Thank you Erin for updating the MFC blog style. It looks fantastic. I am coming out of my blogging retirement to comment on the boot-leg course activity on the Mendocino Coast. I have just recently embraced Erin and Rick's "B-course" as my favorite. I have fallen victim to the sleepwalking adventure we call "A-course". It has always proven itself challenging in the windy conditions, but the "birdie or die" nature of the course has gotten stale. I must preface the rest of this post by saying that Mendo High is one of the most visually impressive frolf courses anywhere. With white-water views, Point Cabrillo, sunsets and sea stacks one is drawn to the idea of a cross between Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach. The only thing separating us from them is the fact that every hole on the course is within reach of the average player with the exception of 17. With the recent landscaping of the 4 and 9 baskets, the risk/ reward ratio has been made much easier. B-course changes all of that. A good hard won par can vault you up over the competition. A 30 foot birdie chance is something you hope for. I think tougher courses breed better putters. On A, if you have a 20 foot putt, you missed on your drive. On B, if you have a 20 foot putt you nailed your drive. This, to me, is what frolf is all about. On Thursday I had the pleasure of playing the Fort Bragg "back-nine" for the first time. After a tough round of chain-outs, pole-outs and basket-outs, Davey had Matthew and I beat with 10 down or maybe better. Matthew played very well with a 7 and I puttered out with a 2. Things were tight after 9 with 5/3/1, Davey/Matthew/Ryan. The back being played as the front again, Davey lit things up. This is how he beats us all at Fort Bragg. Let it be known that if Davey beats you at Fort Bragg it won't be because he got warmed up and shot all the same holes again. The back nine is tough, long and plenty of left to right. I got decidedly beat by Jeremy again with the theme of my game, chain-out and pole-out your birdies. I love these new holes. They are hard and may keep the scores a little more in check at Fort Bragg. Now I open the blog page and see "Jim's Mendo C-course". What is going on? Have we 4 legitimate courses right here on the coast? I think we should start a club. Call it the MFC or something and play against the MCDGC. Thanks again to Erin and Rick for B, Rusty and Roy for FB back nine and now Jimmers for C. Now for the Epilogue.
We should consider not playing Mendo A for every tourney. It would be exciting to mix up the courses on Sundays but play with the handis. Open season for comment.