Ah, Spring. Been raining here all week. Course is soaked, but finally turning solid green everywhere. Greens were aerated with huge holes 10-11 days ago and they are already healing up nicely due to the warm, sunny and rainy mix of conditions since. Another week or two and they will be back and in US Open qualifying condition. The rough, though being mowed twice a week, is nearly unplayable. It is so thick. Extremely penalizing. Even more so when it's wet. Cost me at least 2-3 strokes on the one day I was able to play this week when the rain was a little lighter (Wed.). (It rained lightly and also spritzed the whole round, but not so much that I bothered with an umbrella or rain gear.) Balls that find the cabbage and long grass areas, which make up so much of the trouble on this course, have no chance of being found, let alone played. With the snakes, ticks and who knows what other icky-eeewies lurking within, I would not attempt to even look for a ball that obviously went in to that crap. (I could easily find and play most of those shots in winter. Hence many 74-79 scores.)
I'm going to try to play again today with my regular golf buddy. The forecast is for rain all day. Hopefully, it won't be a complete washout, but will rain enough to stop the fairweather golfers from even thinking about coming out. Even with Cart Path Only, we should be able to take our time, hit extra shots, and get around in 3 hours or so. Other than the fact that the course is soft and is stealing 10-20 yards of roll-out from our drives, playing golf in the middle of spring, on a golf course in near perfect condition (albeit it with US Open rough), and basically having the place to ourselves is a real treat. A little rain must fall to accomplish it, but, we'll live.