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  1. Kind of depressing IMO. I was happy with the two muni's I frequent but looking at this rating scale they are "3" at best so maybe I shouldn't be so satisfied. The other two courses in my "rota" are likely a "4-5" and a "6" so that's not too bad.
  2. There was a time when I would rather practice than play, but today my game is going to benefit more from playing than practicing, i.e. learn how to handle certain lies, etc. Besides, about half of my rounds are solo anyways so those really have become my practice sessions.
  3. Been at least 5 years since I was there but Country Club of Miami was slightly above average, Miami Springs was average and busy. Miami Beach Golf Club is delightful but expensive. I was a Northerner visiting Florida in February - any golf was great!
  4. In general I agree with you as almost all of my most frequent courses over the years have had bunkers that one would call irregular. But there is one course near here that the maintenance is generally good but the bunkers (and there are a lot of them) are so bad I haven't been back- hard, bare dirt, no sand. Rare, but it happens.
  5. I always find it interesting that a course can be in great shape other than bunkers and the bunker leaves a lasting image on the player. There are two shades of maintenance here: the article seems to focus on the labor cost of maintaining bunkers. I've rarely complained about that - usually the problem is lack of racking by previous golfers, not the maintenance staff. However, a bunker, particularly greenside, without proper sand isn't acceptable. I'm not talking resort course fluffiness, I'm talking about enough sand to hit down behind the ball without bouncing. My home course before I moved took out several bunkers to save maintenance costs and replaced them with grassy mounds. A few of these were fairway bunkers and it ended up making the course harder on one or two holes because the bunker prevented wayward drives from going OB.
  6. To tell the whole story, “Tom” hits the ball into a fairway bunker that runs the length of a hole. He advances his ball 50 yards in same bunker. Caddie says “that’s a Hitler, two in a bunker. If you had gone from bunker to bunker it would have been a Saddam.” Tom then advances ball another 50 yards in same bunker and says, “what do you call three in a bunker?” Caddie says, “that’s a Tom.”
  7. From a caddie the other day: Shots from in same bunker - that's a Hilter - two in abunker Hitting a bunker shot into another bunker - That's a Saddam - moving from bunker to bunker
  8. I once played 56 rounds in 80 days, partly for the challenge of seeing how much golf I could play in a short time, walking the vast majority of the rounds. First sixty days I played really well, last twenty days much less so due to a combination of body fatigue and bad habits sneaking in to become routine. When I retire I am hoping for 3-4 rounds per week. Anything more is likely diminishing returns on multiple fronts. Also just had three weeks between rounds, which is a long time for me - first round was rusty but second round was pretty close to normal. Basically the body needs a rest. BTW, I am by no means a fitness buff or in great shape, but 5 pounds can have meaningful impact on my golf game. If someone has really added 15 pounds, their golf game is likely to suffer.
  9. My apologies - I was making a general statement and then used you as an example, probably a bad idea, but I've seen a lot of guys wanting to break 90 who don't know how many GIRs or scrambles they have. As to your situation, if you are shooting in the 90's consistently and getting those GIRs, then you likely have the swing to break 90 even if you think your swing isn't consistent enough (and your driver distance is more than sufficient). The average player who shoots 90 has 3.9 GIRs, 12.3 GIRs +1, and (I think) two scramble pars. They also have according to "Every Shot Counts" 5.6 awful shots - 3.8 long game and 1.8 short game. The question is where are you losing strokes - putting, short game, penalties, etc. and how do you address it. Although the full swing is the biggest difference between how players score, at some point the short game does matter. For unrealistic example, if you have the swing of a player who shoots 88 and the short game of a player who shoots 105, you are not going to break 90. Course management will help someone break 90. Practice management is likely equally important.
  10. Exactly! If you hit 6 GIRs but lay up to 100 yards on 12 holes and you suck from 100 yards, then it's the wrong course management. More realistically is someone who might hit 6 GIRs but gives away 6-8 extra shots with the driver - can the driver, maybe only have 4 GIRs but save 6 shots off the tee. But you have to know your game.
  11. One thing to say here, and trying to be helpful and not harsh, is that too many players struggling to break 90 haven't done a full assessment of their game. If you are getting 5-6 GIRs in a round you should have the swing to break 90 and you: Need to have a course management strategy that matches your game Need to work on your short game Or you just have an unusually inconsistent swing that's leading to lots of GIRs and lots of big numbers. My guess is that it's one of the first two. As @Billchao said, there's an execution element but what someone is trying to execute has to match what their skills are.
  12. I'm sorry but I don't think you were getting my point at all - I'm not saying it isn't a penalty and I'm not disagreeing with the rule - the rule is clear and I know the rule - it was a penalty. I'm just questioning why would anyone ask? I used to play with the same three guys every week in NJ. I have no clue as to their club distances compared to mine except to know that I was longer than two and shorter (at least off the tee although our irons may have been the same) than one. I have not idea if my clubs were equivalent to theirs - at least one had a set of irons that was much older than mine. I have occasionally had (as I'm sure most people have) someone ask "what did I hit" during a casual round. I usually respond so as not to seem rude but inside I'm laughing - what does that tell you? I met you on the first tee and now you want to select a club based upon a shot I just hit? I honestly don't think my response is going to help you. Again with a pro, different situation and knowledge applies but in some ways the point is the same.
  13. Economically clothes are more sensible, but I'd get a lot more enjoyment out all the free gear (and I'm not much of a gear head at all). With a good fitting, I'm sure both Titleist and Ping have something to my liking in every club category.
  14. I always find this a stupid situation, especially at the amateur level. If I tell you I hit a 7i, what does that tell you? I may be one or two clubs longer or shorter than you, and my irons are 5 years old so if yours are newer or much older there could be a club difference in our sets. That says nothing about whether I tried to hit a club the full distance. I know that some of this doesn't apply to the pros, but a lot of it does so why a caddie would ask that even not knowing the rules is a mystery to me.
  15. If talking a single day, then take the course - could be any truly bucket list course. If talking about a weekly occurrence, take the buddies - life's too short.
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