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Well, I got my wife and I an early Christmas present. As you know we have been members of a 9-hole executive course for over 15 years. I even held the 9-hole course record for a few years! I saw it when it was built by our pro and it's been run on a shoestring ever since. It was a fun place to play even though the course was never in very good shape. We made a lot of friends; some are still there and many have moved on. We even got married on the first tee!! Over the years I've complained about certain things that I thought would be easy to fix and make the course a little nicer. The pro just laughed. One year I suggested buying some heavier flagsticks since the wind blows pretty hard here and the ones he had were very light weight and ruined the edge of the hole in a windstorm. He laughed. I was willing to purchase them, and started a campaign with some of the other members to buy them as a gift to the course. The pro got wind of it and bought them himself. It was a very good investment that I think he realizes now. The pro is the kind of guy that gets an idea and starts a project then it sits for months half done. Last year he started building a new tee box; it's almost done! We can't complain too much because the membership is cheap for our area ($900 for both of us with a cart). It has a GHIN rating but I never post scores when I play it because I don't believe the rating is accurate. I have always used this course for practice and fun golf with friends. Certain times of the day I can head out to any hole I want and hit shots and nobody will come along; if they do, I just let them play through and keep practicing. The negative for this course is that the fairways are rough length at any other course in the area, and the greens are like other courses' fairways; putts are slooooooow! The final straw was a month or two ago when he filled divots on tee boxes and in the fairways with sand and gravel. That's right, gravel!! About 3/8" chip. When the grass grows back and my SCORs hit that, I will be really pissed. Well, my wife and I discussed what to do and we decided to join another club for 2016. There is a pro that we like and play with quite a bit at a local muni, so we went to that course and played a few rounds. You may remember a couple of weeks ago, I shot 71 on that par 70 course. It's OK and it's the cheapest option but still twice what we are paying now. This picture is #18 taken a couple of weeks ago. As you can see, a little rough around the edges. It's in a flood plain and it floods every year; sometimes up to the green shown here. There is also a sewage treatment plant located next to #7,8 and 9. This is the course where I learned how to play golf 24 years ago. It would be OK, but I was looking for something better. We have one private country club that has hosted a Hogan, Nike, buy.com, Nationwide tournament but it's way out of my price range. We also have a semi-private country club, but membership is pretty steep too and we would probably not use the other facilities. That leaves 4 public courses to choose from. One is a little far away for evening golf after work (my wife still works; I don't!) and it has lots of tournaments and shotgun starts on Sat and Sun when they don't have tournaments. Another course is also a little far away and is laid out in a housing development with lots of elevation changes and long distances from greens to the next tee; not conducive to walking. The remaining two courses are similar in price and condition; one close and the other further away. The good thing about these courses is that they are owned and operated by the same company. While a membership in one doesn't get you a membership in the other; it does get you 50% off any posted greens fees. So, we opted for the closest one. Hole #3 Hole #7 It's fairly short 6600 yards from the tips; 37/35 = par 72. Three par 5's on the front and one on the back. The course is rated 71.7/132. As you can see, there are not many trees and the wind can really affect your round. I normally play from the Blues which are 6100 yards, and shot 78 yesterday. The course can be easily walked, but now I have to make a tee time. How quaint! Never had to do that at my old course. The challenge now is to make new friends. Gee, I hope they are friendly here.