|There's just a little grass before the ball reaches the fairway.|
Since it was not a tournament, and because the golf course can be treacherous, we (Peggy, Kathy, and I) suggested that "the Sn8wman" become their friend, their choice. In fact, we said have fun first, if the score is too high don't write it down or don't add it up. Just enjoy the moments, the vistas, and the challenges that Perry Maxwell created when he designed the course over 75 years ago. Players are now given five options for tee boxes. A shorter distance does NOT equal=easy. It simply gives the player (man or woman) a better opportunity to find the fairway with a drive rather than the gunch. Our three favorite words at Prairie Dunes are, "It's in Play." For an added touch of challenge, the ladies were asked to keep putts and to turn the scorecards with putts into the pro shop when finished.
|The Twins: Marsha from Topeka n Debbie from Liberal|
The pairings were designed to meet new friends; in every foursome there were ladies who had never met or had never played together. Our handicaps ranged from 2 to 28. On the first tee we discovered twins in the midst. Two ladies who had never met were paired together, and then discovered they had identical bags. The laughter continued with these two new friends as they hit their shots, exchanged stories, and compared aches and pains. By hole six they announced, "We might really be sisters!" One explained, "I was adopted." The other quipped, "And my dad played around." Who knows? They both share a love of golf, adventures in life, and storytelling.
|Karen and Marlene|
|What stories must Deb and Babe be sharing?|
"My ball rolled off the green on 17 after I marked it, replaced it, and prepared to putt. I had a side hill, uphill chip coming back to the pen instead of a putt." quipped another woman not to be out done. "Can You Top That Stories" kept us entertained. As foursomes finished on the 18th green, we gathered at the patio to watch, yell, taunt and tease the often bewildered golfer, our friends.
|Mary Lee, Sheila, Alice, Judytease the often bewildered golfer.|
Mary Lee, who has played the course before, exclaimed as she walked off 18, "Letty, I four putted." "There's no shame to that," I calmly replied. At a near screeching pitch she continued, "But I four putted four times. I even putted off the green and had to chip back." As a friend, I could only chuckle. In my head I knew the frustrations they were dealing with. That is why I might shot an 80 one day and a 90 the next.
Perry Maxwell, who designed and built Prairie Dunes, envisioned and created smaller greens with hidden nuances, as one of the USGA officials declared. Many of the greens are contoured with a hogback that runs front to back or splits in a deceiving Y. The knowing and unknowing golfer is fooled by these breaks. These greens require exact speed and a good read. Besides battling the undulating ridges, the golfer must face the false fronts, whipping winds, the dead elephant buried at the front edge of #11 green, and the slippery swells and swales that can suck a ball off the green, like the intimidating hole #8 or #10. Take your pick.
|Ann, Debbie, Nancy, Donna smiling on the 18th.|
|Peggy, Jayne, Gail, Patty..smiles tell it all.|