After lurking for a while and having google searches always bring me here, I’ve decided to sign up and see if I can offer even a sliver of the community , opinion, and insight that I have passively benefited from in my travels here.
So, the questionnaire:
1. How long have you been playing golf?
Started chip n putt as a teen, then weed and other pastimes took priority. Fast forward to late 20’s picked up playing again briefly - hacking with no lessons. Then nothing for about 15 years. Then about 3 years ago picked it up seriously again with lessons, driving range visits, etc. I think that’s when i really had a desire to improve.
2. What’s your handicap or normal score?
not official, but according to apps - 20 handicap. Normal score varies between low 90s and 100s. This year, for the first time I seem to be regularly under 100.
3. What do you love about golf?
Hitting a shot perfectly provides a sensation like no other. I like walking on the course because it gives me an opportunity to slow down a bit. When I’m in the right frame of mind - it’s relaxing. On a superficial level, I like the clothing. I love old golf clubs and bags. I am very interested in old course architecture. I live in an area with many old country clubs and public courses and I am somewhat fascinated by how these places came about, and will change (or not) to suit changing tastes, economies etc. I love figuring out the best shots on a particular hole/course given my ability and where I need to put the ball. I’d rather have to go around a dog-leg and over some water for 190 yards rather than just rocket something 700 yards (which I don’t have a strong distance game anyways). Finally, a bunch of strangers can converse about golf and other things when they are put together on a Sunday morning. (This can be a good or bad depending).
4. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?
I’m always led here by google searches, I saw a YouTube Tester video, then watched a “No Putts Given” YouTube episode. I do not know other Spies, but would be interested in getting acquainted with others in the Philadelphia area.
5. Where are you from? What is your home course?
Philadelphia PA. I don’t currently have a membership anywhere so I play public’s. The course that is closest to me is FDR in south philadelphia. A bit tattered, but it’s 6 minutes from home, so tends to be my default after-work course. Bala is the closest private club, but since I play primarily after work. - traveling there in rush hour traffic seems counterintuitive to the many reasons I play. There is a NJ muni called Pennsauken that I like - it’s proximity to my home is reasonable. I also play a bit on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Blue Heron, Hog Neck, etc. I try to avoid weekend play because the crowds and the pace of play tend to diminish the experience for me. There are many public courses in the Philadelphia area and I am very lucky to have a long list of choices. I’d be interested in where other local Spies play.
6. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?
best: choices/variety/abundance/historically significant designs/long season/large community of golf enthusiasts
worst: economic forces closing clubs/crowds/
7: What do you do for a living?
I work to live, not live to work, so for funding my living I make my way as a Heathcare Information Services Clinical Systems Analyst. Basically, I work while thinking about retiring and playing golf and sailing.
8. How’d you pick your user name?
My first snowboard was a Sims, and my name is Jim and they rhyme, and 215 was my Bell Telephone area code - for those that remember phones that were attached to walls . SimsJim215
a pleasure to be here! Thanks.