Artxanda Golf

January 13, 2008 By: erik Category: Golf, Photos, Spain 585 views

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My friend Manolo invited me out to nine holes this morning at a course near the Bilbao airport called Artxanda. The long, hilly course was a completely different game than I played the other day in Santander. Artxanda is very difficult both to play and walk. I hit several shots while I was out of breath from a steep 15 meter climb up to my ball. I don’t know how they did it, but I swear that every approach shot was uphill. I had two pars, three bogeys, two double bogeys, and two triple bogeys, for a grand total of +13, 49. Oh, did I mention that the wind was blowing such that we could barely stand up? When you took your putter back along the line of the putt, it blew to the side. The conditions were crazy hard, so I felt pretty good about my score.
Morning Sun

The views were gorgeous. The sunrise on the drive east to Bilbao was a breathtaking mural of yellow, pink, and crimson.

Windy!

Did I mention it was windy? Look at what the wind did to this fairway tree!

Snowy

Did I mention it was cold? Check out those snowy peaks in the distance! Also we were right up near the cloud rolling ceiling.

Manolo Swing

Manolo hits a shot down the fairway.

It was a fun morning. Tiring, but fun.

 
  • http://www.isoglossia.com sgazzetti

    Wow, that really is a gorgeous setting. Sounds like you got an early start, too, which is always a good thing when you’re outside.

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    It’s really way more gorgeous that I could capture. On a clear day the views would be mindblowing.

  • Paul

    Can the public pay and play?

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    I think they let you, but they charge you like 300€ or something to make it prohibited, but not officially. So, in practice, everyone that plays there is either a member or invited by a member.

    I didn’t pay a cent.

  • http://rainypamplona.blogspot.com/ Theresa

    Hmm, taken the math problem off I see. I got the word “bladder”…now that’s welcoming. So, are these fabulous pictures take with that new camera that the Three Wise Kings were going to bring you?

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    No, the silly Kings in all their “Wisdom” brought that camera to my parents’ house in the States, so I have to go pick it up in a few weeks.

    Glad you enjoy the captcha.