Playing alone by choice.

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  • Playing alone after work is truly amazing. My course is $20 to play twilight hours and no one is ever out there. Only thing that sucks is when you hit a nice shot or make a long putt no one is there to celebrate. Other than that it's so peaceful. I get way too angry when someone calls my cell though.
  • wrmillerwrmiller Members Posts: 1,569 ✭✭
    "I get way too angry when someone calls my cell though."



    My solution for that was easy: I simply turned the darn thing off and threw it in the bag before starting the round. Now that I'm retired I no longer feel the need for a cell phone. Very liberating. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • wrmiller wrote:


    "I get way too angry when someone calls my cell though."



    My solution for that was easy: I simply turned the darn thing off and threw it in the bag before starting the round. Now that I'm retired I no longer feel the need for a cell phone. Very liberating. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    That sounds so nice.
  • JimmyjsJimmyjs Members Posts: 9
    Monday through Friday I'll go out after work and play nine by myself and enjoy the peace and quiet. I've found it's a great way to unwind and I don't feel any pressure to play at someone else's pace if I want to drop a couple balls and hit extra shots. The weekends are for rounds with friends and all the stuff that goes with it.
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  • FourTopsFourTops Banned Posts: 1,676 ✭✭
    I've lost track...is the original poster still playing alone...or has he made friends? Just curious.
  • ahdongahdong Members Posts: 95 ✭✭
    as someone who has played hundreds of rounds by myself on a empty course I can say that its pretty amazing not having to worry about people behind you and taking your time to practice different shots, hitting multiple balls on each hole it feels good. But it does get lonely out there every now and then
  • TMoakley1547TMoakley1547 Posts: 92 ✭✭
    I prefer to play alone, most of the time. Im not much of a socializer and really value and enjoy time alone. I have myself I can talk to. And I do. My swing thoughts, become swing statements. I tend to play better because I dont feel the eyes of someone else on me. And I dont have to wait to play unless the group in front of me is slow. I hit the ball, take off walking after it, find it, and do it again. Its a fast pace that really keeps me focused. I love it.



    However, I really enjoy playing with my brother. Its a great way for us to bond, and keep up with each other. He is a good golfer, plays fast, and prefers to walk. Id never play alone again if I knew I could play every round with him. So I guess I should say, I prefer to play alone, if Im not playing with my brother.
  • kmay__kmay__ Members Posts: 209 ✭✭
    I'm opting to play 9 tonight solo, it'll be my first time doing so. I'm quite looking forward to it.
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  • SurfDufferSurfDuffer Posts: 3,008 ClubWRX


    I prefer to play alone, most of the time. Im not much of a socializer and really value and enjoy time alone. I have myself I can talk to. And I do. My swing thoughts, become swing statements. I tend to play better because I dont feel the eyes of someone else on me. And I dont have to wait to play unless the group in front of me is slow. I hit the ball, take off walking after it, find it, and do it again. Its a fast pace that really keeps me focused. I love it.



    However, I really enjoy playing with my brother. Its a great way for us to bond, and keep up with each other. He is a good golfer, plays fast, and prefers to walk. Id never play alone again if I knew I could play every round with him. So I guess I should say, I prefer to play alone, if Im not playing with my brother.




    Well said. This is exactly how I feel about playing with my son.
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  • senatornewsomesenatornewsome Members Posts: 18 ✭✭
    Personally, love playing alone. I can never get enough of the oasis that is playing golf alone. Love enjoying time away from other people and I can hit 2 balls, try out different shots/approaches to holes on golf courses I regularly play so I can always keep the game interesting.



    However, I don't know about anyone else but I always score better playing with others. Anybody else feel that way? I just turn on some sort of competitive switch inside me because there is nothing I hate more than playing poorly in front of other people, even if I don't know them. I never look for the validation of others, and honestly I rarely talk to the others in my group (unless it is about the upcoming/previous weeks PGA tournament) or some other subject that I am interested in, but I definitely play better around other people.
  • jigglelowjigglelow Members Posts: 41 ✭✭
    I like to play alone if the course is pretty empty. Otherwise I just get unnecessarily infuriated waiting.



    I like playing alone but I'd say I prefer to play with someone if they walk and take their game seriously. I like to have fun but my idea of fun is putting pressure on myself to play well, not drinking 10 beers and hamming in up in the cart. I appreciate playing with someone(s) who has the same mindset as me.
  • rainkingjrrainkingjr Members Posts: 2,567 ✭✭
    I find myself playing alone more often than I do with friends or relatives these days. Like most have stated here, it is quite enjoyable. My only issue is that I play most of my rounds early in the morning so I do run into the occassionly log jam or sometimes get paired with folks I don't know. My favorite person to play with is my father, but health reasons have kept him off the course for the past few years.
  • kmay__kmay__ Members Posts: 209 ✭✭
    Went out for 9 last night solo, enjoyed myself. Didn't play the best, but did make one birdie on a par 4 dogleg right. And made 2 additional pars. Consistency struggles... but yea I think I might make the solo after work 9 a more regular thing.



    Although I think I agree that I may have played better with friends there as sort of a friendly competition thing.... And I had a twosome right on my tail so playing 2 balls or re hitting any shots was out of the question. Enjoyed the solitude of it though, and no one was having a hissy fit so no distractions which was great.
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  • joeplus2joeplus2 Whoa...Barry Sanders! Posts: 113
    for me....unless it's a cash game.....don't bother me.
  • Sean2Sean2 #TheWRX (Callaway Trip) Members Posts: 30,826 ✭✭
    I walked 18 this morning by myself. Finished in just under three hours, wasn't in any particular hurry. The course was as quite as an empty church, with the exception of those sounds provided by Mother Nature. It was most enjoyable.
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  • KBongKBong Members Posts: 1,194 ✭✭
    TinCup6969 wrote:


    My course is $20 to play twilight hours and no one is ever out there.


    I have read many members post that the courses they play at twilight are very quiet....here in Vancouver, BC.....all the public courses are jammed packed with booked tee times at twilight...even the really cheap sunset times in the summer....7pm..... are packed with golfers too.



    FWIW....I hate playing alone...if I do go out as a single....I like to wait and join up with others....if I do play alone later in the day....I'll thrown down a few balls and practice.
  • mattsuth87mattsuth87 Posts: 246
    edited Jun 23, 2018 #108
    I enjoy playing alone , sometimes listening to music sometimes not , being able to play this sport on my own is what led me to it in the first place. Unlike some others who have posted who play multiple balls , my solo rounds are self scrutinized more than a tournament round and I feel just as much pressure as I would with a crowd watching..love grinding over every shot trying to be better.

    This also makes it disappointing that solo rounds no longer count for your handicap
  • I play 80% of my rounds as a single. At my club I try to get the first tee time in the AM and play 18 holes in just over 2 hours. The other 10% I play with my 10 year old son and we play only 7-9 holes. Finally the last 10% I play with other golfers.



    Not really a preference it’s just that I play kind of in the spur of the moment. I don’t schedule my rounds more than 12 hours ahead of time.



    I don’t mind the solitary golf round- I find it relaxing.
  • jb20jb20 Members Posts: 61 ✭✭
    Since I work 4 10 hours days and Friday is my normal day off, I’ll go Friday by myself if I don’t have anything else to do while everyone else is working then play the weekend with my dad and sometimes we get 2 of my cousins to make a foursome.
  • 118811118811 Posts: 161 ✭✭
    Mcgeeno wrote:


    I love my Friday date night with my wife. We do 18 holes and then go for dinner




    You’re a very lucky man!

    You have found nirvana .
  • FourTopsFourTops Banned Posts: 1,676 ✭✭
    Golf is boring by myself...once in a while for extreme practice is fun...but I miss not having to duck out of the way of a shanked SW and laughing to the next tee.
  • Twism86Twism86 Posts: 377 ✭✭
    When I golf alone, it's all about the golf. When I golf with friends, it's about socializing and having fun. Golfing alone gives me way more focus and I shoot better.
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  • haroleaseharolease Posts: 604 ✭✭
    I like practicing on the range or chip/putt on the greens on my own

    If I’m going out on the course rather be out with someone

    Occasionally I been on my own to play a few holes but quit after 9!

    Who is there it witness your hole in one ? Or witness best round ?

  • macedanmacedan Posts: 206 ✭✭
    I almost always play by myself unless I am playing with my father. Typically I play outside of peak hours so I can even play 2 balls/hole if I really want to. I do feel as though I focus more and am under less pressure to perform. I also enjoy walking the course, as my budget doesn't allow for cart fees lol, and there aren't many mid-high handicappers like myself who walk here.



    TL;DR: Only low handicappers also walk here, I usually play when course is more empty, I don't want to feel like a burden by joining much better players, I like the peacefulness of playing solo.
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  • JohnnypensoJohnnypenso Ooooh, that's a duff. Posts: 192
    macedan wrote:


    I almost always play by myself unless I am playing with my father. Typically I play outside of peak hours so I can even play 2 balls/hole if I really want to. I do feel as though I focus more and am under less pressure to perform. I also enjoy walking the course, as my budget doesn't allow for cart fees lol, and there aren't many mid-high handicappers like myself who walk here.



    TL;DR: Only low handicappers also walk here, I usually play when course is more empty, I don't want to feel like a burden by joining much better players, I like the peacefulness of playing solo.
    2 balls is nothing. image/superman.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':superman:' /> I played in front of a single yesterday and while we waiting on the 15th tee I saw him drop at least 15 balls onto the ground and hit them all onto the 14th green. image/swoon.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':swoon:' />. I'd say 5 of them were almost surefire birdies, another 5 were 5-10 feet and the rest were up to 20 feet away. This was from about 80 yards.
  • FourTopsFourTops Banned Posts: 1,676 ✭✭
    edited Jul 8, 2018 #117
    I heard music coming from another guy's cart today...the song was "All By Myself" by Eric Carmen. I thought about this thread.
  • rosyrosy ClubWRX Posts: 38 ClubWRX
    Now that I have a kid, a 2 hour round on Saturday morning (first tee time) before anyone is up is pure bliss: hearing the birds, smelling the fresh cut grass, making trails in the dew...



    A solo round at any other time, completely miserable... you’re playing through groups or waiting on every shot. It’s like playing behind JB Holmes ALL THE TIME!
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  • bigred90gtbigred90gt Lefty Boomers Posts: 4,301 ✭✭
    Several years ago, when I was a low single digit handicap and playing on an amateur tour, I played a lot of solo rounds. My schedule was very flexible at work, so I would often go out in the middle of the day when most folks are working. I was very serious about my game and used those rounds to practice course management and various shots. I would say that probably 75% of my rounds were solo rounds.



    These days, I'm far less serious about the game, and my preference is to play with others. I enjoy the social aspect of it now far more than the competitive aspect. Golf to me now is an escape from the grind of daily life, so I dont necessarily want to grind out on the course. Once I decide I want to play, I always put out the feelers to all of my friends and try to get at least one of them on the course. If they cant make it, I will still go out, but I much prefer to play rounds with company. So much so that I'll usually ask in the pro-shop if there are any groups that they can put me with. I'd venture a guess that these days 10% max of my rounds are solo. Those rounds that I do play solo these days, I usually have some music playing and I'm just out to enjoy the outdoors. My favorite rounds these days are when it is either me and my uncle, or when I have my wife riding in the cart with me, and my buddy has his wife with him. Neither of our wives play, but it is always a great time.
  • macedanmacedan Posts: 206 ✭✭
    Walked 18 Sunday and right at 20 before dark yesterday. Had the course all to myself yesterday and had a 25 yard hole out pitch for birdie with no audience...just how I like it. I play for me right now, I will never turn down a round with my father or brother, but my solo rounds really help me to focus on making smooth, fluid swings and not trying to be a showoff.
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  • platgofplatgof platgof ClubWRX Posts: 1,370 ClubWRX
    I really enjoy playing alone, but the pace of play is killing me waiting for others to finish up. So it would be better to play with others at times.
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