I still question the worth of this rule.....I am retired, my playing partners are not, so I do play a lot of solo rounds. But what does posting or not posting matter?
I play with my friends, go home and post my score online, they are not looking over my shoulder, does it count?
I play at my home course with one other player I only know casually, we both keep our own scorecards, really could care less what the other person scores, does it count?
I play away at a course, I am paired up with 3 strangers, I play my round, never see them again, then post my score, does it count?
Nobody's called me yet to say these scores do or don't count, or ask who witnessed them. The concept behind the rule is supposedly to achieve more honest scores for handicaps, right? I can see no way it has ANY affect, other than penalizing the solo golfer and questioning his integrity.
I want to have an honest handicap that best reflects my abilities both good and bad, posting rounds I play with others would only be about 20% to 25% of my scores. With greater than 75% not being counted, it can only skew the results, not better reflect reality.
In the St. Louis area, private Bogey Hills CC opens itself to non-member preview days on a few Mondays each summer. You have to make a reservation, and the deal is:
Before 2 PM: $49.50 + lunch.
After 2 PM: $32.50 (no lunch)
Bogey mainly promotes this through Walters Golf Management, which runs the club.
The area's Big 4 clubs all have waiting lists, but some of the mid-level clubs have trimmed or eliminated initiation fees. Dynamic pricing now extends well beyond individual golf rounds.
It seems private country clubs often have calculated an "ideal" number of members, so that the facilities are maximized without being crowded.
The private country clubs often have tennis and swimming along with golf - and additional family activities - whereas the semi-private golf clubs normally just do golf.
I never believe handicaps. I thought at first that people lie to get more strokes, but it is just the opposite. When I see a 8 handicap, who( for example, drives the ball 220 from the regular tees), I highly question it. I think, "could this guy break 90 from the championship tees at Oakland Hills? The answer for anyone who claims to be a 8-15 is usually no.
Its super frustrating!! Theres all these simulators and the whole try before you buy but I cant hit a ball in a simulator to save my life. It makes me nuts!!!! How is one supposed to demo clubs when they can't hit it in the sim!?