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apprenti23

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    apprenti23 got a reaction from VernL4 in How'd you play?   
    Beautiful day to play today in Chicagoland! Low 80's sunny, zephyr of a breeze. Played early with some buddies at one of my favorites in the Southwest burbs, Mistwood GC. Tons of changes have happened there in the last couple years- they've won "Renovation of the Year" from Golf Magazine, "Best New Course" in Golf Digest, and "Top 50 Public Facility" by Golf Range Magazine. Everything is top notch here- links style course and we played it from all the way back which on the card is a hair over 7,000 yards, but the markers weren't all the way back on a few holes. I'd say we played it from about 6,850. Rating and slope is over 74 and over 140. Perfect scoring conditions, but I was over reading putts all freaking day...
     
    Shot a one off trombones 77. Highlight of the round was being goaded into attempting to drive a pond on a par 5. Luckily on the 4th attempt I made it and the result was a crowd pleasing 10. Best part was when one of my buddies said "nice birdie" haha!
     
    Some boring stats: 7/14 fairways (1/7 with driver yikes! anyone want to buy a g30 ls?) 12/18 GIR (penalties on three holes doesn't help) 31 putts (couldn't sniff the cup, just read a ball too much break all day) and a WHOPPING 5 penalties. I can't remember the last time I hit 5 balls in the water in one round of golf. Tried knocking one on a par 5 in two and knocked one in the drink, hit a sprinkler head which then hit a cart path (twice) and then went into a creek (the buddies enjoyed that one), and the last three were on the same hole- par 5 dog leg left 15th. Yikes.... what a day!
     
    Highlight was only having to chip one time today. I missed 6 GIR's, but three were due to penalties. Two of the other three I was right on the fringe and I generally putt those. Pretty rare for me to only have to hit one chip shot all day.
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from Joel C in Music on the Course   
    The first time I experienced this I was playing in a Pro-Am about 8 years back... When I arrived, other pros were coming up to me wishing me luck for the day. When I found my group I realized why... They had a gallon jug of homemade apple pie shots, had a dewalt radio blaring, and housing beers (an hour before the shotgun start). I said to myself "Oh boy..." I'll tell ya what- I had an absolute blast playing with those guys- I probably should've had someone chauffeur me home, but it was awesome and we took second place!
     
    I don't mind playing with music or if someone I'm playing with is playing music in the cart because none of that bothers me. I am sure that whoever has the music mutes it whenever near other groups and that the volume isn't too loud where it can be heard from other holes.
     
    I've never had to boot someone from my facility for music, but I've asked them to turn it down. It's become very popular during golf outings and charity fundraisers for people to be bringing the boom boxes with them. And ya know what- I'm all for it. There are too many people quitting golf these days and if being able to play music is keeping them in it, I'm fine with it.
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from PMookie in Never bet against the bullseye putter.   
    Got an elder gentleman (~70+ years old) who plays out at my course quite often 1-2 times a week. I know he's an excellent player b/c I know who he is and he'd played in numerous US Opens, US Am's, Senior Am's, Pub links, etc. but most people don't know him from Adam. I'll pair him up with other seniors and they come back after the round saying they'd just played with the best golfer they've ever seen. LOL Gotta love the guys who can best their age! You look at his bag (i know this b/c he left it at the club one night) and it's about a 10 year old cart bag beat to piss. He plays a set of TM 300 forged irons and each iron (4-9) has a quarter sized black mark from wear (he told me he has two brand new sets still in the box at home but just doesn't want to "break em in." His PW is an old Mizuno something that I s*** you not has a crater (it's seriously dished out) on the sweet spot. I recently gave him a vokey pw that I didn't use and he loves it. His hybrid (nickent) had serious sweet spot wear. His fairway wood was the original TM burner bubble and the orange/rust paint was gone off the face. His driver (07 Burner) even had a quarter sized sweet spot wear!!! I'd never seen anything like it! I gave him a Superquad of mine that I didn't like, he puts a new shaft in it, and after one year quarter size mark on the sweet spot. Just an amazing ball striker and I have learned a lot from him over the years on shots around the greens and inside 100 yards. Can learn a lot from some old timers!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from Firebird in Never bet against the bullseye putter.   
    Got an elder gentleman (~70+ years old) who plays out at my course quite often 1-2 times a week. I know he's an excellent player b/c I know who he is and he'd played in numerous US Opens, US Am's, Senior Am's, Pub links, etc. but most people don't know him from Adam. I'll pair him up with other seniors and they come back after the round saying they'd just played with the best golfer they've ever seen. LOL Gotta love the guys who can best their age! You look at his bag (i know this b/c he left it at the club one night) and it's about a 10 year old cart bag beat to piss. He plays a set of TM 300 forged irons and each iron (4-9) has a quarter sized black mark from wear (he told me he has two brand new sets still in the box at home but just doesn't want to "break em in." His PW is an old Mizuno something that I s*** you not has a crater (it's seriously dished out) on the sweet spot. I recently gave him a vokey pw that I didn't use and he loves it. His hybrid (nickent) had serious sweet spot wear. His fairway wood was the original TM burner bubble and the orange/rust paint was gone off the face. His driver (07 Burner) even had a quarter sized sweet spot wear!!! I'd never seen anything like it! I gave him a Superquad of mine that I didn't like, he puts a new shaft in it, and after one year quarter size mark on the sweet spot. Just an amazing ball striker and I have learned a lot from him over the years on shots around the greens and inside 100 yards. Can learn a lot from some old timers!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from Rickp in Never bet against the bullseye putter.   
    Got an elder gentleman (~70+ years old) who plays out at my course quite often 1-2 times a week. I know he's an excellent player b/c I know who he is and he'd played in numerous US Opens, US Am's, Senior Am's, Pub links, etc. but most people don't know him from Adam. I'll pair him up with other seniors and they come back after the round saying they'd just played with the best golfer they've ever seen. LOL Gotta love the guys who can best their age! You look at his bag (i know this b/c he left it at the club one night) and it's about a 10 year old cart bag beat to piss. He plays a set of TM 300 forged irons and each iron (4-9) has a quarter sized black mark from wear (he told me he has two brand new sets still in the box at home but just doesn't want to "break em in." His PW is an old Mizuno something that I s*** you not has a crater (it's seriously dished out) on the sweet spot. I recently gave him a vokey pw that I didn't use and he loves it. His hybrid (nickent) had serious sweet spot wear. His fairway wood was the original TM burner bubble and the orange/rust paint was gone off the face. His driver (07 Burner) even had a quarter sized sweet spot wear!!! I'd never seen anything like it! I gave him a Superquad of mine that I didn't like, he puts a new shaft in it, and after one year quarter size mark on the sweet spot. Just an amazing ball striker and I have learned a lot from him over the years on shots around the greens and inside 100 yards. Can learn a lot from some old timers!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from MrBandit in Share Your Great Golf Photos   
    Here we go... Dunes Club- New Buffalo, Michigan... The last time I played it I remembered to take a couple pictures. Sorry they don't do the course justice as these were taken with an iPhone. If you haven't heard of it, read up! Pretty amazing place. Everything from the dead end road and parking lot on are amazingly cool at the dunes club.
     
    In this photo I'm looking back at the tee- it's way in the background on top of a dune. Tee off short of the waste area or do what I do and aim way left and hit to a fairway on an adjacent hole leaving a 9 iron in on the par 5. Then the second picture is a look from where most people hit their third shot approach into the green. I should've took one of the green and from the green looking back- maybe next time.


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    apprenti23 got a reaction from perseveringgolfer in Whiskey!   
    Had a Jack Daniel's Honey with Lemonade yesterday--- fantastic! The Summer Shandy of whiskey!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from fozcycle in Unofficial Review: Martini Tees   
    Martini tees are awesome! I've never used one, but carried them in my shop from 2008-2014 and they killed it. Not only are the virtually unbreakable and difficult to lose, but people love them because of how easy it is to tee the ball up. I know most of you probably don't have that problem, but if you've ever watched a beginner or a senior who has the shakes try and tee a ball up you understand why this tee works so well.
     
    Good review!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from cksurfdude in Unofficial Review: Martini Tees   
    Martini tees are awesome! I've never used one, but carried them in my shop from 2008-2014 and they killed it. Not only are the virtually unbreakable and difficult to lose, but people love them because of how easy it is to tee the ball up. I know most of you probably don't have that problem, but if you've ever watched a beginner or a senior who has the shakes try and tee a ball up you understand why this tee works so well.
     
    Good review!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from Rickp in Unofficial Review: Martini Tees   
    Martini tees are awesome! I've never used one, but carried them in my shop from 2008-2014 and they killed it. Not only are the virtually unbreakable and difficult to lose, but people love them because of how easy it is to tee the ball up. I know most of you probably don't have that problem, but if you've ever watched a beginner or a senior who has the shakes try and tee a ball up you understand why this tee works so well.
     
    Good review!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from HighFade in Unofficial Review: Martini Tees   
    Martini tees are awesome! I've never used one, but carried them in my shop from 2008-2014 and they killed it. Not only are the virtually unbreakable and difficult to lose, but people love them because of how easy it is to tee the ball up. I know most of you probably don't have that problem, but if you've ever watched a beginner or a senior who has the shakes try and tee a ball up you understand why this tee works so well.
     
    Good review!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from downlowkey in Hardest Course You've Ever Played (in the U.S.)   
    This ones a tie for me...
     
    1A.
    Bull Valley GC in Woodstock, IL
    7,325 yards 77.2/151
    Golf Digest toughest in America
    Hazard and OB every hole, lots of blind shots.
    Very stupidly played it a few years back in a state open qualifier sight unseen. Slight drizzle and overcast day with decent 15mph wind. Normally par or better gets out for these events but 79 made it out. I ran out of balls on 18 (bring 6 when I play) both of the kids I played with (one Boston College, the other TCU) didn't even come close to breaking 80. Rough day. Remember striping two balls down the middle (or so I thought) only to find out they were in water. Cool.
     
    1B.
    Fox Run GC, Eureka, MO
    8,038 yards- no idea what the CR/Slope is from those tees
    Normal 7,232 yards 74.6/144
    They used to host a Big Dog Shootout here back when I played college golf, now I think it's no longer, but they still host numerous qualifiers and section events. I remember one par three was 300 yards, 285 carry over water. There were also par fives over 700 yards, one being 750+ iirc. It was a LONG day. Played the course again a few years later from the normal tips and it was still pretty difficult, but I'll never forget playing over 8,000 yards!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from MGoBlue100 in REVIEW: The Mati Mamo Putter - From Italy With Amore!   
    Awesome putter! Now is the time to buy with the current exchange rate! 350 euros is about $385 American!
     
    What part of Italy are these made in? Don't say Sicily... Don't say Sicily... Don't say Sicily...
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from GolfSpy Barbajo in REVIEW: The Mati Mamo Putter - From Italy With Amore!   
    Awesome putter! Now is the time to buy with the current exchange rate! 350 euros is about $385 American!
     
    What part of Italy are these made in? Don't say Sicily... Don't say Sicily... Don't say Sicily...
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    apprenti23 reacted to Jmikecpa in How'd you play?   
    Got out last night at my buddies club and played 14 holes with my buddy and the Asst. Pro. After the disaster that was the morning 9 I was not sure what to expect. The pro was actually a lot of help by asking a simple question on my alignment. Seems my feet and my shoulders were off a bit off causing my inconsistency that I have been getting. Also went back to my Adams MB2s and all I can say is hello old friend. Hit it well, putted well and shot 32 on the front 9 thanks to two birds and an eagle. Even through the five holes I played on the back but overall hit the ball a hell of a lot better.
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    apprenti23 reacted to Jmikecpa in How'd you play?   
    And just to prove the most golfers are sadists....I am going back out tonight and playing at least another nine holes.  
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    apprenti23 reacted to mbrodeur86 in How'd you play?   
    78 tonight with an eagle and no birdies and 2 lost balls lol! Crazy game. 8/14 fairways and 12/18 greens. 
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from mbrodeur86 in How'd you play?   
    Hahaha that's great! Good for him! Glad to hear he's enjoying it!The second hole I played with them I hit driver- 600+ yard uphill dog leg right and had 240 left. Let's just say they knew.
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from revkev in How'd you play?   
    After yesterday's outer body experience I was itching to get back on the course. Decided to play my first ever round at Hilldale GC which is a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design that's about 20 min from my house and known to have the "best greens in the burbs." After playing, I don't think I'd ever say that about this place.
    Course was short, tight, and overall a very fun layout. The par 71 layout played about 6500 yards. Got paired up with two local college kids for the front nine and then two older ladies for the back nine.
    I hit my driver a whopping 4 times today. I can't remember the last time I hit so many irons and hybrids due to snap dog legs and not knowing where to go.
    Bookend birdies today for a crowd pleasing 68. Felt good after yesterday's abomination. Only hit 5/14 fairways but still managed 14/18 greens with 28 putts and 5 birdies 2 bogeys. Had four lip outs, too.
    Looking back I wish I would've signed my glove and ball for the two old ladies. #toursauce
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from revkev in How'd you play?   
    Haha! I know Rev, I know!
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    apprenti23 reacted to Jmikecpa in How'd you play?   
    Played yesterday morning and it was an up and down even par 72. I topped a 3 wood off the first tee then hit a hybrid from 241 to 3 feet for birdie. Not even sure when was the last time that I topped a shot with any club. Made one bogey on the front and turned even part. On #10 hit a so so drive and a great 23* hybrid to six feet on the par 5...rolled it in for eagle. Stayed two under until I made bogies on 17 and 18 since I was sucking wind. Yesterday was the first time in almost two years that I walked 18 and carried my bag.
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    apprenti23 reacted to Undershooter in How'd you play?   
    72 today. Nothing really to comment about. Hit some good shots and some bad. Slow round. Started birdie birdie and only made 1 more bc the round went to a crawl. Happy with my play overall. Gave a slight tip of the cap to High schoolers in the fairway behind me after I tapped in on 18. SAUCE
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from mbrodeur86 in How'd you play?   
    After yesterday's outer body experience I was itching to get back on the course. Decided to play my first ever round at Hilldale GC which is a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design that's about 20 min from my house and known to have the "best greens in the burbs." After playing, I don't think I'd ever say that about this place.
    Course was short, tight, and overall a very fun layout. The par 71 layout played about 6500 yards. Got paired up with two local college kids for the front nine and then two older ladies for the back nine.
    I hit my driver a whopping 4 times today. I can't remember the last time I hit so many irons and hybrids due to snap dog legs and not knowing where to go.
    Bookend birdies today for a crowd pleasing 68. Felt good after yesterday's abomination. Only hit 5/14 fairways but still managed 14/18 greens with 28 putts and 5 birdies 2 bogeys. Had four lip outs, too.
    Looking back I wish I would've signed my glove and ball for the two old ladies. #toursauce
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from mbrodeur86 in How'd you play?   
    Quit my job today so decided hey it's nice out lets go out and play- horrible idea... There's a course near me I've always wanted to play, Highlands of Elgin. Awesome layout but links style with a heap load of dog legs that if you don't know where to go, you're dead. played it from about 7k I think- result was 6 penalties off the tee, 35 putts, couldn't hit a fairway or green to save my life! I shot a whopper of an 84 and I believe that's my highest round in about 15 years.
     
    Can't wait to play it again, maybe this week. Should be a ton easier without the penalties!!!
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    apprenti23 got a reaction from MattF in How'd you play?   
    Played Steeple Chase today for the first time ever. Very fun golf course. Would have never known it was a muni if the couple I was paired with didn't mention it to me.
    Not very long, has good mix of holes (short long, straight dogleg), condition was fantastic aside from number ten green being covered with goose crap. Green rolled nice, fairways in good shape, rough healthy and thick. The village/park district spends some money out here!
     
    Had some poor putting performances lately so I picked up a counter balanced two ball fang putter at the superstore by my house. Used it today and on the third hole I wanted to run to my car bc this thing was hot garbage! Rolled it well at the store but on an actual green I couldn't hit the hole from three feet away. The entire putter is so heavy I just suck with it- leave the face WIDE open. Good thing they have a 30 day return policy!
     
    I played from the back tees which were gold in color (6827, 73.1, 139) and I shot 82 with 38 putts and three penalties off the tee. Didn't know where to go on a couple holes, and probably shouldn't have hit driver, but I'll know when I play it again.
     
    Sure have shot some high rounds lately, but I'm happy to be playing a lot of new courses.
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