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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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1 hour ago, cnosil said:

Sounding a bit cranky today. 🤣

Not really "cranky".  Just not as patient as I used to be.  Too many stuff going on and way too many on the horizon.  Maybe being ignorant and not knowing what's going on will be a blessing .

Or like some of my friends, ignoring the facts and bury their heads in the sand, hoping everything will be fine.  

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We were in Yuma, AZ during the onset and all the courses there adopted various versions of reduced contact protocols; no flags on practice greens, one person/cart, foam donuts in green cups, no rakes, concessions closed. etc. A couple of courses went to a self serve, honor system for making payment (drop money in box) and manage tee off sequence (which worked really well).  One negative was that folks from CA were heading over to play because they shutdown golf there... clearly a case of the golfing jones is powerful... neither sleet, rain, snow, or pandemic 😆.

When we returned to MT late April 2020, it was pretty much the same protocols.  I was surprised to see so many folks out but then if one does there part to follow the limited contact rules, the risk is low and the physical and mental health beneficial.

Based on my observations, I would answer your poll somewhere between the "golf as usual" and the "Tiger-crazed years" (chose the golf as usual).  There is no doubt that C19 has created surge in folks golfing but I don't think it matches the Tiger period.  Further, my hunch is that it does not have the staying power of that period... but we'll see.

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I started the time in Maine, so when it hit, golf wasn't really happening due to end of winter. Once the courses were allowed to be opened it got pretty crazy.  Yes it took a while for the governor to give an OK to people doing stuff outside. I hadn't really picked up a club in a few years and my wife told me it would be good for me to get out. I know at my local course, most tee times were taken all day long and they even stayed open an extra week into November and were booked until the end of the last day. 

I've been in Pinehurst since December, and even with spiked numbers through the winter, the golf courses seemed somewhat busy unless it was in the 30's. The 40's and 50's felt balmy once I left the negative numbers of Maine. 

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7 hours 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. 

Im actually fine with people being slow, as long as they let faster players through.

As far as music on the course goes, its not really a new thing and has been a growing trend for a number of year now.  I personally dont have a problem with it, as long as its kept at a respectable volume.  If Im on the next hole over and can hear your music, its too loud.  I always seem to see the group of 40 year old dudes who are trying to relive their college days playing a round on Saturday with their buddies, with the backwards hats, shotgunning beers, trying to be like frat boys, who are blasting ganster rap and have one of those bluetooth speakers cranked up loud enough that half the golf course can hear it.  I usually try to shout something clever to them like, "Hey! Play some Skynyrd!"  Sometimes they make my day and give me the finger and sometimes not. LOL

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21 minutes ago, ZenGolfer said:

dudes who are trying to relive their college days

I also have nothing against others doing their things.  The forgotten of the rule about live your live and let the others live their live gets blurred when we're in a crowded space.  

As Those idiots damaging their eardrum playing music in traffic.  I'll say go for it but "shut your windows " because the guys next to you don't want to heard the earth shuttering noise in a blistering hot day. 

I'm with those who wants to hear the birds chirping, the wind brushed the tree tops, and once in awhile the crisp snap of a well struck golf shot.   I don't want to be forced to listen to some inconsiderate idiot playing loud music or yakking away on their mobile phone. 

Quite a few of our local private golf clubs forebit the use of mobile device on property unless in the club house.  First thing they'll tell you is to "turn off" your cellphone at the entry gate, not even allowed to be on vibrate notice.  Forewarned that one would be escorted off the premises  should anyone report the use of a mobile communication device.  Sorry, even if you're a Medical Doctor on call, no can do.  

I had reported the loud rowdy behavior on the golf courses to the club house and they'll send the course marshal down to observe and give warning if necessary, so a few idiots will not ruin the others enjoyment on the golf course.  What's the big deal of wearing a Bluetooth device to enjoy your tune ?  Although I had seen warnings been issued to golfers several times but never seen anyone actually got thrown off the public golf courses.  People here do not know how to live with the others in a shared tighter space.  What happened to the etiquette of golf we were taught, when we started to play this game ?   I guess the launch monitor and golf instructors do not teach golf etiquette. 

Someone told me other countries ( Norway, Japan, maybe S. Korea) will require a short class in golf etiquette before a new golfer could step on the golf course, besides producing a card of "proficiency" in the game , the other prove of a card of attending the basic etiquette is also required.    I was surprise to be asked to produce a USGA index card or a GHIN number to a private golf club overseas before I could step out to the first tee box with my host.

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18 hours ago, release said:

I also have nothing against others doing their things.  The forgotten of the rule about live your live and let the others live their live gets blurred when we're in a crowded space.  

As Those idiots damaging their eardrum playing music in traffic.  I'll say go for it but "shut your windows " because the guys next to you don't want to heard the earth shuttering noise in a blistering hot day. 

I'm with those who wants to hear the birds chirping, the wind brushed the tree tops, and once in awhile the crisp snap of a well struck golf shot.   I don't want to be forced to listen to some inconsiderate idiot playing loud music or yakking away on their mobile phone. 

Quite a few of our local private golf clubs forebit the use of mobile device on property unless in the club house.  First thing they'll tell you is to "turn off" your cellphone at the entry gate, not even allowed to be on vibrate notice.  Forewarned that one would be escorted off the premises  should anyone report the use of a mobile communication device.  Sorry, even if you're a Medical Doctor on call, no can do.  

I had reported the loud rowdy behavior on the golf courses to the club house and they'll send the course marshal down to observe and give warning if necessary, so a few idiots will not ruin the others enjoyment on the golf course.  What's the big deal of wearing a Bluetooth device to enjoy your tune ?  Although I had seen warnings been issued to golfers several times but never seen anyone actually got thrown off the public golf courses.  People here do not know how to live with the others in a shared tighter space.  What happened to the etiquette of golf we were taught, when we started to play this game ?   I guess the launch monitor and golf instructors do not teach golf etiquette. 

Someone told me other countries ( Norway, Japan, maybe S. Korea) will require a short class in golf etiquette before a new golfer could step on the golf course, besides producing a card of "proficiency" in the game , the other prove of a card of attending the basic etiquette is also required.    I was surprise to be asked to produce a USGA index card or a GHIN number to a private golf club overseas before I could step out to the first tee box with my host.

Hey, Im all for doing your thing too but its not going to stop me from laughing and thinking someone is an idiot when they are 40 and still trying to act like theyre a frat boy.  

Dont even get me started on when they try to hit on the beer cart girl.  Its like bro, you couldnt get her when you are in your prime, what makes you think that youre going to get her when youre 40, with a dad bod and going bald, especially when you just ordered a White Claw? LOL

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Hybrid: Mizuno MP Fli-Hi 3H

Irons: Mizuno T-Zoid True 5, 7 and 9-irons

Wedge: Mizuno S18 54* and Top Flite chipper

Putter: Mizuno Bettinardi A-02

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5 hours ago, ZenGolfer said:

Hey, Im all for doing your thing too but its not going to stop me from laughing and thinking someone is an idiot when they are 40 and still trying to act like theyre a frat boy.  

Dont even get me started on when they try to hit on the beer cart girl.  Its like bro, you couldnt get her when you are in your prime, what makes you think that youre going to get her when youre 40, with a dad bod and going bald, especially when you just ordered a White Claw? LOL

Yes, quite comical when people don't act like their age but, they can do whatever they wish as long as they keep others safe and observe the decency of being a human being.  Talk about acting their age.  How about the rich and famous spent 5-7 figures to butcher themselves up trying to look young again.  I mean just look at them, after all the money spent and all the suffering, they just look like pathetical.

However, in golf, I know a lot of us get on the golf course not just for the game, it's a palace to escape their reality.  Place to forget about things, place to act silly.  Cart girls won't mind, as they get their tips that way, by participating in harmless flirting.  They might be going bald, and growing their beer belly but, they might have more in their bank account than the youngsters.  So if they want to flirt with the cart girl and tip the cart girl besides for paying drinks 3-5 times you could get somewhere else, so be it.

I want to tell you a real story.  It happened some years ago when we ( two groups ) played at this newly opened high end golf course.  One of the guys stopped a beverage cart and flirted with the cart girl but he was too cheap to by anything over $10.  So he kinda obligated to get a drink from the beverage cart after the small talk..... he got a bottle of iced mineral water. Paid $3.50 and tip the girl $1.50.  Upon arriving on the next tee box, we found a complimentary ice chest next to the bench with a sign saying, please take one.  It was full of apples and iced mineral water.  The same brand and size as the bottle they guy just paid $5 for.  We laughed all the way to the club house and didn't forget to give him the funny poke to remind him what a sucker he was.

I know one other guy goes to the golf course to escape from his obligations for just 4-5 hours.  His wife is fully depending on him for daily chores, going to see the Medical Doctors for appointments, shopping for grocery, walking their dog.......  So once or twice a week, he'll get some help from their children to sit the wife and he would escape ( mentally ) from this.

So, if I see some weird, unconventional behavior on the golf course..... I tend to give them a little extra room, as long as they stop at and stop when they should. 

 

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