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Johan Rens

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  1. I'd suggest a stop for a few days (or longer) in my "second home", Pinehurst and/or Southern Pines, NC.  In addition to Pinehurst #2, host of several US Opens, there are dozens of really good courses and lots of excellent places to stay and to eat.

    Thanks Dave, I will make sure to include Pinehurst 

  2. I could rattle off a long list of courses but.... I'd recommend they hit the Robert Trent Jones Trail in Alabama at some point during their southern swing. Incredible courses and great value. Look it up.

    I will definitely look this up, appreciate the response.  

  3. DAD!  I've missed you so much!    :D


    That's amazing.  Are you planning it together?  Or is this a surprise?  Travel by land?  You can cover a lot of ground in 12 months.  If it's a continuous trip, then planning has to start with the weather so southern U.S. courses in winter obviously.  I've played mostly in the west from New Mexico, AZ, SoCal, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.  I've played some in Florida, but others are more familiar with courses there.  I can make some suggestions if you have an idea of what part of these areas you will be visiting and for how long.

    I'm not going with and yes, it is a surprise and they will be traveling by car. I want them to experience the people in the rural areas and hopefully make some new friends! Thanks for the comments. 

  4. I like to arrange a golf trip for my son and his wife to travel for 12 months and play golf across the US.  Any suggestions of golf courses and/or accommodation you can recommend will be appreciated.  I actually have no clue where to start other than Dover (DE) where we live. 

  5. Kenny, that is the reason why we did not even mentioned it when we did the bookings, also thought all courses allow disabled golfers, but unfortunately not when you are in a wheelchair.  


    As he will say "my handicap is my wheelchair" - 17 and always play from the front tees. We went to Ireland and 2 courses refused to let him play, so did one in England and one in Spain.  Wrote a letter to the local governing bodies - 8 years later and no rely.  


    We made a lovely video with great music of disabled golfers which we presented to sponsors. I will find out how to take some content out and then post it in this forum, I am sure a lot of guys will love to see how these guys enjoy the game.    

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  6. Lots of people, especially democrats/supporters seem worried and nervous about The Donald. Should be one heck of a campaign if he's serious about it!

    Agree with you!  I just don't like the statement he made as I believe golf is for all, so is tennis and all other sport. There are some courses not allowing my disabled friend to play - tired of this BS

  7. I was very slow when I started to play some 30 years ago, I took a lot of practice swings in the bunker and stand in line of playing partner's put.


    Should you not ask how many of those players (those with one ball in his hand and one in the pocket) do not have a clue about the rules and etiquette of the game?


    They go for a lesson or 2 but have no idea what is going on, all they are looking for (same as all of us) are those good shots that makes you come back again and gain.

  8. Just curious, I set up a monthly donation amount some time ago but have yet to get a message from PayPal that it was funded. I'm wondering if it didn't get set up right. I don't know how to check though.

    PayPal does not allow for monthly installments unless you log in and pay an amount each month.  It does not operate like a debit/stop order! 


    I suggest you consider stripe and we all contribute monthly - no idea how many members you have but even $1 per month might just help. 


    If you have enough members I am willing to set-up a tour, will use my own funds to set this up, but need some info - your call

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  9. I don't use them but it's legal according to the USGA and R&A rules, your local Amateur Governing will normally follow the rules of both the R&A and USGA.


    If your distance-measuring device is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect your play like gradient, wind speed and temperature, then it's is not permitted. 


    Some guys will take a long time before they address the ball and others not, think you will get a lot of different comments on slow play or not.  I don't have a problem with the device, as long as the user enjoys his round, it's all good by me. 

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  10. Ok I stretched the truth yesterday...but this is my real reason my game probably isn't as good as it should be.  Our first one, 3 months old and has me wrapped around her finger.  Not quite playing as much as before, but not complaining. 



    Congrats on your first, so cute. This remind me of 31 years ago with my first.  I counted the toes and fingers, run to a public phone (no mobile phones those days) to call my mom & dad - completely forgot to look if it was a boy or girl.  

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  11. Thought I share the below trip with you guys…


    We were 8 guys who went to Ireland for a week to celebrate my 50th and played 5 courses.  Normal fines were the order of the day like:


    1 Tequila: on-course swearing | club throwing | 2 shots getting out of bunker | late for breakfast


    2 Tequilas:  go to bed before 2am | more than 2 shots out of the bunker (there were more)


    The results


    Day 1:   93 Tequilas

    Day 2:   2 Tequilas

    Day 3:   18 Tequilas (1 guy had 11 – only took 5 and the rest the next morning before breakfast)

    Day 4:   33 Tequilas

    Day 5:   All fines were cancelled – could not handle anymore!


    What's the lesson we learned?


    1. The fines-master is your best and only friend, treat him with respect.
    2. Don't get too friendly with the gay barman after a round of golf and lock your door of your hotel room when you go to bed. The barman will use your toilet while you are sleeping, get undressed and jump into bed with you!
    3. Never visit a local pub after your golf round and try drinking Guinness Beer with the locals. Do not mix Guinness with Tequila. Your “new friend” will take you to his home and you will miss the next day's golf. Can you image how your friends will look for you in the morning, especially when they have no idea how they got to their hotel?
    4. Don't be surprised if most the caddies at some courses are over 60 years of age and carry two bags.
    5. If you go to bed at 4am, take 6 tequilas before breakfast and tee up at 8am, you will not break 120 even if you are a 7 handicap.  It is also not a good idea to play skins worth $10 per skin.
    6. When you can't run fast (very fast), I will not advise you to start a conversation with a father of a lovely lady.  To approach a total unfamiliar person, just because you saw him chatting to a girl, you can certainly not tell the guy how much you like the lady at the bar, how well she is build and have the courage to explain in detail what you will do with her. Yes, the guy will also “chip in” with some thoughts of his own, but once he realized that you two are talking about two different girls and the one you like is his 22 year old daughter – then you run and rely on your friends to apologize on your behalf. 
    7. Not a regular alcohol consumer: It's not a good idea to play golf with 7 buddies if it's your 50th birthday and don't win the competition - not even if you are thousand miles away from home and your family (yes, including your wife).  You will have 7 guys complaining about your mom giving birth 50 years ago, question why you are not a girl (just because they will have more “fun” with you) and please do not try playing 18 holes the next day.  You might just look down the first fairway after you're first shot and find the ball is still on the tee. 

    Keep golfing ......

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  12. And finally something I hope to make you smile.

    Four old men (82, 83, 87 and 90) went into the pro shop after playing 18 holes of golf.

    The pro asked, "Did you have a good game today?"

    The first old guy said, "Yes, I had three riders today."

    The second old timer, "I had the most riders ever, five."

    The third, "I had seven riders, the same as last time."

    And the last said, "I beat my old record. I had 12 riders."

    After they went into the locker room, another golfer who had overheard the conversation, went to the pro and asked, "I've been playing golf a long time and I thought I knew all the terminology, but what the heck is a rider?"

    The Pro responded, "A rider is when you hit the ball far enough to get in the cart and ride to it!"

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  13. A recent study found that the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year.

    Another study found that golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.

    This means that on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon!


    Kind of makes you proud. Almost makes you feel like a hybrid……

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  14. A new golfer confidently stepped onto the first tee all kitted out with new gear.

    Squaring up to the ball he turned to his caddie and said, “This is my first game you know. It would really surprise my friends if I got a hole-in-one on my first stroke.”

    “It certainly would,” replied the caddie. ”Especially since you are facing the wrong way.”

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  15. You guys mention the price of clubs - what about apparel like a polo shirt for $80 and more. I was in this business for a long time.  I'll be surprised if they pay more than $20 for that shirt, including shipping.  


    And then there is one company charging hole-in-one achievers more than $100 for a framed certificate?  

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