not important to me at all really. I suppose it all depends on what sort of golfer you are. If you are the sort that wants to play in comps or the measure of how your game is improving is how much your handicap has dropped then its a good thing to keep you focused.
If you are like me and a weekend rec golfer then sometimes the idea if a handicap can become more of a hinderance to enjoying them game. For me, how a round makes me feel is far more important than the score or getting the handicap cut.
There is no wrong answer to the OP question in my mind.
No issues here with golfnow - I only use it for hotdeals and to check which courses are least busy. always check the course directly though before paying a booking site.
and especially in the fall where I'm at, the course might have fall and twilight rates that aren't on the website - have to call to be sure
Absolutely this! Only bad recycles I got were a couple of boxes of ProV1s from Academy a few years ago. They looked great, but played a full club+ short. Every ball from both boxes were dead; the covers had slight separation from the core. I get them online now (KNet) and have been very pleased.
Best club deal I ever got was in 1992. A retired rich fella at my dad's work had bought a full set (3i-LW) of Callaway S2H2 irons for ~$1800. Within 2-3 rounds, he decided he didn't like 'em...offered 'em to my dad for $250! Dad got them for me and I worked the $$ off. I played them up until I bought my Mizunos ~2.5 years ago. I still have 'em, and I think they are still great irons. Definitely long, and much more workable than my JPX825s, just not quite as forgiving. IMO, the best Callaway irons I ever hit, and it isn't close.
I checked today. There is a course by me that has customer appreciation this week and only the cost of the cart to play, $16. Golfnow hotdeal is $20 plus the $3.49! It pays to do your homework.
Another course near me is priced about $4 cheaper than Golfnow. That's not much of a deal.