As we approach the final stages of 2018, and everyone is enjoying the festive cheer, I thought I’d take a moment to look back at the year just gone, and a few thoughts and things to look out for as we head into 2019!
2018 has been a season of mixed fortunes for myself on the course as I have looked to work my way through as many courses in Sussex as possible, but I suppose that is one of the downsides of not really getting the chance to learn how to play a course when you may only play it once!
One of the most influential moments of the year for me was pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and attending the @aks_golf Charity Golf day, and playing with a bunch of people that I hadn’t ever met before. It was a pleasure to be able to be involved in the day, and I met some great like minded people who went on to form the 3PuttLife Society, which has continued to grow and provide further opportunities to interact and play with fellow golfers.
My struggles off the tee continued for the majority of the year, which potentially has held me back. Not having the confidence in my long game has meant that I’ve been hitting a lot of irons off the tee, and a lot of long irons into greens! Whilst it hasn’t had a detrimental effect (I genuinely feel a lot of golfers could just benefit from keeping the ball in play), it has stopped me progressing towards the single figure handicap I’m aiming for! Plenty of room for improvement here in 2019!
The highlight of the year (score wise) was a 73 (+4) at Dale Hill GC (Old Course), one of three times in the 70s this year, the others being a 78 (+7) at Pyecombe GC, and a 77 (+7) in my final round of the year at Royal Eastbourne GC. Good way to finish the season on a high!
On the other end of the spectrum, my worst round of the year was a 102 (+30) in my first round at Rusper GC, one of two rounds in triple figures this year (the other being at The Belfry (Brabazon) for the inaugural 3PL End of Season golf day. Another one of the years highlights was bouncing back from the 102, to follow it with an 82 (+10) the next time I played the course.
Highlights of the year on the blogging side of things have been securing www.thesussexgolfer.com, rolling out my ‘Dream 18’ as an advent calendar style feature, and of course running my first giveaway across social media. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the content so far, and hopefully will continue to do so going forward!
So what does 2019 have in store? Plenty more Sussex Golf as you can expect, but below are some of my aims for the year away from the course…
- 2018 Year in Numbers
- 2019 Goals
- Long awaited update to my Sussex Golf Top 10
- More course reviews
- More giveaways (stay tuned!)
- Further supporting local businesses to grow (please get in contact if you are interested)
I hope that all of you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and I look forward to hopefully meeting a few more of you out on the course in 2019!