My wedges are a standard PW (48 degrees), gap wedge (52 degrees), sand wedge (56) and lob wedge (60). The PW and gap wedge are part of my regular set of irons but the sand and lob are Vokeys. I always practice a lot with the sand wedge and lob wedge to be able to hit multiple shots around the green and they were pretty worn down. They are both around 8-10 year old Vokey wedges, one with mid bounce and another with high bounce. We got a new greenkeeper two years ago who has really turned our course into a hard and fast track, which is great IMO, that is how it should be. The bunkers have all been redone as well and are generally very firm. I found last season that my high bounce lob wedge wasn't working very well outside of greenside shots out of the rough The pro just got in a bag full of Vokey demos and I took a couple for a test drive this weekend, a 56 with 8 bounce and the 60 with around 10. It was a revelation. I was able to pitch much better and hit better sand shots. I also noticed that the ball came off the club with a better trajectory and the pro told me that the ball was probably rolling up my club face on my old clubs because the grooves were becoming almost non-existent. I hadn't planned on an investment in wedges but it is time.
I do wonder what the golf course and homeowner have done to try and get a solution together prior to installing the tall net - or if the discussion was initiated poorly from the get go. Offering to pitch in with the course to plant a few strategic trees would seem to be the most diplomatic first contact.
and this - "the quaint and environmentally friendly image"... and the direct appeal to the 'woke' members of the city council...I hate that. What's the truss structure there - a cell tower? a windmill? it's look pretty industrial, seriously a net isn't that much worse.
You know what's environmentally friendly? letting your kids get killed by a stray golf ball screaming into your pool. I suspect the owner and the course likely started this conversation with mutual belligerance....
As some have already said, as far as my long game goes, any ball will really do. Though, I don't like the hard feel of some of the balls. Typically, I use Chrome Soft balls. I have learned how they react to my short game. I never pay full price. I usually pay about $20-25/dozen on LostGolfballs.com.