This week The Dewsweepers loaded and up and drove to Hudson to take on the very wonderful Ellsworth Meadows Golf Course.
Beef and I have played Ellsworth a couple of times, and Tex hit is with us once before, but it was Joe Red's first trip to this 18 hole course not far from Terex Road in Hudson. Ellsworth Meadows is a real nice course that requires shot making. A lot of this is real position golf. Being the right place is far more important than being long off the tee in most instances. This is not a long course, we played it at about 6,400 yards. Tons of trees, a good amount of sand. Not much water, but plenty of strategic mush-mash too, make Ellsworth a challenging course. Plus, the greens were fantastic. I think they were as true as any greens we have played this year. Fast, but not stupid fast, but very nice. A bit of a bonus, a bunch of deer watched us play much of the morning, and that was nice too.
Ellsworth Meadows Clubhouse
Joe Red's first trip to EM started off nicely enough carding a nice 43 on the front, and then heated up with a birdie on the tricky par 5, number 11, and it looked like he was the man to beat. But a couple of stumbles down the stretch with a pair of doubles, and an "other" on the not-so-long number 16 par 4, really hurt. Red turned in a 47 on the back for a 90 on the day, but it was a round he played better than he scored. In fact, the short number 16, we all took turns butchering that thing for some reason, so I think that took some of the sting out of it. Sheesh!
Tex got off to a rough start on teh front, but did nicely recover by knocking off 4 strokes on the more difficult back 9. EM has 5 par 3's, but Tex failed to really cash in on those like he had wanted. the par 3's here are all pretty tough. so don't get real excited when you see 5 of them on the card. Tex did putt extremely well, placing only 26 putts on the card. Well done.
Beef was the enigma of the day. Beef opened up par-par, and seemed to be of to the races again. But a tough stretch on holes 4-6, really hurt. A nice birdie though on the really nice par 3, number 7 seemed to steady the ship, and he checked in with a 44 on the front, seemingly poised to make a run on the back. But for Beef, some physical issues cropped up and the bottom fell out down the stretch with 4 double bogie's to finish, and that hurts. But kudos to him, as much as the struggle crept up on him, there was a stretch where his putting kept him competitive, 1 putting 8 out of 9 holes. Nice!
I got off to a bad start taking a terrible double on the opening hole par 5. Came back to birdie number 2, and settled down for a 40 on the front. I went very conservative on the back, hitting a bunch of long irons off the tee on the tough 4's and tried to keep the ball in play and the damage minimal. The back at EM is far more difficult than the front. So it's best to keep the game under control.
EM is a course that is in really great shape, and a course on the rise. Course highlights? Number 3, a beautiful par 4, number 5, a 3 shot par 5, number 8, is the number one handicap and well deserved a brutal par 4. Number 10 a great par 4, and 17, is a terrific par 5, I have never played well, but love to play every time. Maybe next time I won't hack it up!
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Nice people, a nice facility and just a flat out really good public golf course that is beautiful, and challenging at the same time. This is a tough course, not really a "learners" track. You must be able to strike the ball and have an idea on how to manage a golf course to play well there. If you use your head and manage Ellsworth Meadows well you can play well here. It's a course we loved and would love to play there more often.
Next week we travel to Colombia Station!
Wynn - 84
Joe Red - 90
Beef - 94
Tex - 100