Here we go. Another golf season is kicking off as the weather is starting to warm up. It looks like I’m going to get to play my first round of the year on the first weekend of April. So before I begin the season, here are the goals I’ve set for myself:

  • Break 100 – This is my main goal for the year, and I know it’s going to happen. I got so close many times last year, most notably when I shot a 102 at Indian Boundary Golf Course, and if two 9-hole rounds counted, I would have shot a 101 at Fountain Hills Golf Club.
  • Score an average of 105 – This number has slowly been going down over the years (115 in 2009 and 110 in 2010), and each year I missed the goal by an average of 2-4 strokes. I could take the easy road and keep the number at 110, but what fun is that?
  • Play 20 rounds of golf on 15 new courses – I’m carrying over this goal again this year. I’m already planning on playing 14 new courses, so this goal should be fairly easy to meet.
  • Birdie a par 5 – I have a feeling I’m going to struggle with this goal, since I haven’t gotten comfortable hitting with my fairway wood or my hybrid. This should give me a reason to practice more with those clubs.
  • Two birdies in one round – Just throwing this in here. It could happen, and it will eventually happen.
  • Four pars in one round – Same as above.
  • Play a full round without 3-putting – This probably will have a direct correlation with breaking 100. I think I’ve come close to meeting this goal a couple times in the past.
  • Finish the course list in the ChicagoGolfNoob.com Golf Tracker – I should be able to finish it this year. A couple weeks ago, I [hopefully] completed the list of Illinois courses, and the course count was at 156. All I have left are the courses in northwest Indiana, and maybe a couple missing courses in Illinois.

Since I’ve been actively using oobgolf.com to keep my scores and track my statistics, I’m going to throw in a couple more technical goals. Note that these goals will be based on the last 20 rounds that I’ve played:

  • Lower handicap to 30 or less – In 2009 my handicap was 36.4, and in 2010 it was 33.4. So, if the pattern continues, I should be pretty close to meeting this goal.
  • Raise fairway hit percentage to 45% – Right now, it’s at 40%. (Update: This was wrong. It was actually 35.3%.)
  • Raise green-in-regulation percentage to 10% – Right now, it’s at 8.9%.
  • Lower average putts to 2 – Right now, it’s at 2.11.

There they are. I made plenty of goals for myself, many of which are easily attainable. Let the season begin!