Three thoughts for the day:
1 - Portsea GC. Stunning piece of golfing real estate right at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula. Another mature track which the newer resort style courses have used for inspiration. The course is naturally shaped around the rolling hills and through the ti tree. It is peaceful. Any yet very challenging in places. Very few, if any, holes allow you to thoughtlessly stand up and just smash it. It is a sure sign of a good course when you need to stop and think about every shot you are about to hit. Two short par fours are the icing on the cake, in particular the 13th which is a cracker of a short hole where you could walk away from anything between a 2 and a 6. Portsea is surrounded by opulent houses which in no way detract from the ambience and atmosphere of the course. Lastly, and very importantly, the greenstaff at Portsea are to be congratulated as the course was in superb nick and the greens today were sublime - probably the best we have played on all year. Have a look at the video below for our impression of the course - bare in mind that we had had very little sleep after a most uncomfortable night sleeping in the car.
2 - For those new readers there is a cause underlying the madness of puregolf2010. That is to raise money for The First Tee NZ. All money that is raised for The First Tee is going directly to them - none goes towards our expenses for this trip. So Jamie and I encourage anyone who is inspired by our challenge to donate to The First Tee - and you can do so by using the donate icon at the top of the website.
3 - Lastly, Jamie and I encourage any interaction or suggestions from our audience. Whether that be suggestions on where to play, or if you want to come out and have a game of golf with us please feel free to contact us. Some of the best days this year have been when we have been joined by readers of the blog for a round of golf, or a beer in the pub, so please get in touch. We have also had fantastic support from the wider golfing community, from golf courses to the PGA and to the blokes running golf radio stations who get us on for a chat - all of which is one of the most humbling parts about this year so far.
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