Yes. I was going to take a caddie. I would rather just carry or roll but I thought "what the hell", just walk around and check out the views. I played Pebble Beach about 20 years ago so I'm looking forward to seeing it. Hopefully I can play well but really not so much worried about that. This is the first time for the wife so she will eventually decide on a caddie or carry ourselves. We have a couple days of tickets for the Masters on Tuesday and Wednesday so we are gonna hang out there for a few days and then back home before our trip to Pebble. If anybody knows or any good wine vineyards in the area, please let me know. We are hoping to take a day and try to go to one or two if they aren't too far away.
Congressional CC is a pretty well-respected courses, I don't have enough expertise to call it "great", but maybe it is. Its certainly good enough to have hosted the US Open a few times. For a long time, the Kemper Open was played at Congressional every summer. Then the tournament was moved to newly built TPC Avenel, which was clearly NOT anywhere near a great course. But it was a good move for the PGA Tour, they no longer had to pay Congressional for the use of their facilities.
No, there's no confusion on my end. Perhaps on yours.
Your reply, to summarize, was that the reactions you're reading here are just typical Internet knee-jerk reactions to say "no, no, no" to any new idea.
And my response says "that's not what's happening here."
People have given you very real reasons.
Because it would fail. For reasons given and some others.
There are not enough of you, and you would hate it after the first iteration when all the cheaters won.
Again, no. You can't just re-state the same thing and ask if it's "fair." People aren't posting here just because they "resist change." Hell, there is no change being talked about here - just an idea.
Yeah, maybe that was true 30 years ago. It's not all that accurate these days. You're basing a lot of what you seem to believe on massive, hard-wired, often faulty assumptions.
I couldn't care less.
If it was real, it'd still be a business, with costs, so it wouldn't even be zero sum game. The average contestant is losing money when they enter, because every dollar the organizers made would be a dollar that someone else gave them. Even if it was a zero sum game, the bottom 75% of the field would be losing money.
Why would I throw up all over my wedges when people play for less of their own money than they invested? I don't "throw up all over my wedges" because someone wins the lottery every week somewhere. Couldn't care less.
See, here, once again you're (badly) attempting to put my opinion in a certain bucket: "oh, he hates it because he's a PGA professional." Dude, you're so far off base.
I have a solution for you.
I'll bet you $50,000, straight up. I'll be an… 18 handicap. I'm the administrator of my GHIN eClub, so you can trust me on that one. If you don't want to play me, I'll find someone in my eClub to play you. They'll be an 18, too. Please let me know what score will get us disqualified, though, and I'll be sure to shoot or have "my guy" shoot one higher than that. You name the date and the course, and please bring your cash and leave it with my Italian friend, "Knuckles" for safe keeping while we play.
Have you ever heard of Kickstarter? (Before you take that far too seriously, I get that it's not exactly the same.)
So you're doing… what? The opposite?
Ding ding ding ding.
That is one of the better very short summaries.