The locals at Druid Hill in Baltimore have been working on expanding the wooded x-holes from the current nine to a full 18. They’ve already gotten the city to buy them new baskets for this. They’ve been demoing potential holes for a couple of months now. El Tie Dye and I wanted to check it out. We contacted Druid local 857 to be our tour guide.
Welcome to Druid:
…shows the current main course 18 and existing nine x-holes. As you can see they have woods to play with here to add nine more x-holes. And here I am…
…without a NutSac sticker to add to the collection. El Tie Dye rolls in. He’s got some new dyed gear for me. I have a six-pack of The Raven Special Lager for him. We agree to play from the long (wood) tees on the main course. 857 is trying to dodge the camera, but he underestimates my proficiency. 857 gets us going on #10:
Followed by El Tie Dye:
By hole #12 I am already tee scum so I’m spotting for the boys on #12 as they throw the downhill blind shot. 857 tees off:
El Tie Dye…
As you can tell the main 18 are fairly wide open. Enter the x-holes…
857 teeing off on X7:
Followed by El Tie Dye:
A carved up tree on X8:
Does that say Friday 13, 1957? A big down tree on X8:
As you may recall El Tie Dye’s cousin John is sponsored by DGA. El Tie Dye has decided to switch to a DGA bag out of loyalty, or some misguided belief that throwing DGA will make him a 1000 rated player like his cousin. He’s also got DGA gear:
Of course now I’m considering having him dye my ‘Sac t-shirt & sweatshirt. After X8 we enter some of the new (NX1) proposed x holes. NX1 has already been voted off the island, but we elect to play what’s in the ground. There are some closed off roads back in the woods here used by joggers/dog walkers. Some of the tees are painted on the road. 857 flicks from the road:
Followed by El Tie Dye:
He’s rocking the cargo pants today. The baskets aren’t installed yet since the design team is working out the best potential layout, so we’re throwing at objects…
…like it’s 1968 baby! El Tie Dye insists on snapping pics of me on putts…
…so I will miss. Since I’m his role model El Tie Dye has picked 4 DGA discs to use:
He’s putting with a Reef, he’s got two mids (Aftershock & Squall) and he’s driving with an Undertow.
Hawk: You are carrying more than four discs though.
El Tie Dye: It’s to keep the bag full.
Hawk: Uh huh.
This is NX2:
It’s a cool hyzer over a gully. El Tie Dye busts out a flick to show off:
857 tees off on what I think is NX5 where you are throwing from the road back into the woods:
El Tie Dye attempts to also miss the thin guardian tree:
It’s a street sign for the joggers on the closed roads:
857 gets our second deuce of the day when he parks NX6 with his Wraith:
He quick putted his first deuce before I got the camera out. Back on the main course we’re teeing off on #14.
El Tie Dye: Watch out for the mando.
Hawk: No problem.
The Trak turns over and slips safe by about 2′. El Tie Dye’s drive kicks off a tee heading towards Greenspring Ave…
…OB baby! El Tie Dye documents me missing another deuce on #16:
Somehow I’ve wrangled the tee, so on #18 I call the long island basket next to the course sign:
No deuces…no OB. El Tie Dye misses his deuce putt on #1:
So I’m looking at another deuce chance on #1. El Tie Dye has the camera and documents my miss…
…and manages to also get the roll away:
Note 857 pointing gleefully. 857 converts his putt for a deuce:
857′s momentum ends on #2 when he griplocks his turnover drive and it goes 20′ down the fairway before slamming into some shrubbery bordering the cemetery. You really don’t want to he here:
He navigates his way back to the fairway and executes a 40′ putt to save the four. On #3 I point out to El Tie Dye that the path we’re teeing off on, and to the right of the path, is OB. I promptly turnover the Lace OB. It’s so ugly we’re not even sure I ever got over any left side grass to be in bounds. We put me 40′ up the fairway. It’s a six. At this point 857 is 10 throws up on us. El Tie Dye three’s #3 to open up a DFL cushion over me.
Heading back into the original front six x holes we pass this sign outside the zoo fence line encircling the animal hospital:
No soliciting? He’s knocking on this gate? Veterinary pharmaceutical reps?
On X1 I’m pin high but behind some trees.
El Tie Dye: We’ve seen your lie. You have no shot at the three.
Hawk: (Arriving at the Ridge) I can make this…
…or not. The joke about Druid has always been you can’t play a round there without finding a used condom, syringe etc. So why would an aerosol can of disinfectant spray…
…be in the woods of a park? Hmmm…
857 points out some carved names from 1962:
I wonder if Nick & Betty are still together. 857 tees off on X5:
We’ve all got deuce putts. 857 goes first…
…and misses. El Tie Dye goes next…
…and misses. El Tie Dye requests the camera and…
…I miss the deuce. Back on the main course I tee off on #8 with the Lace and the flight looks promising. El Tie Dye tries to jinx me with the camera…
…but I make the putt for my first, and only, deuce of the day. He told me he missed the shot so I took the standard pic:
We finish the 33 holes. Scores were:
El Tie Dye: 114