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  1. An excellent point. Everyone who drives is conditioned by a) the law as it applies to driving a vehicle; and b) social norms when driving. Both make up the rules of driving, if you will. Naturally, there's incursion on the rules; we understand the "rolling stop" is wrong, but we don't regard it as being as bad as running a red light, or putting a siren and lights on our car to jump red lights. But we know what is right and wrong, and criticize those who don't know, or choose to ignore the rules. Golf has its own rules - the actual rules of golf, and the accompanying part we term etiquette. The law, and the social norms. So, we respect that firemen, policemen, and paramedics can drive through red lights in an emergency, and understand why they can, and we cannot. And we understand the benefit for this distinction. I know we are talking of situations of vastly different degrees of seriousness here, but I guess I have to ask: Who has the right to drive a cart on the green? What benefit exists that grants them that right? As Elmer said above, he knew it was wrong, or should have known it was wrong, and did it anyway. It's a lovely day in Virginia, and I have the afternoon off. Bugger Trump and his cart. Time to go and walk 18! Hey, maybe the "healthiest man to ever run for President" could walk too, and then he wouldn't have embarrassing cart scenarios!
  2. Actually, I don't. The point is that the "rights of ownership" argument excuses all and any conduct, provided that the conduct is directed solely at one's own property. And I bet if you looked out of the window at your course right now and saw someone driving over the 18th green, your first reaction wouldn't be, "Hey, no visible damage, so that's cool." We, as golfers, know that to drive a golf cart across a green is not the right way to behave. We can say that Mr. Trump can behave how he likes on his own property, but that doesn't make his conduct proper. It simply says there are no repercussions for his poor behavior.
  3. I love the "rights of ownership are final" argument. It's the argument that says you could buy, say, Van Gough's Sunflowers in a Sotherby's auction, and then set it on fire in your backyard, streamed live on Youtube. And you'd have the perfect right to do that, and others would also have the perfect right to use words like, "douchebag," "asshole," "philistine," "lout," and "dickhead," in response to your abysmal behavior. And so we have a fat old man driving a golf cart across a green on a course that bears his name. His right to do that, and my right to call him a dickhead for doing so.
  4. That's how I feel about it, too. I now use GolfNow in a similar way to how I use Expedia. I remember when Expedia used to offer genuine savings on flights for a $10 surcharge or whatever it was. Now, whenever I check Expedia's prices against an airline's own website prices, they are usually identical. Why buy from a third party when I can buy direct from the service provider? When things go wrong, I feel I'm in a stronger position saying, "Well, you sold it to me..."
  5. Well, that's always the unfathomable bit for me. We seem to have forgotten about the propensity of time and tide to wait for no man. From the article you quoted: Why are the fortunes of golf now indelibly tied to a man whom I remember being the lowest scoring amateur at the Masters in 1991, and who is eligible for the Champions' Tour 3 years from now, or another man, in his early 40s, who won everything there is to win, but now, alas, has a broken body and other problems to confront? It's as though we want to live in the past. A young, American golfer who has been looking like he might break through into the higher echelons for quite a while now, did just that on Sunday. I don't know why US viewers can't excited about that, or need Phil there to make them tune in.
  6. I see that as a healthy thing (especially when extending those 7 winners back to other, recent majors to include Rory, Jason, Jordan, and so on). I like the modern era of major championship winners. The only anomaly in there, in my opinion, is Danny Willett, whom I cheered at the time but whom I now see as Ian Baker Finch for the 2010s. Any of the others could win again. If you look back at major championship generations of the recent past, well, there was a long period when the question was, "Who comes second to Tiger?", interspersed with occasional Phil, Ernie, Payne, and Vijay victories. Before that, it seemed like Nick Faldo grinding down Norman, Price, et al. I was too young to really remember Seve in his prime, alas, and Jack and Tom (to my generation) are names from recent history - other than 1986, I never saw Jack contend in a major. But there's an awful lot to be excited about with this young crop of players.
  7. The Twitter squabble was fairly entertaining, until it got to the $100 million / $200 million thing. Just as well Rory is from Northern Ireland and not elsewhere in the UK. For a moment there, I almost heard a West Midlands accent gloat about being, "Considerably richer than you." Fans of Harry Enfield will know what I mean....
  8. Is to the mid-2010s as Ian Baker Finch was to the early-1990s. Is was fun watching him win, but I suspect that's it.
  9. I want Rickie to win.
  10. Sir Nick reflects on his greatest shot, hit with a 3 iron (18th hole, 1992 Open Championship). And then sardonically dismisses it with, "It'd be an 8 iron now."
  11. But you have a photo of the most narcissistic player ever in the history of soccer as your avatar?
  12. Driver (Wilson Staff D100 10.5); 5 Wood (Cleveland Mashie); 2 iron (Ping Zing 2); 3-PW Tour Edge Exotics XCG3; Cleveland 588 52 degree; Tour Edge 56 degree; Putter (Wilson Staff 8885) The Ping Zing 2 is my de facto driving iron, if I'm having a bad day with the driver, out it comes. I just can't get on with hybrids at all, I'm useless with them, and prefer long irons any day of the week. The Tour Edge XCG3s just got changed for Srixon 545s, which are 4-PW. No idea what to do with the spare space in my bag. Either hang on to the Tour Edge 3 iron which I habitually use off the tee on a very long par 3 on a course I sometimes play, or more likely add a lob wedge. Seeing you asked: 40
  13. The dashboard video from the police cruiser is very sad. It's strange to use the word "vulnerable" in relation to Tiger Woods, but that's exactly what he was the night this happened.
  14. The assumption is that as a drunk person in the proximity of your car, you might suddenly succumb to the irresistible intention to drive it. Hence, being drunk and "in control" of the vehicle seems to be enough - it doesn't have to be switched on. You don't have to be in the driver's seat. In fact, some attorneys advise you don't even need to be be physically in the car. Ridiculous, but there you go. A trawl of the internet reveals stories of people receiving DUIs while retrieving something from the trunk of their parked car, and God knows what else. I live in an apartment building close to downtown. Out front, there is on-street parking. Out back, up a short dirt road, there is about a quarter acre of land that belongs to the apartment building owner, which he has loosely graveled and lets the tenants use as overflow parking when all the on-street spaces are full. On the nights I decide to have even a glass of Shiraz, I park out back, off the public road. Not that I have any intention of driving anywhere, (and nor would I), but if I have left my book bag or my reading glasses or something else I need in my car... What can you say? From the legitimate, good, original intention of targeting irresponsible drunk drivers, it is now possible to find yourself in a very bad spot when you had zero intention of sitting in the driver's seat, switching on the ignition, and selecting Drive. It's a MADD, MADD world...
  15. Upon reading this, and reflecting on an experience I once had at Logan Airport, when turning in a Toyota Camry which already had 58,000 miles on the clock at the time I rented it (and which I had in no way damaged during my rental period), these cops should go work for a certain leading car rental company when they retire from the force. Maybe it would help them Budget for the future. I bet >50% of 2015 cars on the road today have minor "tire rim damage."