As we do every year, we'll be leaving Friday morning for a little known town just the other side Abilene, that has the most fabulous golf course. I used to always see it when I drove to Dallas with the kids and thought it would be fun to play there. Then, several years ago some golf friends decided we needed to have a tournament there, and I'm so glad they did!
Now, admittedly, there is no nice place to stay, but wherever we stay, we usually have the entire place booked with our group, for the weekend. It's only a room with air conditioning and modest amenities (meaning they provide bars of soap). Okay, wait. It has air-conditioning, which I consider to be the most important of all amenities in our little corner of the world. The weekend is spent playing golf & hanging out at the Motel, and enjoying the company of good friends. We all bring our own folding chairs, citronella candles, food, etc. There will be a total of 16 couples this year which should be a blast!
On the first night, we all drive to a neighboring town for dinner at a truly amazing restaurant, located in The Middle Of Nowhere, where they serve the absolute best flat iron steaks I've ever had the pleasure to devour. Although their sides, bread, and dessert offerings are nothing special, their flat iron steak is incredibly good and I look forward to it every year.
On Saturday morning the first foursome tees off at 8:00 AM and our entire group is usually finished with 18 holes by Noon-ish. Only couples are allowed (whether married or not) in The Desert Duffers and no one is allowed to play with their own spouse/significant other. It's a scramble format (my fave), if you land in a sand trap you get to pull your ball out and play from behind the sand trap (major plus), a club length for bad lies, and *skins* on every hole.
Afterward, we all head back to the hotel for naps. Then, on Saturday night, we have a huge shrimp boil with charcoal grilled steaks. It is always a truly delectible feast and more food than anyone should be allowed to have. The next day, we get up and do the 8:00 AM tee times again and we're done by Noon-ish. The money prizes are handed out afterward at the golf course and then everyone splits for home.
It's always a good time with good friends and lots of good BS, so I am thrilled with anticipation. I only have one little problem. My longtime favorite putter *bit the dust* during play last weekend. Putting is my *thing* and my short game is strong, so I'm worried about having to play with a new putter. I have to go find one today, if that's possible.
Anyhoo, it promises to be an exciting weekend and this year I'm going to win something. Really. I am! Or not. There are always pranks being played and just a general mayhem with this group of rowdy golfing friends. Luckily, someone always shows their *arse* side during tournament play. I just hope it won't be me this year....
Gotta love 'em!