I’m way behind on my posts, especially this one. With a mild winter coming to a close, the golf season is already upon us.

Before I start off, I must say that I did not post about my last round in 2011. In November, I was graciously invited by a member of Mission Hills Country Club, a private golf course in Northbrook, Illinois. I never got a chance to write about that round (personally, I didn’t play the best round). I spoke with the member after the round, and I’m looking forward to playing more rounds there; rounds that I will post about. The statistics below do include this round.

So… on to my year in review for the 2011 golf season.

Statistics

  • 28 total rounds of golf played on both 9-hole and 18-hole courses, which includes 3 replays (keeping track of these replays is going to start getting difficult). This number also includes the “bramble” I played at Klein Creek Golf Club.
  • 2 rounds played at 9-hole courses. 26 rounds played at 18-hole courses (including one round at a course with two 9-hole courses).
  • 24 new courses played: 1 field-trip course and 23 courses that count toward the goal (checking my math… the tracker shows 52 courses completed: 3 in 2008, 6 in 2009, 20 in 2010, and 23 in 2011)
  • Best 18-hole round: 93 (21 over par) at Woodruff Golf Course (though, this was a par 68 course)
  • Worst 18-hole round: 122 (50 over par) at Eaglewood Resort & Spa Golf Course

According to my statistics on oobgolf.com (based on the last 20 scores):

  • My handicap is 27.7
  • I’ve had a 105 scoring average
  • 38.8% of fairways hit
  • Average 2.05 putts per hole
  • 9.4% GIR (green in regulation)

All of those statistics are an improvement from 2010.

2011 Goals

  • Break 100 – I finally broke 100 at Plymouth Rock Golf Course by shooting at 96. After this, I successfully broke 100 again at 5 other times.
  • Score an average of 105 – According to my last 20 rounds, I met this goal, but that bad round at Eaglewood might not be included. Let’s just say I met this goal…
  • Play 20 rounds of golf on 15 new courses – As you can see above, I played 28 rounds of golf, including 23 rounds at new courses.
  • Birdie a par 5; Two birdies in one round – I did not meet these goals, and they will carry over into 2012.
  • Four pars in one round – Done (at Inwood Golf Course).
  • Play a full round without 3-putting – As predicted, this had a direct correlation with breaking 100. I met this goal at Plymouth Rock Golf Course.
  • Finish the course list in the ChicagoGolfNoob.com Golf Tracker – As far as I am aware, all of the Illinois courses are in the tracker. I think I need to still enter 10-20 courses in the northwest corner of Indiana. As of right now, the tracker is showing 159 courses

For the more technical goals (based on the last 20 scores):

  • Lower handicap to 30 or less – Done. I’m at a 27.7 handicap right now. Those 6 sub-100 rounds really helped.
  • Raise fairway hit percentage to 45% – I made this goal off of a wrong percentage. I actually started at 35.3%, so getting to 45% would have been difficult. I did manage to get this to 38.8% though.
  • Raise green-in-regulation percentage to 10% – So close. I got to 9.4%.
  • Lower average putts to 2 – Once again, close. I’m at 2.05.

Final Thoughts

The 2011 golf season was the most productive for the project. 28 rounds played, with 23 new courses completed, along with getting married and going on a honeymoon… I think that’s pretty impressive. I really didn’t think I would get to play that much in 2011. If I keep this pace, I should be able to complete the project in 5-6 years.

As far as my game, I think my drives are getting better and straighter. I really want to figure out ways to get a bit more length on my drives. I would really like to be hitting consistent 250+ yard drives. I also need to work on my accuracy with my wedges. I’ll probably get some new wedges in 2012.

And just how I ended the last year in review, I really want to say ‘Thank You!’ to all who are following my progress, and joining me along the way. I noticed that this blog has started to get consistent readers and commenters, and that means so much to me.