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I believe that the course architect's message to a golfer standing on this tee is that sometimes "short" holes are NOT birdie holes. In this case, a directionally accurate tee shot is required regardless of the club selected. Then a distance and directionally accurate second shot is required from an uphill lie, and where GPS and rangefinders are essentially useless in determining the effective distance to the pin due to the severe uphill. Then you need a healthy dose of...
 I'd been thinking the same thing, but don't know how to use the ruler thingy.  More likely that his shot drifted just a bit right and caught the "polar vortex" at about 280.  (Great name, by the way!) The fairways were soft enough that we weren't getting a whole lot of roll.
 Interesting article, but way too complicated to read at the end of a long day. The easiest way to visualize this is to look at the ancient history of the Old Course at St. Andrews.  Most accounts have the course beginning with 12 holes in the ground arranged linearly, roughly in the shape of a 2 mile long backwards question mark.  Play began next to the first hole in the ground, hitting toward the second hole in the ground.  Tees were not invented until much later, so...
I have also attended all types of events: PGA, mini tours, Seniors, LPGA, silly season, and amateur; both regular events and majors.  Three factors stand out to me as tending to make the event most enjoyable, as follows:   1.  The ability to follow some of my favorite players, regardless of age or gender (Couples, Mickelson, McIlroy, Wie, Creamer)   2.  Tournaments featuring players close to my age (senior), who are playing the game more-or-less the same way I am...
 Agreed.  My 12 ball quick swing warm-up when I'm pressed for time is all about "calibrating" that rhythm for the day, 3-4 balls each with a PW, 6 iron, and driver, progressing from a 1/2 swing to a 3/4 swing to a full swing.  I'm not trying out any swing changes.  Its more about getting relaxed and comfortable, to eliminate the tendency to over-crank and smother the first couple real swings. Of course, before I even get to the course, I will have done 10-15 minutes of...
 About 10 years ago, the club I belonged to closed their (free) driving range for an entire season to rebuild it.  During the year it was closed, the average handicap of the entire membership went up over two strokes!  This difference would be even more significant if you could factor in the (unknown) percentage of members that never used the range at all. Even a quick 5 minute warm-up of say a dozen balls can make a huge difference in how well you play the first few...
 Yes, the roll off at the back of the green that causes so many approaches from the 16th fairway to go over the back, appears as somewhat more of a receptive bowl when approached from the 15th fairway at about a 60 degree angle to the 16th fairway.
Now that a whole 'nother batch of posters has seen this hole, I suspect there will be renewed interest in this thread.   I am curious, did anyone spot the alternate way to play this hole, either on purpose or by accident?  That would be a high fade driver (or 3 wood) about 240 yards up the 15th fairway, and a full wedge or 9 iron to the green.  Depending on tee position, this is not always possible due to several trees separating the holes, but the landing area is...
I had a 1-iron with a set of Titlest DCI's about 25 years old IIRC.  DCI's were an early attempt to make forged cavity back clubs, and at the time seemed pretty easy to hit.  I think I was getting about 210 carry with it, at a time when my driver carry was about 240.  The thing I remember most was the amazing top spin roll out, sometimes 40-50 yards or more in dry conditions.   I do not have a machine to measure lofts, but I compared the club with about a 10 year old set...
 Ditto. Also, thanks to everyone who traveled halfway around the world to come to Erie (or so it probably seemed) and contribute to the fun. Last, thanks for welcoming this relative newcomer into the group.  I promise to post more in the future. The next time any of you are in town - I am always happy to show people around one of my all-time favorite golf courses.
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