Book One – 78mph

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I was awake early.  Well, that’s no surprise as me and most of my siblings were early morning risers.  My first phone call was from Colleen with Birthday wishes.  I had just read the blog post she had written about me turning 81.  What a beautiful tribute to her Mom. I was humbled and thrilled at the same time.  Thank you so much, Colleen!

I poured myself a coffee, got dressed and got ready to go. I loaded my car with my golf gear, and headed down to Bridget’s.

Breakfast

We transferred my stuff to her car and took some pictures.  By this time the sun was up and the temperature was rising from a daybreak +8C.  After dropping off Lily at school we headed for A Ladybug & Expresso Bar for breakfast.  Now this is a really cool European style café. Lily explained to me when were were in the car (who’s been to Europe as well as to A Ladybug), said, “It’s just like Europe, except there’s no smoke!”  The menu covers the wall behind the food showcases. It was not long before Bridget and I had made our choice.  Eggs Benedict for Bridget and Raspberry/Strawberry Crepes for me.

Ladybug Bakery and Espresso Bar

Strawberry/Raspberry Crepes

Our table number was “6” and Bridget said they got it wrong because Mom, “you are a ten”.

Bridget and our table

Bridget says I am a ten not a six! At A Ladybug Bakery and Espresso Bar.

Our food came…along with all the members of the staff singing Happy Birthday and my crepes were topped with a lit sparkler. What a tasty breakfast for both of us!

Golf

When we left the café, we knew we were in for a perfect day — warm, shorts-wearing weather.  We arrived at Redwoods Meadows about 20 minutes later, and soon we were warming up at the range.  We joined the two gentlemen who would be playing with us at the first tee and soon we were down the first fairway.

Redwood Meadows

Maureen and Bridget O’Shea, Waiting to tee off at Redwood Meadows.

It had rained the night before and the ball was skittering through the water in the grass for the first few holes. The greens were in terrific condition and were quite fast. There were no easy pin placements  and quite often the ball would turn away from the hole in the last few inches.

Redwood Meadows

One of the par 3s at Redwood Meadows

The course is quite long at 5791 yards from the forward tees. Some of the par 4s were too long, in that I could not get on the green in two shots. The holes with distances of 354, 358, 368, 369 and 384 yards were difficult, with hazards in front of many of these lies. The par 3s seemed to play long, although only one was over 150 yards and it was 162 yards. Of course, it was over water to the green on all the par 3s.

Maureen and Bridget at Redwood Meadows

Maureen and Bridget selfie – at Redwood Meadows

All in all, Redwood Meadows is a great golf course ,with wide fairways (although bunkers were in the range of our drives) but at this time of the year the fairways are getting harder as the grass-growing season is pretty well over!  The greens and large with sneaky undulations.

Dinner

Ruth picked me up just after 6:00 p.m. And we headed out to the…Redwater Rustic Grille in the Aspen Woods subdivision of Calgary. And if you can believe it, I forgot my iPad…so I don’t have any pictures but to show you but I will make it up with one of my all-time favourites of her and I that was taken in Lake Louise…

picture of Ruth and Maureen

Ruth and Maureen at Lake Louise

I had Roasted Chicken and it was moist and delicious. Ruth had Scallops and Shrimp. Both meals were tasty.  We came back to my place and had a coffee.

I had a most wonderful birthday.  Thanks to all who made this happen.

I think I will just hang around till I’m at least 82.

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Wintergreen

Wintergreen’s club house is impressive.

It was a beautiful warm day, this September morn, when we headed out to play golf on the Wintergreen Golf & Country Club at Bragg Creek, Alberta. My friend and I had a tee time for 11:39 a.m. and the timing could not have been more perfect! It was +6 C when we left home and at least +10 C and sunny when we arrived at the course and the mercury was only rising. The temperature hit a day high of +22 C when we finisThe pitching range, located close to the starter’s shack, is one of the reasons people like to play at Wintergreen. There were five stations set up with balls that we could hit out towards greens to pitch to that were 50 and 100 yards out. The driving range was in an area nearby, but driver’s aren’t allowed. The range slopes way, way down into the valley and it was not long enough to use a driver.  There was no GPS on the golf car, and only limited information on my SkyCaddie!

We played from the white/red combo tees 5357 yards rating 71.3, slope 13They’d put us off on hole #10 and were told it was cart path only today. This was disappointing for me, as my friend has her own pull cart and prefers to walk. It turned out that the two fellows we were playing with were also in a cart, so the game wasn’t all that quick with all the back-and-forth and the walking all of us needed to do! The fairways were soft (hence the no golf car rule) and some places quite spongy. Sometimes I did find my feet were sinking in the grass but on the other hand, the divots were easy to take.

There were five par 3s and two had tough pin placements that led to bogeys. Luckily, we used our own GPS because two of the holes were over 20 yards longer than listed on the card. All the greens are a generous size.

Wintergreen

Wintergreen’s Hole #1 is a Par 5

The par 4s were reachable in two shots for me, although two were uphill and around 300 yards. I needed a 3-wood for my second shot!

The par 5s ranged in length from 397 to 467 and none of them were easy to be on in three shots. My best par 5 was the 18th hole at 397 yards.  This hole is a dog left and plays uphill.  The green is protected by a pond and rocks. I had to lay up with my second shot and hit my 3-wood to the green for a par. I know if I had played the course before, it would have been easier to play these holes. I guess I rely on the GPS more and more – especially when I need to navigate around bodies of water, which Wintergreen has.

I hit a lot of fairways and greens. I was disappointed in the number of putts I had but I was not all that surprised since I was playing the course for the first time.  However, I played with the same Titleist ProV1 #4 with an orange circle around the four and three + marks in orange on the back side!   My score was 44 + 43 = 87.

All-in-all I would give this course a three and a half out of five rating.

The scenery was beautiful, especially with the leaves turning bright colours of orange and yellow. A pretty picture to behold with the multitude of fir trees in green.

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