Continuing on as a threesome over the 6,430 yard
“Middle” tees we still had our challenges. Of course, those
that played the “Champ” tees had 7,180 yards and much more water to
contend with. Barring an errant ball, the “Front” tees covered
5,029 yards and pretty much eliminated any threat of water.
Somewhere about the 16th hole we came
across the father of that little ‘gator back on #3. This guy wasn't
reposing. He was looking just like the pictures you see of alligators
in Pogo with only his eyes and forehead (assuming ‘gator's have foreheads)
poking just a bit out of the water. This guy looked serious.
It was a photo opportunity not to be missed, but we had our distance
measured to the cart and it was in a go mode. Back to golf…
did fairly well by shooting a little over our handicaps and posting
a decent score is always good for the ego. Yet, I believe
playing The Rookery on this spectacular day was one of those days
when score doesn't matter as much as having a fun time with people
you like and playing a course that you enjoyed and one that you look
forward to coming back and playing in the future.
If you're down Naples way The Rookery is absolutely
worth a visit. Just bring a few extra balls and when (not if)
you hit them into the marsh or water let them go.
Check out the course layout on www.rookeryatmarco.com/
PS: It has a Nick Faldo Golf School.