73 (+21)


Hole 14
Par 4 | 406 Yards

Did not play as a result of darkness and dinner date.

SCORE: 6 (2 Putts)*
Handicap: 2
Score Overall: 79 (+23)


Hole 15
Par 3 | 205 Yards

Did not play as a result of darkness and dinner date.

SCORE: 4 (2 Putts)*
Handicap: 12
Score Overall: 83 (+24)


Hole 16
Par 4 | 342 Yards

Did not play as a result of darkness and dinner date.

SCORE: 6 (2 Putts)*
Handicap: 6
Score Overall: 89 (+26)


Hole 17
Par 4 | 336 Yards

Did not play as a result of darkness and dinner date.

SCORE: 6 (2 Putts)*
Handicap: 14
Score Overall: 95 (+28)


Hole 18
Par 4 | 341 Yards

Did not play as a result of darkness and dinner date.

SCORE: 6 (2 Putts)*
Handicap: 16
Score Overall: 101 (+30)


FINAL THOUGHTS

  • I truly do think that If I would have finished the round, i would have finished below 100. I had a grasp that I was not going to use driver on every hole. A three-iron would have been huge for my approach on hole 15 and hole 18.
  • I really do not putt well on these greens. It is rather funny because I have the most time on the practice green when I play at Oak Hills because it is so close to home.
  • I do play the par threes fairly well at Oak Hills. The fifth hole par three is the most scary, but I have performed well on it this far in four rounds this year.
  • I am very upset that I didn’t have any pars this round. Missed a couple opportunities.
  • This round was a tune-up a bit for Saturday morning (the next day), where I played golf with my girlfriend’s brother and his two friends.
  • With the averaging out of putts, I would have tied the lowest amount of putts at Oak Hills this summer.
  • I have yet to record under 100 at this course this year.
  • Just looking at my scores, I had two scores below 100 last year in five rounds. This year I have three rounds under 100 out of 11 rounds.

COMPARING OAK HILL ROUNDS

3/27/22 Score4/22/22 Score5/27/22 Score9/2/22 ScoreAVERAGE AT OAK HILLS
#1 | Par 46 (4 Putts)4 (2 Putts)4 (1 Putt)5 (2 Putts)4.75 (2.25 Putts)
#2 | Par 46 (2 Putts)5 (3 Putts)6 (2 Putt)6 (2 Putts)5.75 (2.25 Putts)
#3 | Par 34 (2 Putts)4 (3 Putts)4 (2 Putt)4 (3 Putts)4 (2.5 Putts)
#4 | Par 46 (2 Putts)8 (3 Putts)7 (3 Putt)6 (3 Putts)6.5 (2.75 Putts)
#5 | Par 34 (2 Putts)4 (3 Putts)5 (2 Putt)4 (2 Putts)4.25 (2.25 Putts)
#6 | Par 47 (1 Putt)6 (2 Putts)6 (2 Putt)6 (2 Putts)6.25 (1.75 Putts)
#7 | Par 45 (2 Putts)5 (2 Putts)7 (2 Putt)7 (2 Putts)6 (2 Putts)
#8 | Par 55 (2 Putts)7 (2 Putts)8 (4 Putt)7 (2 Putts)6.75 (2.5 Putts)
#9 | Par 47 (2 Putts)6 (2 Putts)6 (3 Putt)5 (1 Putt)6 (2 Putts)
#10 | Par 58 (3 Putts)7 (2 Putts)5 (2 Putt)7 (3 Putts)6.75 (2.5 Putts)
#11 | Par 46 (3 Putts)4 (2 Putts)5 (2 Putt)5 (3 Putts)5 (2.5 Putts)
#12 | Par 57 (2 Putts)7 (2 Putts)5 (2 Putt)7 (2 Putts)6.5 (2 Putts)
#13 | Par 36 (1 Putt)6 (2 Putts)5 (3 Putt)4 (1 Putt)5.25 (2 Putts)
#14 | Par 46 (2 Putts)7 (3 Putts)5 (2 Putt)6 (2 Putts)*6.0 (2.3 Putts)^
#15 | Par 34 (2 Putts)5 (2 Putts)6 (3 Putt)4 (2 Putts)*5.0 (2.3 Putts)^
#16 | Par 46 (3 Putts)6 (2 Putts)6 (2 Putt)6 (2 Putts)*6 (2.3 Putts)^
#17 | Par 46 (2 Putts)5 (2 Putts)5 (2 Putt)6 (2 Putts)*5.3 (2 Putts)^
#18 | Par 45 (2 Putts)5 (3 Putts)6 (2 Putt)6 (2 Putts)*5.3 (2.3 Puts)^
Total104 (+33) | 38 Putts, 5 FIR, 2 GIR101 (+30) | 42 Putts, 4 FIR, 3 GIR101 (+30) | 41 Putts, 5 FIR, 2 GIR101 (+30) | 38 Putts, 4 FIR, 1 GIR**

*Averaged out scores on holes prior based off par to generate full score for 18.
^Does not include scores on 9/2/22 that are averages

**FIR & GIR doesn’t include holes 14-18 & putts are averaged.


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