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55 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

 


I suppose I’m lucky, the local muni is usually in pretty good condition and it’s playable in less than 4 hours on a Saturday. I know a few who’ve walked it early in the day in less than 3 hours.
 

 

Most days our muni is pretty good; regulars in the morning and newbies and people looking for the twilight rate later in the day.  The days that are stupid are when they have tournaments where most people aren't regular players at the course.  We just had a Budget Blinds tournament this past weekend.  The course and the carts take a real beating.  It's why the course leases carts for only 3 years; they were starting to fall apart when we got new ones last week.

We only have one private course in town and it's way too expensive for me so I just learn to live with the muni experience and play when it's the least crowded.

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1 hour ago, M. Parsons said:

Congrats brother!!! Nice breakthrough! That wasn't with those Bridgestone e12's was it?

Sadly no. it wasn't the e12 that I was playing. I used my trusty TM P(a)'s. They NEVER let me down! 

Actually rewind the tape.. Played half the round with the P(a) and at the 11th hole, there were these 2 little shaggy towhead kids camped out with a big plastic wagon full of 12 count egg cartons selling balls. How can a golfer/father NOT appreciate that?! I picked up a dozen of Srixon (mostly Z star and Z star XV's!) Along with a Q star and Soft feel or 2. All mint! for $5. I should have bought 2 dz. Played an XV for the rest of the round and... what an awesome ball! Checks all the boxes for sure! The great thing is that you can pick them up for relatively low cost. I'll work my way through the rest of the Z Stars and see if it's worth making a switch but I was really impressed. 

Even more awesome was when I asked the kids what they were earning their money for, they said it was to go toward their family garden. I asked if their parents sent them out to do do this and they said no.. "we love taking care of our garden". The inner hippie in me smiled 🙂 

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Most days our muni is pretty good; regulars in the morning and newbies and people looking for the twilight rate later in the day.  The days that are stupid are when they have tournaments where most people aren't regular players at the course.  We just had a Budget Blinds tournament this past weekend.  The course and the carts take a real beating.  It's why the course leases carts for only 3 years; they were starting to fall apart when we got new ones last week.
We only have one private course in town and it's way too expensive for me so I just learn to live with the muni experience and play when it's the least crowded.

The Tournaments are a necessary evil. They do beat up the course and carts but do bring in much needed revenue. The course I belonged to in CT had Tournaments maybe once a week usually Wednesday and we lived with it. Our annual course fees were kept in check due in part to the “hit & giggle” golf events.


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9 minutes ago, Rickp said:


The Tournaments are a necessary evil. They do beat up the course and carts but do bring in much needed revenue. The course I belonged to in CT had Tournaments maybe once a week usually Wednesday and we lived with it. Our annual course fees were kept in check due in part to the “hit & giggle” golf events.
 

I understand, but they put a crimp in my wife's playing schedule.  Weekends are unavoidable.  These "mini" tournaments might have 50 players so they don't take up the whole course.  That happened last Sat.  Three different small groups on the course; we were sandwiched between them.

The problem for my wife, who's not retired is that during the week she can only play after 5pm.  Well, Mon-Tue-Wed are league nights, so no play.  In the spring we played on Thu-Fri.  But recently, the course has had tournaments that have a 1pm shotgun start, and they are not done until after 6pm.  I keep telling her that the solution is for her to retire, and then she can play in the morning any day she wants!!!

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... Tournament are one thing but outings are quite another. Too many courses bak outings without ending out who will be playing. I played behind a wake outing where the deceased requested Hooters girls drive the beverage cart with free alcohol (never a good idea) and most in the group had never played golf. Finally on the back 9 after running into several holes with goldfish filing the cup and not one but 2 carts in the water, they called the police and had them removed.  Not the fault of the wake outing and clearly the fault of the course that should have asked questions before booking the outing. 

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Actually rewind the tape.. Played half the round with the P(a) and at the 11th hole, there were these 2 little shaggy towhead kids camped out with a big plastic wagon full of 12 count egg cartons selling balls. How can a golfer/father NOT appreciate that?! I picked up a dozen of Srixon (mostly Z star and Z star XV's!) Along with a Q star and Soft feel or 2. All mint! for $5. I should have bought 2 dz.


I love kids like that. There’s a course I play in RI that always has a group of them on one of the holes that abuts a neighborhood and I always make sure to have an extra $5 in my pocket to grab some balls from them.


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1 hour ago, chisag said:

... Tournament are one thing but outings are quite another. Too many courses bak outings without ending out who will be playing. I played behind a wake outing where the deceased requested Hooters girls drive the beverage cart with free alcohol (never a good idea) and most in the group had never played golf. Finally on the back 9 after running into several holes with goldfish filing the cup and not one but 2 carts in the water, they called the police and had them removed.  Not the fault of the wake outing and clearly the fault of the course that should have asked questions before booking the outing. 

Also how you end up with six-plus hour outings... Never again.

I understand the logic, however. My home course had an outing Sunday starting at noon. 108 golfers. The owner charges around $50/golfer, which includes 18 holes, cart and brat/hot dog. $5,400 guaranteed early in the season when the outing is booked. Doubt he makes that much on a weekend otherwise, since he charges $30 for 18 with cart normally. That's a lot of tee times to fill for a course like his.

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2 hours ago, russtopherb said:

 


I love kids like that. There’s a course I play in RI that always has a group of them on one of the holes that abuts a neighborhood and I always make sure to have an extra $5 in my pocket to grab some balls from them.


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Not sure how old/young you are but I'm 40 which means I was a kid in the 80's. I couldn't have been more than 8 years old when I remember selling baseball cards on the street corner, going door to door soliciting lawn mowing/edging services and lugging my dad's lawn mower and hedge trimmer all over creation in the summer.. and Snow shoveling in the winter (Utah/Wyoming). Had a 4 a.m. paper route when I was 12 in Fresno and worked PT at 15 1/2 with a work waiver signed by my folks and all through HS. As far as I was concerned, this was normal kid stuff and didn't see things any other way.. I just scratch my head at most kids these days.. Even more sad is that they scratch their head at me wondering why I even did a thing called "work".

The kids on the golf course working to improve a family garden are definitely a rare breed these days

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There's a balance that has to be achieved. I have worked at and belonged to private clubs and in the budget they figure in outside events, without them the dues would be a lot higher. Muni's do the same thing, unfortunately sometimes they chase a dollar at the detriment of regular play. Most of the time in the grand scheme of things the events don't equal to a whole lot of no play days, but we have all been behind one or affected by one and it leaves a bad taste in our mouth. 

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15 hours ago, golfertrb said:

I went into more detail in the Z STAR and Z STAR XV Review thread but I shot a PB 61 today - including a 29 on the back nine! To say I was in "The Zone" is an understatement. I was playing at Lincoln Park West and I needed to birdie 17 and 18 for a 29 on the back. I hit 2 Crossover on 17th tee - middle of the fairway. I had 132; hit 9 iron to about 15ftt and jarred the putt. Now I'm really feeling the juices flowing. I hook my 3 wood on 18 but I only have 117 left but I'm in a birds nest of a lie in the Bermuda rough. I hit pitching wedge to about 12 feet setting up a perfect uphill putt - never a doubt. 

I included pictures of shots and my card in the other thread. Here's a link:

 

Congrats on the 61!!  I shot a 61 once...then I had to play the other half of the 18 hole round 😁😅😂🤣

 

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Not sure how old/young you are but I'm 40 which means I was a kid in the 80's. I couldn't have been more than 8 years old when I remember selling baseball cards on the street corner, going door to door soliciting lawn mowing/edging services and lugging my dad's lawn mower and hedge trimmer all over creation in the summer.. and Snow shoveling in the winter (Utah/Wyoming). Had a 4 a.m. paper route when I was 12 in Fresno and worked PT at 15 1/2 with a work waiver signed by my folks and all through HS. As far as I was concerned, this was normal kid stuff and didn't see things any other way.. I just scratch my head at most kids these days.. Even more sad is that they scratch their head at me wondering why I even did a thing called "work".
The kids on the golf course working to improve a family garden are definitely a rare breed these days


I’m 43 and did pretty much all that too, along with my brothers


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15 hours ago, golfertrb said:

I went into more detail in the Z STAR and Z STAR XV Review thread but I shot a PB 61 today - including a 29 on the back nine! To say I was in "The Zone" is an understatement. I was playing at Lincoln Park West and I needed to birdie 17 and 18 for a 29 on the back. I hit 2 Crossover on 17th tee - middle of the fairway. I had 132; hit 9 iron to about 15ftt and jarred the putt. Now I'm really feeling the juices flowing. I hook my 3 wood on 18 but I only have 117 left but I'm in a birds nest of a lie in the Bermuda rough. I hit pitching wedge to about 12 feet setting up a perfect uphill putt - never a doubt.

 

... Truly an amazing achievment. Most professional on the PGA and LPGA have not shot 61's. Congrats!

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2 hours ago, russtopherb said:

 


I love kids like that. There’s a course I play in RI that always has a group of them on one of the holes that abuts a neighborhood and I always make sure to have an extra $5 in my pocket to grab some balls from them.


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In the Baltimore City courses I've played, on a few of the blind dogleg holes, you'll never find your ball in the fairway.  Those "enterprising" kids takes the ball before you get to it in the fairway and try to sell you your own ball...

 

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19 minutes ago, azstu324 said:

Not sure how old/young you are but I'm 40 which means I was a kid in the 80's. I couldn't have been more than 8 years old when I remember selling baseball cards on the street corner, going door to door soliciting lawn mowing/edging services and lugging my dad's lawn mower and hedge trimmer all over creation in the summer.. and Snow shoveling in the winter (Utah/Wyoming). Had a 4 a.m. paper route when I was 12 in Fresno and worked PT at 15 1/2 with a work waiver signed by my folks and all through HS. As far as I was concerned, this was normal kid stuff and didn't see things any other way.. I just scratch my head at most kids these days.. Even more sad is that they scratch their head at me wondering why I even did a thing called "work".

The kids on the golf course working to improve a family garden are definitely a rare breed these days

 

... Good to hear  youngsters are still hitting it hard. 66 and I started out selling flower seeds door to door, progressed to TV Guides then a paper route waking at 5am and delivering before school. And of course mowing lawns with a push blade "mower". My Dad was in the Army and Mom stayed home taking care of 3 kids and we were dirt poor. Literally a dirt yard on the Army base. If I wanted to buy anything for myself I had to work to get it. I love seeing kids working at young ages as it teaches them the value of money, something many take for granted today. 

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1 hour ago, chisag said:

 

. I started out selling flower seeds door to door, progressed to TV Guides then a paper route waking at 5am and delivering before school. And of course mowing lawns with a push blade "mower". My Dad was in the Army and Mom stayed home taking care of 3 kids and we were dirt poor. Literally a dirt yard on the Army base. If I wanted to buy anything for myself I had to work to get it.

 

Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.

..and you try and tell the kids of today that! 

They won't believe you! 😉

 

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9 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

 

Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.

..and you try and tell the kids of today that! 

They won't believe you! 😉

 

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House? You were lucky to live in a HOUSE!

 

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Absolutely thrilled with my round tonight - not because of my score, but because for the first time in nearly 2 years my back was free of pain/discomfort/tightness. My swing felt much freer tonight and I hit tee balls well, hitting 5/6 fairways (still only 3w off the tee). I was also smoking my irons, which is good, but I was long on quite a few holes. Chipping sucked, though. Putting was pretty good. 
I shot 44 (+9) with 15 putts. 

No pain!! Awesome, great news


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My Monday walking round was on Tuesday this week.  Yesterday, there was a Pro-Am at my course so no play.  Our region has a Pro-Am every Monday somewhere within 120 miles.  I used to play in them occasionally years ago because some were on private courses that I could never play.  I was a 20 'cap but the max for the Pro-Am was 16.  I never did very well obviously, except one time at a course near Yakima.  There was a big wind storm on Sunday and limbs were down all over the course, and the wind was still blowing 20-25 mph when we played.  I couldn't hit any wood very well because of my huge slice, and the wind would play havoc with that.  So, I hit 5i, 5i, 9i or wedge on most par 4's and 5's.  Got 3rd place in the highest flight.  Everyone else apparently couldn't hit drivers in the wind either, but kept trying.

Back on topic... there was just two of us walking today.  A 77-year old single in a cart who we met on the range joined us.  Nice guy... graduated from Arizona State.  So, we had ASU, UW, and OSU playing today.  It was clearly a social round with a lot of chit chat; I didn't even keep score, but I think I was +3 for 9 holes.  I think he might be joining us from now on.

My usual playing partner is a longer hitter than I am; he's been playing for 60 years and has a nice swing.  Typically, if we both hit good drives, he's 20-30 yards past me, but I have a better short game so we are usually pretty even.  Today, I was outdriving him on most every hole.  On a 350y par 4 I drove my ball to 98y from the middle of the green, and I was 20y past him.  Hit my 2nd shot to 12 feet but missed putt.  I've been missing a lot of putts lately; need to spend a day on the putting green.

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