Anyone Golf Ball hunt?

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  • bighargebigharge Members Posts: 229
    I love looking for balls, my record is 178 at The Cliffs Course on Possum Kingdom. There are a couple holes where u have a 200 plus carry to the fairway from the tips and if you are adventurous enough to get a little roughed up you will be greatly rewarded, lol



    My kids love the extra balls to hit into the pond at the house
  • PZeroPZero Members Posts: 11,530 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    LouLogsdon wrote:


    I played the back 9 at my nearby course today and the 8th hole is a 360 yard par 4 with a 20 yard deep lateral hazard right in front of the green. As you can imagine, many balls end up in this hazard. After reading this thread yesterday I decided to hunt in this hazard since there was no groups behind me. I spent about 30 minutes searching and came out with about 60 balls, 20 of which were ProV1/1x. I'm gonna give it a whirl on some of the other holes tomorrow.




    Do it a couple times a year and you'll never need to buy balls again. The money saved can go towards additional rounds or a new club.
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  • jack19jack19 LongDrive Newbie Members Posts: 122
    Since I tee off on white tee's, all i do is look to left and right on each side, maybe 1-2 yards deep in the brush and rough and will find about 2 or 3 balls a hole.. some people that play from the blue's shouldn't be there, but i don't mind and get to pick up a prov or two a hole.. really adds up and love trading them for a new club every month or so!!
  • jvalhallajvalhalla Members Posts: 381
    I do from November-March. The courses here in the Florida Panhandle aren't busy, the brush isn't as thick and most of the critters aren't out. The snakes, gators and black bears keep me out of the woods and away from the water the other months. I keep them and use them to chip around the yard. When I get a dozen or so of something I want to try I put them in the bag. By far the two balls I find the most of are ProV1s and Nike Mojo.
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  • mr_divotsmr_divots Members Posts: 8,297 ✭✭
    Found quite a few balls this fall. To the point my ball stash didn't really get dinged at all. Still have enough to start 2015 with.

    I'm quite surprised (and thankful for) how little effort some people put into looking for their $4 ball. Thanks fellow golfers. I need you!
  • KARL MKARL M Members Posts: 665 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Nov 15, 2014 #67
    A few years ago I showed up at my local course, without a tee time.



    There was a tournament going out, so I hit balls on the range.



    I still had about an hour to kill after my range session, so I hit the practice green for about 15 minutes untill I got bored.



    At the time there was a wooded area about 50 yards wide between the 1st and 10th holes with a steep hill on one side.



    The area had an assortment of fauna including poison ivy, swamp, and briars.



    Once I got thru the thick stuff there were balls everywhere. I filled the pockets of my carry bag in about 15 minutes.



    My main concern was having the strap break, as I carried the bag on my shoulder and supported the undersidde of the bag.



    I emptied out the bag into my vehicle and went back to wait at the 1st tee, to play.



    I counted 144 found balls when I washed them up that night.



    Most of the area has since been dug out for a pond.

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  • PZeroPZero Members Posts: 11,530 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    jack19 wrote:


    really adds up and love trading them for a new club every month or so!!




    Who do you trade them to?
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  • nuthin but a hackernuthin but a hacker Certified Hacker Members Posts: 2,561 ✭✭
    PZero wrote:

    jack19 wrote:


    really adds up and love trading them for a new club every month or so!!




    Who do you trade them to?




    I'd like to know too. I have a bunch to do something with.
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  • KaBoom21KaBoom21 Members Posts: 1,589 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Only when it is slow and my game is off. Like trying out different models once the weather turns.
  • Tanner25Tanner25 Members Posts: 6,335 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Is this considered stealing or trespassing if you are not playing that day?
  • MedicMedic Members Posts: 9,422 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    A buddy of mine who recently retired from the Fire Department took a part time job at a local course. Sometimes he is assigned to the marshal cart and he told me that while working he will wonder into the areas he and the other course employees call "the gold mines" - places where balls will go but people won't most of the time.



    I don't recall the last time he purchased balls. And since the course is sort of high end he gets some really nice ones.



    Funny thing is whenever I play with him there he has shown me the mines and it is incredible. You can walk a few feet into some brush and start picking.
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  • GWDGWD garywdixon Members Posts: 1,666
    edited Nov 27, 2014 #74
    And now for something different:



    I was discing an overgrown 3 acre parcel. Every now and then I'd see a "white rock" and get off the tractor to pick it up. Found nearly a dozen balls. Some were range balls, but none were of any quality.



    Only guess is that someone was using the parcel for a mini-range and couldn't, or didn't, pick up the balls.



    Only a "ball-ho" would climb off of a large tractor to pick up worthless golf balls. I just should have disced them under. But they do float to the surface on subsequent discing. It was just too tempting to check them out rather than to leave them there.
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  • playaplaya Members Posts: 8,744 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    jack19 wrote:


    Anyone here golf ball hunt? what are some of your tips or secrets that you wouldn't mind sharing!









    I love to hunt for golf balls any chance i get. I never do it when there are people waiting haha, i only do it while waiting for a green to clear or while on tee box. My favorite spots are right off the side of a tee box.. you wouldn't believe the hackers on the blue tees who dribble them 10 yards and don't pickem up!.. since i play from white tees, all i do is peak on each side of whites and WOW; i will at least find a couple on each side! And another place i love to check is simply off the fairways, lateral areas, ice plant(great ball swallower!!) and also the rough/ bushes behind greens are always loaded!!! Best of all, I traded 100 prov''s i found in about 3 months for a Krank Rage 5* LD driver that is over $100 plus a $300 shaft!!!



    Let me know where you like checkin for balls!





    Also, do courses ever let you just go out and search around through their lateral and hazard ares for balls if you ask? or is it a no usually? thanks


    People looking for golf balls instead of concentrating on keeping up is one of the biggest reasons fr slow play. Old blokes are the worst offenders.
  • slimeoneslimeone Members Posts: 922 ✭✭
    playa wrote:

    jack19 wrote:


    Anyone here golf ball hunt? what are some of your tips or secrets that you wouldn't mind sharing!









    I love to hunt for golf balls any chance i get. I never do it when there are people waiting haha, i only do it while waiting for a green to clear or while on tee box. My favorite spots are right off the side of a tee box.. you wouldn't believe the hackers on the blue tees who dribble them 10 yards and don't pickem up!.. since i play from white tees, all i do is peak on each side of whites and WOW; i will at least find a couple on each side! And another place i love to check is simply off the fairways, lateral areas, ice plant(great ball swallower!!) and also the rough/ bushes behind greens are always loaded!!! Best of all, I traded 100 prov''s i found in about 3 months for a Krank Rage 5* LD driver that is over $100 plus a $300 shaft!!!



    Let me know where you like checkin for balls!





    Also, do courses ever let you just go out and search around through their lateral and hazard ares for balls if you ask? or is it a no usually? thanks


    People looking for golf balls instead of concentrating on keeping up is one of the biggest reasons fr slow play. Old blokes are the worst offenders.




    Not only that, but I've busted a few old cheapskates stealing my balls during play. It's infuriating!
  • Eric JessenEric Jessen Members Posts: 9
    Yes. I have about 8000 and they are all in pretty new and nice condition. Once I have about 300 or so, I put them in a giant tub full of water w/ bleach and just let them soak for a day or two. They come out looking fresh and shiny!
    Eric
  • cane700cane700 Members Posts: 2,025 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Last two rounds i had ball hunters hunting in the path of my approach shot. Rude IMO. If you're going to be digging around for golf balls at least get out of the way when someone is playing the hole. These guys wouldn't have the reflexes to duck if i hit a line drive towards them.
  • Creedo77Creedo77 Members Posts: 745 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Nov 30, 2014 #79
    I ball hunt regularly, but only after my round. My course is pretty difficult with a lot of high brush along some of the fairways so people find those spots a lot. Typically, I'll play my round and for the last 45 mins/hour of daylight I'll go hunt on holes that are empty and that I know are hot spots. This time of the year the grounds crew cuts down all the high brush and balls are littered everywhere. The guys who work at the course make out big time but there have to be thousands on thousands of balls at my course.



    One night I came away with 5 dozen prov1s/prov1xs, but I play 5/6 days a week and find at least 15/30 each round I look. All the other balls that I find I sell on eBay for a 1¢ starting price, or give them to various golfing buddies to give to their kids.



    Dont really have any tips, but now is the time of the year to do it given that the ticks are gone.
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  • wlargenwlargen Members Posts: 170 ✭✭✭
    As Creedo77 stated, now is the time of year to look for golf balls if you enjoy doing that. The ticks and other creepy things aren't active like the summer time. My home course usually doesn't get much play this time of year so I'm not holding anyone up. In fact, the only time I look for balls is when I'm walking and playing solo.



    I walked today and came out with 9 ProV(x) and 3 Lethals. Also came away with a dozen or so shag balls. I have a few acres at my home where I have my own personal driving range set up. I take care of most of the yard work and hope that my wife doesn't see my divot areas image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
  • Fore_PuttFore_Putt Members Posts: 166
    At my home course, the 2nd hole par 3 is very deceptive. It looks longer than it actually is because of sloped fairways and big rising bunker. People often hit one club too long and overshoot the green.



    There are these thick bushes that look impossible to hunt through, but if you lift the branch on the bottom, you can see underneath the whole bush. If you do this to a couple bushes, you'll find a ton of balls. That's where I get my shag bag balls from. It's great.
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  • LouLogsdonLouLogsdon Members Posts: 646
    I went hunting yesterday, and again today and found 120+ balls. Of the bunch, 3 dozen were proV1/V1X. Looks like I'm set for a while.
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  • jack19jack19 LongDrive Newbie Members Posts: 122

    PZero wrote:

    jack19 wrote:


    really adds up and love trading them for a new club every month or so!!




    Who do you trade them to?




    I'd like to know too. I have a bunch to do something with.




    i trade them online, usually craigslist. I traded 5 dozen provs for a scotty and 9 dozen for a new Krank Long driver. useually sell them now to pay for golf and stuff, nice to make a little cash while in school..
  • Sean2Sean2 #TheWRX (Callaway Trip) Members Posts: 30,826 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    After shoveling snow I wanted to do something golf related so I tallied up what I found last year in premium balls (in excellent condition). $1,131 worth. 95% were Pro V's.
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  • FuryallosFuryallos Members Posts: 8
    My home course eats balls pretty well. A buddy and i usually go out on Thanksgiving morning and Xmas morning and ball hunt. This past Xmas we filled one of those 30 Gallon rolling coolers. We usually wash em up and give em away, ebay the really nice ones or give em to a few of our friends that refuse to buy balls haha. This last haul we had over 100 ProV1 and ProV1x and most of them were in near perfect condition.
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  • GameDayDogGameDayDog Members Posts: 380
    I'm not a hunter but the other day we played & I realized I had 5 golf balls in my bag. Usually I have a pouchful, so I played the smartest & safest golf ever. I had to look for my ball twice and found 3 balls in the process.. A Pro V1, a Supersoft and a One RZN.



    By telling myself to play like it was the last ball left in my bag, that Supersoft & I finished the last 15 holes together..



    I don't play with one buddy because he hunts. I could show him that I have 2 dozen Nike Whites in my bag & he will still patrol the edges and offer me every $.30 lost, scuffed, waterlogged ball he comes across.

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