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Ok here goes-- This may be the craziest thing I may ever attempt. Everyone that has been on here a while knows I retired from big money matches and comps some time ago but I need to challenge myself. 

There is an older course here called Eagle Nest that has lengthened itself to 8100 yards at sea level!!!!  Now I used to work there and love the course and it is a challenging course anyhow. What I want to do is try to break 100 from the tips using vintage equipment as in Persimmon woods and vintage irons putter and all. I am serious on this I have even posted on WRX in the classics forum. I will ask the same question I asked there--- Am I a candidate for the rubber room? It will be tough knowing the course but I want to try hey in reality may shoot 110 but I am going to try . I did shoot 72 there 15 years ago from the black tees at 7400 yards with Mac blades and persimmon but I am a realist enough to know I have aged and do not practice and play as much 

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You going full in with balata too? If you can't find any, I'm sure Chrome Soft will do 😝

Good luck on this challenge! I hope you give it more than one shot if you don't do it the first time. 

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off a 5 h/cap I'd be surprised if you didnt break 90. Persimmon woods still go well, vintage putters def still work well, so it depends what bladed irons you use and even they are fine at the 7-8-9 wedge end of the set.

Good luck, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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This will be interesting and fun to watch. Yea, I think you can break it. Maybe not on your first pass but I think you can do it. Everyday is different in this game.

Give it a shot or two Stu and good luck.!!

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3 hours ago, GolfSpy STUDque said:

You going full in with balata too? If you can't find any, I'm sure Chrome Soft will do 😝

Good luck on this challenge! I hope you give it more than one shot if you don't do it the first time. 

I have quite a few Balata balls but more than likely try it with either the Wilson 50 or Bridgestone Lady ball. Those are my 2 persimmon balls. Going to play the ball down and putt everything out full tournament rules

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3 hours ago, perseveringgolfer said:

off a 5 h/cap I'd be surprised if you didnt break 90. Persimmon woods still go well, vintage putters def still work well, so it depends what bladed irons you use and even they are fine at the 7-8-9 wedge end of the set.

Good luck, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Well I am not really a 5 anymore because I do not practice or play as much anymore. In reality a 8 or perhaps 9. But I do play vintage blades as a norm. I do not get but around 220 or so with persimmon driver any more. Vintage putters I can putt with them when I can not putt with anything else. Actually right now I am using a old Spalding TP Mills #3 blade in the front line bag. I do not think I will play my normal 80 Mac VIPs because they are mainly my front line clubs. I have it narrowed down to one of my sets of 1962 CF 4000s , My 1957 Diamondbacks or my 1952 Toski Mighty Mites. I had thought about my 1954 Hogan Precisions but I want to do it with Macgregor equipment mostly in the bag.

This will not be a overnight thing I will have to knuckle down and practice some seriously. My time frame is July or August. Believe it or not I can still hit blade long irons but on this round that is what a persimmon 5 wood is for at 21* and believe it or not I still have a persimmon Macgregor Louise Suggs 6 wood ( 24*) that I hit too

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8100 yards...wow! I looked up Eagles Nest South Carolina and looked at the scorecard. I don’t see the 8100 tees but I do see that #17 is a 616 yard par 5!

I think you’ll break 100 as it really depends more on the number of greens you can hit and your putting and short game.

220 off the tee with a persimmon driver will leave you some long approaches on long Par 4’s. You might be looking at bogey on many of them. There must be some long Par 3’s in an 8100 yard course so you might be hitting driver there too.

I think you’ll do it no problem Stu, but better you then me!


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3 hours ago, deejaid said:

8100 yards...wow! I looked up Eagles Nest South Carolina and looked at the scorecard. I don’t see the 8100 tees but I do see that #17 is a 616 yard par 5!

I think you’ll break 100 as it really depends more on the number of greens you can hit and your putting and short game.

220 off the tee with a persimmon driver will leave you some long approaches on long Par 4’s. You might be looking at bogey on many of them. There must be some long Par 3’s in an 8100 yard course so you might be hitting driver there too.

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They do not have the new cards out from what I can gather. I do know the 18th which was a hard par 3 to begin with will be around 255 yards over water. Since I only hit persimmon around 220 or so it will be a layup. Yep I will have to lay heavily on my wedges and putter. I think that #17 was lengthened to around 650 or so. I worked up there briefly about 13 years ago and that course was a bear then and I could hit the ball halfway decent. But it is not like I am going to try it next weekend. I am going to seriously practice to do it like I would when I played comp. For me it is a challenge and I need to challenge myself for personal reasons because I have always pushed myself and frankly life and golf has gotten dull for me lately

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1 hour ago, JohnSmalls said:

You’ve got the game to do it. Go get that score big fella! 

Thanks man---- One thing you can relate too that old Tommy Armour putter will be in the bag--- That was the one I had in the bag when you played with me. 

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Sorta practiced with the preliminary stuff this afternoon. this equipment list is not etched in stone since I have so much stuff. I am leaning towards Macgregor since I am a Mac man. I really do not want to use my VIP blades since I hit them all the time now. But this is what I practiced this afternoon. 

Driver--- Toney Penna Model 12 persimmon DG black label regular

4 wood Macgregor Custom Tourney

6 wood Macgregor Louise Suggs ladies shaft

Irons 2 thru 11 iron 1962 Macgregor FC-4000s Pro Pel 2 regular

SW 52* Macgregor FC-4000 Toney Penna

Putter PGA Tommy Armour IM-5 remake

This may change according to how my back holds out with the irons--- Those irons are a little heavier and stiffer than my VIPs with the Hogan Apex #2 senior shafts or my 54 Hogan Precisions that have the old TT green band regular shafts. 

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Stu - You got this.  I have faith in you.  But I do think it'll depend upon how you try to play the golf course.  Assuming you don't do worse than 36 putts, that means you have 99-36=63 shots to cover that 8100 yards.  8100/63=129 yards.  You only need to average 129 yards per shot to get around the golf course.  If you're willing to pitch and putt for pars, two-putt for bogeys, and take doubles out of play, you're a lock.  

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Pulling for you Big Stu. You've got the game and the course know-how to make this happen!!!

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15 hours ago, HardcoreLooper said:

Stu - You got this.  I have faith in you.  But I do think it'll depend upon how you try to play the golf course.  Assuming you don't do worse than 36 putts, that means you have 99-36=63 shots to cover that 8100 yards.  8100/63=129 yards.  You only need to average 129 yards per shot to get around the golf course.  If you're willing to pitch and putt for pars, two-putt for bogeys, and take doubles out of play, you're a lock.  

Yep that is sorta the way I have hashed it out in my mind------ Rely mainly on the 8 iron down and the putter. Another thing I have run up in my mind is if the course is hard and dry hitting the 1 iron or 2 iron off some tees. Yes I can still hit a 1 or 2 iron. Rolls a lot more than a persimmon driver for me

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34 minutes ago, BIG STU said:

Yes I can still hit a 1 or 2 iron. Rolls a lot more than a persimmon driver for me

So, when are you going to make a run at it? This will good and I'm watching. 🏌️‍♂️

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Just now, PlaidJacket said:

So, when are you going to make a run at it? This will good and I'm watching. 🏌️‍♂️

Probably July-- Like I said I need to practice the persimmon some more

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Sounds good Stu.

I've always wondered how long it might take me to begin hitting a "wood" again decently. I'm going to guess probably not as long as I think. The biggest issue I think would be a loss of distance. ?

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1 minute ago, PlaidJacket said:

Sounds good Stu.

I've always wondered how long it might take me to begin hitting a "wood" again decently. I'm going to guess probably not as long as I think. The biggest issue I think would be a loss of distance. ?

Yep loss of distance and also you have to tee it a little more forward and sorta wait on it with the swing

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