They'll also continue to operate and grow. Heck, if they get Cam Smith, their "monopoly" argument takes a hit.
Which is probably not looked upon as "great" either. I'm not saying it's a big hit, but I imagine gaming the system like this aren't even viewed entirely neutrally.
You can place something under the front of that mat so when a ball drops down it bounces backwards into the net. Maybe a pool noodle. Topped balls will destroy that pool noodle though. "A friend" told me that... Also, I don't know how many balls you plan on hitting, but think about getting a pre-net to hang in front of the main net. I blew a hole through mine in less than a year. My replacement net has lasted over 3 years using small nets hanging in front.
Yes. His ball's location was not known. If we had gone back, I would have had to drop where he had hit from and he would have had to find his ball (which may have been in the water). He would have possibly had to deal with a lost ball and hitting the wrong ball.
I sort of did a rough calculation in my head. Go back, find the spot, probably hit the green and lie 4 with 2 putts for a six. Maybe a 5 or 7. Top prize is a $100 gift certificate. Plus, if I went back, #4 would probably go back, too. That would have created a real log jam. Better to take the medicine, play on, have a good story of what NOT to do.