A HOT one at The Legacy Golf Club

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The Legacy Golf Club

Henderson, Nevada 6/28/2013 

It’s hard to believe that July is already here! I swear it was just a couple of weeks ago that Andrew Ganey and I were freezing our asses off out at Spanish Trail Country Club.

This year is FLYING by, way faster than ever thought it would which made me realize this morning the DVC is only 18 DAYS AWAY!!!

If you were not aware this past week in the desert it has been what we locals like to call “A tad hotter than normal”. Temperatures were consistently in the upper teens over the last 5 to 6 days and with that kind of heat the majority of the intellectuals tend to stay indoors.

That’s why had you looked you would have seen me making my way around The Legacy Golf Club Friday evening. 120° or not I wasn’t about to pass up on an opportunity to get in a round at a decent course for $20.00 It’s just too good of a deal to pass up. Although I will say this Legacy Golf Club “Fix your damn ICE machine!!” OK, that’s my only rant beacuse from top to bottom I love this golf course.

I was on the first tee box at 4:50pm and the temperature was a chilly 116°. I honestly wasn’t worried at all. After playing all day in Death Valley last July where it got up to 119° I thought for sure I could handle my home city at 116°. For the most part I was correct. The heat didn’t bother me very much, that was the case until I got to the 6th hole.

I was playing rather fast, I mean there was NOBODY on the course so it was smooth sailing and after I made a lengthy walk from the cart path over to a bunker then to the green and then back to the cart I started feeling the power of the almighty sun. I drove up to the next hole found a spot of shade and just relaxed for a few minutes. I had just played the first five holes in about twenty five minutes so the break was good for a couple of reasons, one I got to catch my breath and drink some water and the other was I found it much easier to focus not playing so quickly.

The 6th hole was a tough one and after another long walk from the cart path to the green I started getting a little worried. It was silly though, after I made my par I moved on to the next hole and that was the last time I felt the effects of the heat. The break I took kind of recharged me and I’m glad I decided to chill for a few minutes. That was a bit of a wild ride, I went from feeling great to feeling beaten down and back to feel great in a matter of 15 minutes.  The heat can certainly mess with your mind, before I hit my tee shot on #6 I was seriously thinking “maybe just nine holes will be good today.” Stupid heat!

The best news that came out of Fridays round was how well I was playing. That triple digit score I put up on Father’s Day had been eating away at me for a while now and with all the work I had put in over the past couple of weeks I was incredibly anxious to get out on a course and prove it was a fluke. Even though there were a few bumps in the round I ended up posting an 89 without any three putts and zero penalties. Overall it was a good round; I just had one hole that got away from me due to a horrible lie in a nasty bunker, not much you can do about that.

I think this was the first time I was disappointed I shot a score in the 80’s. When I was walking back to my car I was looking over my scorecard and I knew the 8 I put up on the 12th was a killer. It could have very easily been a low 80’s round. But, you have to take the good with the bad and for that round the good was VERY good and the bad was manageable.

I’m going to try and get out a few more times before we head out to Death Valley. What Wade has me working on is most certainly working so I want to get in a few more rounds to tune up the changes.

Like I said in the beginning of this post The Death Valley Challenge is right around the corner and we need your help. Making a donation is very quick and super simple. CLICK HERE and you’ll be taken directly to the donation site. We thank you and so does the Wounded Warrior Project™

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Writer and founder of the golf blog The Breakfast Ball. My wife will tell you I'm obsessed with the game, she's right! It's that obsession which drives me to become a better player and make this site enjoyable for everyone.

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