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  1. I'm not sure which approach is more dangerous: hacking into Aldarra's computers (a digital troll) or sneaking onto the course (an IRL troll)...let me think about this for a bit...
  2. I've been an avid reader of the magazine "2600" for two decades now - "2600" is a hacker's quarterly with tips on how to hack things electronically {for learning purposes only} and how to employ social engineering to achieve similar ends. In this case, I think the social engineering approach is the right one. Social engineering (security) - Wikipedia
  3. Thanks for all the feedback. I think my best bet is to simply start playing more rounds at the local public and municipal courses. Truth be told, I am a committed range rat and I spend way too much time practicing golf instead of playing golf. I guess I'm the Boomer Golf Anon version of the 20-year-old NEET who lives in his parent's basement, playing dank video games all day long instead of interacting with actual humans IRL. If I play as a single to round out a 4some, there's at least the opportunity to meet 3 new people...one of whom may know someone who knows someone...
  4. I talked to some shops today, and they all said that a change that small (8-10 grams) was not worth worrying about. Also, no one carries the hex-nut counterweights, so I'd have to order one online. The undersized grip I want is 35 grams versus 50 for a standard grip, but the Aldila NV 65 shaft is 8 grams heavier than the stock Fujikura 57 gram shaft. It's almost a wash. I'll do the swap, give it a try for a week or two, and then decide if I need to either add weight or switch to a standard grip.
  5. When I bought my last car, I made sure to try it out more than once AND on separate days - I didn't want to make a snap decision about something so expensive. The car-buying analogy is a good one. I felt a little bad for the first salesman, knowing that I wasn't planning to pull the trigger immediately, but that's just how things work, and it was his job to make the experience a good one for me. If I get the timing right, and touch base with the membership folks on a slow day, I won't lose too much sleep, especially since I'm not asking them to go golfing with me.
  6. Today, I went out to the Twin Rivers Golf Course in Fall City, WA to hit my daily bucket of balls. It was very cold, with sheets of sleet and slightly icy rain. The wind was blowing straight into my face with 20 MPH gusts. I had to cover my bag with a cloth to keep my head covers dry. It also felt like I was hitting small granite balls, not the Srixon soft balls I normally game. Even so, I gave it my best shot and tried to finish up the 51 balls in bucket as fast as I could (I have no idea why they settled on "51" balls and not "50", but I'm not complaining). I don't think I've ever hit 51 balls so quickly. Screw the weather, I say! As long as the range isn't closed, I'll be there if time permits.
  7. I would imagine that the first step for me would be to establish (for the first time) what my ACTUAL handicap is, whether I'm trying to 'sneak' on to Aldarra or joining some kind of Men's League to gain street credibility. This is one of my big goals for 2020...alas, it was also one of my goals for 2019, but it didn't happen. I spend most of my time at the local ranges (Twin Rivers, Willows Run, and Bellevue Municipal) but very little time actually out on the course. Let me know if you're ever part of a 4some but are missing a player. There may be a nice bottle of Costco-branded single-malt whiskey in the mix for you and your buddies if you make it happen!
  8. I agree. And the "Kirkland" label would be a dead give-away. But nothing is keeping me from: A) buying the good stuff with a proper bottle and label; B) emptying the good stuff into a vessel; C) then pouring the Kirkland stuff into the now-empty Laphroig bottle. The only challenge is finding a tool to attach a new and unblemished cap to the Laphroig bottle. Time for more Internet research, I guess...
  9. I just did some quick research, and it seems that back in 2017, Costco was selling this stuff for $38 per bottle. Here are the details: How Does Costco Sell 18-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch for $38? - PUNCH There’s a recent groundswell of support for Costco’s Kirkland Signature whiskies. Just two questions: Where do they come from, and why are they... I'm heading there tomorrow for a food run, so I'll add this to my list.
  10. Actually, I hadn't thought of this. I spent several years in Eastern Europe right after the Berlin Wall came down, and the easiest way to "get stuff done" was to either pay off someone with cash or a nice bottle of American-made whiskey.
  11. I fearlessly guard my anonymity, so (technically speaking) I do not even have a reputation to sacrifice. Looks like we're a go for a 2020 Sneak-In at the Aldarra Golf Course in Sammamish, WA!
  12. To quote Nike: "Believe in something...even if it means sacrificing everything!"
  13. Well, if you're ever in the area, send me a PM and we can see whether your troll works for boomer golf anons!
  14. lol. Thank you for sharing this hilarious and very well-written summary about how to sneak onto a private country club, albeit as you note the summary really only applies to teenagers. Your story reminded me of something I used to do regularly when I was a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder back in the mid-1980's. Whenever there was a rock concert or music performance at the basketball arena, my friends and I would get dressed up in nice clothing, then we'd start pounding on one of the side doors at the venue. Eventually, when one of the security guards opened the door to see what was going on, I'd say: "Hi, I'm private McCalister with the Army ROTC Clean Up Crew. We volunteered as part of our ROTC training to pick up trash after the performance. Sgt. Billington, our commander, told us to show up at this door at 21 hundred hours, so we're here and at your disposal. How can we help?" It worked EVERY SINGLE TIME! I even got to see a performance by Frank Sinatra at the tail end of his career using the vaunted "Army ROTC Clean Up Crew" troll. Good times, good memories.
  15. I live in an eastside suburb of Seattle near Issaquah, Washington, and there is a very exclusive, private golf course less than 10 minutes from my home. I drive by this course each time I'm heading out to the local PUBLIC range to hit my daily bucket of balls. This summer, I mustered the courage to drive through the front gate (properly attired) to check things out in person, and I was suitably impressed. Here's a link to the Aldarra Golf Course website: Seattle-Sammamish Golf Course | Aldarra Golf Club - Aldarra Golf Club Just minutes east of Seattle, Aldarra Golf Club is a private membership only prestine golf course located in Sammamish Washington. What are some methods that other folks have used to secure a round of golf at a private course if: A) you're not a member at a private club; and B) you don't know anyone who is a member who could invite you for a round? Who knows: if the stars align properly, I would join in a heartbeat if I had enough disposable cash to do so, but that's not an option for me right now. I wonder whether the folks at Aldarra would laugh at me if I asked for a permission to play a round to set the stage for a longer-term goal of saving up enough money to join at some point down the road. Any tips, tricks or suggestions (other than the obvious one of sneaking on to the course armed with a pitching wedge) would be appreciated.
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