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  1. I just wanna know what you thought of Tobacco Road?!? Heard it’s awesome.
  2. Played today, shot a meek 93. Wind was brutal and probably took an extra club if not two on each shot, especially approaches. Had chipped a lot better too but today chunked a couple. Was pretty damp from a storm last night but still not an excuse. Tough trend last couple rounds have been in the low 90s, need to get back to the 80s and beyond!
  3. Funny thing is rest of the course is moderate to easy difficulty. But this hole is a beast.
  4. I’ve got one, Par 3 version. Number 14 at Ballantrae in Birmingham. Par 3 220 yards, water all down the right and bunker on the left. Obvious answer is to play left but the problem is if you are in the bunker, the green slopes down towards the water so it is hard to stop the ball out of the sand. I tend to try and play it short to give a decent shot at up and down, but still a tough hole.
  5. Used it again today. I actually timed how long it took to put up and take down, I think I’ll do that a few times and take the average for the test. Also tried to hit it as hard as I can a lot today, to see if I could get the ball to bounce back at all off the “deadening” target. Zero luck there, it’s built well!
  6. Changed to FJ Coastal Flex spikeless this summer. I’m never going back. My feet feel great and have zero issues with grip. All other golf shoes my feet would feel super tired after a round. Not anymore.
  7. I think it is a great size. Only thing I do not love about it is the lip at the top that you have to put a rod in and out. I'm going to steal @TR1PTIK photo here to show you what I mean: When hitting a wedge, this does protect it from going over, however instead of it dying it sort of shot back at me unlike other clubs. Plus it takes about 2x the amount of time to set up and take down as the rest of the net. But this is a long answer to say, yes I think the size of the net is great. If you have a basement/garage with a fairly tall ceiling it is great for indoors. I was able to hit irons in my garage. And of course for outdoors it is perfect.
  8. Man someone else is dealing with this issue! I have a nice titleist bag and it doesn’t fit either. I have to rig it a certain way to make it ride. Thought I was doing something wrong somehow.
  9. I usually just drink water or Powerade, but will do a beer every now and again. For food if it’s just a snack I like a snickers. If it’s through lunch for some reason I love chicken fingers at golf courses, not sure why. Typically a lunch break domes not seem to help my game though.
  10. Got to use this bad boy some more today (with a little helper too) and I used it inside since it’s raining today. Tried it in my basement first: Only issue there is not enough room for a full swing. So I put it in my garage and for irons I can swing freely: IMG_3402.MOV My little helper then got confused with the sport I am practicing… IMG_3406.MOV
  11. Played Inverness Country Club in Birmingham. Shot 92, probably should’ve rescheduled because weather was pretty rough, but hey I love the game. Cold and rainy probably cost me 5-7 strokes. Fun yet quirky course with good greens in my opinion.
  12. I agree with you. Alabama pretty much tried to hire only Bryant disciples for decades, hit on one for a few years with Stallings but finally had to say “get the best guy possible with zero input from boosters” and lured Saban away. Rest is history as they say.
  13. Long day at work so poured a little Casamigos Anejo on the rocks.
  14. Thanks for the advice. Honestly we are doing cheapest accommodation possible so not expecting much there. Just want to play great golf all weekend. Playing all 5 courses plus another on the way in. Would love to know your thoughts on restaurants in the area also!
  15. Guys, got home today and I was correct, the net is here! Solid packaging and super easy to open/setup. Tear down was a little tougher but seems like this is made more for a semi permanent setup. First impression this seems really durable especially where the ball is hit. FullSizeRender.mov Of course I will give much more info/pictures in the review but wanted to give a sneak preview! Hoping to try indoor testing as well!
  16. I think mine came in today but I’m out of town till Sunday. Will give an update then!!
  17. I will absolutely be doing a review of the place on here. Only downer is we have to wait 7 months before the trip now!! Ha.
  18. Ended up booking it for last weekend in April. Can’t wait!!
  19. Played in a scramble Monday that supports former U of AL players in need and provides athletic scholarships as well. Got to play at The Ledges club in Huntsville, AL. One of the prettiest courses I’ve ever seen and played. Scramble was pretty straightforward, everyone was allowed one mulligan but that’s it. No throws, strings, or gimmicks. Course was in immaculate shape with great views. I drove it very well besides the first two holes (borrowed @Mtbryant01 Cobra driver, it’s legit). Approaches were off and made two long putts but had a couple not great efforts putting too. Team score was 62 and had a great day all around. RTR!!
  20. Played in the annual “Play for Pink” tournament that supports DCH Hospital’s Brest cancer foundation at Indian Hills Country Club in Tuscaloosa today. Really fun scrabble tournament for a great cause at a really fun course. They are a customer of mine so work payed for my team. Shot -16 under on the day, highlighted by a wedge from about 60 yards that was 3 inches from going in and a 25 foot putt for birdie on the fringe that I sank first up to putt. We all contributed about evenly shots wise so that is always fun.
  21. Man that green got absolutely demolished! How long do they think till it’s fixed?
  22. Interesting you say it’s the best you’ve played in HHI. Where all have you played there? Played Fazio course Labor Day and would like to go back and play more.
  23. Played Old Edwards today in Highlands, NC on vacation. Gorgeous course but also probably the hardest I’ve ever played. No forgiveness off the tee which did not help my horrible driving today. Shot 95 52/43 hitting 3 fairways (I’m averaging around 50% right now) and only 2 greens. Had 12 penalties!!! Actually hit irons/wedges well today besides a couple of shots, but most were on in 3 because of bad drives. Really fun day though with perfect weather after two rainy days and some incredible views these pictures will not do justice. I also was paired up with a former college golfer who could rip it. Was hitting 3 wood 275 easy. Had a nice 3 driving iron he could pummel as well which helped a lot on this course. Was fun to watch him play and pick his brain also.
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