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Club Rat

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  1. And I thought I had a lot of time on my hands to fiddle with clubs ... This raises the bar way too high for ME ... If it could only figure out "how to adjust to avoid chunks" I would be SOLD ... LOL
  2. There have been a couple of contributions regarding tee times at my club becoming difficult to obtain. 1. Tee times were spaced out to 12 minute intervals. 2. Many members have been out of work, families with kids are out of school and the addition of new members. 3. Tee sheet has been filling up with advanced reservations (2 - weeks in advance) On a good note, intervals returned to 10 minutes and longer daylight allow for more play.
  3. I've had a couple of good rounds this past week make 3 birds last Thursday and 5 birds yesterday. Crossed out 3 more on the list with only 2 holes left to conquer ...
  4. @David in FL 👍 Not sure what or why the "Likes" feature is not showing up? But thank you for your service and to all military service men and women. It will never be forgotten !!!
  5. No riders other than my wife for now. If and when Covid is gone, then I will allow friends, again. As a Member, I'm rarely playing with any strangers other than a members guest who may need a ride. I'd also be good with letting them drive and get some exercise and only ride between green to next tee.
  6. To settle matters for your participants going forward, a decision should be made to clarify your game with this particular hole. Make a ruling that the hole will will played in the game as a Par 4 or Par 5 by all players regardless what the score card indicates. Either as the Manager of the game, or ask your pro or take a vote by the players for this rule for your game. Keep in mind, the final score will still be entered by all players to their Ghin as per usual.
  7. Net 3 beats a Net 4 Regardless of the Hole Par being different for course setup. Example: Men versus Women, hole handicaps are always different. A par 4 on a hole may be #10 Hdcp for Men while it's the #1 Hdcp hole for Women They both score Gross 4, but the Woman would have a Net 3 Different Pars for a same hole are not that uncommon. Since the hole you mention plays as a par 4 from certain tees and a par 5 at the other tees. par 5 (Silver) - Par 4 (Copper)
  8. Looks like a Swisher Sweet, only hers got packed with Crab Ass instead....
  9. The Mizuno JPX model is one of the easiest drivers to control. I can control ball flight for any direction or flight with ease. It is the most effortless driver I have ever played.
  10. I've collected scorecards I've played for years of various courses all over. During my ski bum days, I would hang them on a small Christmas tree for decorations and as a conversation piece when friends would come over. I would place my best rounds on the fireplace mantle. A friend used to keep the cards and mark the days and scores on a calendar. Now, I more into using electronic scoring and seldom write on a card, except in events when cards are the only means accepted. Nothing pretty about the App scorecard, just a simple means to track scores for 1-5 players.
  11. Those guys are gone, a "strike-through" the name indicates they were banned from the site. Also, look at the dates of the posts. 2016 - 2017 Not very likely they will reply, but other current members may offer suggestions or information. There are other threads on putting greens, maybe even some as recent as last year.
  12. It's all for the Luv of the Game. The chip in on the 18th hole at Moon Valley is right at the top of my list also... I once was in a high stakes game with a friend and his buddy who was the course Pro. We were getting our butts kicked thanks to my sorry ass partner playing poorly. I kept pressing the bet up knowing I still had something in the bag to break even. That break came on the 17th hole a long par 4. I holed a 50ft foot to win over $350 and break even for the day. Dumb Ass Luck IMO, I should have written the day off as a loss when we were $50 down after the turn.
  13. Reminiscing about many of the great matches I have participated, one I will always remember, was an annual Club Match with our neighboring club. I was playing very well and on the second day, the final nine holes was individual format. We both par the tenth hole, I reached the next hole (par 5) in two and have a 15ft eagle attempt. My opponent makes a thirty foot birdie and I lip out. We par the next hole. Then on the next par 4 I hit the green but was long about 90 feet away. My team mate asked me how I felt about this putt facing me and I said I feel pretty good. I drain it and take a one up lead. Next hole was halved, I then birdie the next par 3 to go two up. The on the next par 5, I'm on in regulation and my opponent had missed the green left. This left him in the red staked penalty which was native grass (2 ft high) He finds his ball and has very little chance to advance, least get a club on the ball, but elects to take a whack at it. I stood and observed from the back of the green. He then starts taking practice swings cutting the tall grass above where his ball lies. I balk that he was improving his lie. Both club pros along with many other members are observing. The opponent claims he didn't breach any rule and this upsets me. Neither pro stepped up to clarify the situation, which also makes me mad. He saves a bogey and I 3 jack missing a 3 footer to close the match. We then hit perfect tee shots and have wedge approaches to a back pin. I airmail the pin and end up in the back bunker, now shortsided and in teh worst bunker on the course (no sand, hard pan with pebbles) With about fifty members observing, my opponent is away and lags to the hole. I concede his par and now face my grim situation playing from the bunker. There was a slim chance if I hit the pin it could stop within a reasonable distance to hole the putt. Missing the pin would most likely leave me 20-30 away as the pin location was on an elevated plateau and would roll out a long way. I then hit a low spinner dead on, takes one hop, hit the flagstick and drops. The gallery went nuts as I turn to them and yell "How do you like me Now!"
  14. Not really a Theme Song, but on the lighter side of Covid...
  15. My favorite also. I'll just be glad when our club is open, I feel like I'm heading to work to play golf packing a lunch and drinks...
  16. Our owner committed to paying employees through March but has not announced if any future months will be paid. We have a $50 Food Minimum which the owner removed and I contacted the GM and asked if it could be donated to help staff. He indicated yes, so I authorized a $100 charge and hope other member donate also. There are staff members who have been at the club for years, it would be a bad situation if they do not return.
  17. I guess "Stay at Home" is the only option for many Golfers.
  18. These two courses are in the City Limits and have closed, however the Park is still open. State and City Parks have been closing in the area. One park which is 100 miles south of St Louis which closed makes no sense, as it typically has very few visitors. I haven't heard or talked to friends who frequent the Lake Ozark area, but I can't imagine closing Branson and other lakes to prevent activities such as fishing. As well as those parks for the many who camp and float the Missouri waterways when the weather warms this week.
  19. Yes, members are playing. It is upon everyone to practice "social distancing" guidelines. But Missouri will have "stay at home" effective on Monday. Guessing our Owner may react in some manner.
  20. My club operations are closed, but only members can walk the course. Some staff is present daily but has no interactions with members Members are still billed monthly dues with no reductions. At least it's somewhat peace of mind knowing the Owner will probably not close the doors in the near future.
  21. March Madness is canceled, the NBA is shut down, the Masters is postponed, and my Aunt Marge’s senior bowling has even thrown in the towel. Now restaurants and bars are closed, and our 40-handicap governor is threatening to shut down all entertainment facilities including golf courses. I have not tested positive, but the coronavirus is killing me. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do. My wife suggested we take a walk, but I don’t walk anywhere unless I have a golf club in my hand and it’s cart path only. My kids have a restraining order on us and won’t let us come within 200 yards of the grandchildren. And we can no longer eat out, but when we tried to cook at home, there were cobwebs in the oven. The network channels are inundated with coverage of the virus. The golf channel has been showing reruns of old tournaments, which are almost as riveting as watching my brother-in-law’s video of his family camping trip to Yellowstone. And my wife is so desperate for something to do, she is even considering sex, and maybe even with me. Paranoia is off the tracks. Before the shutdown, we were having dinner at a local bar. I let out a loud sneeze and everyone at the surrounding tables started yelling "check please." My stock portfolio is plummeting and most of our cash is currently invested in toilet paper. I am washing my hands 137 times a day. I don’t touch anyone. I don’t even touch myself. I have been using tongs to go to the bathroom. This has to stop. Our society and economy have been crippled by a microscopic virus. Scientists have not yet determined the exact origin but have narrowed it down to a Chinese fish market or Rosie O’Donnell’s bathtub. And no one is sure how to prevent or cure it. In the past, the ways to prevent contracting a contagious disease were simple: don’t eat in restaurants with a cat on the menu and don’t date my college roommate’s sister. I don’t consider myself to be in the high-risk category. I have been building up my immune system by eating one meal per day at MacDonald’s for the last 25 years. Germs just slide through me. My only pre-existing condition is an inability to launch a golf ball further than 180 yards. And, according to the CDC, symptoms of the corona-virus are sweats, dizziness, and trouble breathing, which I experience whenever I am standing over a 3-foot putt. I can handle it. So, I proposed to my regular foursome the idea of escaping from our self-imposed Stalag 17 and venturing outside for a round of golf. Everyone recognized the danger and severity of the situation. But when faced with the decision to remain sequestered with our wives or to risk contracting a deadly virus, it was a no-brainer. Every man opted to play golf. Our foursome does not pose a medical risk to mankind. My friend, George is virus-free. Social distancing has not been a problem for him. Other than us, he doesn’t have any friends. Bob, my neighbor is a urologist who has been working from home for several weeks. He has developed a way to do remote prostate exams by having patients sit on their cell phones. And our other partner, Jerry tested himself with a kit he bought online. However, he thinks he may have gotten the wrong kit. It showed no traces of the virus but indicated that he was pregnant with twins. The federal government has established guidelines for social engagement. For example, you must stay at least 6 feet apart and no more than 10 people are allowed at a gathering, which means Patrick Reed’s fan club can still meet. In addition, our foursome drafted our own specific set of rules for Pandemic Golf. Rules of Play: · • Hazmat suits are permitted. As an alternative, one can wear a college mascot costume or big bunny pajamas. · • Masks are not permitted, because we would look more like stagecoach robbers than a foursome. · • Leave the flag in. And to avoid retrieving balls from the hole, any putt shorter than Lebron James is good. · • Ride in separate golf carts and don’t come closer to another player than a fully extended ball retriever. · • Don’t touch another player’s balls. This is always good advice. · • No high fives. Fortunately, we seldom have a reason. · • No petting the geese or the cart girl. · • Don’t use the spot-a-pot. More disease in there than in all of Wuhan China. · • No excuses. Slicing or hooking are not side effects of the corona-virus. · • Make an online bank transfer to pay off your bets for the day. · • Straddle the sprinkler on the 18th hole before getting into the car. These rules and restrictions adequately protected us from contamination. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for bad golf. I had trouble gripping the club with oven mittens, but it was an enjoyable afternoon which ended way too soon. There were no handshakes on the 18th green, no beers at the bar, and we drove home separately. As the pandemic plays through, it is giving us a glimpse into our inevitable future where all meals are delivered, all entertainment comes through the tv screen, and all human interaction is through our cell phone. Where schooling is online at home, exercise is on a stationary bike in our basement, medical testing is done at drive-thru windows, and colonoscopies are performed at Jiffy Lube. The world is changing. It is becoming less interpersonal as technology consumes us. So now that we have time on our hands, everyone should take a moment to cherish this fading era, when friends still get together to hit a little ball around an open field for no good reason other than to enjoy the companionship of their fellow man.
  22. I remove all grips now mostly with an air tool I obtained to remove / install Pure Grips. I think an air needle to inflate any type ball, football / basketball could possibly work. Other types of air gun tools should also work.
  23. Well Damn it again, wrong on all accounts. Thanks @iacas
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