Not sure if this is in the topic zone but....when I was younger and working in the golf business, there would always be some some "unofficial" events that took place during the year. Some were stroke play events, some were two balls and even some scrambles. These were always with no handicap so the issue of sandbagging didn't enter the equation. You would throw down your $100.00, $50.00, or whatever and you played for the pot. I played in some events where the winning team/individual made in the thousands of dollars. Of course...this was all "off the books". A lot of gambling always took place in the area where I started in the golf business. I don't see much of that anymore (in my area). Used to be, there were always some type of $ games going on. Those were usually handicap events.
I think the ball doesn't know back spin from side spin. If spin is increased, then all kinds of spin are increased. For short irons, back spin is increased, so the ball flies straighter. For longer clubs, especially the driver, side spin will be increased more.
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.