Christmas Golf 2008

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home

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December 23rd; Golfing In The Winter In Southern California!

Mike, Sue and Paul attacked the fairways with a vengeance... and warm coats!  We had to stay on the cart paths today.  Paul walked the course... exhibiting his manliness and dirty shoes!  Mike and Sue drove carrying all the necessary supplies... Duck food, towels, spare shoes, etc.


No rain in the distance... so far!  T'was a beautiful day on the fairways!

Fun Will Be Had By All!


Paul and Mike getting ready to hit the course

Golf in the winter in California
"Mike...  The hole is in the other direction"

Golf in the winter in California
Notice the brand new ball mark courtesy of Mr. De Lara's powerful swing.

Did You Know? - According to the experts:  A tree's bark provides the tree with protection from a wide host of insects. When the bark is removed and the tissue underneath is exposed, the tree's susceptibility to an infection is greatly increased. This can lead to premature death.

Humans usually cause common injuries to trees that affect a tree's bark. Most commonly the bark is damaged when using equipment like trimmers or mowers or wildly hit golf balls aimed at a target but missed!  If you act quickly you can repair the damage, and within one year, you would not be able to tell that any damage had taken place at all.

Once the damage has taken place you must look for the damaged bark and secure it back onto the tree. Strapping or duct tape is good for this job, as it will hold up well in wet weather too.

All you have to do now is wait for three months. Keep checking during this period that the tape has held. If it slips off, then you must replace and secure it immediately. Once the three-month period is up remove the tape from the tree. It is very important to remove the tape completely as tape wrapped around a tree this way can actually damage the tree and kill it off.

Golf in the winter in California
Now Mike is trying to kill the sand bunker!

Golf in the winter in California
Mike got a discount by selecting a cheaper golf cart...
He was mistaken three times for a groundskeeper!

Golf in the winter in California
The ducks heard Paul's voice and came running to see what goodies were to be served!

Golf in the winter in California
Paul's little fat babies! 

Did You Know? -

Most ducks are omnivorous, but some are primarily herbivores and others (such as sea ducks and mergansers) are mostly carnivorous. Plants eaten include those commonly available in wetlands such as seeds, aquatic grasses, and submerged pond weeds. Animals eaten include invertebrates, fish eggs, and fish. Many duck species switch from a diet of mostly plants to a diet of invertebrates just prior to breeding, which may help them acquire sufficient energy for reproduction. Young ducks eat primarily invertebrates.

Golf in the winter in California
Enjoying their lunch!  The food comes from the feed
store specially formulated for ducks!

Golf in the winter in California
Yes... this device also doubles as a fishing rod! 
Today perhaps that would have been a good idea!

Golf in the winter in California
Whaack!

Golf in the winter in California
Those two are telling stories again! 
Or... they just watched Paul plop one in the water!

Golf in the winter in California
The eighteenth hole!

Golf in the winter in California
Mike has taken up the javelin...

Did You Know? - A javelin is a light spear designed primarily for casting as a ranged weapon. The javelin is almost always thrown by hand unlike the arrow and slingshot which are projectiles shot from a mechanism. However, hurling devices do exist to assist the thrower in achieving greater distance. The word javelin comes from Middle English and it derives from Old French javeline, a diminutive of javelot which meant spear. The word javelot probably originated from the Celtic language.

Golf in the winter in California
After a short visit to the 19th hole )Paul's favorrite)

Golf in the winter in California
We are ready for Christmas to officially begin now!

Then We Went To Dinner To Hear Tra Rah Rah Rah Rah, Rah Rah Rah Rah

Golf in the winter in California
We had to visit Frank of Panda Palace

Tra ra rah rah rah
Jeanette and Connor joined us!

Tra ra rah rah rah
Paul and Sue courtesy of Connor!

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