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The Leader In The Clubhouse

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mcanadiens

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A visit to Miami Shores yesterday affirmed its position as the number 1 option.

While selling me range balls, Club pro Kyler Booher confirmed for me that they are still selling their partial memberships. Doing the rough math, the pass justifies itself after the 25th round. A full membership would require 75 rounds before that would pay off.

It remains a concern how often I'd be able to get out. Miami Shores was stem-to-stern again yesterday and Kyler said that only two tee times remained open for Thursday (today). However, on my way to the range I ran into a ray of sunshine named Ralph. He's a retired fella that I've played with on half a dozen occasions. It seems anytime I play the course I'll eventually hear him yell "Hello William" from the next fairway over. Anyhow, he's got a standing 2 p.m. tee time and says I can join him and his buddy Bob whenever I'd like. 

The course itself is pretty basic, but is normally in decent shape for a muni. It's got a lot of straight holes with wide fairways. There is only one water hazard and the green-side bunkers are generally off to the sides instead of in front of the greens. Instead of fairway traps it has some "natural areas". Basically these are chunks of real estate they let grass and weeds grow. A ball is often just as dead in that stuff as if you splashed it. The greens are probably the most challenging aspect of the course. They are reasonably fast and undulated. If you end up above some of the holes, its a likely three putt.

So affordability? Check. Course difficulty (or lack there of)? Check.

Seemingly putting Miami Shores over the top is proximity. It's a five minute drive from home.  The worst case scenario is a shut out, but that disappointment is more easily dealt with when you aren't making much of a drive. I could walk there if I had to.

This card is just a bit dated as it still has Ken Green's name on it. But the course specs are all the same.

Miami Shores Golf Course - Course Profile | Course Database


 

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Congrats.   It seems you've found your solution to the other courses that have closed.    What consists of the limited membership?

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Just now, dennyjones said:

Congrats.   It seems you've found your solution to the other courses that have closed.    What consists of the limited membership?

Mostly it's just a discount on greens fees. You pay a chunk up front and then $6 per round after that. Hence the math I spoke of. They might have a few other little benefits. Maybe a locker, not that I need one.

The place is a muni, so no real fancy bells and whistles. They do have a nice new clubhouse and range that the City invested in last year.  

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Yeah. I called there yesterday and they were all booked up. He said he could try to squeeze me in, but I decided to go to Beechwood. This does seem like the best option for you, and if I recall, the course is very walk-able. I always played Kittyhawk because it's 10 minutes from home and even closer to work. You will play more golf when it's close and available. #2 sounds a bit iffy, but often you can sneak out and get 9 in after the crowds in the summer and play almost every night even if you don't get in all 9. I played quite a few 4-5 hole practice rounds on the old Hawk. I figured it was already paid for, so why not.

That's also a Donald Ross course. It must have been built on a Native American burial site. The one time I played there, I got every bad bounce possible. I walked off after I lost a ball that I striped straight down the fairway.

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20 hours ago, CarlSpackler said:

That's also a Donald Ross course. It must have been built on a Native American burial site. The one time I played there, I got every bad bounce possible. I walked off after I lost a ball that I striped straight down the fairway.

I don't know what to tell you. Can't really remember ever losing a ball in the fairway at Miami Shores.

It is a fact that the greens are pretty firm and the approaches can be if it hasn't rained in a while. Thin approach shots won't usually hold those greens.

Maybe you just had a bad day. 

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1 minute ago, mcanadiens said:

I don't know what to tell you. Can't really remember ever losing a ball in the fairway at Miami Shores.

It is a fact that the greens are pretty firm and the approaches can be if it hasn't rained in a while. Thin approach shots won't usually hold those greens.

Maybe you just had a bad day. 

It was either a bad day or that place is Satan's domain. I had a shot from the right rough with only a small tree (3" diameter trunk) in front of me. I hit that sucker square. I hope I killed the damn thing.

Do they not water the greens there? We got some good rain yesterday and expect some more today, so hopefully that will soften up things.

Sooooo... did you decide to get a membership there?

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11 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

Sooooo... did you decide to get a membership there?

Pretty much. Nothing else seems to make any sense.

The price is right and I'll eventually get most of my Dayton money back. 

I've played out there enough over the years that I know some people. Booher and his guys will try to get me on if they can and I can play with Ralph as long as I'm willing to listen to his political opinions.

Guess, I'll try to get that ball rolling this afternoon after the 1 o'clock clears out. 

 

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