The Newcastle Golf Club sits high above Bellevue just east of the I-405 freeway. There are two courses, Coal Creek and China Creek. We played China today, starting on the 10th hole (a par 5), the tee just a little east of where I took this picture.
I wanted to do a GPS track walking the course, which I did (see visualization at the end of this post), and I wanted some pictures. I took this one just before we teed off and then forgot about the camera.
We played the back nine, our front nine, and then the 1st hole, our tenth and we we were standing on the 2nd tee. For David, who is an excellent, low single-digit golfer, it’s about 220 yards. For me it was about 175. I almost always screw up this hole and I am happy to walk off with a bogey 4. So I took this picture from the tee to show how tough it is:
The pin is so far away you can’t see it from this view, but it was just to the right of the middle of the first bunker on the left.
And then a bolt from the blue; my 4-hybrid was almost perfect, stopping gimme distance for my only birdie of the day:
As my father used to say, ‘even a blind squirrel will root up an acorn every so often.’
I did manage to shoot 40 on the “back” nine, for a 45-40 85, my first round of golf since September.
We are heading to Bandon Dunes in April so I better get cracking.
Hike tomorrow, solo, probably going to do Rattlesnake to East Peak, I need the exercise. I have been slacking the past few weeks with a nasty cold that seems finally to be leaving me.
Anyway, here is the round of golf at Newcastle/China Creek, starting on 10: