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All marketing sucks. 

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4 hours ago, GSwag said:

Seed over all the cart paths and any golfers that want to play have to walk, take a caddie, or bring a push cart.  Yeah, I know, I just created a riot over in "The Villages", but bring it on.  I know it's unpopular to suggest such a thing, but back in the day golf was supposed to be a sport where the walking component was a big part of the competition and game.

Pace of play is maxed out at 3 1/2 hours for any group on the course.  If it's good enough for St. Andrews, then it's good enough for wherever golf is played.  You punch a card at the turn, and if you are over time (1 hour and 45 minutes per nine for those of you keeping score), your group is asked to leave the course.  Well, asked is too polite.  You'd be shown the parking lot by our staff of marshalls who are all college students from the athletic department.

Maximum handicap of 18 is allowed on the course.  Yeah, sure, that seems extreme, but we have a nice big 'ol range over there for those of you who need to work on your game a bit to get down to the maximum number.  And while we're working with your game on the range we're discussing options #1 and #2 above.  Oh yeah, and if you want to play my course, you will HAVE to have an established handicap.  Don't worry, the course is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for you to play a round with the pro, to keep score and to have your scores posted for handicap.  We have at least 3 pros available at any time during these days to accommodate anyone interested in playing a round.  "Gee Swag, I just don't have the time to do this, yada, yada, yada."  Well, that's part of the problem honestly that I see with most public courses on the weekends.  Guys out there wasting everyone else's time because they haven't ever practiced their game, and just show up on Saturday or whenever and dust off the clubs from the last time they played and expect to actually keep a ball in play.  Then they ****** about how their game sucks while playing a 5 hour round and holding everyone up behind them.

My course design would incorporate the following holes and distances:

Par 3s of 100, 115, 130, 145, 160 and 185.

Par 4s of 315, 330, 345, 360, 375 and 390.

Par 5s of 450, 465, 480, 505, 520 and 550.

Yeah, that's right.  Six of each par, and half of those holes would be short enough for the average golfer, and even the senior shorter hitters to reach par 4s easily in two and par 5s easily in three.  Don't worry.  If you think that 100 yard par 3 is too easy, you haven't seen my design.  The green would be about the size of my small bedroom in the house (10' x 12') and if you miss anywhere but short, the bunker you are in you are hitting out sideways or backwards, as it will be a true hazard and a true penalty, much like the postage stamp green's bunker is at Royal Troon.  Yeah, Rory took 6 shots to get out of it.  How will you fare?  I'd have doglegs on all the shorter par 4s and double doglegs on all the par 5s.  You want to cut the corner?  Go ahead.  Lots of water on the par 5s right about where you hot shot studs with 300 yards of carry will end up wet.  I will neuter your distance at every turn, and force you to use 14 clubs from your bag for all 18 holes.  Phil Mickelson may not approve, but GOOD!

Tournaments every other weekend at my course.  These are for both the men's and women's members.  You'll never get good at golf if you don't compete against your peers.  Tournaments are always gross and incorporate flights by your pre-established and witnessed handicapped scores.  The cost of these tournaments would be the same as the greens fees currently are, which would be free to members, plus a $10 entry fee for the kitty.  The winner of each flight takes how the cash.  And if you win flight "B", you are in flight "A" next time around.  If you are last in flight "B", you are in flight "C" next time around.

Honestly, the above is not realistic in our day and age when most folks are splitting their time 15 different ways.  I'm genuinely looking for 200 people for my type of club, where the membership fees are reasonable ($150 a month or less).  You will get in shape at my club, and you will always have a game waiting for you.  I would establish an online members only website where members could post requests for tee times, and seek pairings with fellow members.  I would also have a complete online database with all members contact information, and including handicaps.  There are no outliers or strangers at my club.  We all love golf, and we all want to play as much as possible.  Enough of the old boys club.  Everyone can play with everyone else, and there are no cliques at my club.  Be engaging with your fellow members or play somewhere else.

 

You have put some serious thought into this. We need to set up a go fund me page for you so you can get the capital to build your Field of Dreams golf course. 

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I hate the release cycles of the major equipment companies. 

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The ladies in the LPGA not getting the kind of recognition, purse etc as the guys in the PGA.


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I’ll add the smaller tours, web.com, challenge, alps... even the Champions Tour doesn’t get any love.
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I’m tired of the supposed “slow play rule”, supposedly guys will be put on the clock, and the tour does absolutely NOTHING. No penalties, no nothing! Why have a stinking rule if it won’t be enforced.

Someone PLEASE take Sergio, Patrick Reed, Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson, JB Holmes, and any other whiny Pro and give them a REAL job! Jackwagons.


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What in the world is the Symetra Tour?! Does it REALLY exist, and is ANYONE on it any good???


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Mookies on a roll...

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Tell us how you really feel, PMookie. Haha. This is the kind of juicy stuff I wanted to see!

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What in the world is the Symetra Tour?! Does it REALLY exist, and is ANYONE on it any good???


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Haha a few really good ones and a bunch on the fence that could go either way.



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I detest forced carries on narrow par 4's from the tee box.
Not that I can't get to the other side it's those in my group that moan and groan. Causing me to wait for them to hit again and complain for 3 more holes.
Really suck it up Nancy or move up to the tee that your hack butt should be playing from to begin with Ughhhh



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I don’t think private golf clubs should be allowed. At least not in its entirety.


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7 hours ago, GSwag said:

 

Maximum handicap of 18 is allowed on the course.  Yeah, sure, that seems extreme, but we have a nice big 'ol range over there for those of you who need to work on your game a bit to get down to the maximum number.  And while we're working with your game on the range we're discussing options #1 and #2 above.  Oh yeah, and if you want to play my course, you will HAVE to have an established handicap.  Don't worry, the course is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for you to play a round with the pro, to keep score and to have your scores posted for handicap.  We have at least 3 pros available at any time during these days to accommodate anyone interested in playing a round.  "Gee Swag, I just don't have the time to do this, yada, yada, yada."  Well, that's part of the problem honestly that I see with most public courses on the weekends.  Guys out there wasting everyone else's time because they haven't ever practiced their game, and just show up on Saturday or whenever and dust off the clubs from the last time they played and expect to actually keep a ball in play.  Then they ****** about how their game sucks while playing a 5 hour round and holding everyone up behind them.

 

I'm curious - why the handicap limit if there is such a strict pace of play? If I play the course poorly in 3 hours would anyone notice?

 

 

my unpopular opinion - too much emphasis is placed on achieving longer distances with irons.

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What in the world is the Symetra Tour?! Does it REALLY exist, and is ANYONE on it any good???


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It makes its rounds in Rochester and I’ll say that there are some legit golfers. It’s the same as any other developmental tour.
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12 hours ago, PMookie said:

What in the world is the Symetra Tour?! Does it REALLY exist, and is ANYONE on it any good???


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You could also add the Cactus tour.

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You could also add the Cactus tour.


The what?
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28 minutes ago, Shankster said:

 


The what?

 

http://thecactustour.com/

Basically considered a tier below the Symetra tour.  Symetra is generally east coast and Cactus is west coast.  

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http://thecactustour.com/
Basically considered a tier below the Symetra tour.  Symetra is generally east coast and Cactus is west coast.  


Yeah. I did a little research after you mentioned it. Looks interesting. All of the smaller tours do.

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19 hours ago, GSwag said:

Maximum handicap of 18 is allowed on the course.  Yeah, sure, that seems extreme, but we have a nice big 'ol range over there for those of you who need to work on your game a bit to get down to the maximum number.

Wow - you'll eliminate 2/3's of our Club members - many of whom practice a lot, take lessons and do play quickly..  

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