I like playing muni's and public courses. The people are nice and my kind of people. I am not rich or a great player. Some of my best times are with normal people who don't keep score, they respect the game, and have a good time. Some things I have noticed playing and watching golf.
It is hard to see a ball in the fairway that is over 250 yards from the T.
I have played from the white T for a long time. When grouped with strangers who play from the back or pro T, Sometimes I have been challenged and asked what kind of non conforming driver am I playing. I usually hit to the same area they do or are ahead of them.
I watched the ADT Challenge Match. As I remember it, I was surprised that Zack Johnson and Jerry Kelly, in the long drive competition, hit their drives and plugged them in a bunker about 249 yards from the T. Annika and Pressel both hit under 220.
At the local practice ranges in my area, the ranges hit down hill. I was surprised that most of the balls lie between 150 yards and 225 yards. The neighborhood kids ride their dirt bikes across the range in complete safety in the zone between 250 and 300 yard markers on their way to where they ride.
Have you ever wondered why there are no markers telling you how far your drives travel from the T.
Have you wondered why most golfers including low scorers don't keep handicaps or play for money.
Being able to play with real players who can really consistently score between 70 and 85 is a thrill. Most of the really good players play like I have heard Byron Nelson described - boring. In the fairway, on the green, one maybe two putts in the hole, or if they miss the green - a chip or pitch that almost goes in the hole and a tap in. And several putts that almost go in because the green is bumpy from use and abuse.
What does the average golfer shoot/play? They play golf, they respect the game, the course, and the players. And something they shoot a lot of Bull. But most importantly they have fun.