There is always a chance of rain in Michigan and so far we’ve avoided it. I’m happy that Bay Harbor day was overcast AND sunny, but no rain. On the Mountain, there’s a chance, but it looks good. Maybe in the morning a little. And maybe in the afternoon.
Today we have breakfast at the Mountain. Same type of buffet as Highlands. But, different. We eat, grab “To Go” coffees, and head to the Mountain to check in for Alpine in the morning. Monument in the afternoon. Take the 15 minute ride up the mountain.
|The Whites are running a little late in the morning. Heather tells us from their window.|
|Yes, six people, six sets of clubs fit in this guy.|
|A little early for breakfast so we get some lucky pennies made at Boyne Mountain.|
|Riding up the mountain and golf ball tossing (objective is to catch a tossed ball).|
Paul wants a group shot of everyone on the bridge between Alpine #2 and #3. Me, Tom and Pete finish up on #3 and drive back for the photo – a selfie, no less. Success. Our first group of six selfie.
|Heather, Mark and Paul on #2, Alpine|
|Selfie on the bridge, #2/#3, Alpine|
|Sign antics. We made some changes to the leaderboard.|
|Mark slays Alpine.|
|Pete's still trying to get the sod record and collect #20 from Scott.|
|Tom not quite able to climb this tree.|
|The bridge where we took the selfie.|
|Heather at the apple altar.|
Pete starts out ROUGH on Alpine. Until #4 – drive into a left bunker. Hits his second. In the hole it goes for an Eagle, Chippie, Sandie, Skin (if we were playing that game). It makes him happy and less grumpy, at least for a bit. It’s hard for Pete not to appear grumpy. We try and poke him into a smile.
Lunch on the patio. Then off to the Monument and back up the Mountain. We get off earlier, hoping to beat the rain that is supposed to come in the afternoon. Me, Paul and Pete. Heather, Tom and Mark. Mark has given me and Paul an extra bottle of “pancakes” and we have fun. Me and Paul take our shoes off after the cart girl gets us a beer hookup. Pete’s mad at us for talking. We just get more giggly. And then Pete takes his shoes off so life is better. Jerry Lee takes our picture on Green #16.
|Paul with the Willow Tree|
|Paul trying to capture the $20 from Scott.|
We finish up our round. Alpine and Monument are now Heather and Mark’s “new favorites.”
And then we decide we need to play more. As a scramble. Some of us barefoot (Mark and Heather didn’t go for that though – and Tom didn’t either). 6 under for 9.
|Birdie = Pancakes|
And then dinner instead of at the Bob In Again, at a Mexican restaurant – Red Mesa (http://www.magnumhospitality.com/redmesa/#contact ). Pretty good Mexican for Michigan coming from Texas. It’s raining pretty good at this point and on the way home.
|Paul's "fancy" beverage at Red Mesa.|
|Mark listening intently to Tom's story.|
One more round for the Whites on Friday before they head back to Dallas, Crooked Tree. We also are playing the Donald Ross course.