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Blog: Out of practice

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Old duffer

This is me unsuccessfully trying to hit the ball at the Sunnyside Par 3 course in Queensbury on Tuesday. 

This old duffer is out of practice.

I haven’t played real golf in at least six years when my friend and golfing buddy moved back to Pittsburgh.

I wasn’t that good, but it was an enjoyable way to pass the time. I gave it up after I got married because I didn’t have anyone to play with and after my son was born in 2017, there went my remaining free time.

I got a chance to visit the Sunnyside Par 3 course in Queensbury on Tuesday to get some photos for a story I was writing about their improvements they have made to the clubhouse. Their golf instructor, Patrick Turley, invited me to take a few practice swings.

I hit only air for the first three tries and then made a divot. I finally made contact with a nice straight shot. I repeated the process for my second and third balls, but they veered to the right.

I used to ply at that 9-hole course back in my first go-around at The Post-Star as a copy editor, so it was nice to get out again. I think a Par 3 course is more my speed if I were ever to take up the game again. You can play a round in about an hour in 15 minutes or hour and a half.

Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or and follow his blog at


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