Bounce back time! Coming off a tough bogey at his last stop, Charlie’s looking to rebound next door at Crow Creek Golf Club, where he’s taking on its par-4 4th hole. Can “The Big Timer” card a red number here? Tune in to find out!
Cancer knocked me down, but not out. Now, I’m cancer free. The recovery? It’s been tough. I’ll need patience, a lot of humor …
(Beware of them aglitators.)
… And support from friends and family. Over the last two years, I haven’t played much golf, but there’s no better place to get back in the game than on 66 courses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We’re keeping score, but just teeing it up means I’ve already won!
(Look at that, the big man’s on the board!)
Join me on my journey to break par!
This one’s not for the faint of heart – or for the slicer, either. See that lake running along the entire right side? Yeah. You know what side? We’ll want to favor left off the tee here. But it’ll add some length to our second shot. That one will play right back toward the water. Buckle up, folks. We’re in for a fun ride!
Today, I’m at the top end of the Grand Strand, Calabash, North Carolina. I know what you’re thinking. Seafood. They got that here, especially those fried-up little baby shrimp. I’ve had my share of those. If you’ve never tried them, they’re awesome. But if you come to Calabash, they’ve also got some great golf here as well. This is Crow Creek. A beautiful golf course. It’s challenging. It’s fun. But what really stands out here is the conditioning of the golf course. It’s absolutely in perfect shape. Check out the greens: bentgrass, a rarity in this part of the world and in the entire Southeast, as a matter of fact. I love the way bentgrass rolls, and they keep these rolling great all year round. This is the par-four fourth. Obviously, you don’t want to go right. I’m going to take driver. Let me see if I can cruise this up there. That left side is nice and dry.
No chance that was going in the water. All right. Here’s the deal. I was a little worried about that lake on the right. I’m over here in the left row, but I got a decent angle. I like how there’s a top tier here. I got about 85/90 yards. I’m trying to hit this little low. Maybe run it back there a little bit. It’s got a chance to be pretty good right there. Go on in there and get you some, big fella! Good birdie time.
I tell you what. It’s really nice coming to a golf course where you see them investing. They’re spending some money on it. They believe in golf, and they should. I mean, it’s “The Golf Capital of the World.” Here at Crow Creek, you can really tell there’s been a lot of thought and care going into maintaining this golf course. Makes you feel good to come out and play a course like this, especially when you’re making birdies.
All right, guys. Here’s the deal. Most people … When they play golf, they take a cart. You’re talking to your buddy. You drive up. You’re not paying any attention to the green until you actually get on the green. That’s why you don’t read putts very well. You got to play golf with your head up, looking at the golf course, getting a good feel of what that putt’s going to do before you actually get to it ’cause if you just pop up here out of nowhere, you don’t have any idea what the contour of this green is. If you pay attention, you’ll figure it out. This putt right here for a birdie… This is what I call Left-Center Chicken Dinner.
Add up, baby! Get some of that! Got to get her all the way in the bottom. There you go. I’m not eating crow here at Crow Creek. I’m eating other kinds of bird!
Bird is the word, folks! Glad to get back in the red numbers. Let’s ride the wave as we head on back to the beach!