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Poll Results: Go golfing (9 or 18) by yourself?

  • 98% (354)
    Absolutely, there's nothing wrong with doing that.
  • 1% (6)
    It's a little lousy, wait until you get another or several before going to a course.
360 Total Votes  
post #217 of 226

I enjoy playing by myself. I use the time to practice. This summer I played at the crack of dawn sometimes before 5 AM. I belong to a 9 hole course and have been a member since it opened over 20 years ago. I know all the grounds crew and at least a few times per year I buy coffee and donuts for them. (Well worth it). 


There is nothing like the sun rising, and hitting the first drive down the middle. Saw a baby bear on the course this year, a beautiful sight.


In good weather if I get out of work on time I would often play 9 in the late afternoon. During the week in the afternoon I enjoy playing alone or with one of the other members. On weekends I play in the club tournaments or I play in the members sweeps.


I suggest that if you want to improve, it is best to play alone at sometimes but it helps to play in competition. Another suggestion is to try and play with players who are strong players.


My course closed for the winter this week. I plan on practicing some indoors at a local Golf Tech. Can't wait until February when I go to St Augustine, Florida for a week of golf. Staying at a resort on or near the Golf Hall of Fame. 


But alone or with a group it is still the best game going!

Edited by FWMS - 12/9/13 at 8:36am
post #218 of 226

I've played many times by myself.  When I go solo I prefer municipal courses because people are a little more relaxed about pairing up.  I almost always enjoy meeting and playing with new people.  Unless they are playing super slow.

post #219 of 226

I like playing with other people but I much rather play alone.  No particular reason,

post #220 of 226

I really enjoy playing a round by myself sometimes.  I think it is great for your game.  I drop balls at certain yardages, work on some chips and short game aspects and play out of fairway bunkers.


I love doing this when I'm really working on yardages and carry distances etc.  I'll note on my scorecard, how far i hit my clubs, am I missing left or right of target short or long, and trajectory etc.  I'll take one hole or two and simply play trouble shots out of trees, and from tough lies....  One of the most under rated shots in golf (IMO).. is a go to knock down (punch out) shot that you can keep 10-15ft or less off the ground and run it out 100-125 yards.  I'll pick a spot in between the trees that gives me a ceiling and a window and I'll work a couple out shots from there trying to both draw something through and fade something through the window. 


I rarely putt out when I'm in this type of practice mode.  My goal is working on my game tee to green and learning what I'm doing with the golf ball, I am by no means concerned about anything on the green putting wise.  I make sure that i don't hold anyone up - usually that isn't an issue as you play super fast anyway.


It's the perfect time to focus on different aspects of your game without any distractions....   It's like study hall for your game...  I absolutely love it (in moderation obviously).


I haven't done this in a while and now I'm thinking it's over due lol....  Thanks, glad I saw this thread, might play Monday (and not tell anyone but the people in this thread lol)!

post #221 of 226

The only issue I have with playing alone is sometimes I don't see the ball in flight. I've gotten pretty good at "feeling" where they go, though.

post #222 of 226

I've founf that I play my best golf when I'm alone. For some reason having to wait and chat with others affects my mojo when I'm on the course. I simply feel more focused. At the same time though, it is a lot of fun to play with other people who are of the same/better caliber as it pushes you to dial your game in.

post #223 of 226

Hey Guys 


Was really interested by this and ive got to say I think both have there appeals.


Playing by yourself you can try those shots or techniques you really want to incorporate into your game and also its nice sometimes to enjoy the peace and quiet for 9/18 holes




You will be hard pressed to beat the banter and overall comradery of a 2/3/4 ball. Having someone else there with you all enjoying the successes and failures during a round is really something that is unique to golf. Playing with a group is the best way to really feel a part of your club and make friends while enjoying this fantastic game.


Whichever way people play their golf.


Enjoy it! 


All the Best 


Peter Faragher 

post #224 of 226

If I waited for my friends to play (only 3 play) I would never play.   :doh:


I joined a local 9 hole course just so I can get in some practice.  The membership pays for itself after a few rounds.  It's a nice practice course, since it has 2 par 3s, 2 par 5s, and 5 par 4s.   Other than the par 3s, I can swing my driver.  I really enjoy when it's slow, because I'll play 2 or 3 balls each hole, couple of drives, and a many practice shots.


When I get paired with others, we talk golf.  Sometimes you learn a few things....either way it's always been fun.

post #225 of 226

Thought I would add, if it hasn't been mentioned...look on Meetup.  I'm a member of 2 local groups, so there's usually a group setting I can join every month or so...  B-)

post #226 of 226

I actually play most rounds by myself.  A lot of times because I have to play on weekend afternoons when it's not busy.  Where I play a lot of people just won't team up.   I also play Wednesday mornings religiously, and most of the regulars at that time are less than desirable.   I'm trying this year to make it a point to play with some of the newer people at that time.


The big problem that I have with playing by myself is that I have a hard time pacing myself.   I either lollygag or play too fast,

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