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  1. To a large extent, I'd choose to hit the ball solidly. That said, if I'm in a significant (to me) competition, I'd rather score. Before I read any further, and turning the question back on its originator a little, I'm guessing that as a coach of a competitive team (like the Newport Cup), @iacas would prefer to have his players shoot low scores in competitions, no matter how they manage to accomplish that.
  2. Its also important to note that even if the Local Rule isn't in effect, yet you utilize the Local Rule, you may still post the score.
  3. The design of the sole of the shoe also has an impact. The FootJoy DNA shoes had their soft spikes centered in a kind of "pod", and the pod dented soft ground. I believe Adidas sold a similar design. When soft spikes are set in a flatter sole, I don't see the same issues.
  4. I know its just recent, but now you can fix any spike marks you find on your line, so there's not a real issue with that any more. And generally, the Long Drive guys are teeing off from a pretty firm level surface. On a real golf course, the footing can be a lot more variable and difficult, slopes, wet conditions, leaves and pine straw. I'm not saying that I think real spikes are essential, but I can understand the preference that some pros have for them.
  5. The metal spikes often tore up the green surface, so most golf courses have forbidden them. As @saevel25 says, the PGA Tour must negotiate with the individual golf courses to allow their use, and quite possibly the other professional tours do the same.
  6. If you read the appendix, they suggest that for fields of 30 players or less, no reduction is required. That might apply to any individual flight.
  7. Presumably, these recommendations are based on the vast number of scores collected over the past decade or more. The recommendations are in Appendix C of the Rules of Handicapping. I don't remember seeing a discussion of the reasons behind this particular change.
  8. Thanks, Mike, we'll do our best. We'll also miss seeing you.
  9. Just one last update. We've made the following changes, Wednesday we'll be at Classic Club, just 4 of us. Thursday we'll drive down to Take Hill, just four of us. Friday is the Dunes Course at La Quinta, we have one opening. I haven't heard from anyone for sure, so I'm guessing we won't see y'all this time.
  10. We do the same at my club, but the minimum is really low. Minimums insure a certain amount of income, but its usually not sufficient to keep the business healthy. What the minimum DOES is to get traffic in the restaurant, where people buy drinks (not included in the minimum), meet with their friends, and in general have a good time. The more time the members spend at the course, the more fun they have, is all good for the overall health of the club.
  11. This is accurate, to a point. It is true that F&B for members is not generally a money-maker at most clubs, any profit is generally made from events like weddings. But an attractive dining option may be a deciding factor in whether a prospective member joins here, or goes down the street. And that's even more attractive if prices for members are kept low, and are subsidized by outside events. The same with a swimming pool, or tennis courts, or many other facets. The same thing is done at grocery stores, where a pharmacy often loses money (I know, drugs are expensive, but its the truth), but gets the customer into the store.
  12. Yup, that's just what the addition of (CR-Par) is supposed to do.
  13. So the course rating is about par+2 for the back tees, close to par for the middle tees and par-2 for the forward tees
  14. While his expertise may be bars, the same principles apply to most businesses. Logical goals for every single business are to attract more customers, and to get more business (money) from your existing customers. Sometimes the way to do that directly relates to golf and the course, sometimes its necessary to look beyond just golf. And a few of us do know a bit about how money is made in the golf business, some of us do see the financials from our home clubs. Every club is different, every course is different, but every one is concerned with revenues and the cost to produce that revenue.
  15. Its quite possible that your "minor issues" were actually a lot more significant than you realized at the time. Its also possible that what seems like a small change to one thing causes a significant improvement in something that was presenting a much larger problem. An instructor might see the BIG problem, but might approach it by working with a player on what seems like a small change.
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