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3 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

Sorry for the length.

My experience at Southern Hills is complete. It wasn’t a round of golf but rather an unforgettable experience. As soon as you get to the main gate you are greeted by an attendant in a suit. You pull up to the bag drop and your car is unloaded for you, your bags are put on a reserved cart. You are directed to the men’s locker room and assigned a locker for the day. This was a locker room like no other! Once you are ready to roll and get back outside you are given a caddy. We did about a five minute range warm up and another five on the putting green.

A little bit about the course conditions to start. The temperature was 94 degrees and it was windy. You had to wait between gusts to hit.  The rough, fairway and greens were still at the tour conditions. In fact most of the tents were still up and a few were in the process of being taken down. Talk about fast greens! Glad we hit the practice green. The rough was about 4 inches deep but it was a soft airy type of turf. The ball would just disappear and you had to be right over it to see it. But if you found it you did not lose that much distance hitting back out as long as you came down on the back of the ball. Trying to sweep though was not an option. The fairways were fast as get out. I now can see why the Pro’s get so much roll. I’m a decent driver of the ball off the tee for my age but the distance increase was welcomed. You easily got another 25 to 35 yards. As an example on hole #13 a par five of 495yards I only had 200 yards left. The course layout was amazing. My only complaint was the sand in the bunkers. It wasn’t sand it was like very small stones. It’s hard to describe but here is a picture. I’m good out of the sand but if you got one of those pebbles between the ball and the club you didn’t know where it was going. And it was all hard packed.

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The caddy was young but was helpful finding any balls that missed the fairway. Unfortunately some of his suggestions on what yardage to hit on lay ups was a bit off and his reading of the putts for some of the guys was just ok. After several holes I turned him off in my head and just trusted my own judgement. Then I was playing much better. The pars started coming and then a birdie thrown in here and there. This was a challenging layout to say the least. You had to know where to hit and how far to hit and take into consideration the roll you were going to get.

On the first hole I learned what not to do. I hit a great drive but it kept on rolling, crossed the fairway and rolled in the fairway bunker. I learned the sand was not real sand and the bunkers are deep. You have to take your medicine and just get out. Now out and going for the green I only had 60 yards to green center. I hit a perfect lob wedge. High and right at the pin. It landed about 3 feet from the pin and the caddy said that was perfect. The ball was just barely crawling toward the cup then the wind picked up and now my ball was 20 yards off the green. Chip back up and two putt for a double.

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The second hole was the number 1 handicap hole and I made par which impressed the caddy. Not to mention I was pleased with myself after a rough opening hole. I got onto another par three and was the first to tee it up. I hit a great shot into the green and the ball sat about 15 feet from the pin. The other three guy hit but did not get on the green. Then another wind gust came and then my ball was gone. I get around the back side of the green and it was now 40 feet off the back. With the re-design of the golf course they rounded off all the greens to add challenge. Not fun for mere mortals. Another thing that was interesting. I never got to hit a 3 wood or a 5 wood all day. The par fives greens were so well guarded that going for them in two would be a life altering experience. The others in my group tried and failed miserably. I played smart, layed up and made pars. I don’t think I ever played a course with that many bunkers.

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  As we got toward the end of the round I was looking forward to hole 18 after watching it on TV. I hit a great drive on 18 leaving 192 yards to the uphill green surrounded by bunkers. Last hole no  no glory. I pulled my 7 wood and crushed it up onto the green 15 feet below the pin. My member friend said “in the 16 years I have been playing here with other friends and members, it was the first time he ever seen anybody on the green in two.” After finishing up I couldn’t have been happier with the day and the experience on the course. Let me say that the dining areas in the club house were nice and the food we had for dinner was amazing. I had a filet and it was probably one of the best I ever had (and I have been to a lot of good places). 

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Let me say that this course was no joke. Placement of the ball was critical. The worst round shot in the PGA Championship was an 80. So my goal was to break 80. Did I do it? No. But I was so freaking close with an 81. There were a few doubles, some bogies a bunch of pars and two birdies. The front nine was rougher on the score card due to figuring things out and learning that the caddy was not always right. I shot a 42 on the front. The back 9 I did on my own and pulled out a 39. The yardage was 6306 with a rating of 72.2 with a slope of 134. I think if I got to play it again I could pull off breaking 80 there.  My playing partners scores were 109, 101, and 93. The 93 came from another single digit handicapper.  

Sounds fun except the walking part ( for me) And I will debate you here old buddy you are more than a decent driver of the ball you crush it. You also crush your fairway woods. I will also say you had a great round for a first time on that course. I would also bet 2 to 1 that if you played that course a couple more times you could easily break 80 with your game. Even with a local caddie and a local player one has to get used to the lies you get in the rough and the texture of the traps for sure.

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6 hours ago, CarlH said:

Today was MGA day and the format was a Ryder Cup style game.  2 man teams, 6 best ball, 6 scramble, and 6 alternate shot.  I was very pleased with my personal play today.  Couple of oops, but good play all around.  Played the 6 best ball holes at 2 over gross (1 under net).  My partner and I came in at 4 under (net) for the round which gave us 4th place in our flight (flighted by tees played) which paid $0.00.  After the round, we had a nice shrimp boil dinner for the MGA that was really good!

Yep I love events like that now---- For me now it is not about money and prizes it is all about the fun. Basically even though it is a scramble our Saturday Shootouts are always like that.

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5 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

Sorry for the length.

My experience at Southern Hills is complete. It wasn’t a round of golf but rather an unforgettable experience. As soon as you get to the main gate you are greeted by an attendant in a suit. You pull up to the bag drop and your car is unloaded for you, your bags are put on a reserved cart. You are directed to the men’s locker room and assigned a locker for the day. This was a locker room like no other! Once you are ready to roll and get back outside you are given a caddy. We did about a five minute range warm up and another five on the putting green.

A little bit about the course conditions to start. The temperature was 94 degrees and it was windy. You had to wait between gusts to hit.  The rough, fairway and greens were still at the tour conditions. In fact most of the tents were still up and a few were in the process of being taken down. Talk about fast greens! Glad we hit the practice green. The rough was about 4 inches deep but it was a soft airy type of turf. The ball would just disappear and you had to be right over it to see it. But if you found it you did not lose that much distance hitting back out as long as you came down on the back of the ball. Trying to sweep though was not an option. The fairways were fast as get out. I now can see why the Pro’s get so much roll. I’m a decent driver of the ball off the tee for my age but the distance increase was welcomed. You easily got another 25 to 35 yards. As an example on hole #13 a par five of 495yards I only had 200 yards left. The course layout was amazing. My only complaint was the sand in the bunkers. It wasn’t sand it was like very small stones. It’s hard to describe but here is a picture. I’m good out of the sand but if you got one of those pebbles between the ball and the club you didn’t know where it was going. And it was all hard packed.

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The caddy was young but was helpful finding any balls that missed the fairway. Unfortunately some of his suggestions on what yardage to hit on lay ups was a bit off and his reading of the putts for some of the guys was just ok. After several holes I turned him off in my head and just trusted my own judgement. Then I was playing much better. The pars started coming and then a birdie thrown in here and there. This was a challenging layout to say the least. You had to know where to hit and how far to hit and take into consideration the roll you were going to get.

On the first hole I learned what not to do. I hit a great drive but it kept on rolling, crossed the fairway and rolled in the fairway bunker. I learned the sand was not real sand and the bunkers are deep. You have to take your medicine and just get out. Now out and going for the green I only had 60 yards to green center. I hit a perfect lob wedge. High and right at the pin. It landed about 3 feet from the pin and the caddy said that was perfect. The ball was just barely crawling toward the cup then the wind picked up and now my ball was 20 yards off the green. Chip back up and two putt for a double.

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The second hole was the number 1 handicap hole and I made par which impressed the caddy. Not to mention I was pleased with myself after a rough opening hole. I got onto another par three and was the first to tee it up. I hit a great shot into the green and the ball sat about 15 feet from the pin. The other three guy hit but did not get on the green. Then another wind gust came and then my ball was gone. I get around the back side of the green and it was now 40 feet off the back. With the re-design of the golf course they rounded off all the greens to add challenge. Not fun for mere mortals. Another thing that was interesting. I never got to hit a 3 wood or a 5 wood all day. The par fives greens were so well guarded that going for them in two would be a life altering experience. The others in my group tried and failed miserably. I played smart, layed up and made pars. I don’t think I ever played a course with that many bunkers.

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  As we got toward the end of the round I was looking forward to hole 18 after watching it on TV. I hit a great drive on 18 leaving 192 yards to the uphill green surrounded by bunkers. Last hole no  no glory. I pulled my 7 wood and crushed it up onto the green 15 feet below the pin. My member friend said “in the 16 years I have been playing here with other friends and members, it was the first time he ever seen anybody on the green in two.” After finishing up I couldn’t have been happier with the day and the experience on the course. Let me say that the dining areas in the club house were nice and the food we had for dinner was amazing. I had a filet and it was probably one of the best I ever had (and I have been to a lot of good places). 

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Let me say that this course was no joke. Placement of the ball was critical. The worst round shot in the PGA Championship was an 80. So my goal was to break 80. Did I do it? No. But I was so freaking close with an 81. There were a few doubles, some bogies a bunch of pars and two birdies. The front nine was rougher on the score card due to figuring things out and learning that the caddy was not always right. I shot a 42 on the front. The back 9 I did on my own and pulled out a 39. The yardage was 6306 with a rating of 72.2 with a slope of 134. I think if I got to play it again I could pull off breaking 80 there.  My playing partners scores were 109, 101, and 93. The 93 came from another single digit handicapper.  

It sounds like you had a great experience at Southern Hills and that's a great score, Tom. To be able to get that low with those conditions is a testament of how good your game is. I'm glad you had a good time and I hope you have a safe trip home. 

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3 hours ago, Micah T said:

75 today at the Siena club: I’m beginning to realize I’m good for about 5-6 bogeys a round, and it’s only a matter of if I’ll get any birdies to balance those out. Chip-in eagle and a birdie on the back 9 gave me a 39/36. Only 9/18 Gir but 9/14 Fir… got up and down like a boss today 6/9. Plus my wife shot her new personal best of 80!

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Good Shootin----- Hey there are not any pictures or explainations on the score card---- This may sound strange but these days my most fun rounds are those I scramble in. Of course for me it reminds me of my younger days playing. In those days my FIRs and GIRs literally sucked but I could get up and down out of a trash can. I think that is one of the reasons I enjoy my vintage golf so much. Good example I know darn well for a fact I can not hit a 2 iron 220 any more but will try anyhow and come up short by 40 yards or so. Next challenge getting it up and down and another fun factor for me is at least I tried to hit the 2 iron and that is fun within itself. Really now days I do not sweat the score except in the weekly Shootout and there I will try my best and I do have fun. Do not keep a real handicap only one for my purposes which there I do not know why since I do not take golf so seriously any more

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1 hour ago, fozcycle said:

Our greens were punched this week so we decided to go 20 miles op the road to Hernando Oaks. I shot 93 Tuesday then 89 Thursday.  Beautiful layout….Boys liked it so much we are going back this Tuesday.

 

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Nice scores for a course you don’t play often 

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14 minutes ago, cnosil said:

I am not a big fan of slow greens either.   All I can say is wow when you say you had 14 3 putts.   There is a course in my league that has notoriously slow greens;  it is just bang it hard straight at the hole because it probably won't break.  The only problem is that your brain struggles to make the huge swing for a putt.  

I had a really hard time getting my brain wrapped around hitting it harder. It surprised me they were running so slow, the course came under new management a little over a year ago and they completely resurfaced them and the couple of times I played, they were quicker. Next time, I'll just have to chip them closer. 😜

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Got out for the Father's Day round at a top area course that is tough to get a tee time at. It was upper 50s this morning which is crazy given it was low 100s when I played less than 48 hours prior. 

Drives were a little iffy, irons were great playing with a 2-3 club wind, chipped ok and back to 30 putts after the abysmal performance in the tourney. Birdies on the par 3 #11 and short #13. But penalties on #12 & #14 hurt. Shot 40/38 it was a good morning.

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Fairway: Titleist 917 F3 15*

Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro Boxer Gold 18*

Irons: Titleist 714CB 4-PW

Wedges: Vokey SM5 & SM6 50/54/58

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