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    • Unfortunately not. First let me say that I am 68 years old and have had three lower back surgeries so my swing speed is not what it use to be. When I was playing my 'normal for me golf' before the shut down I would be within 50 yards of the green in 2 on a par 4 and walk off with a six! I usually can chip on successfully but never close, then I three putt, very frustrating. I know I need to get closer with my chip shots but around here there is no place to practice chipping off of grass. I use to go to a school yard with my shag bag but they put a stop to that. Chipping off a mat at the range really doesn't help. Then there is putting, three putts drive me nuts even from far away. I spend a lot of time on the practice green but I guess I need a drill or two to try to improve. I do par and birdie holes when I play, I don't want it to sound that bad, but those are rare.
    • I hadn't heard this.   Thanks.   We played Monday and the course had a plastic sheet on two bungee cords to separate players.   I'm not comfortable sharing a cart with a stranger although the risk is much less than going to the dentist.  
    • Six inches? You're riding closer to your playing partners than I do with my wife. Seriously though, even though it is outdoors and the risk is likely low, I don't think I'm ready to share a cart with a stranger.  I did partially share a cart with a friend two weeks ago - I walked most holes as my back was acting up and he served as cart caddie, but I did sit in the cart for 3-5 holes.  Didn't bother me, but it felt strange when I first sat down. 
    • Our Governor has announced a further loosening of restrictions.  Of specific interest to the golf course owners as well as many golfers was whether the One Person Per Cart rule was discontinued.  Someone in the Governor's office said yes, two people are now allowed in a cart in MI. I find it hard to believe that it is recommended or required to wear masks indoors but it is okay to sit six inches from a stranger for four hours.  Yes, it is sort of outdoors but hardly six feet of social distancing.  I expect all the other accommodations (no bunker rakes, flagstick in, shallow holes) will be rescinded, too.   Makes me wonder what info the Governor's committee has that tells them two people in a golf cart is okay.  Or did they just decide that if golfers want to sit together and risk illness, they would not stop us. Now I must make the decision as to whether I ride in cart with someone, friend or stranger.  I think right now I am going to walk.  No buddies or strangers in the cart.  
    • No-brainer for me; I go for making it a boring hole every time--a "left-half" layup that leaves me short of the left front fairway bunker, then a controlled wedge in.  That takes the penalty area, and most of the sand trouble out of play. 2H or 3W (~215y-235y) is a repeatable/go-to shot for me, even with what I'd assume would be OB left of the path.  I'd guess ~75% of the time I'd have a ~55y-80y wedge in with no real trouble in play on that shot, making a GIR likely with some putt at birdie or 2-putt par (just fine for me)--and completely eliminating the big number. I hit it fairly long--not 265y-carry-into-a-severe-headwind-long--but I can translate the scenario to my game.  It's just that my "mashed miss" is a push fade that the headwind would amplify, leaving me with all sorts of score-ballooning misses (penalty area, long bunker shot, etc.), while I'd only hit the green or have a manageable NGiR like 10-20% of the time at best--and even then, I'd still hardly ever make eagle with my short/putting game, and 5 or 6 would be much more likely. So I'll take the "chance at a 3 / boring 4" option every time.
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