This time, however, I had my own clubs and not a load I'd had to buy at $1 each from the local Sebring charity store.
I went with US friends Clair, Mary and Carl and the first point to note was the temperature. It was cold. Not cool, but cold. It was 11am and 55F with a strong wind blowing from the North West. Not the best direction at all. Mary was wearing a jacket and ear muffs and even Clair had on long pants and a heavy denim shirt.
Me ? Polo shirt and shorts of course. It was like a decent summers day to me ! Ok it was a bit cold as we drove along in the golf carts but once stopped and playing, it was very pleasant.
I shot 98 which seemed reasonable for me but the main thing was I had fun, a lot of fun.
On one hole, Carl hit a tree which sent his ball further from the green and on his next shot, hit the same tree again. I think he hit another tree on his way to the same green but I may have got that wrong as I was on the other side of the fairway having my own problems. And laughing at Carl.
On another hole, Mary had played her ball into the middle of the fairway, only to have it smacked yards off line by another ball. Now what are the odds ?
I only hit one tree full on and gave another one a nasty scare. The one I hit was only a few yards away but I'd wanted to get back onto the fairway and so took the risky shot through the trees, a risk that failed spectacularly. I'd no idea where the ball went as when it hit that tree, I dropped to the ground like I'd been hit by a sniper. Thankfully Mary had seen the shot and was able to tell me that my ball had gone up like an Indian rocket and was probably close to the green that we'd be playing next. It was.
The course (Harder Hall Country Club) has lots of water hazards and this means lots of wildlife, snakes and gators. We only saw one gator yesterday but as it was very close to the tee on this particular hole, it was close enough for my liking. I mean there were no pebbles for my protection and I'm not sure which club I'd have chosen if it came at me. Probably my 3 wood as I'd not been able to hit a thing all day with my driver. I'm not sure the gator would have offered me a mulligan.
But at $17 (£10.42 at current rates) which included a golf cart, it was a good deal and a good way to get a bit of exercise (well we DID have to walk to and from the greens). I had a few laughs with, and at, my friends, swore numerous times, hit some decent shots, hit even more crap shots, didn't lose my ball, never shot more than a 7 and even got a par.
I'd say that was a good round of golf. For me.