Originally Posted by PJCdude
I understand where you're coming from. I've played rounds where I had a beer every 2 or 3 holes. I'm just stating from my experience that I seem to relax and play better with 2 beers on an 18 hole round. The times I started drinking more I tended to shoot worse. Now looking back you could say what came first the chicken or the egg, but I'm just stating my personal performance when it comes to playing while drinking moderately.
Also, I don't live within walking distance of any of the courses I play so I'm not gonna have much more than I already do and drive anyway. 1 or 2 beers is totally relaxing for me and I'm able to enjoy it without feeling "teased."
Yea, and I don't blame you. I'm fortunate to live close and also fortunate to get to play a lot of golf. A normal Saturday for me during the summer begins with about an 8:00 or 8:30 morning round where we all meet up and it's a dog fight. Everyone that tees off in our group is there to shoot low and to win. We chat like any good friends will do, but it's a serious round and everyone is trying to win. Occasionally a small wager is made, but it's typically just bragging rights.
Then that afternoon a lot of times we meet up again a few hours before dark. These are our relaxed drinking rounds. Sometimes they are 18 holes and sometimes just 9, but they are always a great time. Then we usually go back to the house and watch some baseball or something. I undoubtedly play worse when I drink though so on the rare occasions we have serious afternoon rounds, I don't bring the slightest amount of alcohol.
Everyone should do what is enjoyable to them. Like someone else said, I've seen guys pack an entire case into a cooler for their round. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, assuming they are respecting the course, other players, and aren't going to endanger anyone by driving themselves home. Golf is meant to be an enjoyable game, and that means different things to different people.