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Old 07-18-2014, 08:34 AM   #41
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Be careful on any golf course as one can be hit by an errant golf ball. Your position is behind and not in front of the player. Sometimes, even standing behind may be dangerous for eg. If the player in front is trying to hit the ball out of some trees, the ball may hit the trees and ricochet backwards. So, be careful and stay alert and keep safe.
thank you for that. I never gave that a thought.
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:56 AM   #42
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So happy to read this thread and find many keen on golf. It's a great game - one you can play with friends or loved ones or even on your own. For beginners, best to take some lessons first. When you are ready to play on the green, play with your instructor or a very patient seasoned golfer friend. Your first few games should preferably be played on a weekday during non-peak hours. I note that you have raised a lot of questions but not much on safety. Be careful on any golf course as one can be hit by an errant golf ball. Your position is behind and not in front of the player. Sometimes, even standing behind may be dangerous for eg. If the player in front is trying to hit the ball out of some trees, the ball may hit the trees and ricochet backwards. So, be careful and stay alert and keep safe.

Yep, you never know....a couple years ago we were playing with a guy wasn't very good. He was hitting a 3 wood from fairway on par 5. My friend and I were standing roughly parallel to him 15 yards a way. Somehow he managed to smash the ball full speed straight sideways and the ball went right between us head high. I still don't know how that happened. So take the extra step and be behind them!


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Yep, you never know....a couple years ago we were playing with a guy wasn't very good. He was hitting a 3 wood from fairway on par 5. My friend and I were standing roughly parallel to him 15 yards a way. Somehow he managed to smash the ball full speed straight sideways and the ball went right between us head high. I still don't know how that happened. So take the extra step and be behind them! ...
+1 You never know... I recently skulled a shot off the toe of a fairway wood and it wizzed by the head of a friend who was 70 yards ahead of me and 40 degrees to the right of my intended line of flight and normally would not be anywhere near where the ball should have been going. Be careful out there...
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Already many great replies on rules and etiquette so I'll address another issue.

Competition vs enjoyment. Are you or DH very competitive? If one or both of you are then you can easily become obsessed with trying to improve your game and lower your scores. If you're both competitive and head off in this direction then no problem. If only one of you is, then there can be issues down the road. I've seen many couples start out together only to see one progress at a much quicker pace than the other and this can sometimes cause problems. Some couples do a good job of adjusting to this reality and schedule times to play together and other times to play apart with others who are more closely aligned with their skill level. I've seen other couples manage this situation poorly and end up having some serious arguments. Do your best to talk these issues out so you can both continue to enjoy the game.

Golf is a great game because anyone can play and it's a great way to get outside and get some exercise while enjoying time with friends and family. And golf courses re great places to meet people and make new friends. Also, many courses are set in beautiful locations with lots of wildlife around. Remember to try and maintain a balance between enjoying your friends and the surrounding environment versus trying to lower your score. I've seen many people get frustrated because they can't play as well as they THINK they should and end up giving up the game. People who stress out over their game, curse loudly on the course and throw their clubs around are not uncommon. It's a shame they've forgotten all the positive aspects of the game that attracted them to it in the first place.

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Already many great replies on rules and etiquette so I'll address another issue.

Competition vs enjoyment. Are you or DH very competitive? If one or both of you are then you can easily become obsessed with trying to improve your game and lower your scores. If you're both competitive and head off in this direction then no problem. If only one of you is, then there can be issues down the road. I've seen many couples start out together only to see one progress at a much quicker pace than the other and this can sometimes cause problems. Some couples do a good job of adjusting to this reality and schedule times to play together and other times to play apart with others who are more closely aligned with their skill level. I've seen other couples manage this situation poorly and end up having some serious arguments. Do your best to talk these issues out so you can both continue to enjoy the game.

Golf is a great game because anyone can play and it's a great way to get outside and get some exercise while enjoying time with friends and family. And golf courses re great places to meet people and make new friends. Also, many courses are set in beautiful locations with lots of wildlife around. Remember to try and maintain a balance between enjoying your friends and the surrounding environment versus trying to lower your score. I've seen many people get frustrated because they can't play as well as they THINK they should and end up giving up the game. People who stress out over their game, curse loudly on the course and throw their clubs around are not uncommon. It's a shame they've forgotten all the positive aspects of the game that attracted them to it in the first place.

Relax and have fun!
Good point. Neither of us are really overly competitive . He can be a little more intense than me and do the in your face because he got a better score (he tries to come off as joking) but if I gently remind him it is about fun together and if he gets a better score I really don't care he will keep his happy dancing to himself. I guess until we try it we won't know our individual reactions. Like you said we just need to relax and enjoy the process. If it becomes not fun I won't stick with it
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Along with errant golf balls you might want to keep an eye out for the wildlife. A friend took this picture of a lynx on the links at Terra Lago in Indio California earlier this year. Seems that the green green grass makes for many bunnies, which results in fat opportunistic wild cats. Florida might have gators in the water traps and pythons in the rough...

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Good point. Neither of us are really overly competitive . He can be a little more intense than me and do the in your face because he got a better score (he tries to come off as joking) but if I gently remind him it is about fun together and if he gets a better score I really don't care he will keep his happy dancing to himself. I guess until we try it we won't know our individual reactions. Like you said we just need to relax and enjoy the process. If it becomes not fun I won't stick with it
It became no fun for me because the people I played with were not only very competitive, they lied. A lot. Besides, it was a frustrating "sport" because one day I would shoot well, and the next, I'd put every ball in the woods. Completely unpredictable.

As for competition (and cheating), technology is coming. You swipe your credit card on the tee box kiosk (obviously a very limited number of courses), and it tracks your tee shot. You can play various games against the system or your partners. This image came from covertheflag.com:
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We currently live in an area where the golf courses are few and far between and golf is just not something most folks do. Including us. We are moving to Florida where of course you can walk out your front door in just about any neighborhood and golf. The community we are moving to has plentiful golf.

My questions are I am sure obvious if you live in a golf world, but, I am a nervous nelly about anything new and I don't want us to be those people that folks swear about, roll their eyes at, etc. if we are in the way, taking too long, or God forbid head to the wrong hole.

Do we call a local golf course and asked for a lesson with rentals? Or wait til we get where we are going and take a lesson at the course we would play on?

If we lose our golf ball do we just leave it and move on? Or do we at least try to find it?

If we hit the grass instead of the ball and a clump flies through the air do we retrieve it and put it back or let the groundskeeper repair it properly?

Is it obvious how to get to the next hole? Are they numbered?

How do we know if we are supposed to golf 9 holes or 18? Do you take breaks or keep going til your done?

What happens if you have to go to the bathroom?

Is their etiquette about what courses you can play at and is it rude to take tee times that regulars use if the person making the schedules give it to us? Or do they save those times for regulars and give everyone else what is available?

Are you supposed to use a golf cart? And do people really use bag boys or is that just professionals?

Who at a golf course do you tip?

Yes I have spent alot of time thinking about this and I really want to try it before we say we don't golf. We may love it or we may hate it. But my nervousness of the unknown will definitely keep me from trying it.
Lots of good information here - thought I'd offer up some things that worked for my wife and me.

I have been golfing for quite awhile, but like everyone here - we all had to start sometime.

I taught my wife to play the game - my advice to her:

Accept that you'll play poorly until you've played the game for awhile and get a feel for your clubs and the average distance you'll get with each of them. When you're playing poorly - slow down your backswing/swing (backswing like Grandma as I say). There's nothing back there, and trying to stop/control a fast back-swing for a good swing is difficult at best. You'll be surprised how far/straight the ball goes with a properly executed slowed swing. Keep your head down and eye on your ball until you've completed your swing. You'll almost always have looked away/stood up when you topped/miss-hit the ball.

You need to play at least once a week to get any good at it ("Play the Game"). Don't be critical of yourself if you don't play well - we all have those days (and you will). The driving range is a great place to practice your swings with all of your clubs, but you never swing at a driving range like you'll swing on a course (something about not having to retrieve range balls, and what's called the "Choke-effect" at the course - hard to swing with one hand on the club and the other on your own throat).

Play at municipal/public 9-hole golf courses until you feel comfortable with your game (we've found 9-hole "par three" courses just about everywhere we've gone). Better if you walk the course to shake off a terrible shot, and to calm down ("walk it off" as they say). We use these courses to brush up before spending the dollars on the better courses when we first head down to Florida for the Winter and haven't played in awhile. These are usually very easy courses to play and will leave you feeling good about your game as you're learning. Most people there won't pretend to be pros, and usually won't gripe if you're slow (most there usually play no better than you). Let them play through if they do and watch how badly they play

I gave my wife (and everyone who has spoken to me about taking it up) a book by Eddie Merrins "Golf for the Young". It's a simple easy to read 100 page book. The agreement is that they return the book to me in the same condition I gave it to them. It's the best book I've ever read about teaching the game. It's out of print and now is selling for $80.00 on Amazon. You should be able to find a good book for beginner golfers at your public library. I suggest these beginning golf books for younger folks, as they don't assume you know anything about the game and will teach you about each club, proper grip/swing, course strategy, rules, and etiquette.

I've taken lessons and would suggest that you hold off on spending any real money on them until you're comfortable with playing the game (at your local 9-hole course). It's better to have a pro work with you on your swing when you "have" a swing. Community colleges teach beginning golf at reasonable prices also. Personally, I've wasted money with pros and found that "playing the game" at least twice a week was the best method for improvement.

FYI - my first game was with my Brother and some of his co-workers. They told the one guy in our foursome I was a skilled golfer (was a bad day for me golfing overall). My revenge was the day I first broke 90 - while playing a round with him (he never has)

I've found that when both you and your spouse play the game and enjoy it - you have some wonderful golf vacations (wife plays a good game).....

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Second tree on the left. Or wait until you finish the nine holes. some courses do have a restroom in the middle of nine.
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Just fyi to all you golfers, when you are playing a course that's surrounded by a housing community, if you can see the houses, the owners can probably see you peeing. I've been tempted a couple of times to take pictures and post them on the internet, but I don't have a powerful enough lens for most of the golfers.

Our course (and most others) have a porta-potty and a clubhouse restroom, so there are options, even if it means letting some other folks play through.
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Just fyi to all you golfers, when you are playing a course that's surrounded by a housing community, if you can see the houses, the owners can probably see you peeing. I've been tempted a couple of times to take pictures and post them on the internet, but I don't have a powerful enough lens for most of the golfers.

Our course (and most others) have a porta-potty and a clubhouse restroom, so there are options, even if it means letting some other folks play through.
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Or you could hit a ball into the water, go in after it, and take care of business like the fishes do! On second thought, most courses I play on have snapping turtles in the ponds.
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Or you could hit a ball into the water, go in after it, and take care of business like the fishes do! On second thought, most courses I play on have snapping turtles in the ponds.
Our pond (water hazard on the 6th green) has some huge snappers. I've seen them take baby geese down from my deck. No way I'd be exposing my danglies with them in there.
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Just fyi to all you golfers, when you are playing a course that's surrounded by a housing community, if you can see the houses, the owners can probably see you peeing. I've been tempted a couple of times to take pictures and post them on the internet, but I don't have a powerful enough lens for most of the golfers.

Our course (and most others) have a porta-potty and a clubhouse restroom, so there are options, even if it means letting some other folks play through.
Maybe you should buy a more powerful lens.
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I used to play golf until bilateral carpal tunnel made it impossible to drive the ball without pain. I never hit long, but straight as an arrow down the fairway. I played the mens' tees.
I can still chip and putt but not being able to drive kinda takes the fun out of it.

The alligators that lurk in the water hazards need to be left alone. Don't even think about looking for your ball near water down south.

My best games were the ones where I did not keep score. If I did a double par on any given hole, I picked up my ball and continued on. Less frustrating for me and my party...and the players behind us were very appreciative.
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Good point. Neither of us are really overly competitive . He can be a little more intense than me and do the in your face because he got a better score (he tries to come off as joking) but if I gently remind him it is about fun together and if he gets a better score I really don't care he will keep his happy dancing to himself. I guess until we try it we won't know our individual reactions. Like you said we just need to relax and enjoy the process. If it becomes not fun I won't stick with it
I have been playing golf for about 45 years now. I enjoy the game more depending on who I am playing with. I could be a very good player but I don't take the game serious enough, I just enjoy playing. I have known more people over the years that got so wrapped up into lessons, new equipment, playing the best (expensive) courses, etc..... that the enjoyment of the game was gone and a large number of them just stopped playing. Remember to have fun!!!

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Just fyi to all you golfers, when you are playing a course that's surrounded by a housing community, if you can see the houses, the owners can probably see you peeing. I've been tempted a couple of times to take pictures and post them on the internet, but I don't have a powerful enough lens for most of the golfers.
If you can't get good pictures of the players peeing try hanging out by the ball washer.
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My best games were the ones where I did not keep score. If I did a double par on any given hole, I picked up my ball and continued on. Less frustrating for me and my party...and the players behind us were very appreciative.
I don't golf very often, or very well, and usually don't even bother to keep score. And, if necessary, just pick up the ball, or give up on the lost one, and move on. I don't care, and am not that competitive, so it makes the game more enjoyable.
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