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Sam 07-03-2007 04:50 PM

Who plays golf?
 
Just curious, how popular is golf among members here?

Coach 07-03-2007 04:51 PM

Sam, I play. Not well, but often.

Coach

Sam 07-03-2007 05:14 PM

Coach, I tried it once, years ago. For some reasons, it did not click with me. May be I should give it another try.

Danny 07-03-2007 05:30 PM

Hi Sam. Well it clicked with me at 10 & it bit me hard. Must be the scot blood....Got out with youngest son at 5:30 today. You didn't have "Everyday" or "Obsessive/ Compulsive about it" listed, so 2 or more a week it is.;) ;D:rolleyes::coolsmiley: _____ I just noticed I can have only 4 emotions per post....

Sam 07-03-2007 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by DanTien (Post 532017)
Hi Sam. Well it clicked with me at 10 & it bit me hard. Must be the scot blood....Got out with youngest son at 5:30 today. You didn't have "Everyday" or "Obsessive/ Compulsive about it" listed, so 2 or more a week it is.

I did not know that Scotland has something to do with golf. Or are you just pulling my leg?


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Originally Posted by DanTien (Post 532017)
;) ;D:rolleyes::coolsmiley: _____ I just noticed I can have only 4 emotions per post....

Are you going to create a poll to "democratically" determine how many emoticons one can have in a post? Count me out!

Dawg52 07-03-2007 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by DanTien (Post 532017)
You didn't have "Everyday" or "Obsessive/ Compulsive about it" listed, so 2 or more a week it is.

Ditto. Got rained out today though.:rant:

Sam 07-03-2007 06:27 PM

Hey guys, considering the cost of golf, I think 2 or more a week is obsessive/compulsive. How much do you guys (Dawg52 and DanTien) spend annually on this sport?

Danny 07-03-2007 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Sam (Post 532033)
I did not know that Scotland has something to do with golf. Or are you just pulling my leg?




Are you going to create a poll to "democratically" determine how many emoticons one can have in a post? Count me out!

;D Sam, I promise not to pull your leg, if'n ya promise not to look up me kilts! Allow me to go on too long about this noble game -The name golf may have been derived from the old Scots verb " to gowff" meaning to "strike hard." The earliest known written detail on the subject of golf is from King James II in 1457 who demanded that "fute-ball and golfe be utterly cryed down and not to be used." The King was concerned that his citizens were so involved in leisurely pursuits that they were neglecting the Royal and vital sport of archery, which would protect him from the enemy. It took until 1502, in the reign of King James IV and a Treaty of Perpetual Peace (which didn't last!) with England's King Henry VII before the Scots were allowed to spare the time on such pursuits. King James IV himself played the game at Perth. Mary Queen of Scots was known to play a round or two and by the end of the 16th century it was noted that people were neglecting attendance at church in order to indulge in their favourite pastime. :rolleyes::angel:

Yes, a poll could be done, but I've sworn off polls. As far as post emotions - we should be allowed to have as many as we want at any given time. :bat: emotive limit reached

Danny 07-03-2007 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Sam (Post 532035)
Hey guys, considering the cost of golf, I think 2 or more a week is obsessive/compulsive. How much do you guys (Dawg52 and DanTien) spend annually on this sport?

It's a bit less than what I would spend on heroin addiction

I play public courses, so its ALOT! cheaper than people that belong to country clubs and play Pebble & such...but then there's equipment, the long MN winter does keep it down. I have to admit I don't keep track - kinda like not worrying about how much a gift costs for a mistress.

Dawg52 07-03-2007 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Sam (Post 532035)
Hey guys, considering the cost of golf, I think 2 or more a week is obsessive/compulsive. How much do you guys (Dawg52 and DanTien) spend annually on this sport?

Exactly $2,580 per year. I belong to a club and that includes unlimited number of rounds of golf per year, and storage cost/trail fees for my personal golf cart. Oh yes, that includes a nominal allowance for beverages and food.($15/mo) Actually my total cost is more than that as I occasionally play other courses, but who's counting? :)

Sooooooo, when anyone ask 'what do you do all day?'.............well the answer is obvious. ;D

Danny 07-03-2007 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Dawg52 (Post 532045)
Exactly $2,580 per year. I belong to a club and that includes unlimited number of rounds of golf per year, and storage cost/trail fees for my personal golf cart. Oh yes, that includes a nominal allowance for beverages and food.($15/mo) Actually my total cost is more than that as I occasionally play other courses, but who's counting? :)

Sooooooo, when anyone ask 'what do you do all day?'.............well the answer is obvious. ;D

that's a good deal Dawg..would encourage me to play more..

Danny 07-03-2007 09:32 PM

Dawg, I've got a long way to match the guy I just read about in Golf Digest - guy from Minnesota! What? Not Arizona or Florida? - has the record for most rounds played in a year - 638!

Alex 07-03-2007 10:14 PM

I play at least once a week. I played today, and will play again on Friday.

Sam 07-03-2007 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by DanTien (Post 532042)
- kinda like not worrying about how much a gift costs for a mistress.

I don't know a single thing about this. Will report back once I get some experience.


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Exactly $2,580 per year. I belong to a club and that includes unlimited number of rounds of golf per year, and storage cost/trail fees for my personal golf cart. Oh yes, that includes a nominal allowance for beverages and food.($15/mo) Actually my total cost is more than that as I occasionally play other courses, but who's counting? :)
I bet the number's higher once you include equipments (clubs, shoes, and other acessories.)

calmloki 07-03-2007 10:40 PM

I think Robin Williams nailed golf in one of his routines:

http://http://youtube.com/watch?v=6X04wZpqx3U

He has about a 40 second lead in which is worthwhile. Totally cracks me up - don't bother listening if the f bomb bugs you, but sounds pretty true to me.

Alex 07-03-2007 11:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Sam (Post 532120)
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I bet the number's higher once you include equipments (clubs, shoes, and other acessories.)

Personally, I'd spend three times that if I had too! I don't, but I would. I really love the sport, it is highly challenging and lots and lots of fun. Not only do I get 4 hours of walking done (just think of all that beneficial exercise!), I meet interesting new people almost every time I play. I can't imagine not playing at least a few times a month. ;D

Coach 07-04-2007 06:42 AM

Sam, I took up the game rather late -- at age 50. I'd always considered it an old man's sport. So once I became an old man.... It's too late a start for me to every be very good, I think, and when teenagers kick my butt in a round I sometimes wish I had started earlier.

You can pretty much pick your spending level. I play municipal and public courses. With a $300 annual "permit" here I pay $17 or $19 to walk 18. Admittedly I probably spend as much for beer and lunch after the round. ^-^ I buy inexpensive equipment, spending perhaps $200 a year on that. I also play a few charity tournaments, so another few hundred dollars a year, for good causes.

It's a delightful way to spend 5 or 6 hours (public courses can be slow), outside, with friends. Golf is year-round here, with some pauses waiting for the snow to melt in the winter so, we're out in all seasons.

It might be worth giving it another try.

Coach

Dawg52 07-04-2007 06:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Sam (Post 532120)
I bet the number's higher once you include equipments (clubs, shoes, and other acessories.)

Yes, but I don't buy new equipment every year. I might buy a new driver every 4-5 years but irons I keep quite sometime. I upgraded this year through retirement gift certificates. Golf balls, I buy slightly used online at about half the price. Christmas and birthdays, I always get golf balls or gift certificates so that really takes care of most of my extra expense.

But I don't play golf because it is cheap. I play it because I love it. Most hobbies cost money too. Hunters buy new guns, 4 wheelers, pay hunting dues etc.............

Dawg52 07-04-2007 07:04 AM

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Originally Posted by DanTien (Post 532103)
Dawg, I've got a long way to match the guy I just read about in Golf Digest - guy from Minnesota! What? Not Arizona or Florida? - has the record for most rounds played in a year - 638!

Thats incredible. I live in MS and can play pretty much year round. During the winter I can probably play an average of 2 rounds per week. The rest of year I will average 4-5 times per week. So that would work out to be around 190-200 rounds per year. I rarely play more than 18 per day.

So 200 rounds per year at $2,580 = $12.90/per round. Pretty cheap entertainment. ;D

Danny 07-04-2007 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Dawg52 (Post 532189)
Thats incredible. I live in MS and can play pretty much year round. During the winter I can probably play an average of 2 rounds per week. The rest of year I will average 4-5 times per week. So that would work out to be around 190-200 rounds per year. I rarely play more than 18 per day.

So 200 rounds per year at $2,580 = $12.90/per round. Pretty cheap entertainment. ;D

just back from the links - didn't burn it up but did have an exciting long chip-in that made me feel good about my game and life itself... good deal for you and the more you play the cheaper it gets...I figure this guy snowbirds it to Arizona...I did manage to play on Dec14 last year and spring is coming earlier every year, still I refuse to play when it's under 30. The balls get to cold and cuts down on distance.


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