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#1 JohnBarry

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 02:57 PM

What Makes a Golf Round Memorable?
Golf is game, and as a game, it is supposed to be enjoyed. Now, what might make a round fun for someone, might make it miserable for another person. So I am going to speak on some general things that make a round the most fun, and one you will remember for the rest of your life.

Location, Location, Location:
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This might be the number one factor in making a round memorable. The Scenery of the course, the waterways, the desert, the mountain views, the wildlife and anything else pleasing to the eye. Some courses feature waterway holes, lots of them, natural enviroments, gators, birds and various critters running about. Some feature desert views, green in the middle of no where, carry to carry over scrub to lush green fairways and greens. A courses location can make a lasting impression on anyone, but you don't have to play maybe the most famous of all scenery courses, Pebble Beach, to enjoy them.

The Course/Layout:
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Not only does great scenery make a course unforgettable, the layout itself can do it, and a lot of the most famous layouts are by designers whom we rooted on as Pros, or respected elders of the game in it's truer form. Famous for their layout, Augusta comes to mind, but you can look to almost any Palmer, Nicholas, Couples, Maples, and many, many other's designs. There are so many signature holes across golf, some are famous and make the course, there is a certain island green that holds Pros and Fans in awe and fright every year. That hole makes the course, and you could never forget playing it.

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You could have the best scenery, the best designed course, but if it is not maintained, in great shape, trimmed, green, you may never remember the course. Again, Augusta always comes to mind as the best conditioned course we get to see on TV, but make no mistake, there are many, many accessible courses where a blade of grass is never out of place we can play. There is nothing like being the first group off, seeing the maintenance crew putting the finishing touches on the course before you play. As you go about your round, everything is perfect, tee boxes, fairways, greens, rough cuts, green collars, everything is a golfing oasis!

Service:
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This maybe the most over looked one on the list, but think back to your most memorable rounds, how was the service? From bag drop, to club house, to starter, to rangers, to cart girl to the 19th hole, service is the one thing any course can improve on to make people come back year after year. We are in a recession and golf courses have been hit hard, and always are looking for that edge to get more rounds played. Some have stepped up with service, and golfers love this. Wet cool towels on a hot day while you play, friendly staff who not only takes your money, but makes you feel like a member. Starters and Rangers giving advice on holes, laughing joking with groups, taking pictures, making sure the golfers have fun no matter what. You would think this comes hand and hand with the other points above, but sadly that doesn't happen. The nicest, most upscale club can make you feel like an outsider while a lower end, public course can treat you like golfing royalty!

Who You Play With:
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Another under rated point, but who did you play with on that day that sounds out as golf nirvana? Was it your best friends, your family members, a celebrity or maybe it was that special Father/Son round that stands out. All of these points I think go hand in hand to provide the most memorable round for you.

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Love to hear everyone's ideas and comments about what makes a round the most memorable they have played!
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:47 AM

Today was one of those days for me. Took the day off work, played with my Dad as a twosome at our club. Did not see anyone ahead or behind us. Took our time and finished in 3 hours. I also shot my season low of 81. It does not get much better than that for me. If I could only play one more round of golf, I would have not changed one thing today.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:38 PM

I want to flesh this article out some, and submit it for publication, any help anyone can give give, I would be eternally thankful.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:48 PM

I agree with you for the most part about all your factors that go into making a memorable round. I don't necessarily agree with the order, if that order was meant to signify importance, and I would like to add one more factor, which for me would rank 1st or 2nd in importance, and that would be quality of play, both personally and the play of the group as a whole.

For me, the way I'm playing has a huge impact on how much I enjoy the game. If I'm really sucking, it is very hard to fully enjoy myself. If I'm playing at least reasonably well, then it allows me to appreciate all the other factors. If I'm playing REALLY well, then I'm having a blast, to the point where the other factors really don't even matter! If the group as a whole is playing well, then everyone is having a good time, there's usually a fun and competitive bet going on and everyone is just feeding off each other, getting into the shots and having a ball. It is the rare rounds when this happens that I remember the most, and that my buddies and I talk about. "remember that time when you dropped a birdie from 40 yards out and then I chipped in, and then Jimmy made that 25 footer on top of us?!!"

So to me, quality of play and who I am playing with are the very most important factors, then the course (layout and condition) and then the service at the course. IMO service is only a factor if you're staying and playing somewhere. I don't really care too much about being pampered at the course itself. That said, very lousy on course service or rudeness can certainly put a damper on fun, but as long as its not annoyingly bad, I don't care too much.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 03:01 PM

Wasn't in any particular order, and other than who you are playing with, I didn't want to include how you play but maybe play in general should be included.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:49 PM

What about the weather?? two of my most memorable rounds were because of the weather...

First was when it was so windy you could hit a driver on a par 3 going against the wind and not reach the green, and then hit a 5 iron on one of the par 4's going the other direction...

The second was when the fog was so bad you could only see about 75-90 yards in front of you... you either hit the ball dead nuts straight or spend time looking and hope you can gauge your distances...


Those are definitely 2 rounds I will never forget... and honestly as bad as they were, they make great stories every time I get together with the guys I played with... Those were not the most fun rounds, but VERY memorable...

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 09:16 PM

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 09:21 PM

Freaky signature! Took me a minute to figure out what was going on!



yea it got me the first time I saw it too... It's getting annoying though, so I might have to get rid of it soon...

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 11:58 PM

Good topic, Jon. I'll type as I think about the rounds I can remember and just spit out the reasons why they were memorable:

Kapalua (scenery, family)
Midlothian/Beverly (great layouts, godfather)
Trips with my dad
My only foray into the 70's
Spyglass (scenery, course, honeymoon)

So I guess playing really well can make it memorable, but it's more about who I'm with and the course/scenery (at least when the scenery is magnificent). Some of those memorable rounds (Spyglass, 1st trip to Beverly, Midlo) were ugly, but still memorable, so playing well is not a prerequisite.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:09 AM

every round has the high and lows but we as golfers love the highs much better and tend to dwell to much on the lows!!!!

But to some people is just remembering the round afterwards is the problem always chasing wild turkey and not bridies u know/

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 12:05 AM

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If i chased wild turkey it would be with puke... and I wouldnt want to remember chasing it lol....but golf is buzzed is like nothing else in the world...
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Posted 13 July 2010 - 01:26 PM

Beer is enough for me on the course, maybe an Arnold Palmer and Vodca...;)
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Posted 13 July 2010 - 07:13 PM

My most memorable round so far was in late Sept, 2009. My wife and I were playing Estes Park in Colorado. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, being at the back door of Rocky Mountain National Park. You can see one 14,000' and several 13000' mountains from there. The golf was good, the course was in great shape, and it had some drama attached that made it so memorable.
We were warned to watch out for the elk on the 17th fairway, as the bull leading that herd had been chasing off golfers and we were told if we hit into the herd don't even TRY to go get the ball... Just hit another one.
Well, I just could not WAIT to get around there to see what the hubbub was all about. I wasn't disappointed... a big ol' Royal 7 point Bull had a herd of about 30 cows right smack in the middle of the 17th fairway. And he was NOT giving ground to either golfers OR other elk. There must have been 40-50 more bulls about 200 yards out from him in a huge circle. They were just drooling and dreaming of some of those cows. Every now and then, the big boy would let out a loud grunt or series of "coughs" and jab his antlers into the ground a time or two. 6 points and 5 points would start getting nervous.
We played around them without incident and unfortunately for me, we had a dinner reservation. Because just as we were getting ready to leave, a MONSTER bull... a real brute with a deep raspy sounding voice... let out a bugle from across the highway. He came across the highway and charged across the course. He was going to go fight that herd bull and let me tell you, it was going to be a good one. He was only a 6 point, but body wise, he was even larger than the 7 point. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it. :lol: But I'll sure never forget it!! I've got the pic of that big 6 point walking across the 1st tee box right in front of my truck as we were leaving on my desktop. In fact, its right here. :lol:

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 11:11 PM

For me it was always Friends and then location. As long as I am having a good time with my friends (and play decent golf) that will always make it memorable for me.
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 06:54 PM

Nasty, my main things that make a round special for me..friends and having a good time playing a round with them.
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