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  1. When I’m playing a non-handicapped round, I don’t follow a lot of rules. I’ll toss em around if I don’t like a lie or line, pick up once on green and/or within like 6ft, and hit several mulligans. Honestly when not keeping a handicap, play in any way that makes you happy, so long as it doesn’t effect pace of play. 

  2. 31 minutes ago, Ole Duffer said:

    Personal Choice is not an effective way to fight a pandemic.

    My friend’s dad and step mom are covid deniers, and started to develop some symptoms a couple weeks ago. The step mom is having a tough time going through chemo so one of their daughters is having to take care of them. The daughter then started to get sick, got tested, and got a positive result for coronavirus.

    Needless to say my friend is really pissed off. They had canceled thanksgiving over whether covid was real and election results. The dad and step mom still refuse to believe they have something other than a cold and won’t go get tested. I couldn’t imagine being my friend in this situation. 

  3. On 11/25/2019 at 12:48 PM, phillyk said:
    1.  Qualify to at least sectionals in US Open
      1. Most of the regional qualifiers I've played in, the cut has been between -2 and even;  that is definitely something I can manage to do
      2. I always work on full swing, but short game needs to be more on point than in the past
      3. Continue with mental approach (basically trying to be happy and enjoy the round, don't get upset by anything)
    2.  Lower handicap to +2.5 and keep it there
      1. Full swing is usually good, get 11-14GIR a round; partial wedges and putts inside 15ft need to be better
    3.  Place top 5 in the pro ams I play in
      1. It's easy to lose focus in these events, just need to take the round more seriously

    Well covid killed the US Open qualifiers. Not sure when I’ll next have a chance to do it again, with a new job. Handicap has hovered at +2ish for the most part, so didn’t quite get that one. Of the pro ams that did occur I placed top 5 in half of them, which again didn’t meet the goal, but the performance is better than previous years. 

  4. 18 hours ago, dsc123 said:


    If I ruled the world, or at least the USGA, this would be the entirety of Rule 1.  Simple elegance.  Every golfer taught that the First Rule of Golf is that you "play the course as you find it and play the ball as it lies."  From there, everything else flows.

    For me, it’s that you start at the tee and end at the hole, play the ball as it lies, and play with integrity. Playing the course as you find may have different meanings for people. Like whether it means playing the correct fairway for a hole or taking advantage by taking a different hole’s fairway on a dogleg or something. 

    The part of this rule most people ignore is player conduct by taking care of the course. Replace divots or fill with sand-seed and fixing ball marks. 

  5. It’s hard to say for WA. You have a pretty big difference in weather patterns from east to west sides of the mountains and course maintenance procedures. In middle of winter some courses could be plug city and others still perfect. Our season is March 1st to November 15th. If there is to be an off season, that is as good as anything. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Kuum said:

    Hi there - I have a question in regards to a golf club in my uncle’s collection! 

    It is a HIRO HONMA Vintage Persimmon Antique “Cleek" LB280, RH, Number 5, Persimmon Wood, with a T800 BORON M43 Shaft, R-1, and the Serial Number is 26490. I believe it was made in Japan.

    Was wondering if anyone knows more about this club, as I haven’t found this exact one anywhere on the internet, and if so, does anyone know how much the estimated value might be?

    Thanks, and have a great day!

    - K

    I saw a LB300 on ebay for $400. As always, it depends on the condition. 

  7. You really get a lot more rotation in your driver swings than iron. Chest gets back to target more, with driver, then hands stay more with chest and drives across body in better timing. Basically, make your driver swing, your iron swing too, in terms of overall hip and chest rotation. 

  8. I’ve carried, pushed, and rode all many times. Push carting, I always felt my arms got too tired from swinging and pushing the bag, but I may use it for flat courses. If I’m not carting, I’m most likely carrying.  When I carried, exclusively, 5 years ago, I definitely got into a little better shape and could endure long days. Although the only extra weight I have is from snacks and beer. 😁

  9. 16 hours ago, StuM said:

    I am a little confused,  you say costs are up from last year, then say some teed needed more work but that does not change total. If the maintenance crew is paid hourly then more work = higher cost.  You also said some work was denied (“told no to many things”) and the cost still went up.

    just because the additional revenue was not spent on maintenance does not mean more maintenance was not required.  

    I have never worked at a course and will not claim expertise but I am not convinced that cost is not impacted by rounds played.  I retract my deferral.


    It’s more about prioritizing tasks. If tee boxes need to be sanded or something, that will take away from maybe mowing one day. Doing something with the tees won’t add onto their current work load.

    I will step back a bit from what I said before. To some extent more work will need to be done with more play, but I don’t think it’s as much as some are thinking. Also, grass type does make a big difference on wear and tear/strain and ability to grow back. The best I can say then, is that more play didn’t increase maintenance that much at my course. The hope is that because of getting more play, that more revenue is generated thus helping to push purchases for updating the course and equipment. But those would be capital improvements not a standard maintenance budget. 

  10. 10 minutes ago, djake said:

    I gotta side with Erik on this one.  More play, especially at the levels so many courses reported will equate to more maintenance. Then add in other factors such as higher temps this year, even more maintenance.

    Our course had a historic high in rounds played.  The Super in his newsletter to the membership explained how that added more work for the grounds crew to keep the course at it's standard of play.  

    I’m playing with my super right now. Budget went up 15k from last year. Rounds are up around 5000 from last year. So wasn’t the same like I was told but its still low compared to rounds played. Even he said that the budget is unlikely to change much for increasing rounds played. Some tee boxes may need more work but it doesn’t really change the total. But considering the ownership, we do get told no to many things  

    Ok, yes, it would be great if an increase in rounds meant maintenance sees a good portion of extra funding but it doesn’t happen in many cases. 

  11. 21 minutes ago, StuM said:

    As @iacas said there are incremental costs.  We understand it does not cost twice as much to maintain the course just because there were 200 rounds compared to 100 rounds, but the cost does go up.  Also, it is not just 1 divot by 1 player.  The OP suggested offering the College discount would encourage many more to play, not just a single golfer.

    I get the base cost versus incremental cost. But, realistically, a maintenance budget is staying roughly the same no matter the increase in play (depends on ownership).  This year for example, my course is getting the most play it has for several years.  What we are budgeting for maintenance is still the same as those previous years. Revenues go up, costs stayed the same.  In effect, the cost to a player for maintenance goes down the more golfers we get.

  12. 3 hours ago, StuM said:

    As many said above, life is not fair BUT there are many options as mentioned in multiple posts above ranging from twilight golf to work at a course.  Also do not forget to be on the lookout for discounts.  I do not want to advertise on TST but you can look at GroupGolfer.com and Groupon for many special offers.  True, they are available to all but they will help defray the cost.  You may not be able to play the elite courses on the cheap but you can play.

    Groupon demands 50% off from courses to join.  That's hard to do for many courses.  Even group rates, courses have their limits to discounting.

    3 hours ago, StuM said:

    You also need to consider the economics or running a course. The more rounds played the more maintenance is required.  If they discount too much they may not be able to pay for the appropriate maintenance and the course will suffer in the long run.


    3 hours ago, iacas said:

    People often overlook this part, especially if they walk. They’ll say “it’s a free $x, because otherwise the tee time goes unused.” Even if they take into account the gas if they take a cart, there’s wear and tear on the cart, on the course, it affects pace of play, etc.

    I've never really liked the idea of one person needing $x green fees for wear and tear or labor. We are not maintaining for each individual.  We maintain as the course/cart requires (or more depending on course type/owner).  There is no free, as far as a person not making any damage, but there also isn't a set cost to repair it.  You wouldn't send a guy out to replace divots for 1 person golfing, but you would for 100. Would 101 golfing change that cost? A very small amount.  But once again, it's the big picture of overall maintenance, not the day to day routine things.

    1 hour ago, TourSpoon said:

    I actually see this as Golf Industry opportunity to grow the game rather than a local operator economic today issue (it will affect them eventually). The Industry needs to have all younger golfers, regardless of educational, economic, racial, gender, etc. in the pipeline to become the next generation of golf spenders that will take up the prime tee times and spend money in the proshop and restaurants. To some extent this is done with twilight rates, special 9 hole leagues, junior golf, etc. Over the years we predicted the "graying" of America and with it the closing of courses that were built to take advantage or the Baby Boomers that aged out of golf that were not replaced at the same rate. Gen X had different plans and the industry responded with Economics 101, supply and demand. That's an over simplification but you get the picture but we do need facilities that allow for the growth of this game we love. 

    When targeting junior golfers, the industry sees that junior ending at age 18. There isn't much on differentiating young adults and college students.  Based on data, the untapped populations of golfers are juniors and women.  Honestly, for young adults, I see places like TopGolf being popular.  It's a fun and very social way of being introduced to the game.  Need more of them to pop up.

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