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I've been harping about this forever - give people space

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10 hours ago, WUTiger said:

A few seasons ago I was practicing my chip shots on the practice green at my club. I'm at top of my backswing when a little girl in her Sunday dress runs into the middle to the green and picks up a golf ball.

I caught myself, said hi to her, and then went over and told her dad that missie had wandered into harm's way. Dad got upset with me because I supposedly didn't like children, and I responded that it was a shame I cared more for his daughter's safety then he did.

Dad said he was going to report me to the pro. Five minutes later, he emerges briskly from the clubhouse with an angry head pro in trace, yelling at him. I never saw dad again.

Missie was a cutie, but dad wasn't.

If you have to bring a child to a driving range, I was gonna suggest a child tether (or even a dog leash, my dog doesn't seem to mind) and a big box of toys, if they don't hit and you have to bring them...better to have your toddler playing under a guy swinging a metal object at over 100 MPH or collecting balls on the range without the protection of the pick cart...but that will upset someone...let them find their way...forbid me missing an hour at the range

As another lefty said, we seem to be magnets for talkers/wannabe instructors. 

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When I go to the range I usually just throw out a few balls at a time. If someone sets up next to me on an uncrowded driving range

 I just pick up the few balls, throw them back into my bucket and  move. The only time I really would move would be if I was working on something in my swing. Those times I want to be alone so I can concentrate.

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This happened to me today. There were maybe 5 people at the range, with 20ish stalls. I pick a stall with nobody near by and the next person that came to the range plopped down right next to me. 

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I like using the stalls at either end. Most ranges have fence or a row of trees/bushes running along each side. I use those, and one of the flags to mark off a fairways. My focus is to keep the ball in my made up fairway.

My favorite side is the one where the teaching pro resides. Every once in while, when business is slow they might offer a tip or two. If it's a good tip, I make it worth their time.

Hopefully no one is there already, since I am not real bashful about most things.  

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Lol I never see this problem. All ranges I go to are just areas, no stalls. The divot bomb zones are definitely a problem though.

I try to take divots like in the picture that someone posted (and multiple people quoted) but I'll also move in so that it's one square at the end of my session. I was told by someone (cant remember who) that the greens crew would rather re-sod an area with one piece than a bunch of chunks or replacement grass.

But now that I think about it.... I'm pretty sure all ranges I go to don't even re-sod... I think they just sand-fill. So Maybe I'm making the problem worse for them? :hmm:

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