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Has anyone played in the Spark Golf League? Their website shows leagues all over the country and I was curious. My buddy and I are playing in one this spring in Baltimore and wanted to see how it was. 

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I never heard of "Spark" but after reviewing their site, it looks interesting.  Essentially they provide software to run the league.  

Ultimately, your experience will largely depend on who initiated the league and the members. The software will not turn a group of dicks into a good experience or ruin the experience for a good group of people.  If the price is right, get a friend/partner and give it a try.

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By the looks of it, it seems like everything I don't like to see on the golf course; "relaxed" rules, dressing down, blaring music, yeah no thanks. 

From the Spark Website:

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It’s honestly not even about wearing a white belt. A white belt golfer is a stiff. Someone who doesn’t like to have fun and worse doesn’t allow others around him to have fun. They intimidate others with their rules and make the game exclusive. Golf can have rules and etiquette, but it needs to lighten up and have more fun. As y’all say, golf needs a Spark.

Not sure why playing by the rules makes the game not fun?

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@NM Golf Curious to know why a "relaxed" style league is not up your alley? I get the playing music aspect, loud music can be a distraction to most. I was drawn to the league because it does seem to be a lot more laid back and social. It seems to be a "get off work, head to the course grab a beer with your buddies and hit a couple balls'' league.  I don't want to touch much on this league playing by the rules or not simply because I have not seen their rules yet. I can update that more when the league starts. 

I don't think that a social league is bad for the game of golf. If anything it may bring more people into the game. I am still fairly new to being serious about lowering my score, and my hope is one day to be able to play in a "un-relaxed" league or a tournament and have a good shot at the top prize.  I think this league might be a step in the right direction for me, it will give me the opportunity to play more often, it has some sort of rule structure and it will be fun. 

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1 hour ago, DogGolf92 said:

@NM Golf Curious to know why a "relaxed" style league is not up your alley?

It wouldn't be up my alley either.

The short version is that I wouldn't like how much goofing around such a league seems like it would have. Following the Rules doesn't make golf "less fun." In fact, to me, not following the Rules makes golf less fun.

Cool if you wanna goof around. Got no problem with other people doing it. It's not for me, though - my "goofing around" is playing HORSE against someone with ridiculous short game shots as a way to liven up a good practice session, not hit-and-giggle-and-then-drink-and-then-sing-along-and-then-drop-another golf.

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4 hours ago, DogGolf92 said:

@NM Golf Curious to know why a "relaxed" style league is not up your alley? I get the playing music aspect, loud music can be a distraction to most. I was drawn to the league because it does seem to be a lot more laid back and social. It seems to be a "get off work, head to the course grab a beer with your buddies and hit a couple balls'' league.  I don't want to touch much on this league playing by the rules or not simply because I have not seen their rules yet. I can update that more when the league starts. 

I don't think that a social league is bad for the game of golf. If anything it may bring more people into the game. I am still fairly new to being serious about lowering my score, and my hope is one day to be able to play in a "un-relaxed" league or a tournament and have a good shot at the top prize.  I think this league might be a step in the right direction for me, it will give me the opportunity to play more often, it has some sort of rule structure and it will be fun. 

Pretty much what @iacas said, but I will add this:

 I love golf, I have made most of my friends on the golf course. I don't think you have to remove the rules, lower the value of competition, toss out etiquette, blare loud music, drink copious amounts of beer, and dress in a tank tops and sweat pants to enjoy it more.

I enjoy it playing golf A LOT! I enjoy it while playing by the rules, wearing proper golf attire (the occasional white belt), and holding off until the 19th hole to drink my copious amounts of beer. I am also social on the golf course. I played on Saturday with three complete strangers. We had a great time. We talked, laughed at some of the more interesting shots we hit, and it was completely enjoyable. And no one was wearing a tank top, no loud music was played, and the rules were observed.

So, basically that league and it's "relaxed" atmosphere would not make golf more fun for me it would actually make it less fun. If I want to drink beer and act like an idiot I go bowling.

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On 3/5/2019 at 11:30 AM, NM Golf said:

By the looks of it, it seems like everything I don't like to see on the golf course; "relaxed" rules, dressing down, blaring music, yeah no thanks. 

From the Spark Website:

Not sure why playing by the rules makes the game not fun?

^^^^ This ^^^^....

 

On 3/6/2019 at 9:45 AM, iacas said:

It wouldn't be up my alley either.

The short version is that I wouldn't like how much goofing around such a league seems like it would have. Following the Rules doesn't make golf "less fun." In fact, to me, not following the Rules makes golf less fun.

Cool if you wanna goof around. Got no problem with other people doing it. It's not for me, though - my "goofing around" is playing HORSE against someone with ridiculous short game shots as a way to liven up a good practice session, not hit-and-giggle-and-then-drink-and-then-sing-along-and-then-drop-another golf.

....and   ^^^^  This  ^^^^

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It all depends on the people you play with.   A horrible round can be a great experience if you are playing with the right people.   While I don't have a problem with people who want to play this way, or playing with people who goof around ; Spark seems to take issue with people playing the game as intended and I have to ask why?

 

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On 3/5/2019 at 11:30 AM, NM Golf said:

By the looks of it, it seems like everything I don't like to see on the golf course; "relaxed" rules, dressing down, blaring music, yeah no thanks. 

From the Spark Website:

Not sure why playing by the rules makes the game not fun?

Hate to say it, but seriously...  Some people just don't belong. 

Pass.

 

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