Not only was that difficult, the course was set up for winds from the other direction from the previous day. Sometimes, I had to hit a 6 iron where I would normally hit a 9 iron. I had to hit a 3 wood into a narrow par 3 where I could have hit an iron the day before. I stayed mentally tough though and finished my first round at even with 18 more to play. Playing 30 holes in one day is already tiring, but in that strong of wind, it was exhausting. Not to mention, we played in about 5 and a half hours. I was doing okay through my next 7 holes until I had several holes into the wind and my ball got caught up and I put myself in some tough positions to get it up and down.
After a brutal day starting in the dark and ended still on the golf course watching the sunset, I found myself with another missed cut and another learning experience. I learned that I needed to get a better punch shot that doesn’t turn over with the wind. I need to learn a punch shot that I can control the trajectory. Missing a cut is no fun but it makes it better when you are at a place like Atlantis. My in-laws came down for the week so we enjoyed going to the Straw Market and enjoying the amenities at the resort. Pure Silk held some great parties through the week that we also really enjoyed. I can’t wait to go back next year with my improved punch shot! 🙂