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ok, here’s the story. long post, so bear with me. 

my mother in law joined a country club this year. she joined for the tennis and socializing but there’s an awesome 9 hole course at the club. 

i got out 3 times this summer.  once with a friend of hers, and twice as a favor from the GM. 

it’s the perfect scenario. we drive to her house. my wife and son get to hang out with grandma, and i get to golf. 

she’s getting me out again on friday  

i know what you’re thinking. “Chip, what do you need us for? there’s no problem here!”

you’re right, there isn’t. or at least there wasn’t until about 2 weeks ago, when my wife’s two brothers Frick and Frack “played” their first round of golf on a muni course down in florida. 

i was talking to her earlier when she goes “the boys are excited to golf with you on friday”

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my brothers in law are the last people you want to see when you’re out playing golf. they’re the idiots you see on instagram running each other over with a cart in their backswings. 

i’m trying to find the right way to tell my MIL that for her sake and mine, taking them out at the club is a terrible idea. 

my first thought is to offer up that if they wanna learn, ive got no problem playing a few rounds with them at a local muni or public course. 

if that doesn’t land, then i’m just gonna hit her with “if you wanna stay a member, don’t let them golf”

what would you guys do here?

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Honesty is the best policy as I like to say. I would go with option 2 that until they learn how to act on course they probably shouldn’t go there if she enjoys being a member. Good luck and God speed 

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Just now, Lacassem said:

Honesty is the best policy as I like to say. I would go with option 2 that until they learn how to act on course they probably shouldn’t go there if she enjoys being a member. Good luck and God speed 

ive got no problem hitting her with brutal honesty. 

i’m gonna give it another day or so because the issue might resolve itself. 

i don’t think either of them will wake up in time for a 9am tee time

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ive got no problem hitting her with brutal honesty. 

i’m gonna give it another day or so because the issue might resolve itself. 

i don’t think either of them will wake up in time for a 9am tee time

You're on the right path, 6:30 tee time solves the problem. 

Or get the MIL to golf with you all, will they behave with her around? 

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6 minutes ago, Chip Strokes said:

ive got no problem hitting her with brutal honesty. 

i’m gonna give it another day or so because the issue might resolve itself. 

i don’t think either of them will wake up in time for a 9am tee time

Give them the wrong tee time 😂

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7 minutes ago, Chip Strokes said:

ok, here’s the story. long post, so bear with me. 

my mother in law joined a country club this year. she joined for the tennis and socializing but there’s an awesome 9 hole course at the club. 

i got out 3 times this summer.  once with a friend of hers, and twice as a favor from the GM. 

it’s the perfect scenario. we drive to her house. my wife and son get to hang out with grandma, and i get to golf. 

she’s getting me out again on friday  

i know what you’re thinking. “Chip, what do you need us for? there’s no problem here!”

you’re right, there isn’t. or at least there wasn’t until about 2 weeks ago, when my wife’s two brothers Frick and Frack “played” their first round of golf on a muni course down in florida. 

i was talking to her earlier when she goes “the boys are excited to golf with you on friday”

image.gif.c58f7950c32981c9c3eec7bfcdfb06c5.gif

my brothers in law are the last people you want to see when you’re out playing golf. they’re the idiots you see on instagram running each other over with a cart in their backswings. 

i’m trying to find the right way to tell my MIL that for her sake and mine, taking them out at the club is a terrible idea. 

my first thought is to offer up that if they wanna learn, ive got no problem playing a few rounds with them at a local muni or public course. 

if that doesn’t land, then i’m just gonna hit her with “if you wanna stay a member, don’t let them golf”

what would you guys do here?

My thoughts,,

Dear MIL, I've seen Frick and Frack play and I think it would be best if I take them out on a public course a few times first and work with them on rules and educate them on country club etiquette. I wouldn't want them to do something that might reflect badly on you. Especially being a new member at the club.

 

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My thoughts,,

Dear MIL, I've seen Frick and Frack play and I think it would be best if I take them out on a public course a few times first and work with them on rules and educate them on country club etiquette. I wouldn't want them to do something that might reflect badly on you. Especially being a new member at the club.

 

this is basically my thought.

except i haven’t seen them play. i don’t have to. i know how they act in really any public place 

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8 minutes ago, Chip Strokes said:

this is basically my thought.

except i haven’t seen them play. i don’t have to. i know how they act in really any public place 

At least you know how they are and I agree this is the best option 

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If there is anything of similar nature that i would need to convey to my MIL or FIL, i send my wife in to handle it.

My wife returns the favor and makes me deal with her issues with my mom. 

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1 minute ago, dlow206 said:

If there is anything of similar nature that i would need to convey to my MIL or FIL, i send my wife in to handle it.

My wife returns the favor and makes me deal with her issues with my mom. 

haha this isn’t all that serious at all.

my MIL isn’t exactly gonna be shocked when i tell her that her sons are idiots and she probably doesn’t want them representing her at her club 

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1 hour ago, Chip Strokes said:

ok, here’s the story. long post, so bear with me. 

my mother in law joined a country club this year. she joined for the tennis and socializing but there’s an awesome 9 hole course at the club. 

i got out 3 times this summer.  once with a friend of hers, and twice as a favor from the GM. 

it’s the perfect scenario. we drive to her house. my wife and son get to hang out with grandma, and i get to golf. 

she’s getting me out again on friday  

i know what you’re thinking. “Chip, what do you need us for? there’s no problem here!”

you’re right, there isn’t. or at least there wasn’t until about 2 weeks ago, when my wife’s two brothers Frick and Frack “played” their first round of golf on a muni course down in florida. 

i was talking to her earlier when she goes “the boys are excited to golf with you on friday”

image.gif.c58f7950c32981c9c3eec7bfcdfb06c5.gif

my brothers in law are the last people you want to see when you’re out playing golf. they’re the idiots you see on instagram running each other over with a cart in their backswings. 

i’m trying to find the right way to tell my MIL that for her sake and mine, taking them out at the club is a terrible idea. 

my first thought is to offer up that if they wanna learn, ive got no problem playing a few rounds with them at a local muni or public course. 

if that doesn’t land, then i’m just gonna hit her with “if you wanna stay a member, don’t let them golf”

what would you guys do here?

Straight up tell her the truth.  She knows….

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On 10/19/2021 at 8:36 PM, Chip Strokes said:

my MIL isn’t exactly gonna be shocked when i tell her that her sons are idiots and she probably doesn’t want them representing her at her club 

And that's the important factor. If she's not one of the types of parents where it's "My kids are angels" and she's aware that they do this kind of stuff not on a golf course, then the diplomatic answers suggested earlier are perfect.

If she loves the country club, she's not going to want to jeopardize her membership or her relationships with the staff and people there. And suggesting the middle ground of a few rounds on public courses first is perfect for presenting a solution, not just the problem. 

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i appreciate everyone’s input, truly

so, despite my best efforts, ive got a 12:10 tee time tomorrow with my brother in law who has played exactly one (1) round of golf in his life. 

i told her straight up that i think it’s a bad idea for her and also that i don’t want to get lumped in with him if he acts like an idiot because i’d like to come back and play again. 

it got shot down with “i talked to him about golf course etiquette”

how she did that, i don’t know. my MIL has played exactly zero (0) rounds of golf in her life. 

so, now i’m wondering how best to handle this. do we play from the forward tees? do we play a scramble where he hits a tee shot and then we go play from my ball? do i have him tee it up at the 150 marker in the fairway? 

i wish i could’ve said no.  but i would’ve looked like a real a**hole and i also would’ve missed out on a free round at a nice course. 

i guess it beats going in to the office though 🤷🏻‍♂️

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I say, play from the forward tees, be straight up with him about etiquette and how memberships can be revoked, and tell him that if he even thinks to attempt anything he saw in Caddyshack or Happy Gilmore he'll find himself at the bottom of a water hazard.

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I say, play from the forward tees, be straight up with him about etiquette and how memberships can be revoked, and tell him that if he even thinks to attempt anything he saw in Caddyshack or Happy Gilmore he'll find himself at the bottom of a water hazard.

this isn’t only my favorite response so far but might be my favorite post on this site in the year i’ve been a member. 

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8 minutes ago, Chip Strokes said:

i appreciate everyone’s input, truly

so, despite my best efforts, ive got a 12:10 tee time tomorrow with my brother in law who has played exactly one (1) round of golf in his life. 

i told her straight up that i think it’s a bad idea for her and also that i don’t want to get lumped in with him if he acts like an idiot because i’d like to come back and play again. 

it got shot down with “i talked to him about golf course etiquette”

how she did that, i don’t know. my MIL has played exactly zero (0) rounds of golf in her life. 

so, now i’m wondering how best to handle this. do we play from the forward tees? do we play a scramble where he hits a tee shot and then we go play from my ball? do i have him tee it up at the 150 marker in the fairway? 

i wish i could’ve said no.  but i would’ve looked like a real a**hole and i also would’ve missed out on a free round at a nice course. 

i guess it beats going in to the office though 🤷🏻‍♂️

Your Scramble idea should be best way to survive this.  Just try to enjoy yourself and the course, forget the moron.

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1 hour ago, Chip Strokes said:

this isn’t only my favorite response so far but might be my favorite post on this site in the year i’ve been a member. 

This is the best advice. In the grand scheme of things, he seems like the type that gets into golf because momma joined a CC and looking for instant gratification, realizes its hard and gives its up after a few rounds. Hopefully, this is one of a few times you ever have to go with him. If he ends up getting hooked, try to get him to get some lessons before you have to go out with him next year and maybe he will find some other guys to go with, Good luck with Frick or Frack! (You didn't specify which one you were playing with)

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How about convincing them that Tennis is a lot more fun then golf and they can spend quality time with their mother. 

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