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ghalfaire last won the day on January 21 2015

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  1. ghalfaire

    Do You Play with a Phone in Your Pocket?

    I voted NO. While I understand the need for emergency communications, people who use their phone on the course for "important business" annoy me. I know my phone can be set to accept only messages marked "urgent" while I'm on the course and I suspect most can be set this way. My phone can all be set to only accept calls from specific people in your phone book.
  2. When playing with others I don't know well I usually remove my hat and shake hands. But if with my usual group we often just go have a beer.
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    I Saw a Woman Playing Alone

    Only once. I was visiting in-laws in PA and drove to St. Mary's to play Bavarian Hills as a single. The starter paired me up with a young woman, I'd guess about 35 or so. Turns out she was the Women's club champion at the course and very good. It was a pleasant round and the Lady was friendly and help me navigate the course as I had never played there before. She had intended to play single, wasn't a busy time there, but seemed to enjoy the company. That is the only time I ever ran into a female that intended to play single and I am sure would have if I had not shown up. Must have been about 2000 or so.
  4. ghalfaire

    Shorter Rounds?

    I didn't read all of these so if I repeat an answer you already have, I apologize. But most 18 hole courses in my area have a 9 hole rate. However, 9 hole play is limited to either early, before the first tee time is making the turn or late in the afternoon when sunset will limit the number of holes you can play. I would have thought that was the standard everywhere.
  5. ghalfaire

    Why Do You Play Golf? A Two Option Poll

    I do it for fun. There are other things I am a lot better at that I do for money.
  6. ghalfaire

    Ever Played While It Was Snowing?

    I voted something else. I did once, but not purpose. Snow wasn't in the forecast when we teed off.
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    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    Well I watched and as I expected, it was entertaining. Worth the $20 in my opinion. I was a little disappointed in that neither played as well as they are capable of but, a $9M purse is a lot of pressure, even if it isn't your $9M.
  8. I lived on a golf course for several years. I was luck in that my back yard faced the area between a green and the next tee box. So you had to be reasonably "unskilled" to put one in back yard. It was a busy course in winter so I did get about a dozen or so a year. What I hadn't planned on was across the street behind my neighbor's back yard was a dog leg left par 5. I never imagined that one could hook a drive 50 yards left (or left hand slice) and still get it over my neighbor's house (bounce off his roof) into my front yard. But they did and so I got around a dozen or more a year in the front yard too. I just lived with it and repaired the stucco damage once a year of so. Never had any broken windows. The HOA wouldn't let you put up nets without permission and if you didn't have solar on roof or could show significant damages, you didn't get permission. In my case it was OK as due to my location relative to the course, I never had any significant damage. Some in my neighborhood did put in unbreakable windows and roof tiles that was more durable. That was about all you could do. Have to say though, speaking only for myself, the views were worth it.
  9. ghalfaire

    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    I guess I am just a simple fellow who doesn't see any deep meaning in this match. But it ought to be entertaining and I'll fork over the $20 to watch it. I am pretty sure for the competitors that at least as important money is winning. I can't imagine either one of these guys wanting to lose to the other now or ever. I'm not saying they would do it for free, I'm sure they wouldn't. After all this is their business. But, both are such competitors I suspect they will be giving it their best efforts.
  10. ghalfaire

    Paul Azinger to Replace Johnny Miller on NBC

    Good with me I guess. I enjoyed Johnny's comments. Found them interesting, if not a little caustic at times. But I like Zinger too. I think he will do fine.
  11. I voted no. If there are no flights and your handicap has two digits, you're wasting your money playing.
  12. ghalfaire

    What Has Happened to Golf?

    @BCoggins I feel your pain too. Although my injuries happened long before I ever picked up a club. But they have to some degree caused me to have to adapt my swing to my capabilities. Good luck with your rehab and return to the game. For what ever it is worth my first set of clubs I bought at a department store. I couldn't afford persimmon so bought a 2 and 4 wood (laminated) and a half set of irons (2, 4, 6, 8, PW) all blades. I don't recall any GI irons in those days. Today's equipment is much better for hackers like me and make the game more enjoyable, however it is still the archer and the bow or arrow. The largest Iron I carry is a 6 iron, all longer clubs are either hybrids or metal woods. But these days I play mostly for fun and the joy of being out with my buddies and the challenges of the game. I did spend a few $ on some new irons here about 3 years ago, but my driver and 3 wood are probably 15 years old (Cobra when Cobra was Cobra) and my putter is an old bull's eye. I am thinking this year I might invest in a new driver and 3 wood. Probably from some second hand store like 2ond swing. Take care, work hard at rehab, and enjoy the game.
  13. ghalfaire

    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    Maybe, what are the odds?
  14. ghalfaire

    U.S. captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

    I hadn't though of this, but DeMarco would be a great captain. However I believe it will be Stricker and he is good choice too.
  15. ghalfaire

    Assigning Credit and Blame in the Cups

    I give the players most of the credit (90%+) for the outcome. They are the ones with the stick in their hands, not the Captain. As to the course set up. Both sides have to play the same course under the same conditions. These guys are professionals and I would think they have the ability and experience to "adjust" their game to conditions. I think the course set up had little if anything to do with the outcome.

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