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The year was ~2005.  I was volunteering at my college roommate's dad's company's golf tournament at Kingsmill.  I had probably only played golf a handful of times, so I was somewhat knowable of golf, but not much.  We were tasked with handing out beer and water on a par 3.  The tee box was separated from the green by a deep crevasse.  You could get away with hitting long, left, or right, but definitely not short.  This was before gps or lasers were common, so each group that came up to the tee would ask us how the hole was playing.  At the time, I did not understand that because the green was slightly elevated, but stated distance on the tee box of say 155 would actually play longer at let's say 165, but my roommate did and he'd explain that to each group.  The day was mostly uneventful as we drank some beers and talked to each group as they passed through.  Two things have really stuck with me though.  One particularly drunk individual literally stumbled up to the tee, asked for the distance, stumbled back to his cart, selected a club, and proceeded to stick it within about 9 feet.  I thought it was one of the more incredible things I'd ever seen.  The next was a much older gentleman.  A well dressed man of about 70 I'd estimate.  He had a mustache and a newsboy/driving cap.  He walked up puffing on a pipe.  Armed with the distance, he selected a club, tucked the still lit pipe into his back pocket with the bowl just hanging out and away from him, hit the middle of the green, and then went to relight the pipe as the rest of his foursome took their tee shots.  To this day, despite seeing countless cigar smokers out there, I don't think I've seen anyone with a pipe since.  I'm an avid cigar smoker, and while I do own a few pipes, it's not really my thing.  But with the weather changing, maybe this year is the year I'll finally give pipe smoking on the course a shot.

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While I'd love to see someone smoke a pipe on the course I think it would be too much of a hassle to keep the burn even, avoid excess moisture on a wetter day, and, God forbid, an accidental dump/ bump in a cart. Imagine having to re-pack it every couple holes? Oof. I refuse to smoke nicer cigars on course for the same reason. Relighting a good stogie is a travesty!

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On 11/2/2020 at 6:52 PM, AcesAndHoles said:

While I'd love to see someone smoke a pipe on the course I think it would be too much of a hassle to keep the burn even, avoid excess moisture on a wetter day, and, God forbid, an accidental dump/ bump in a cart. Imagine having to re-pack it every couple holes? Oof. I refuse to smoke nicer cigars on course for the same reason. Relighting a good stogie is a travesty!

I with you on smoking nicer cigars on the course.  You can't really appreciate them with so much going on.  If I had the skills, I'd try the pipe though.  I'm pretty sure that old guy putted while smoking.  

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