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Old 11-16-2015, 04:38 PM   #141
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That's why I am looking into finding a good mat/net for whacking balls through the winter. I have a nice empty bay with 10' ceiling that needs filling.
they should keep the course/range open if there is no snow on the ground
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:47 PM   #142
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We rode Saturday (everyone has a private cart).


Five guys, five carts 18 holes 3 hours. Now that's playing golf.
Get it under two hours, now that's playing golf cart polo.

I worked in a pro shop in high school, and after we'd close we'd all grab a cart and see how many holes we'd get in before it got dark. More polo than golf, but fun.
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:53 PM   #143
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...Walked 18...I was able to go off as a single on Saturday before any other group and was done in two hours and twenty minutes. That was fun. I was starting the 18th when I saw the group behind me finishing the 10th.
At the Hyundai TOC in January one of the thirty players dropped out leaving a single, Chris Kirk. I volunteer as a walking scorer for Shotlink, and as I have Rules experience, they sent me w Chris (NOT playing-lol).


We were coming up 18 as the last of the fifteen groups was going off the first tee, about 2:40 later. Btw, he tied the course record shooting 62.
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At the Hyundai TOC in January one of the thirty players dropped out leaving a single, Chris Kirk. I volunteer as a walking scorer for Shotlink, and as I have Rules experience, they sent me w Chris (NOT playing-lol).

I volunteered for the WGC Cadillac match play championship (won by McIlroy) earlier this year; ran Shotlink lasers (both fairway & greens). First time for me; did it with a golf buddy. It was a blast!

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I volunteered for the WGC Cadillac match play championship (won by McIlroy) earlier this year; ran Shotlink lasers (both fairway & greens). First time for me; did it with a golf buddy. It was a blast!
Nice! My wife volunteers at three tournaments each year and gives me the freebies for Father's day, Christmas, and birthday presents.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:42 AM   #146
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I've worked the PGA (now web.com) Q-school finals the last several times they've held it in Palm Springs, they usually alternate the site every year between Palm Springs and Florida. Walk around with the Palm Pilot thingy and keep score, if you like watching guys playing golf under pressure that's almost as good as it gets.
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:45 AM   #147
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Do you guys have a limit to how much you'll spend for a round of golf? I think the most I've ever spent is $75 and I've played at most of the top golf courses in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Palm Springs. I usually stay away from those areas during the peak season (Jan-Apr) when prices are crazy (IMO).

Was on vacation at Carmel/Monterey CA last month and the closest I came to Pebble Beach was walking along Carmel beach next to holes 8-10. The only way to get advanced reservations there is to stay at the resort (~$700/night), then another $495 for golf. If you don't stay at the resort you can only reserve 24 hours in advance and the cost is $495 plus cost of caddie. I have a hard time justifying 6 'Benjamins' for a round of golf.
Before retirement, the typical cost was $60 to $80 on weekends. I have spent $300 for a round at Spyglass. Now I average around $35 to $45 per round.
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:07 AM   #148
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I played Rancho Solano in Fairfield, CA for the first time yesterday. What an awesome course! It's as good as described in the great Golf Advisor reviews it's received. It is also a great deal @ $32 to walk 18.

The course is very well watered & lush considering the drought. And, the greens are as large, undulating & difficult as described in reviews.

I highly recommend this course if you live nearby or are in the area.


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I just played this course for the first time a couple of months ago. I recommend this course too. It was much better thatn I expected.
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What tees are you playing? The group I play with (mostly mid handicappers in our 60s and 70s) shifted to the forward/senior tees this summer and are enjoying the game much more, particularly on our home course. On many holes the difference is slight (perhaps 10 yards) but on the long holes the difference is more substantial and it makes our home course much more friendly. Interestingly the rating and slope are not very different (68.9/130 vs 66.4/124).

According to the PGA Tee-It-forward chart, if you hit drives 220-230 yards off the tee you should be playing the tees that equate to 5,800 to 6,000 yards.

If I'm driving well, my distance will be about 275 half the time. The other half depends on how good is the mishit. These days I prefer playing 6400 to 6700 yards. About 10 years ago my distance was about the same but I preferred playing at 6700 to 6900 yards. My mid and long iron play was much much better then.
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Played with a guy last week who said he hits it 170 - 200 yards off the tee, and he was debating on playing the white tees. I suggested he hit from senior tees, and he did. But he never hit a drive over 130. Long day for him
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But he never hit a drive over 130. Long day for him
whoa - what was his handicap index?
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Before retirement, the typical cost was $60 to $80 on weekends. I have spent $300 for a round at Spyglass. Now I average around $35 to $45 per round.
I played dollarwood (westwood cc) in Houston two weeks ago and forked over the $120 guest fee. That's about my limit and it hurts.
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Get it under two hours, now that's playing golf cart polo.
well we had some leaves on the ground which made finding a few balls a challenge and we had to stop at the turn...
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I played dollarwood (westwood cc) in Houston two weeks ago and forked over the $120 guest fee. That's about my limit and it hurts.
I definitely don't like paying anywhere near $120 these days. I'll play Poppy Hills about 3 to 4 times per year at $70/round. That's the highest so far this year.
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whoa - what was his handicap index?
75 years old his best holes were a double bogey on a par 3. Most were in the 8 - 10 range

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75 years old his best holes were a double bogey on a par 3. Most were in the 8 - 10 range
Most of the guys at my club that are 75ish (and play regularly) are pretty to very good golfers (i.e. sub 15 index)
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Makes no difference as long as one has fun but 120-130 yard driver average probably belongs with red tee.
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Makes no difference as long as one has fun but 120-130 yard driver average probably belongs with red tee.
For sure! His wife beat him soundly. If my wife beat me, I would find a new hobby

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Spent a hour with DW at Top Golf this afternoon. Had fun.

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For sure! His wife beat him soundly. If my wife beat me, I would find a new hobby

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Chuckle. Sometimes, DW beats me. We started golf at the same time. That's my excuse. That and she appears to have more natural talent than I have. Golf god is not fair that way.
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