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A Decision Made

mcanadiens

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Stopped by Miami Shores GC, Troy, OH yesterday evening, filled out the form and paid the money and now have my shiny yellow membership card.

Once reassured that most of my money will be refunded by Dayton, Miami Shores was an obvious choice for all the reasons in my previous post, but I really did consider my options thoroughly. 

The thought of simply bouncing around to various courses instead seemed like a good idea for a moment. Playing new courses or ones I haven't seen in years sounded adventurous. The reality of it, as a solo player, dispelled a lot of that. I did manage to get out to a few places. I saw Rocky Lakes Golf Course for the first time and played Windy Knolls for the first time in a long time. I also found a lot of jammed-pack parking lots and full tee sheets. Getting on courses as a single this year hasn't been easy.

At heart, I'm a homebody. I love the familiar. The odd visit to a place is nice, but I want a home course.

A canvassing of the various courses and there membership offerings confirmed that every other option was both more expensive and more distant. Sugar Isle and Homestead aren't far away and are nice enough courses, but they aren't nice enough to beat Miami Shores. There are actually some half decent deals at the higher-end public courses south of Dayton, but again, too far and too much. 

Now comes the tougher part for a somewhat anti-social type. When can I play and who can I play with?

I guess it will just take some time. Miami Shores doesn't have a men's association like we did at Kittyhawk. Those automatic 9 a.m. tee times on Saturday and Sunday were pretty handy. It occurs to me that I might need to be a bit more flexible if I'm going to get my rounds in. Perhaps, I should try playing 9 holes after work. Normally, it ought to be possible to get on the course by 6 and be done within a hour-and-a-half. With the course so close, I'd arrive at home by 8.

Any how, I've got my new home. Now its time to start breaking it in.

 

 



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4 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

Congrats on the the new home!

Thank you. 

By all means, if you want to exorcise the demons from your previous visit, let me know.

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3 minutes ago, mcanadiens said:

Thank you. 

By all means, if you want to exorcise the demons from your previous visit, let me know.

I definitely need to make head up there and conquer that beast.

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Congrats on your new membership.   Be social, drop your name at the pro shop, you'll find others that are probably in the same situation.   If you spend time on the range or putting green, that's a great way to meet like minded golfers.   

I'd have a membership at the local private course if I didn't have long term friends with whom I play frequently.   

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38 minutes ago, dennyjones said:

Congrats on your new membership.   Be social, drop your name at the pro shop, you'll find others that are probably in the same situation.   If you spend time on the range or putting green, that's a great way to meet like minded golfers.   

I'd have a membership at the local private course if I didn't have long term friends with whom I play frequently.   

Thanks.

Social is a chore for me, but I got a bit of a head start. There's a couple of chaps I've played with out there and the pro and his assistant know me. It was a big plus for Miami Shores that the pro makes a legitimate effort to match up singles.

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Personally, I would join the retiree with the regular 2pm tee time.  Having a regular game is a nice perk.  Not every day but once or twice a week works well.  We have developed a regular foursome and Tuesday game.  At the end of the round we always discuss where we are going next Tuesday and who will arrange the golf. 

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I used to have a regular foursome, but they're all staying in their homes and not leaving, even after courses were opened.  Perhaps overly cautious.  One guy hasn't left his house for 88 days!  I pick up supplies for him when needed.  I practice all-necessary precautions on the course, and then some, but get out in the fresh air to play golf.

I may have to follow Mcanadian's lead and find a new foursome...

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On 5/23/2020 at 7:54 AM, bkuehn1952 said:

Personally, I would join the retiree with the regular 2pm tee time.  Having a regular game is a nice perk.  Not every day but once or twice a week works well.  We have developed a regular foursome and Tuesday game.  At the end of the round we always discuss where we are going next Tuesday and who will arrange the golf. 

Ran into the chap yesterday at the course and mentioned to him that I hadn't seen him the couple of times I stopped out at 2 p.m. Seems he's a bit of a fair weather guy, so the threat of any rain will keep him home. 

I'm sure we'll get out sometime soon.

 

 

 

On 5/25/2020 at 4:48 PM, Double Mocha Man said:

I used to have a regular foursome, but they're all staying in their homes and not leaving, even after courses were opened.  Perhaps overly cautious.  One guy hasn't left his house for 88 days!  I pick up supplies for him when needed.  I practice all-necessary precautions on the course, and then some, but get out in the fresh air to play golf.

I may have to follow Mcanadian's lead and find a new foursome...

Your guys must be the only ones.

From what I can tell, everyone and anyone with a bag of sticks are trying to get on the courses around here. 

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