A day off from the store and friends a stretch of warm spring Syracuse weather added up to the opening of golf season 2016 for KP, Tater and I.
Tater chose Camillus Country Club, a public-private hybrid built high on a hill on the west side of Onondaga County.
The sun shined brightly again for our Monday tee time of 11 a.m., but the weather had changed from the weekend of 70s-scratching.
The wind blew so mightily, the temperature settled into the 50s F. (Yet, yes, I wore shorts.)
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Camillus is undergoing changes brought about by a trying situation. The members are still shocked because their beloved clubhouse burned to the ground during an off-season fire before last golf season. A new building is under construction. Since the devastating loss, their business is taking place under a tent and in temporary buildings.
But the course is already in good shape.
And KP, Tater and I had a fun time battling the wind and our early season rust.
Tater had been out playing live twice previous, he admitted on the first tee. His game showed it. He drove the ball best, although I must say KP smacked the dang thing squarely, too. My drives were way too much to the right.
We all had our moments putting on the greens. And not.
Tater ran away with the skins game, allowing KP and I just one hole apiece.
But, as I repeated to myself several times, it’s only April.
I was back out in nature with my best buds.
When I told Tater that I imagined a large rock lying in the weeds could be an African elephant laying in the bush, he got me.
May we have many more excellent visions to share this season.
Have you been out playing yet this spring, and if so, what? What friends get you the best, and why? Which photo is your favorite, and why?