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What's your take on golfing through the Pandemics ?  

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  1. 1. What happened in your neck of the woods ?

    • Golf in my area has been slow, just like every other businesses.
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    • Golf is as usual, not much different than a few years ago.
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    • Golf has been going back to the "Tiger Craze" years, it seems everyone I know had picked up the game.
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What happened in your region as the pandemic marched on ?

We had expected the game would slow down just like everything else, but, nooooooo.     The golf courses had been packed with golfers.  The usual golf enthusiasts, the casual golfers, the new golfers............  Actually, this is the only industry in my region that experiencing a growth through the pandemic.   Green fees are up, the tee sheets are full , and because the demand is up, many golf courses are not offering their usual discount to the junior golfers.   

Why would they give discounted green fee or free play to the junior golfers when they could sell the spots at a premium price with golfers waiting to beat the cabin fever ?

Personally, I hate the raised cup lining.  You know, the white cup lining which sticking up over the surface of the putting green and all one needs to do is to touch any part of the lining with their putt to call it "good".

I refused to pay premium green fee ( for the standard around here ) and then to putt to this cup lining.  Absolutely discussing.  

I don't mind not taking the flag stick out, since I had done that when I played by myself.  Plus the ne rules allows the flag to stay in the cup while putting.   I hate to putt toward the white elephant sticking up over the putting surface.  What about the drama of a lip-out ?  A around the cup rejection ?

Anyhow, I'll pick up the game later as I refused to join the crowd as this might be a good time to catch up with some reading and refining the equipment.

Actually, my biggest fear is, no one wears a face mask on the golf course in the open air.  Obviously, they have no clue how this virus attacks and how a virus could spread around.   The numbers shows the infection rate had gone back up, since the partial opening of the activities.   I hope nothing worst will come our way.

 

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Every area of the country, each state, county, or golf course has gone by different rules during the pandemic. I know areas where the courses were closed for months. My area never closed at all.

 We used the piece of pool noodle around the flagstick which only allowed the ball to drop in two inches. So you only had to reach in an inch or so. The flag stick was to remain in. Rakes were removed from the bunkers and ball washers were drained. Carts were one to a person unless you lived in the same household. That was the extent of it. Masks were not required while playing but it was your choice. Carts were washed before you used it. Play increased during this time but it was still not bad. I didn't miss any rounds due to the pandemic. 

Most members got their shots already, rakes are back in the bunkers. Now its back to two in a cart unless you have an issue with it. But I do see more walkers than usual. Our news doesn't even report new cases like they did daily. Things are better now than what they were in my area. 

But I do get mad at people walking around the supermarket, Lowes, or Walmart without a mask. Even if you had Covid you can still get it and spread it. Wear a mask to protect others, it's the right thing to do.

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Heck it has stayed normal at my home course.  No masks and busy as a bee in a tar bucket! We have a large bunch of seniors who play Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday each week.

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Our State had the golf courses and driving range shut down for months at the beginning of the pandemics.  I know many of my friends drove to our neighboring State for golf for weeks.

One has his In-Laws 3 hours drive away in the neighboring State, he'd pack his family every weekend to go "visit" his In-Laws.

He played golf all day with the boys and the wife went shopping with her sisters.  They would play bridge or Ma-Jon after dinner.

He'd load up at Costco and have beef steaks, Halibut steaks, Tiger prawns........... don't really mind no dinning out.  His in-laws will reverse the visit come traditional Holidays toward the end of the year.

 

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None of the courses around me shutdown, they did go to raised cups for a while and then the shallow cups came on a little bit later, flag sticks were to remain in the holes, no rakes in the bunkers, no ball washers, and no water coolers on the course. One person to a cart unless you lived in the same household. With all that said, every course I know within 50 miles of my house has been super busy since this all hit, it seems like when the original lockdown took place and a lot of people were home they suddenly needed a new hobby and they took up golf. Are used to be able to drive over to my local municipal course that has 2 18 hole courses On a Saturday afternoon, pay my green fee and grab a cart and head out as a single. But not anymore you can’t get a tee time on the weekends unless you’re getting it 5 to 6 days ahead of time. If I want an early morning tee time on Sunday I have to book it a week in advance. About a month ago I had a dentist appointment that ended at 1:45 and I decided I would try to get out and play a quick round, after all it was Tuesday the course shouldn’t be crowded right, WRONG! I got home grab my clubs and headed to the course I found out I had to wait 30 minutes to get on the course and that’s with 2 courses!

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6 hours ago, TBT said:

None of the courses around me shutdown, they did go to raised cups for a while and then the shallow cups came on a little bit later, flag sticks were to remain in the holes, no rakes in the bunkers, no ball washers, and no water coolers on the course. One person to a cart unless you lived in the same household. With all that said, every course I know within 50 miles of my house has been super busy since this all hit, it seems like when the original lockdown took place and a lot of people were home they suddenly needed a new hobby and they took up golf. Are used to be able to drive over to my local municipal course that has 2 18 hole courses On a Saturday afternoon, pay my green fee and grab a cart and head out as a single. But not anymore you can’t get a tee time on the weekends unless you’re getting it 5 to 6 days ahead of time. If I want an early morning tee time on Sunday I have to book it a week in advance. About a month ago I had a dentist appointment that ended at 1:45 and I decided I would try to get out and play a quick round, after all it was Tuesday the course shouldn’t be crowded right, WRONG! I got home grab my clubs and headed to the course I found out I had to wait 30 minutes to get on the course and that’s with 2 courses!

Don't complain too much when waiting for 30 minutes as a walked on single.

My local muni has a typical waiting list of 1 1/2-3 hours waiting.  Because their tee sheet is full and everyone showed up for their reservation.

On top of this , since many are new to the golf game ( honestly, they should stay on the driving range or a par 3 golf course for a bit longer ).  Therefore, a 5 1/2 to 6 hour round is expected.  All this on a golf course which is 6,200 yards from the tip.  Yes there is a little elevation change and narrow fairways.  I had played it before in a little over 3 hours in a four-some ( all using push carts ).

My State is "advanced" in giving room to the public, in their political action and governing policy.  But they sure was behind in opening up the golf courses for the bored , stayed at home ( supposed to be working or not ) people.

Now the schools are open, and many work places are back to normal..... maybe some of these "new" golfers will return to their routine, soon ?  Or the golf industry will have a new wave of new golfers like the Tiger Craze created !

 

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My region has seen a massive increase over the past year-plus.  So much so, we are seeing unintended consequences of that increase.  Most clubs are seeing rampant failure of golf carts from overuse due to single-rider mandates from the state, plus the increase of rounds played.  Most carts are making three loops in a given day!  My home club just bought a whole new fleet of carts in 2019.  They will have to be replaced by the end of 2021, if not sooner.  We are averaging 20% of the fleet down at any given time for repair. I walk 99% of my rounds so it doesn't affect me.  But being a stock-owner in a stock-equity club, I have a vested interest in the health of my home away from home. 

My home club doesn't have homes on the property.  It's a golf club and nothing more.  Most of the surrounding properties are farm-land being sold off due to pandemic related closures.  Those areas are being subdivided and homes are being built surrounding the perimeter of the club at a rate that is shocking.  I have played 66 times at my club in 2021.  (I'm anal-retentive about my Outlook calendar for professional reasons)  It seems like once a week, I see ground being broken for a new home.

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1 hour ago, sixcat said:

My region has seen a massive increase over the past year-plus.  So much so, we are seeing unintended consequences of that increase.  Most clubs are seeing rampant failure of golf carts from overuse due to single-rider mandates from the state, plus the increase of rounds played.  Most carts are making three loops in a given day!  My home club just bought a whole new fleet of carts in 2019.  They will have to be replaced by the end of 2021, if not sooner.  We are averaging 20% of the fleet down at any given time for repair.

  It seems like once a week, I see ground being broken for a new home.

We are having the same issue with carts. Replacing batteries often. Some carts are barley making 18 holes. Limping in to the home stretch and right in the cart barn for a re-charge. We are supposed to get a new fleet of carts soon. I am also seeing many houses built on the way to the course but not on it. We already have some houses around the outskirts but none come into play. They all have decent size property associated with them.   

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36 minutes ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

We are having the same issue with carts. Replacing batteries often. Some carts are barley making 18 holes. Limping in to the home stretch and right in the cart barn for a re-charge. We are supposed to get a new fleet of carts soon. I am also seeing many houses built on the way to the course but not on it. We already have some houses around the outskirts but none come into play. They all have decent size property associated with them.   

We don't have any houses that come into play.  None of the houses being built will come into play either.  The club has a pretty good sized buffer of land that we own to prevent that from happening. 

The cart situation is something I suspect a lot of clubs are running into.  I'm not convinced that situation isn't a net positive in some aspects though.  We are seeing a significant rise in membership walking the golf course due to poor cart performance and the rise in cart fee to combat the cart issue.  Our cart fee increased from $14 to $20 as a result of the abuse the carts were taking.

Again, I only take a cart when the course I'm playing requires me to do so.  My home club could get rid of every motorized cart for all I care.  Actually, I LOVE the thoughts of that!!!

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I need to walk more but the course is very hilly being at the base of the Smokey Mountains. It really is more than hilly in fact there is not one flat hole on the course. I can walk it but a few holes are difficult.  My club included the cart with membership until the pandemic, then they started to charge a $5.00 fee due to single rider requirements.  I just always took a cart because it was free and I don't mind the $5.00. I can play 18 in just over 2 hours. If I walk it adds about 15 to 20 minutes. If I play other local courses I'll walk because they are flatter. Still hilly but not bad. 

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13 minutes ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

I need to walk more but the course is very hilly being at the base of the Smokey Mountains. It really is more than hilly in fact there is not one flat hole on the course. I can walk it but a few holes are difficult.  My club included the cart with membership until the pandemic, then they started to charge a $5.00 fee due to single rider requirements.  I just always took a cart because it was free and I don't mind the $5.00. I can play 18 in just over 2 hours. If I walk it adds about 15 to 20 minutes. If I play other local courses I'll walk because they are flatter. Still hilly but not bad. 

I live a little north on the other side of the Smokey's from Greeneville about halfway between Bristol and Roanoke.  My home club is very hilly but easily walkable.  Other courses in this area, not so much!

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Our State had approved of no facemask required in open air .  Actually learned this last week while walking out from our local driving range.  Someone yield at us " no face mask in open air, I'm so happy ...."

We continue to wear face mask whenever we're with other people like the driving range and shopping for food.  For I have know personally, quite a few tested positive for COVID-19 after full vaccination.   We know the virus will still be around,  But in those cases, they went to get tested for the infection because, they were having symptoms of the infection or were not feeling well.

Who wants to have the test stick stick up the nostril far enough to make tears come down if one didn't feel the need for the testing ?

We're back to the driving range and rounds on the local golf courses , still being cautious.

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Don't know your area.  In my region, there seems to be more available tee times and bargains in the last week than what we had been experiencing this year.

Our local leaders determined that we could open the economy, cruise lines are open ( with restrictions , which is not "water tight" so many cases of infection had been reported from the cruise line operation ).  So is other Civic activities.  like opening the "cooling center " during the heat wave of pass days.  I know the record heat wave was a health concern. so is gathering people in an enclosed environment with recirculating air.  Never had triple digit weather since I had been here .  In more than 4 decades, I remember maybe a handful of days over 90 each year.

For the younger-me; it's a go for golf in the 90's.  Maybe it's not comfortable temperature by walking the golf course but, it was doable for a young golfer.  But than again, I was a golf nut, golf in rain, snow, frost and blistering heat.

The sign of a sudden drop of interest in the local muni courses told me one possible cause.  The ones crowding the local mini golf courses were mostly "new" golfers or the usual weekend warriors.  They'll tone down when the regular activities opened up or when the whether is not "ideal" for their standard. 

An golf addict, will take any opportunity to get on the golf course with their schedule.  I can't imagine anyone could enjoy themselves on the golf course without the effort of putting into the game to be better.

All it takes, would be just a few good shots in a round of golf to bring them back, right ?  I'm not sure about these trend chasers.

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I've noticed a little less congestion at my home club the past few weeks, especially on the weekends. I suspect, this is due to youth sports opening back up full throttle. Harder to get to the golf course with little Johnny playing little league.

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21 hours ago, sixcat said:

I've noticed a little less congestion at my home club the past few weeks, especially on the weekends. I suspect, this is due to youth sports opening back up full throttle. Harder to get to the golf course with little Johnny playing little league.

More are back to their work in their office or at their work site instead of the "remote office".  I know one thing; a lot more traffic back on the roadways.  Worse than before since some had forgotten how to share the roads.

Think the remote work might be more fitted to some industry than the next.  Even with the positions mainly performed in front of the terminal and via internet.  Accountability is a huge question.  I had witness or second hand info on all fields which had been "slacking off " during the home base working periods.  How efficient can the works be if they take 40 minutes to walk their dog or take a 2 hour launch break, watch a movie while "working" ......  This is not unique to one industry.

Anyways, when these "new golfers" go back to their regular routine, to work and their favorite off time activities, dinning out, biking, hiking, the golf courses should get back to it's normal level of volume.

It'll be interesting to see the trending in the next 18 months, for sure.

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On 5/3/2021 at 6:57 PM, release said:

What happened in your region as the pandemic marched on ?

We had expected the game would slow down just like everything else, but, nooooooo.     The golf courses had been packed with golfers.  The usual golf enthusiasts, the casual golfers, the new golfers............  Actually, this is the only industry in my region that experiencing a growth through the pandemic.   Green fees are up, the tee sheets are full , and because the demand is up, many golf courses are not offering their usual discount to the junior golfers.   

Why would they give discounted green fee or free play to the junior golfers when they could sell the spots at a premium price with golfers waiting to beat the cabin fever ?

Personally, I hate the raised cup lining.  You know, the white cup lining which sticking up over the surface of the putting green and all one needs to do is to touch any part of the lining with their putt to call it "good".

I refused to pay premium green fee ( for the standard around here ) and then to putt to this cup lining.  Absolutely discussing.  

I don't mind not taking the flag stick out, since I had done that when I played by myself.  Plus the ne rules allows the flag to stay in the cup while putting.   I hate to putt toward the white elephant sticking up over the putting surface.  What about the drama of a lip-out ?  A around the cup rejection ?

Anyhow, I'll pick up the game later as I refused to join the crowd as this might be a good time to catch up with some reading and refining the equipment.

Actually, my biggest fear is, no one wears a face mask on the golf course in the open air.  Obviously, they have no clue how this virus attacks and how a virus could spread around.   The numbers shows the infection rate had gone back up, since the partial opening of the activities.   I hope nothing worst will come our way.

 

Golf here in central Ohio seems to be bigger than Ive ever seen it because its been one of the few activities that people were able to get out and do throughout the pandemic.

Just yesterday, I tried to get a morning tee time and every slot had 2-3 people all the way from 8am until noon.  On a freaking Tuesday.  I swear people dont work in this town. LOL

The weekends are even worse.  Even if you want to get out in the afternoon on a weekend, youd better be prepared to get grouped up with others and expect the course to be slow.  Im actually looking foreward to a couple months from now when football season starts and people start being more interested in sitting on their couch watching football than in golf.  I love golf in the fall here because the courses are empty and I can get out and play 9 holes in about an hour.

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23 minutes ago, ZenGolfer said:

youd better be prepared to get grouped up with others and expect the course to be slow. 

The phenomenon probably caused by too many new golfers on the golf course who should have been to the par-3 or an executive course, before they could advance the golf ball 150+ yards.  They have no business on the regular golf courses.  Think of a car doing way below the posted speed lint on a single lane one way street ?  One of the local track ( 6400 yards stretched ) took me 6+ hours for the 18.  

Also I had noticed, more and more had been conducting their business on the golf course by connecting their communication to the smart phone.  I mean, give us a break ?  If you can't leave your job or you're on an "expended break" from your work position....do all of us a favor, stay where you should have been, right ?   I had the urge to tell those to pick up their golf balls because I was tired of waiting for them to get off their phone stand and waiting for them to paly their next shot ( multiple times for each nine ).  One other pet peeve was, the speaker , my goodness.  I love music, but not on the golf course.  Ever had some car next to you at the stop light cranked up their bass blaster, with their windows "down" ?    Okay, not quite like that, but annoying regardless.  Have the courtesy of using a head phone/ear piece if one must have their music.  These kids( and/or adults ) with "sound bars", riding golf carts, jamming away, which could be heard from the next fairways.  How did they grow-up ?  Without guidance , maybe ?  

Lots of strange things happened on the golf courses because the activities had been taken over by many of the none-regular,  Did the golf course management cares ?  They're busy racking in the revenue to patch up the holes left from last year. I'd assume to limit my own golf activity until things are back to a little bit normal.

The private golf and country clubs and many of the resort type of golf courses are experiencing the opposite .  I guess, the surge of the opportunity golfers only attacks the local municipal golf courses. 

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21 minutes ago, release said:

The phenomenon probably caused by too many new golfers on the golf course who should have been to the par-3 or an executive course, before they could advance the golf ball 150+ yards.  They have no business on the regular golf courses.  Think of a car doing way below the posted speed lint on a single lane one way street ?  One of the local track ( 6400 yards stretched ) took me 6+ hours for the 18.  

Also I had noticed, more and more had been conducting their business on the golf course by connecting their communication to the smart phone.  I mean, give us a break ?  If you can't leave your job or you're on an "expended break" from your work position....do all of us a favor, stay where you should have been, right ?   I had the urge to tell those to pick up their golf balls because I was tired of waiting for them to get off their phone stand and waiting for them to paly their next shot ( multiple times for each nine ).  One other pet peeve was, the speaker , my goodness.  I love music, but not on the golf course.  Ever had some car next to you at the stop light cranked up their bass blaster, with their windows "down" ?    Okay, not quite like that, but annoying regardless.  Have the courtesy of using a head phone/ear piece if one must have their music.  These kids( and/or adults ) with "sound bars", riding golf carts, jamming away, which could be heard from the next fairways.  How did they grow-up ?  Without guidance , maybe ?  

Lots of strange things happened on the golf courses because the activities had been taken over by many of the none-regular,  Did the golf course management cares ?  They're busy racking in the revenue to patch up the holes left from last year. I'd assume to limit my own golf activity until things are back to a little bit normal.

The private golf and country clubs and many of the resort type of golf courses are experiencing the opposite .  I guess, the surge of the opportunity golfers only attacks the local municipal golf courses. 

Sounding a bit cranky today. 🤣

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