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On 4/25/2020 at 6:56 PM, Bonvivant said:

All my Daytonians will be happy to know that they repaved the tunnel! @topoftheline89 and I played Sugar Isle today and I shot my best round ever on a full length course (43-43-86). @mcanadiens @CarlSpackler

I played Sugar Isle on Friday and they had a hole on the other end of the tunnel with a board sticking out of it. I had to lift my trolley over the thing. 

Nice score @Bonvivant. If they ever open Dayton back up, I bet you'll be taking in some $ in Duck's game if you play.

As for me, I'm not quite ready from prime time yet and have been treating everything as practice only. It's getting there. Birdied a par 5 on the front. Parred the island green and a few others. The rest we won't mention.

 

 

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Right. Aim for the tree and most of us will be good 😜

Here is the tunnel I was talking about wih @topoftheline89 for reference, and yes, carts really do fit through there.

The proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel".  Oh no, that's just Bonvivant...

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22 minutes ago, mcanadiens said:

I played Sugar Isle on Friday and they had a hole on the other end of the tunnel with a board sticking out of it. I had to lift my trolley over the thing. 

Nice score @Bonvivant. If they ever open Dayton back up, I bet you'll be taking in some $ in Duck's game if you play.

As for me, I'm not quite ready from prime time yet and have been treating everything as practice only. It's getting there. Birdied a par 5 on the front. Parred the island green and a few others. The rest we won't mention.

 

 

I have secret intel that the date on the CoD site (May 1st) is actually going to be the date of opening, so a happy Friday this week indeed. The hole was still there when we played on Saturday, so hopefully they will patch it soon. Luckily my Clicgears wheels are wide enough so I just had to do a hard front wheel lift.

As far as my game, Saturday was by far the best score I've had (besides a 76 on Dales which felt about the same in performance). The used AP2s that I picked up are a hefty improvement over my Nike blades when it comes to my performance, and they are still small enough for me to look at without thinking that I have a shovel in my hands. I went to the range in Franklin last Wednesday, and the yardages are night and day compared to the Nikes as well. Nike 7 iron was my 130 club, and AP2 7 iron was my 155-160 number. Quite the difference. The lofts are only 2 degrees stronger on the AP2s (if they are stock which I have no clue if they are or aren't) but they are going so much farther. I may have picked up a big of speed this winter because my new 52 degree wedge is going 100-105 whereas my 53 degree Nike was only going 80 on full swings last year.

I feel like I should be singing "A Whole New World", lol.

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On 4/25/2020 at 9:06 PM, bkuehn1952 said:

I have never played Riviera, with a bunker in the middle of the 6th green.  I have played Doonbeg (now Trump International Ireland) and they have a bunker in the middle of the 12th green.  Anyone played or know of another hole with a bunker in the middle of a green?

That's the only one I've played with a bunker in the middle.  And apparently the folks at Doonbeg have rethought Norman's design, Google Earth shows that the bunker is no longer there.

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I played my first round of the post-lockdown season at a local muni named Green Oaks.  A unique feature of this course is that one of the employees has a hobby of raising honey bees, and obviously, collecting honey.  The hives are well away from the playing area, maybe 50 yards right of the 5th tee.

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On 4/27/2020 at 8:38 AM, DaveP043 said:

That's the only one I've played with a bunker in the middle.  And apparently the folks at Doonbeg have rethought Norman's design, Google Earth shows that the bunker is no longer there.

Sounds like those folks have some common sense. I find bunkers in the middle of greens gimmicky, as I do trees in the middle of a fairway! Stripe a drive right down the middle and you have tree trouble? What the heck?..

 

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29 minutes ago, Buckeyebowman said:

Sounds like those folks have some common sense. I find bunkers in the middle of greens gimmicky, as I do trees in the middle of a fairway! Stripe a drive right down the middle and you have tree trouble? What the heck?..

A bunker in the middle of a green is dumb.

A tree in the middle of the fairway I care less about. Don’t hit your drive in the middle, then. I’ve seen bunkers in the middle of fairways and people know to avoid them, but for some reason they don’t if it’s a tree?

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Happy for you that you have that kind of control! I'm thinking of a particular course, with a tree in the fairway, that gives you maybe 15-20 yards on the right of the tree, and 10 yards on the left to fit a drive into! I don't recall Tour tolerances as that tight! It's just ridiculous! 

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7 minutes ago, Buckeyebowman said:

Happy for you that you have that kind of control!

Not sure where you’re getting this from. All I said was don’t hit it in the middle of the fairway. You know, towards the tree.

8 minutes ago, Buckeyebowman said:

I'm thinking of a particular course, with a tree in the fairway, that gives you maybe 15-20 yards on the right of the tree, and 10 yards on the left to fit a drive into! I don't recall Tour tolerances as that tight! It's just ridiculous! 

What course and hole?

High Bridge Hills Golf Course has a tree in the fairway on the 9th hole. Don’t put the tree in play. Seems kind of obvious, honestly.

Pebble Beach has a tree in the fairway on the 18th.

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1 hour ago, Buckeyebowman said:

Stripe a drive right down the middle and you have tree trouble? What the heck?..

You can do that? So what’s the problem with striping it down the left or right side?

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4 minutes ago, Vinsk said:

You can do that? So what’s the problem with striping it down the left or right side?

Right. Aim for the tree and most of us will be good 😜

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14 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

A tree in the middle of the fairway is kind of like a bicycle in the middle of a bowling alley or a six-pack in the middle of a pool table.

And yet you love Pebble Beach...

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8 minutes ago, billchao said:

And yet you love Pebble Beach...

Ah, you must be referring to those damn trees in the fairway on number 18.  And what's with the damn ocean down the left side of the fairway? 😁

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On 6/4/2020 at 9:12 PM, Buckeyebowman said:

Oh! You're one of those people who expect golf to be fair. it is not! Just because you are in the fairway guarantees you nothing, except that you can hit off of short grass! 

 

12 hours ago, Buckeyebowman said:

I find bunkers in the middle of greens gimmicky, as I do trees in the middle of a fairway! Stripe a drive right down the middle and you have tree trouble? What the heck?..

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How has nobody reference Tobacco Road yet? 
Too many holes with interesting features to just name one or two; my travel group has played it twice as the course we stop at on the way back to the airport after our trip the the Sand Hills. Most like it, a couple hate it - saying all it lacks is a clowns mouth to hit through. It is a very different course built by Mike Strantz, with several holes that are the definition of target golf. But I think it is a fun layout and it generates lots of conversation.

On 4/25/2020 at 9:06 PM, bkuehn1952 said:

I have never played Riviera, with a bunker in the middle of the 6th green.  I have played Doonbeg (now Trump International Ireland) and they have a bunker in the middle of the 12th green.  Anyone played or know of another hole with a bunker in the middle of a green?

You should get up to Forest Dunes, the original course is actually 19 holes - the last hole being a short par 3 with a sandtrap in the middle, when I've played it it seems like if you are on the wrong side of the trap you just pick up, as the purpose of the hole is really to settle any bets that were pushed.

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On 6/5/2020 at 9:48 PM, billchao said:

Not sure where you’re getting this from. All I said was don’t hit it in the middle of the fairway. You know, towards the tree.

What course and hole?

High Bridge Hills Golf Course has a tree in the fairway on the 9th hole. Don’t put the tree in play. Seems kind of obvious, honestly.

Pebble Beach has a tree in the fairway on the 18th.

You wouldn't know it. #9 at Flying B GC near Salem, OH. Yes, and we only see Pebble being played by pros! Which we are far from being! 

On 6/5/2020 at 10:25 PM, Vinsk said:

You can do that? So what’s the problem with striping it down the left or right side?

If you read my OP, you will see that it's about 15 yards on one side of the tree, and about 10 yards on the other! Are you really that accurate?! Hell, the pros might have trouble with those dimensions! But the distance says they would just blow their drives right over the top of the tree! We mortals don't have that option!

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54 minutes ago, Buckeyebowman said:

f you read my OP, you will see that it's about 15 yards on one side of the tree, and about 10 yards on the other! Are you really that accurate?

Didn’t say I was ...you did. ‘Stripe it down the middle’ you said. So...is the tree 15 yards wide? 

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