This is not true in Maryland. In Virginia, golf is considered "essential" insofar as it is exercise. In Maryland, apparently it's a risky luxury.
Also not true in
Do they even play golf in Virginia? We all know that all the good courses are in Maryland. I'd probably go on a voluntary ban if all I could play was Reston National and Bristow Manor.
On a more positive note, sitting inside and doing nothing has been pretty inexpensive so far
Spending increases : books. It's $20 a week at this point. Double or triple what it was. Maybe 1 more movie per week. Drinking more of the good coffee at home instead of the horrible free stuff at work. Hacky sacks.
Spending decreases : food, alcohol, gas, perishable golf items, cancelled trip to Florida.
My income is same, but wife has already missed one craft show and will DEFINITELY be missing more, including some biggies. This is not an insignificant figured, but It's much less hardship than many people are facing.
On the money front, I'm pretty good. Still working as is the roommate, so we're way ahead of most in the OC area. Been ordering some carryout meals trying to help those who are staying open. Went to Mione's pizza in West OC on Saturday at 12:30 and was the lone lunch order they had. On the business side, I'm getting a little worried. Builders are finishing the work they had started, but all future work has gotten the dreaded "let's put that on hold" phone call, and there are no estimates being given. One major contractor here had 4 jobs cancel in ONE day. And the chatter of "is Ocean City going to have a summer?" has started in full force. J-1 Visa workforce is on hold, and who knows if they'll want to come after this.
Water bill will probably be higher, and we haven't consumed any more alcohol than normal but there has been a definite uptick in food delivery orders. We're trying to give the locals business as much as we can without gaining 20 pounds. That's most likely offset by the now near-zero expense of morning coffees, lunches, and gas.
I don't miss golf yet, I suppose it helped that the last round ended with a bunch of big numbers and cold wind.
I miss golf and I don't play nearly as much as most of you guys. Yeah, courses are open here but I just think it's bad form to go play (as "exercise" of course) when we are under a stay at home order. I can give up a few months of playing to help get things back to normal. I think I may break out the mountain bike and get it ready to hit the trails. There is a local mountain bike club that has a 7-8 mile trail for members I may have to join...will get me outside, get some exercise, and stay socially distant.
I've managed to not buy anything during this whole ordeal. I'm very surprised with myself. I'd like to think I can maintain that level of self control but history tells me otherwise.
Both my wife and I are still working so that is good news. She is in healthcare so the current situation is worrisome. But she isn't an ICU nurse now so that makes it a little better. I think one thing that a lot of people aren't aware of is that some healthcare workers are getting hours cut or outright furloughed. A lot of the outpatient clinics here (and other places) have cut staff hours, and the hours the staff are getting are from working inpatient stuff. There are no elective procedures now. And this just isn't something happening at the local hospital...even my surgeon friend in Knoxville, TN has been furloughed, only doing call for emergency cases. This has really opened my eyes to how many "elective" procedures are done on a daily basis in our healthcare system. It's crazy.
Back to good news, the construction on our new house is still able to move forward. Hopefully work can continue throughout this crap and there aren't too many delays. I'm glad construction is deemed an essential business.
I think ALTSean speculated about this earlier but now it's officially being released sooner. I need this documentary like I need air to breathe. No sports has been tough
I realize I'm selfish for saying anything has been tough
Credit to me for being self-aware
This is good news! And while April is better than June, why is ESPN waiting until April 19th? Give us MJ and the Bulls now! This could be ESPN's "Tiger King!" :)
GCSAA is keeping an updated daily chart for where play is currently allowed if anyone is interested
Since we're all bored, someone with some graphic skills and creativity needs to setup a bracket style tournament where MD courses battle VA courses. Public courses only and voting done by Hive members / WRXers.
This list is from golf.com from 2016 so it's a little dated, but here are their picks for top public courses in MD and VA:
1. Bulle Rock, Havre de Grace
2. Links at Lighthouse Sound, Bishopville
3. Whiskey Creek, Ijamsville
4. Lake Presidential, Upper Marlboro
5. Lodestone, McHenry
6. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay (River Marsh), Cambridge
7. Rum Pointe, Berlin
8. Eagle’s Landing, Berlin
9. Rocky Gap, Cumberland
10. Musket Ridge, Myersville
1. Omni Homestead (Cascades), Hot Springs
2. The Highland Course at Primland, Meadows of Dan
3. *Golden Horseshoe (Gold), Williamsburg
4. Full Cry at Keswick Hall and G.C., Charlottesville
5. Kingsmill (River), Williamsburg
6. Royal New Kent, Providence Forge
7. Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech, Radford
8. The Club at Viniterra, New Kent
9. Bay Creek (Nicklaus), Cape Charles
10. Potomac Shores, Potomac Shores
11. Independence, Midlothian
12. Mattaponi Springs, Ruther Glen
13. Golden Horseshoe (Green), Williamsburg
14. Spring Creek, Gordonsville
15. Bay Creek (Palmer), Cape Charles
Before you posted that I was just about to say that for a local DMV list - should limit it to courses within say...an hour or two hours from DC center. Maybe half the courses on those lists are way away.
D.C. could join our fictional tournament, but if we limit the tournament to public courses, then D.C. has maybe 3 public courses? EPP could be a solid sleeper pick. Like any good March Madness tournament, we could find a way to bet on this.
Budget wise, we are pretty much breaking even on food -- lack of buying lunches at work/school every day is being offset by concerted effort to order out from our local haunts. We aren't a big "food delivery" family, so we go out and pick up. I have been reading from restaurants where doordash/grubhub delivery is a loss leader in good times, so in these days where they have no table service, they are actually losing money by being open when they have a lot of delivery orders. Not trying to be a scold, and I understand where some might want to support the gig workers too. I personally much more value brick and mortar. Spent the day Saturday hitting a bunch of the small breweries in NoVA, picking up a couple/3 4 packs everywhere just to throw them some love. That's a break even proposition, as I am making a concerted effort to maintain consumption levels, so that is money I would have spent anyways.
Obvs. saving on gas and until the last couple of days, had been pretty good about not making other purchases. But it seems like online retailers are catching on and offering pretty good sales (Hello, Linksoul!) so have made a few apparel buys.
Question: Are there even any non-NPS golf courses in DC? I saw that in the DC stay at home order FAQ, they specifically mentioned that golf was considered recreation, so was allowable, but if NPS has all their courses closed, why even bother?
Just to clarify, I just used DC as a geographic point - not that I was arguing for Langston to be on the list. If we're going to judge the best courses in the area, courses like Primland that are 6 hours away - I'm sure its a great course but it wouldnt be on my local bracket.
Maybe Langston won their Conference Tournament and is in the play in game.
Go Langston!!! Beat Congressional!!!
@Ocgolfrick There are rules in this tournament! No private courses, no squirrel betting, etc.
Langston's squirrels would beat Congressional's squirrels in an even up matchup everytime. Prove me wrong.
You are not wrong sir.
I'm probably on this limb alone. But Lighthouse to me is not worthy of being that high. Just for the 18th alone. Totally ruined it for me.
Also, Congressionals squirrels do not have the street smarts. They get a beat down.
I agree with your Lighthouse assessment. I have never thought it is worth the price. I do love Rum Pointe, though. We've had a lot of fun there
My total expenses for the last week were $38, which was $25 on video games and my monthly $13 netflix hitting. Admittedly we stocked up on stuff before that, but it's still a huge difference from normal. You multiply that by a few dozen million and it's a lot of money not being spent even by people who remain employed.
All that money is going straight to the bank to save for if/when I get laid off. And then maybe a new driver fitting if I don't get laid off.
Lake presidential and lodestone - no
If Lodestone ever drained and/or brought their greens up to a decent speed, it could be great. But those two things NEVER exist at Lodestone.
Same with Lake Presidential.
Crazy - but we had to issue a “safe passage“ letter for anybody on the road for work purposes.
Same with us earlier in the week however I see this as so unlikely it was probably not worth the time. But I'm sure somewhere in our office we have a hundred lawyers that needed something to do. But the VA order has enough holes you can drive truck through, so I'm 0% worried about being pulled over just for being on the road going to work.
During my state approved outdoor exercise time today, I was really glad to see a lot of the grounds crew out there working on out bunker project. In fact, I think I only saw three other players but 5x that in maintenance guys. Hopefully they can keep all of those guys on because they are great and I'd hate for them to be let go, even for a month.
Agree. I've always enjoyed Rum point.
DC, a couple of architects from Baltimore traveling to a construction site in MOCO were stopped this morning.
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