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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from rkj427 in How'd you play?   
    Finally starting to play some better golf after several months of reasonably ordinary golf.  Joined a new club in September after 20 years at my previous one, and haven't been playing much due to work and travel.
    The course is shorter, but narrower and the greens are much smaller. Shot 7 over to play to my handicap 2 rounds ago, and backed it up with a 4 over playing off 7 on Saturday.  Managed to win the A grade comp and also won a "board" event that was played over the 2 rounds. Took me 13 years to win my first board event at the old club, less than 2 months here!  The fact that I didn't know about until afterwards probably helped me avoid choking.
    I can practice off grass hitting my own balls now, and I'm pretty sure that's been good for me.
     
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from Josh Parker in How'd you play?   
    Finally starting to play some better golf after several months of reasonably ordinary golf.  Joined a new club in September after 20 years at my previous one, and haven't been playing much due to work and travel.
    The course is shorter, but narrower and the greens are much smaller. Shot 7 over to play to my handicap 2 rounds ago, and backed it up with a 4 over playing off 7 on Saturday.  Managed to win the A grade comp and also won a "board" event that was played over the 2 rounds. Took me 13 years to win my first board event at the old club, less than 2 months here!  The fact that I didn't know about until afterwards probably helped me avoid choking.
    I can practice off grass hitting my own balls now, and I'm pretty sure that's been good for me.
     
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from cksurfdude in How'd you play?   
    Finally starting to play some better golf after several months of reasonably ordinary golf.  Joined a new club in September after 20 years at my previous one, and haven't been playing much due to work and travel.
    The course is shorter, but narrower and the greens are much smaller. Shot 7 over to play to my handicap 2 rounds ago, and backed it up with a 4 over playing off 7 on Saturday.  Managed to win the A grade comp and also won a "board" event that was played over the 2 rounds. Took me 13 years to win my first board event at the old club, less than 2 months here!  The fact that I didn't know about until afterwards probably helped me avoid choking.
    I can practice off grass hitting my own balls now, and I'm pretty sure that's been good for me.
     
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from Ceredigion Golfer in 2023 Ryder Cup - Official Thread   
    9 & 7 is an mind blowing score.
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    Peaksy68 reacted to Ceredigion Golfer in 2023 Ryder Cup - Official Thread   
    I’m watching and loving it !
     
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from RockerFCC in How'd you play?   
    Probably my best ball striking round ever. Unfortunately I couldn’t make a putt. 11/14 fairways, one of the misses bounced hard right from 2 yards from the left and ran off the right edge of the fairway, the other was 2 foot left on the inside of the dogleg, a perfect miss. 10 GIR, 33 putts, 6 over 77 after a double bogey start. 
    Had 7 birdie putts from 15 feet or less and only made one of them. Hit lots of putts that went exactly where I aimed but slightly misread.
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from Rickp in Cooking   
    One of life’s simple pleasures right there👍
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    Peaksy68 reacted to TJ Hall in PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer   
    This trainer is frustrating, addictive and helpful all at the same time!  I had been struggling with pace and starting putts online for quite a while so decided to get one of these after seeing it online around Christmas (it was supposed to be a gift from my wife but she forgot that it was in the closet!).  I broke it out early in the spring and my putting improved tremendously.
    I don’t have a putting mat, but the carpet in our bonus room rolls quite nice.  Will go hit putts for 15-20 minutes at a time just to get a feel of the putter, hitting putts anywhere from 2 feet to 12 feet.  

    Seeing how far a putt would miss has provided more attention to pace and has resulted in many less 3 putts on the course.  It has also helped with the feel of the putts and being able to make a consistent stroke.  If you are struggling on the greens, this trainer will help you…and you really can’t beat the price of it.
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from Albatrass in Tell me your Top 10 courses played!   
    Cape Wickham
    Royal Melbourne West
    Barnbougle Dunes
    Barnbougle Lost Farm
    Metropolitan
    Barwon Heads
    Ocean Dunes
    Bougle Run
    Commonwealth
    13th Beach Beach Course
    All courses are in Australia, and in Victoria or Tasmania 
    Bougle Run is a 14 hole short course and makes me think there should be more of these on the right land
     
     
     
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    Peaksy68 reacted to MattF in How'd you play?   
    First one out at Windmill yesterday because the rain chased people away, but it didn't rain.

    Played the blues as is now my usual tees and had a great time score wise. Course was playing heavy because of the rain overnight so I left quite a few short. 41/39 80.

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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from MattF in Golf Down Under?   
    I’d strongly recommend putting Melbourne and surrounds as well as Tasmania on your must do list. Coincidentally I just put my top 10 courses up, and all are in these areas. Could easily add 10 more within 1 1/2 hours of Melbourne. 
     
    Being a local I haven’t used a tour company except for a Tasmania trip that a mate organised. Our next trip to Tassie we’ll probably self organise. 
     
    If you’re comfortable driving on the other side of the road, self driving opens up lots of options. Coincidentally there are lots of quality wineries near the premium courses around Melbourne and In Tasmania if you’re into wine.
     
    Golf is relatively cheap, even with international rates at some courses. Exchange rates help even more. 
     
    From what I’ve seen, New Zealand is more expensive than Australia for top courses. My feeling is that there is a bit of a premium for the stunning views 
     
     
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    Peaksy68 reacted to MmmmmmBuddy in Tell me your Top 10 courses played!   
    Time to update.......
    Still unranked, my top 15
    Pacific Dunes  Bandon Dunes Old Mac Medalist Pinehurst #2 Pinehurst #4 Riviera CC Waverley CC Nanea (Sooooo amazing) Kukio (best golf experience of my life) Hualalai (Fun and scoreable) Gearhart Golf Links Pronghorn - Fazio The Cradle The Preserve  
    I have Pebble and Monterey Peninsula on the calendar for next spring. (and maybe Cypress if my hookup comes through) 
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    Peaksy68 reacted to MsWalkrOfSky in Best round of my life   
    Just thought I'd share my post here as well, as I know it'll probably be a bit buried in the VCT thread.
     
     
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    Peaksy68 reacted to Larryw in 2023 Birdie Every Hole Challenge   
    Still working but not making much headway.
    Played one of our 3 courses today, playing very well with a 70 Gross. Four birdies (two bogies) but did not birdie one of the 4 holes needed to complete that course.
    Have one course needing 1 hole, one needing 4 holes and one needing 6 holes. Last year it was in Dec when finally getting the last hole for the year. Hope to finish sooner this year but not getting it done as yet.
    There is always tomorrow!
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from scott_jamo in RE: International Testing (Do Not Apply Within)   
    Last year the vast majority of testing opportunities were open to all forum members, sure some were restricted to certain locations, but without going through all the application threads, I think international forum members were probably disproportionately represented in the reviews. 
    The vast majority of regular participants in the forum are from the USA, but there was a significant number of review opportunities available to, and given to non USA  members, I should know, I was selected to review the Ping G700 irons. 
    Sure, there were a few things I would have loved to have applied for, but as long as it's clear who can apply (which it is now) it doesn't bother me. 
    I started a thread asking about the possibility of international members paying for shipping, and Barbajo posted a thorough and clear explanation of why that wouldn't necessarily work, as licensing and exclusivity come in to play for some of the company's who submit equipment for review.
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    Peaksy68 reacted to Tom the Golf Nut in The End of an Era   
    I just went through a change as well. 17 years at my course. It was great, private, and well maintained. There were a few stuffy people but for the most part the membership was good. We decided to move out of state to be closer to family and be able to ditch a mortgage for good. But for as long as I was there I never felt that I really was accepted. 
    You know that small town local boys club that didn’t accept “Yankees”.

    We are members of a club here now and although it is semi private and the course is not as well maintained (lack of equipment, staff, and turf knowledge ) The atmosphere however more than makes up for it. I’m always invited to play in events. I have played with more people here in 8 months than I played with in 17 years at my old course.
    Change can be good. You get to play a new course, meet new people, and give yourself new course challenges. A fresh start so to speak.
     
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    Peaksy68 reacted to fixyurdivot in The End of an Era   
    Sounds like you are making the right decision. No sense staying and being frustrated.  That's one of the downsides to longevity with so many things in life -  point of reference.
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from revkev in The End of an Era   
    I’m really looking forward to hitting my own balls off grass. Having to pick them up adds focus😂
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from cksurfdude in The End of an Era   
    I’m really looking forward to hitting my own balls off grass. Having to pick them up adds focus😂
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from KC Golf in The End of an Era   
    After 20 years as a member of my current club, I’ve decided not to renew my membership. It’s been a difficult decision but I have been increasingly frustrated with how things are run and this has had a negative impact in my enjoyment of the game.
    The club was bought out by a local business couple and the reduction in club feel has increased over the last few years. It feels like the focus is on occasional visitors to the hospitality side of the club rather than the members who spend money there every week.
    I’m moving to another local club that is member owned. The layout isn’t as good, but conditioning is excellent. One of my regular group is moving with me, and the other is moving to a club closer to his home.
    My new club is also $800 cheaper and I’ve got permission from the finance manager to spend that on golf as I like😁
    It’s a bit of a surreal feeling leaving somewhere that I’ve spent such a significant part of my life at, but I’m looking forward to reinvigorating my passion for the game and meeting new golfing mates.
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from fixyurdivot in The End of an Era   
    After 20 years as a member of my current club, I’ve decided not to renew my membership. It’s been a difficult decision but I have been increasingly frustrated with how things are run and this has had a negative impact in my enjoyment of the game.
    The club was bought out by a local business couple and the reduction in club feel has increased over the last few years. It feels like the focus is on occasional visitors to the hospitality side of the club rather than the members who spend money there every week.
    I’m moving to another local club that is member owned. The layout isn’t as good, but conditioning is excellent. One of my regular group is moving with me, and the other is moving to a club closer to his home.
    My new club is also $800 cheaper and I’ve got permission from the finance manager to spend that on golf as I like😁
    It’s a bit of a surreal feeling leaving somewhere that I’ve spent such a significant part of my life at, but I’m looking forward to reinvigorating my passion for the game and meeting new golfing mates.
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from THEZIPR23 in The End of an Era   
    After 20 years as a member of my current club, I’ve decided not to renew my membership. It’s been a difficult decision but I have been increasingly frustrated with how things are run and this has had a negative impact in my enjoyment of the game.
    The club was bought out by a local business couple and the reduction in club feel has increased over the last few years. It feels like the focus is on occasional visitors to the hospitality side of the club rather than the members who spend money there every week.
    I’m moving to another local club that is member owned. The layout isn’t as good, but conditioning is excellent. One of my regular group is moving with me, and the other is moving to a club closer to his home.
    My new club is also $800 cheaper and I’ve got permission from the finance manager to spend that on golf as I like😁
    It’s a bit of a surreal feeling leaving somewhere that I’ve spent such a significant part of my life at, but I’m looking forward to reinvigorating my passion for the game and meeting new golfing mates.
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    Peaksy68 got a reaction from Vegan_Golfer_PNW in The End of an Era   
    After 20 years as a member of my current club, I’ve decided not to renew my membership. It’s been a difficult decision but I have been increasingly frustrated with how things are run and this has had a negative impact in my enjoyment of the game.
    The club was bought out by a local business couple and the reduction in club feel has increased over the last few years. It feels like the focus is on occasional visitors to the hospitality side of the club rather than the members who spend money there every week.
    I’m moving to another local club that is member owned. The layout isn’t as good, but conditioning is excellent. One of my regular group is moving with me, and the other is moving to a club closer to his home.
    My new club is also $800 cheaper and I’ve got permission from the finance manager to spend that on golf as I like😁
    It’s a bit of a surreal feeling leaving somewhere that I’ve spent such a significant part of my life at, but I’m looking forward to reinvigorating my passion for the game and meeting new golfing mates.
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    Peaksy68 reacted to ejgaudette in The End of an Era   
    I feel something similar might be happening to at my local course. I was recently bought by a group that manages a resort style course a bit north that is adding as well. They already have tightened things up dress code wise, which I inherently disagree with, and I feel this will only get worse. The tourist golfer will be the thing I think the drive to. There will still be membership, though I am guessing it will soon be much more expensive. Maybe I am wrong but I don't have a good feeling. Not that there is much option. There are no other courses besides these two withing at least 30 minutes or a bit more might be 40. Sorry to hear that has happened, and I hope the new course works out well for you. It sucks that you had to make that change.
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    Peaksy68 reacted to cksurfdude in The End of an Era   
    Wow TWENTY years! I can see the apprehension about a big change after all that time, but otoh it sounds like it's time for a change... Hope it works out well and you do enjoy the new club!!
    Two years ago I joined a course that used to be high end (ie. $$$$$) member run but became, well, distressed and was taken over and recapitalized by a corporate entity that buys and manages golf properties.
    There are pluses and minuses vs a member run; but it does appear they respond to member feedback.
    And yes, they do seem to be always trying to grow the membership .. in addition to running catered events in the clubhouse .. and this season with more golf members and tourneys and outings it's getting harder to get a tee time...
    .. but overall most of the members are friendly, the staff is very nice, the course is generally in good condition, there are other amenities included in the annual dues and it's just a short drive from where we live. 
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