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  1. Thought I'd check in and let you guys know the trip was a great success! My buddies enjoyed the courses. Appreciate all the advice! My course rankings: Grand Cypress New Course - I really enjoyed this entire complex but this course was just awesome. Great layout, great shape, just a fun day. Celebration - Liked it the last time I played and just as much this time! ChampionsGate CC - Although it was 50s, windy and rainy that day. Enjoyed the front nine better than the back but very nice new course. Waldorf - Tough course but really very nice. Falcon's Fire - They were overseeding so the conditions weren't the best. I did really like this course though.
  2. Thank you for the help. Now I have to get to the range and play some more rounds in the cold so I'm not super rusty for the trip. Ha!
  3. Well, looks like we are set. Thanks for all the advice. Thought I'd post the booked times for the trip. Good thing on Thursday is the Celebration time is the first tee time and the Falcon's Fire is the first tee time after a morning shotgun so the course should be empty to finish before dark. Really looking forward to these 99 holes! Wednesday Waldorf 12:05pm Thursday Celebration 7:08am Thursday Falcon's Fire 1:06pm Friday Grand Cypress - North - 9 Holes 8:33am Friday Grand Cypress - New - 18 Holes 11:18am Saturday Championsgate CC 9:42am
  4. Thanks again all! Looks like we are changing some courses up due to some feedback from a friend of a friend in the area and this thread. Really appreciate the responses though.
  5. Plans keep changing but we are set to be there Tues-Sunday. Only doubling up one day. Wed - Grand Cypress New Course Thurs - Waldorf - after noon for lower rate Fri - Magnolia in the morning, Palm in the afternoon - The guys didn't want to drive much between rounds. I know these are close together. Neither course has been mentioned in this thread. Thoughts on these? Good, bad, good shape? Saturday - Championsgate resort course - I think it's the national course? this may change but a friend was told it was a good course, good shape. I would rather play one of the other courses but I picked all the others so.....
  6. Thanks!! This is awesome info. We are actually staying a little longer and only doubling up two days. We decided we wouldn't be able to handle that many rounds. Haha! I spoke to someone at Grand Cypress and they recommended the two Disney courses Magnolia and Palm. Said they were both in great shape and easy to play 36. Thoughts on those two? Prices aren't bad either. Also, the championsgate courses I saw were national and international (I think those were the names. What is the country club course? Thanks again!
  7. So, I was given my parents week at the Marriott Grande Vista for the first week of December. Wife and kids can't go so I'm thinking of taking friends and making a 5 day golf trip. A few questions: Weather? I looked it up, saw high is usually low 70s that time of year so don't think it will be a problem. Can we get in two rounds per day with the shortened daylight (7am-5:30pm) and time for lunch or driving from course to course in between? Most important question: Any course recommendations? Since we aren't paying for the hotel we are not that worried about cost. Want to play some really nice courses. Maybe courses with 36 holes so we don't have to drive after the round. Can anyone get a foursome of 8-12 handicappers out on Bay Hill? LOL! Half kidding. Seriously though, any thoughts would be great! Thanks.
  8. 1) Evenings playing with my father when I was 13 years old 2) Playing with my 11 year old son now and watching him get his first par
  9. Best of luck this week Matt! I'm enjoying following along!
  10. That's awesome! Congrats on the great experience.
  11. Thanks for sharing! Good stuff. I'm glad to see Daly back on the course and seems to be in a good place personally. Pet peeve, when will people learn that it's so much better to turn the phone sideways when recording a video? Looks so much better.
  12. Great post and great job by the member hosting! I wish you the best of luck tomorrow and hope to watch you play on the big stage in the near future!
  13. 18th at my local course. 440, Par 4, dogleg right, approach shot is uphill. If I hit a straight drive I go into the driving range. If I hit something less than that I have about a 190-200 yard uphill approach shot to a small green surrounded by bunkers. I just never play this hole well. I have only parred it a few times and mostly bogey or double it. I birdied that focker today! Decided I would try to slice my driver around the corner and hit it perfect. Had 175 uphill left, plays about 190, hit a 6 iron to 6 feet and drained the putt. Birdied for the first time ever and I was so happy leaving the course even though I had a mediocre round overall.
  14. 42/41 = 84 Took a triple on a par 3. Ball in the water, knocked 3rd on, 3 putted like a jacka**. Pulled a drive deep into the woods on an easy par four and got a double. Sliced approach wedge into the water on a par 5 from a bad downhill and sidehill lie for a double. Other than those three shots I played pretty well.
  15. Something like this happened just today but on a very busy course and in my foursome. We played with a guy who hit multiple balls from the fairway if he didn't like the first shot and took practice putts after we were done and walking back to the cart. Only one of those times on the green was he holding up the group behind but he was holding all of us up from going to the next hole while we waited for him to practice putts and get to the carts. At one point he hit a ball in the water and dropped another instead of dropping much closer to the green where it went in. He hit that one in the water and dropped another, which he proceeded to hit.........IN THE WATER! This was on 14 and I finally couldn't hold back anymore and said, "Hey Tin Cup, why not use the drop area!". Thankfully he laughed about it and on the next tee apologized and said he just likes to feel a good shot after a bad one and he was sorry if he was holding us up.
  16. "NESTLE!" - Said when your approach shot is in the air and heading towards the pin and wanting it to nestle up close to the hole.
  17. It's been interesting for me... I switched to Live on presale, and I've had a slightly better experience than the Classic. I used to play with Classic and record my score via GolfShot. I'd get back to my laptop and correct the tag mistakes later. It made it a memory jog at the end, but I'd have my card to marry up penalties, etc. With Live, I continued to do that, but very quickly found two apps to be terrible. It just isn't reasonable to switch around. Therefore I decided to start making sure my scores and tags were right on my phone every couple of holes. It's a little more clunky than I'd want; editing on the course is a little cumbersome, but not as much as when you're swapping apps. If you go that way, do a paper card a few times to make sure you have the number right. After a couple rounds, it's just the single source for putting things down, and the tagging is more accurate with club selection / forgotten tags. I just wish their app was easier to navigate, and showed scores a lot better. There is a lot of wasted space on the card. If you want to not think about it in-round, stick to Classic. If you do Live, you have to dive "all in" to not be overloaded, IMO. matchavez, Thank you for the thorough responses. I use Golfshot and it has rounds in there for the past three years and it's shared with my group of friends. I would want to continue to use that. I don't like to mess around with my phone too much during the round. Put my score in at the end of the hole and put it back in the cart. Also, I remember every shot after the round so I don't think I'll have a problem with the post-round corrections. Or maybe I will, who knows. :)
  18. Thanks for the responses. A few questions from reviews I have read. I apologize if this was discussed but there are just too many posts to review. 1) From an Amazon review: "The issue I found, as a bogey golfer, is that if you venture into an adjoining fairway, it too often starts posting strokes against that hole, and then is forever lost." Is this the case and is there a way to avoid it? 2) HItting your 5 iron to punch out or 8 iron near the green throws off you averages with that club and there is no way to exclude that shot from your averages? 3) Do things like this takeaway from the overall experience and usability of the device? Thanks again for helping out!!
  19. A bit confused and I tried to go through some of the 59 pages of this thread but it's just too much to sift through. Can someone help me choose between Classic and Live? On Amazon the Classic is $123 and Live is $218. My needs are pretty basic. I want to track my shots, rounds and stats. That's it. I don't need GPS. I don't need to be able to view anything on the course. Seems if that is all I need then the Classic would work just fine? Seems the only thing I would be missing is the real-time sync instead of having to plug the device in afterwards and sync? Is that correct? Any thoughts would be great. Thanks!
  20. If he somehow won the tourney you would be seeing that shot replayed for years to come. It would've become a famous shot that's how good it was.
  21. That's awesome. I love playing golf with my father. He has always said to me, "There aren't many things better than playing a round of golf with my son(s)." I always thought I understood until I played a few round with my son. He is 11 and has taken a liking to the game. He is not a fanatic but he really enjoys it and has been going to golf camp several times a year (he is going this week for spring break). We have played 9 about 4-5 times and a full 18 once. NOW and only now do I truly know what my father means and I try to play with him as much as possible.
  22. My superstition is reading other people's superstitions and having them become my own superstitions so I am not reading this thread. I did not read a single post in this thread.
  23. Showed up as a single, was rushed to first tee immediately after paying. Was +8 after first 5 holes and +2 on the next 13 for an 82. I hate being rushed and not warming up.
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