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RickK last won the day on October 9 2013

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Why do I play golf....hmmm...interesting question. My ex-wife (first) had lots of uncles who all played golf and they would all end up at my home around the time of The Masters. We would watch it and they would talk golf. That was when I took an "interest" in the game. But, the real reason I play I think is best summed up by the Hardy Greaves character in the movie "Legend of Bagger Vance". Rannulph Junuh: You really love this game, don't you? Hardy Greaves: It's the greatest game there is. Rannulph Junuh: You really think so? Hardy Greaves: Ask anybody. It's fun. It's hard and you stand out there on that green, green grass, and it's just you and the ball and there ain't nobody to beat up on but yourself; just like Mister Newnan keeps hittin' himself with the golf club every time he gets angry. He's broken his toe three times on account of it. It's the only game I know that you can call a penalty on yourself, if you're honest, which most people are. There just ain't no other game like it. So, that says it all for me...."There just ain't no other game like it". And besides, I cannot find another form of self abuse I like this much.
  9. Another vote for lostgolfballs.com They have various quality of balls. I personally will not play a "refurbished" ball. I have bought balls from lostgolfballs.com, their top grade. They are almost perfect and pretty much look brand new. I have been to these folks facility and they have humans sorting the balls into the various grades.
  10. It is times like we have been having that makes me appreciate even more that I belong to a private club and own my own golf cart. Having said that, you still have to be on the ball to get a tee time. Best of my knowledge, we have about 1500 homes in my neighborhood and to live here you MUST be at a minimum a social member of the club. Our normal number of rounds is around 1000 to 1500 per month. Now, they are up to between 3000 and 4000 rounds. Lots of those social members since they have been staying home are booking tee times and playing. We can book tee times a week in advance so my normal group calls in at 6:30 when they start taking tee times. For the most part, we are successful. The last tee time they book is 5:12pm. Some days, I go over around 5:30, check with the pro shop and tee off. Often times there will be someone else who wants to play. Pretty easy to get in 18 teeing off by 5:30.
  11. From what I have seen in the past few months, there are people trying to get tee times who cannot. So loss revenue from you is probably being paid by someone who has no problem with carts. Just guessing, of course.
  12. They don't? Well, back years ago when I started playing golf, they had those pull trolleys at most public courses and they charged for them. Cannot tell you about today. Rarely ever see them, don't look for them.
  13. Interesting. I knew nothing of these products till reading this. Apparently there are numerous manufacturers of these robotic range mowers and ball pickers. I did a Google search for cost and the Roomba ones are $15K for the mower and $19K for the ball picker.
  14. A different take on push/pull carts.... I have been playing golf for 52 years. When I started I tried a pull cart once and hated using it. I have used a buddy's push cart once and hated it. I probably walked and played for over 20 of those 52 years and I carried my clubs more often than not. I don't do that any more due to bad knees and ankles. But, I have gotten older and have become much more familiar with what it cost to keep golf courses the way most of us golfers prefer them to be...it takes money and lots of it. So, I don't begrudge golf courses for banning push/pull carts. Rental cart revenue surely helps pay some of those expenses keeping the course they way we like it to be.
  15. Thanks. The valley is a drain. Since we don't have curbs and gutters we have this depression in all the yards. It runs to the lowest point on the block where there is a drain that moves water to the lake. My garage is actually not as tight as it looks. The garage door opening is 18 feet wide. I cannot fit my truck into the garage. Roof of truck will clear the door but depth of garage is a problem. The garage door comes down on my tailgate. When I come in, I fold my mirrors in and get close to the post on the right. My wife actually has plenty of room to come in and out of garage. I told her to use the single car garage on far right but she didn't want to. So, I park my golf cart in there. Beautiful lawn. Nothing nicer than a great looking yard fronting your home. Since we don't have curbs, I get real picky (and upset with them) if someone parks on my grass. I like that high grass edge along the street look.
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