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RickK last won the day on October 9 2013

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  1. First guy I noticed years ago who had it near the heel at address.
  2. The ball is not lost. The ball is "holed" and it is over at that point. No penalty for dropping and nothing else you do counts. ALWAYS look in the hole.
  3. Depends on how many times you play during a year and what cart rental fee is. I pay almost that much and it is a deal for me. Of course, I have played 124 rounds on my home course so far this year.
  4. I finally retired last August after 41 years 11 months 9 days with one of the largest oilfield equipment and service companies in the world. My last gig there was VP of IT. I must admit, I miss the professional interaction, getting to fly all over the world on the company dime, eating out at great restaurants worldwide and staying in very nice hotels. Do not miss the politics that were ever present the last 6 years.
  5. oh...bout that much. 😃 I read all your comments on this thread. Like you, way back when, I just lined up Titleist with the path I wanted the ball to travel on. Later on, I came to realize that was mostly a waste of time for me. I put personal markings on my ball for identification purposes but nothing to aid with alignment.
  6. I wish someone having lines on their ball was the most I had to worry about in golf. I could care less. It is not illegal, so it does not matter.
  7. Anything outside of 75 yards, I want to bring it in high because I typically will hit a full shot. Now, inside of 75, getting a bit too close for my LW so I tend to hit knock down type shots which will come in lower. If I can't reach a green, I prefer to be 75 yards or more out so I can hit a full shot. I hate 30 or 40 yard shots, especially over bunkers.
  8. I do miss the handshake on 18. Our deal now is we touch putter heads after the round. I still remove my cap/hat when doing so.
  9. Well, I am old so I play in the SMGA. We have regular "play days" on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and then a smaller group plays on Saturday afternoons. The MGA has a group that play every Saturday morning and then they have smaller groups that play around noon on Wednesday and noon on Friday.
  10. I play in a league which has people who play from the "regular" tees and then some who are over 60 who play from the "senior" tees. With the way the World Handicap System is today, you just use whatever handicap they have from whichever set of tees they are playing. That way we don't discourage anyone who wants to play from playing.
  11. Golf courses are something I usually can remember, some even hole by hole. As I said in my post, may have missed some. The states/countries I have not lived in, the numbers are small and I remember those well. To get my number for Alabama for instance, I went to the list of golf courses in Alabama and added up the ones I knew for sure I had played. Did the same for Texas and Southern California area. As far as South Carolina was concerned, in the Myrtle Beach area there are only 4 courses I have never played because I have to have someone get me on there. I also counted the MB courses that I played that have since closed. My goal has been to play every golf course in Myrtle Beach area. When I went thru this exercise, I created a spreadsheet so I can updated it if I play courses I have never played. My number will not grow much now that I have retired and don't have the luxury of work travel anymore.
  12. Are these executive courses? Have you asked the pro(s) there about the course ratings? I answered my own question about the course by going to the Crystal Springs website. The one course that has Gold tees and ratings is Ballyowen (maybe spelled wrong). On that course, Gold is definitely not intended for Seniors at 6508yds. It is longer than the blues (6060yds) and white (5531). So, looking at all the scorecards for the 6 courses...it appears to me that the yardages and slope ratings for the White tees would seem to indicate that is really for Seniors. At least the yardages list on those scorecards are close to many Senior tees in my area.
  13. I live in a private country club gated community. My community and the surrounding neighborhoods are predominately white. To live in my community, you must be at a minimum a social member of the country club. We have a few African-Americans living in the community as well as other races. They are all in the minority. We have several African-American families who are golf members and they play. A couple of them are quite good. Can't tell you why more don't live here. We have lots and lots of people living here who were not born in the US. I heard a remark from a new resident's Mother-in-Law the other day. She said, "beautiful neighborhood, huge lots, big homes but filled with Republicans and Oil Men. Dang...she hit the nail right on the head. That is why I live here.
  14. At my club, it is the #8 hole. A 585 yard par 5 from the back tees. The trees on the right before the bunker are really not in play. The trees on the left can cause you grief. Anywhere too close to those trees and you are hitting a punch shot out under/between them most likely towards the lake. You need to hang your tee shot as close to the right fairway bunker as possible or fly it if you can. A ball in the right rough over the bunker is fine. Most of us humans try to lay up just short of the left side fairway bunker, which leaves you about 120-140 yard shot into an elevated green with a big bunker between the lake and the green. The back 10 percent of the green slopes severely downhill and balls rolling past the top of that slope will no stay on the green. OB is right, left, and long. A shot missing the right side of the green most likely will bounce OB.
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