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  1. I can think of two clubs that fit this description that are pretty liberal with unaccompanied play. The issue for clubs that don’t typically allow unaccompanied play is that a member WILL notice and complain if four random dudes are playing.
  2. Plenty of prestigious clubs in the northeast DGAF who plays as long as they pay. Even Winged Foot has been slinging unaccompanied rounds out like nobody's business. The big dividing line is whether clubs allow any unaccompanied play or not. If they allow it at all...they don't care who comes.
  3. IMO any club that accepts unaccompanied play on a call from an unknown pro doesn't really care who comes out to play. I'm sure they feel like they got away with one, but the club was probably happy to collect the greens fees.
  4. For club events, we let people over 85 play off the senior tees.
  5. I find it interesting that you can bifurcate the world into golf and other sports, and hold golf out as "simply different"...but can't also understand that The Ryder Cup is...simply different. Sadly, a lot of people here JUST DON'T GET IT. The Ryder Cup is not "The Masters" or other gentlemanly pursuit were yelling and screaming from a distance is not acceptable. An obnoxious fan at The Ryder Cup hollering stupid crap from afar is obviously going to be drowned out by the crowd so who cares? But more to the point -- and here's where you're wrong....THE RYDER CUP IS SIMPLY DIFFERENT. There's an old adage you may have heard: "Golf is a gentleman's game, but the Ryder Cup is different" And the presence of more drunken louts at The Ryder Cup makes it one of the best sporting events in the world. Mind you, The Ryder Cup isn't necessarily better because of these traditions; it's simply that The Ryder Cup is different. Gamesmanship, obnoxiousness and rude fans may not be part of other golf tournaments but those qualities are the very fabric of The Ryder Cup. Let's keep it that way.
  6. Totally untrue. Ben Crenshaw was the consulting architect of record for The Country Club for several years as the club prepared for the event. The course was not only setup but in some cases specifically renovated to create an advantage for the US team. Course selection and setup has always been part of Ryder Cup strategy.
  7. Our range has, I think, 10 hitting bays. Most of the time it's fine, but it's not entirely uncommon that you have two groups warming up at the same time (the on-deck and in-the-hole groups) and the third group is arriving ~20 minutes before their tee time to find not enough slots. It drives me nuts when somebody has set up shop to practice for 3 hours while guys who are getting ready to play have to wait.
  8. I would assume yes. It's a redesign not a renovation, and it's not like that distinction saved the club from bankruptcy.
  9. I would argue that a caddie should feel the same shame if I pick up and carry my bag as if I rake a trap. I'm going to do it if it fits the scenario on the ground...but it shouldn't feel great if you're the caddie.
  10. IMO you guys expect too much from caddies. I blame what you see on TV. I play almost all my rounds with caddies, and I expect them to: (1) carry my bag; (2) offer a second opinion on putt line; (3) be offended when you rake the bunker yourself. I've never found double-bagging to be an issue (assuming two caddies in the group). If the caddies work together and know the course, you should never find yourself waiting on them. Just like marriage...having low expectations keeps everybody happy in the long run.
  11. I feel alone in this...but I vastly prefer a double caddie to a single. Maybe it comes down to what you want...but I don't want a PGA tour experience - I need a guy who will carry my bag so I don't have to, and will help me find balls in the rough. I find the single bag to be a super weird rent-a-friend experience.
  12. I think those would be pretty easy calls for our head pro to make. Augusta is probably about the only 'not going to happen' place...and I don't think Epic Golf Club is going to change that.
  13. https://www.planetgolf.com/rankings/usa/golf-digest-usa-top-100/2015
  14. The members play every day from effectively the same tees that Ouimet played (there are a couple of changes, but nothing really significant). The US Open card from 1913 was 6,245; the members' tees today are 6,357 with most of those yards added on the 16th hole (a par 3). But the "par 4's" of 300 yards or less in 1913 (holes 2, 4, and 6) are still less than 300 yards (only one of them will be used as a Par 4 in 2022). A round anywhere close to par in tournament conditions would be an excellent outcome for a scratch golfer...four of them in a row? Very unlikely.
  15. Not sure where you draw the line - 1860 is pretty far back. But the 1913 US Open was played on a course that is relatively unchanged from today aside from better agronomy. Basically the same length and layout. They played to 304 (12 over par) over 4 days in horrendous conditions. I would be very surprised if a scratch golfer today could put up the same number in the same conditions.
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