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  1. The hoofer tour is a much bigger bag than the other two, has a lot more storage, and will weigh a good bit more. The standard Hoofer will be more comparable to the Titleist bag, and Hoofer Lite will compare more to the SL2. SL2 isn't a big bag. Personally, I'm not big on Stitch bags. They look great, but they are heavy for their size and lack the storage you'd expect for their weight. It's more style than substance IMO.
  2. If you're only there for a short time and in the city, then I would enjoy the city for all it has to offer and skip the golf angle. If you really want to get in on golf then Chelsea Pier and go get fit for some clubs at True Spec. If you'll be spending time out of the city you could have lunch at Bethpage, and drive through the parking lots and ogle at some of the famous old money clubs on LI or Westchester areas. The Ferry Point golf course also has a restaurant and views of the city. That said I wouldn't spend the time and energy to do these things unless you'll already be out in one of those directions. Too much fun stuff to do in NYC to consider taking all the time and effort to have lunch at one of those courses.
  3. It could depend on time of year. I know of a few places that allow unaccompanied, but not during peak season and not on weekends during their fringe season, but do allow them out of season. For e.g. playing unaccompanied on Long Island in October will fly at most of the places there, but that changes if you try to go during the summer. Places have been even more stringent since the onset of COVID.
  4. Best of both worlds: join the better course and then move closer to it.
  5. This is why my most of my equipment purchases are on hold. I'm not going to order something and then have a new model released while I'm waiting for a delivery of the previous model.
  6. Seems like if you're going to have two bags, then go all out and get a proper stand-free Sunday bag. Personally, I'd never own two bags. For me it's not a great use of space in my trunk/house and money. I use a hoofer lite that I generally carry it for 18 with a full set - it's pretty light. If I take half of my clubs out plus any unnecessary accessories for a quick round, then it weighs very little. I don't have a need for a second bag that's even lighter.
  7. I'd like to see tennis attire allowed, including on tour. It seems like a good medium where you still look nice, but you're dressed like an athlete in athletic appropriate clothes, and it's a more widely accessible/agreeable aesthetic.
  8. What are you guys wearing under your hoodies? I'm interested in joining the crowd, but not sure how you layer it. Presumably if the hoodie may come off then it's got to be a golf shirt underneath. I was also thinking it's still got to be a golf shirt or turtle / mock turtle neck to satisfy the collar rule at most courses. Curious if it's still comfortable. I don't think I'd ever put the hood on my head, but I do like the back of neck warmth and general coziness that a hood provides.
  9. Galvin Green has short / medium / long options in their pants. Not sure about jackets.
  10. Only wrong on one... so far. I'd still bet that Rory wins another major, and I think DJ wins another one too. Rory is only 32 and playing at a major winning level. I think that he will win another one. I love his comments after the CJ cup. If he's got the right attitude he'll win multiple more majors. I think DJ will crack through again too, but I'm less sure on him due to his age and at this point I'm not sure he's got the same level of motivation that he had a couple of years ago. Day, I would heavily bet against. He's been de-railed by injuries and it seems hard to see him bouncing all the way back at this point.
  11. Was the Westfields fitting off of grass? I'm in the market for wedges and my normal fitter is indoors on a mat. That works perfectly for woods, ok for irons, but for wedges I'd really like to test different grinds on turf and a short game area.
  12. Probably right about that, and I am sure it is tough for him... but still sour grapes. Getting booed and having people cheer against you must be something very interesting for a golfer. Unless you're DeChambeau this is the only event in your whole golf career (junior through Champions Tour), where people actively cheer against you.
  13. I saw this fluff piece on golf.com earlier today, and I don't see how it can be accurate. I'm curious if anyone plugged in has more insight. https://golf.com/lifestyle/how-much-top-tier-pga-tour-players-spend/ Article says a top 30 players golf related expenditures in a year (travel, coaches, etc.) is estimated to be between $1.88MM and $2.08MM. That seemed really high to me. That's more than 50% of of the tour earnings that guy in the 20 - 30 range on PGA tour will make in a season, and the guys in that range aren't getting huge endorsement deals anymore either.
  14. Sore loser. He's only 50/50 to make the team in Rome anyways, but if he does, I guarantee he'll make Cantlay's behavior this week look modest. However, no one should be talking junk to the players families. That is not ok.
  15. Thank you for all of the tips! I've driven in Ireland before, but have not been in Northern Ireland. However, the rental car was a mini so this time I'll need something a little larger. Very good to know about masks and cards... honestly doesn't sound too much different than DC right now.
  16. I've got 14, and agree with earlier posters that courses by the ocean seem to be overrated here. 4. Ocean Course: Great course 6. Pinehurst #2: Great course 8. Bethpage Black: Best on this list I've played, I'd pull slightly ahead of Ocean and #2 11. TPC Sawgrass Stadium: Not sure this is worth the price, but playing the last 3 and then watching them on TV is a lot of fun 20. Streamsong Red: About right 24. Karsten Creek: About right 25. Harbour Town: Slightly underrated. I love playing here, you have to bring all the shots 34. Streamsong Black: Slightly overrated. One of the most fun courses out there, very memorable, but doesn't have the same shot values as others on the list 37. Greenbrier Old White: Slightly underrated 43. Golden Horseshoe (Gold): About right, and THE BEST deal on this list that I've played. It's a short drive for me so I go play the gold and another area course most years. Great par 3's (but they're all similar), Great par 5's, good mix of distances on the 4's 49. Tobacco Road: Very overrated, I don't get the love for this one. Most good golfers I know prefer Caledonia of the top Strantz courses, which was way further down the list 73. Pine Needles: Underrated 93. Mid Pines: About right 94. Bulle Rock: About right and very difficult
  17. These two suggestions are so close you've probably already considered them: 1) Tahoe: I couldn't make the trip, but I had some friends go out to the Tahoe and Reno areas a few years ago. They had a pretty good time out there from what I heard. I've stayed in some cabins out there in the winter and they didn't cost too much 2) Napa: Plenty of golf out there. Pretty scenic. Not sure about housing though, the hotels are definitely pricey
  18. Hi Everyone, I'm working on an itinerary for an Ireland trip and am wondering if what I've worked up below is possible and, if not, how I could adjust. A few of the key tenants would be: Playing Portrush (assuming we can get a time), playing Lahinch, having some time off for rest/sight seeing (a few 36 days are ok, but some 0 days also desired). We will have a rental car and don't mind driving. I have only been to Ireland once before and drove around plenty, but didn't get to play any golf. Day AM PM Town to Sleep In Sat Land in Belfast, drive to County Down Play CD Annesley Newcastle Sun Play Ardglass Play CD Championship (PM time) Portrush Mon Play Portrush (Valley before 9 am) Play Portrush (Dunluce 2pm or later) Portrush Tues TBD: Ballylifin / PortS / Castlerock Drive to Galway Galway Wed Day off Day off Galway Thurs Play Lahinch Drive to Dublin Dublin Fri Play Portmarnock (8:30 - 10 am) TBD Dublin Sat Day off Day off Dublin Sun Flight home from Dublin NA NA
  19. Agree, the range is small. It's nothing like Prestonwood or NRCC mile wide ranges (although NRCC has a net at the end... that isn't high enough). I know during events you've got to wait for a spot, maybe you do on busy weekends too. I've never noticed any issues with flightless balls though. One thing I have noticed is it seems like no one uses the pitching/chipping area by the 12th hole. Sure it could use sprucing up, but I've been there a dozen or so times and never seen anyone using it. If I lived in the neighborhood I'd be there every night.
  20. I would add a MacGregor Downs to this list under Cary. Much less expensive than Raleigh CC, N Ridge, and Prestonwood. It is a bit crowded (owned by the same group a 12 oaks) though. The membership is pretty young from what I can tell, they keep the course in good shape, and the pool and tennis scenes are pretty vibrant too. A lot of the members live in the neighborhood or near by so they have a pretty good community there, it's not just a show up/play/leave club. Another plus is how easy it is to get in Pinehurst from Cary. You can get down there in under an hour.
  21. Private: Sleepy Hollow Creek Club Roaring Gap Public: Harbor Town Streamsong Black TPS Sawgrass Wildcard budget friendly selection: Jeffersonville (this one less for the golf and more for the vibes)
  22. I'd take some tacky advertising revenue if they spend it back on the course. However if it's just upping profitability in a public. At a muni it's hard to argue with something like that if it reduces the tax payers obligation to support the course.
  23. My club is garbage in a lot of ways. They do a poor job with course conditions, very low staffing and often the pro shop or cart people can't be found, they run out of carts and range balls at peak times, and the restaurant is slow.... but honestly, I don't hear too much complaining. We know where we are and that if we want more we need to leave the club and pay more somewhere else. There will come a day that I do that, but until then it's best to be positive about getting to play a good layout and not have to fight for tee times, while still having extra cash in my pocket to put toward a nicer club someday.
  24. I don't think necessarily overrated, but with the volume of work that he did you will find some stinkers if you look hard enough. Maybe they started out nice 100 years ago and after a century of neglect they've become stinkers, but it's hard to say at this point. However, his top end courses compare with anyone's. #2, Inverness, #4, Pine Needles, Mid-Pines, Seminole, Oak Hill, Oakland Hills, Aronomink, Inverness, and that's only a few of his really good designs. Anyone that could do all of that is worthy of a Mt. Rushmore spot. I do also love Pete Dye, but the things he did would have been unimaginable in Ross's day. Potentially not doable either, even if you could have imagined it. Nicklaus is the one who I find overrated. I find his courses hard, but not interesting. And anyone can design a hard golf course. I'm also intrigued to see how we view Coore Crenshaw by the time I'm an old man. They are loved now, but their style my lose popularity (similar to what's happened to Fazio over time). I love their work, but I do wish they would cut down fewer trees.
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