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They Just Work

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Pros: Cheap, abundant, durable, biodegradable

Cons: Break slightly more often than plastic tees

I've been using Pride Golf's Prolength tees exclusively for several years now, and I don't intend to change any time soon. For just a few dollars, you get a seemingly endless bad of tees. By not using them on par-threes (I pick up an already-broken tee from the ground), I seldom break these, which effectively makes them last as long as any other tee. Not only do they rarely break, but unlike plastic tees they also don't bend, which means that even when the ground has frozen in the autumn, you can still get the tee in the ground. Though their slim design makes them slightly easier to lose than, say, a Brush Tee, you get so many of these tees in a bag that simply does not matter.

Leo J. Martin Memorial GC

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Pros: Solid value, nice atmosphere, good layout

Cons: Slow slow slow, lots of really old people that love to tell your stories about the 1940s, poor conditions

Leo J Martin is the quintessential muni course that can be found all over the country. Surrounded by nicer courses, Leo J Martin gets probably the least possible out of the nice location (near the intersection of Interstates 90 and 95, and on the banks of the Charles River) and actually decent design (GolfLink says it's a Donald Ross design, though it's not on the Donald Ross Society's list). The fairways and greens get totally baked by the end of summer on most holes and it can get quite soggy in the spring, so early summer is the best time to play. Leo J Martin is the type of course I like to play once a year just to get in some variety. If you focus just on the golf, it can actually...
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Hopedale Country Club

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Pros: Awesome value, nice layout, decent pace

Cons: Only 9 holes, website blows monkey chunks

Despite the fact that I live a few towns away, Hopedale has become my de facto home course over the last two years. At $20 for nine holes, it's a pretty solid value. They just built a huge new clubhouse after a fire burnt down the old one a few years ago, and the course is kept in pretty nice condition. Though the greens are usually pretty slow, stimping around or under 8 according to AimPoint, I've seen them get up to 10 on a few occasions, so I'd recommend spending a few minutes on the practice green before hand. The people there are nice (it seems like a pretty blue-collar place), and the course usually plays pretty fast. The layout isn't a Donald Ross by any means, but it's enough to...
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Deerfield Golf Club

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Pros: Decent shape, okay layout

Cons: Not a particularly inventive round of golf, only marginally fun

Deerfield is a microcosm of golf in Delaware. Most courses are similar. You can play a round for $60, or you can become a member for a few thousand. Both are overpriced for Deerfield IMO, not that there are many better options around. The staff isn't particularly great, and the pro shop isn't anything to write home about. The range is frequently devoid of grass. Deerfield simply isn't a very interesting layout, and it gets monotonous after just a few holes. The course is usually in pretty good shape, but that doesn't really make up for it. In the fat camp that is Delaware golf, Deerfield might be the skinniest kid, but it's still pretty darn fat. If it's your only option, sure, go for...
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Hopkinton Country Club

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Pros: Nice conditions, solid layout, fun course

Cons: Private, vastly overrated by the members, overpriced membership

Hopkinton Country Club, formerly Saddle Hill Golf Course, is tucked away in a densely wooded area of hilly suburban Boston. Hopkinton Country Club was turned private almost a decade ago, and attracts many wealthy golfers of the surrounding area (Hopkinton itself is one of the richer towns around). This gives the course a pretentious aura, which is further perpetrated by the head pro. As for the course itself, it's one that really lends well to playing a lot of times. The more you play the course, the more you discover the subtle intricacies that are built in. For example, it's pointless for most people to hit driver on the seventh hole. There are a couple hole where only the best players...
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Cyprian Keyes Golf Club

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Pros: Good conditions, can be challenging of easy, nice layout and clubhouse, awesome pro shop and range

Cons: Dreadfully slow, price

I've played Cyprian Keyes maybe a half-dozen times. I've enjoyed the course every time I've been there, that's never been the problem. The problem is that it's dreadfully slow. It seems to draw a lot of high school and college students as well as twenty-somethings that think they're the next Tiger Woods, and it takes them hours to hit a shot. That coupled with the long walks between some of the holes and a few blind shots can lead to five or even six hour rounds. You won't be disappointed by the greens or the fairways (though they can get a little soggy in the mornings), but if it's possible to go during an off-hour, go for it. Another upside is that they have the best par 3 course...
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Delcastle Golf Course

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Pros: Decent price, not very busy, decent fun

Cons: Lots of beginners, horrid course conditions, really really easy, overpriced for its conditions, nice rewards program

I've played Delcastle a few times, a few in the spring and a few times in the late summer/early fall. It's quite frankly the worst course I've ever played. The fairways are mostly crabgrass, and the greens are nothing to write home about. The bunkers are not well kept up, and the people who tend to play there aren't exactly in a hurry. Often I had no idea where the holes were going, and the yardage book is about four times the size of most books because of all of the full-page ads. It's cheap, but overpriced for the conditions. Though if you want a birdie fest, I highly recommend playing from the front tees.

Nike Men's Lunar Control

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Pros: Stability, Comfort, Looks, Price

Cons: Durability

I bought these towards the beginning of the season, and I haven't looked back. The shoes are extremely comfortable, as is Nike's reputation, and they also look great, once I got over the "I'm wearing Nike golf shoes and not FootJoys" stigma. In fact, I think they look great, even the lime green on the bottom looks cool. My favorite part is the stability of the sole. I've had shoes of the entire spectrum of stability: Adidas Powerbands are too stiff, some of the cheaper Nikes are too soft, and these (as well as my old Adidas Tour 360 3.0s) are perfect. They're also priced very well.

Ogio Grom Stand Bag review

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Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

I've had the Ogio Grom for a couple of months now, and though I haven't been able to play much, I'm convinced this is the best bag in the world. First off, the strap system. Very customizable and extremely squishy, it's the best I've ever seen. The Woode divider is also the best I've ever used, though it does have a tendency to bunch up in the corners. The handle is secure and durable, and the Zipperless Ball Pocket and outside ball holder are both very handy. The water bottle holder is handy, and the scorecard slot is a great place to put my Frogger brush. The valuables pocket can be tough to open, but I'll take that if it means good waterproofing. All in all, the best bag I've found,...
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Bridgestone Tour B330 Golf Balls

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Pros: Great distance, durability, plenty of options

Cons: Relatively low spin

From the conclusion of my review of all of the Bridgestone Tour B330 golf balls: No matter what type of game you play, Bridgestone has a golf ball for you. Serious players looking to compete at the highest level should check out the Tour B330 or Tour B330-S. Average swingers looking to still get a little grab around the green qualify for the Tour B330-RX or Tour B330-RXS. Need a little help finding your golf balls in the tall grass? The Tour B330-RX in Optic Yellow is you best bet. If you prefer to play pitch shots that fly to the hole and stop on a dime, the Tour B330-S or Tour B330-RXS should be right up you alley. Need to play bump and run shots around the greens? The Tour B330 or...
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