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About scotth

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    North Country, NY - Basically South Canada :)

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  1. When is it too cold to golf?

    When I have to wear so many layers to stay warm that I can no longer take a full unrestricted swing it has become to cold for me. Last winter played a few rounds when it was 20 and 24. That is about as cold as I think I would be comfortable playing.
  2. Winter Rules

    That's how I look at it. I am just happy to be getting a chance to play. It does amuse me how serious some people are taking it. Certainly not playing a match.
  3. Winter Rules

    All the area courses around here are now closed for the season, but most of the private courses allow members to brave the elements and play year round. This has prompted several discussions lately on the first tee box about winter rules. Usually somebody will say winter rules are in effect, as if that makes everything ok with what is about to happen. Then I see people moving leafs out of sand traps to play their ball. Picking ball up and moving their ball 5 - 10 yards forward to get clear of wet areas, or leafy areas, and a host of other weird things, including one guy with an actual broom in his bag sweeping the green on his ball path to get rid of dirt, leafs and twigs. I really don't care, since I figure it is all practice at this point. No tee box markers or pins on the green makes things pretty relaxed as far as I am concerned. I am just happy to be swinging my clubs and hitting balls while walking to get exercise. My question however is there such a thing as a written set of "winter rules"? Or is it a local rule / common sense kind of thing?
  4. Think there is a lot of truth in this. Lot of people I know say they need to get better at their putting and chipping to bring down their scores, but like you mentioned are often hitting that 150 or 170 yard approach shot 10 or 15 yards short.
  5. Water in bunker ruling

    No argument from me on that point! I asked him twice what he thought, and he just ignored me and acted like he was lining up a putt to win The Masters as walked around the green, marked his ball, cleaned his ball, did the silly plumb bob thing some guys do... Not my favorite guy to play a round of golf with.
  6. What'd You Shoot Today?

    Played Saturday at Ives Hill, and shot a 81 which wasn't bad considering they quite mowing the course already. The grass is so tall even in the middle of the fairway it sometimes took forever to find your ball. Was hard to keep concentration up when it took so long between shots for everybody to find ball and play. That was also the last day of the season, and all the area courses are now officially closed for the season. Members can still walk and play Ives, but not sure when next round will be.... Rain for the next 7 days and then who knows how tall grass will be after that, plus possible snow next week.
  7. October weather for the NE corridor

    It has been a really odd few weeks weather wise in upstate New York as well. Today temps got back up to 76 with a crazy winds of 25 - 30 mph. Not only played in shorts but on one of the par 5's with the wind at my back caught it absolutely perfect off the tee and launched the ball about 50 yards further than I ever have!
  8. When ball is out of bounds.. Private Property

    I have no problem with people getting their ball out of the yard. I DO HAVE a problem when they drive their cart into the yard, or any of the other antics I posted above. I have helped more than a few golfers find their wayward shots in our yard when I am outside and they come up the fairway looking for them.
  9. With leaves starting to drop off the trees, was thinking this weekend it sure would be nice if golf balls had some kind of sensor to find them. Had a few holes this weekend we could not find balls in the middle of the fairway, but knew more or less where they were. Would probably be quite expensive.
  10. Wearing a Wedding Ring while Playing

    I don't wear my wedding ring when I golf. I put my keys, ring, watch, and wallet in one of those velvet bags with the drawstring that Crown Royal comes in (pic attached) and take out my ball mark repair tool and marker clip. I put that bag in the lined valuables pocket of my golf bag. I do that every time so I know exactly where it is. Had many occasions before I started doing this where I had panic moments looking for one of the above items.
  11. When ball is out of bounds.. Private Property

    Our back deck is 35 feet from the green on a golf course, and I don't mind players walking in to get their ball either. What does drive me crazy are: The players that have play their ball from our yard. Taken massive divots in our newly reseeded yard. Kids going as fast as the can down the hill and slamming on the brakes in my yard attempting to do donuts. The jackass standing on my deck "for a better vantage point" to find his ball in my yard. The friend of the jackass above who actually had the gall to ask for a refill on his coffee while his friend looked for his ball. (total stranger never saw him before or after). People driving over our side yard, parking golf cart in my driveway looking for ball in the front yard. All this and only lived in house 11 months. Now we have a fence for most of back yard, and put our own white stakes connected with yellow rope dow the 230 feet of our yard that is next to golf course.
  12. What keeps you from playing more golf?

    This morning the rain storm with thunder and lightning....... Not happy (:
  13. Greenside bunker question

    I open my stance and the blade when in bunkers, but vary where I put the ball in my stance. If I want the ball to fly higher I leave the ball in the middle of stance. If I want the ball to go lower, but run further on the green I play in back in my stance.
  14. When does the PGA Tour season start for you?

    Normally I would have said in February after the Super Bowl, but this year I am going to say right now. So fed up with the NFL for a variety of reasons.
  15. Forum Profile Handicap Indices....

    I don't repost mine that often, because I forget it quite often, and then it always takes me a while to remember where you update the index. Had a few bad rounds that offset my great (for me) rounds of 79 and had handicap slide back up. With the shorter and shorter days, not sure have enough time to get it down to single digit before the season ends up here and the courses shut down.

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