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  1. [quote name='DFinch' timestamp='1369467907' post='7104334'] [quote name='jon2' timestamp='1369466496' post='7104312'] I'd skip Heron. Blue is a nice course, but I don't know how much you'll enjoy your likely 5 hour round there on a Saturday. You might as well just play Tri Mountain in Ridgefield. The course isn't bad, nor is it better than Great Blue, but there are a few nice holes and it holds up pretty well if there has been any rain. It's probably one of my favorite public courses in the area. [/quote] I agree with this. If you can get out on Great Blue at Heron Lakes early, it's worth it. If you get stuck behind people who shouldn't be playing it, it can be a slow day. Since you're in Ridgefield, Tri-Mountain is a good option. [/quote] Yes, Saturdays can be slow at almost any public course here.
  2. [quote name='BrianL99' timestamp='1369481078' post='7104580'] I've had mine for over a week, I was in the first batch. Weather has been awful, so I haven't really tried it yet ... hopefully tomorrow. Much better "attachment" system ... aligns differently on the club (not at 3 o'clock). Different color lights than the previous version. [/quote] You must be here in Portland, too then...
  3. Heron Lakes has two great courses (RT Jones II) for about $40. Club rental will run another $30, though I can't speak for the quality of clubs. Lewis River GC is not far from Ridgefield, and is a decent track for about $45. The Heron Lakes courses are better layouts. We have been in a bit of a wet spell this week (big surprise - Portland in May...), so it may be a little soggy wherever you go.
  4. [quote name='rcncgolf' timestamp='1369391697' post='7097570'] Just got notice of shipping net couple days. New software is great! [/quote] When did you order yours?
  5. Pre-ordered mine April 26. Still haven't gotten notice that it has shipped yet. Anyone get theirs? When did you pre-order?
  6. [quote name='sumo-san' timestamp='1368444048' post='7023240'] I have had an orange whip now for a couple of years. I had stopped using it as much over the last 6-9 months but with the golf season started and after reading this thread I have decided to put it back in the bag. I believe it is great for improving tempo and feeling the correct transition (hips first). However what I struggle with sometimes is recreating a feel with it that I can use on the course. Sometimes I feel my swing with the whip is very good but struggle to recreate that swing with a club in hand. Does anyone have a similar problem? Does anyone have any swing thoughts/feelings that are good for "activating" a whip swing? My tendency when off my game is being too quick from the top. [/quote] I'm still getting the hang of it, but I do know that when I can recreate that OW feeling with my club, the result is much smoother and freer. I have been able to do it for maybe half the swings, so I am just going to keep swinging the OW and trust that, like most swing changes, it'll take some time and conscious effort to engrain it. I've been taking it to the range and using it to stretch a bit, then start with the slow back and forth, working up to about 15 or 20 full swings. Then I'll start with a short iron and maybe hit 10 balls or so just concentrating on recreating the "whippy" feeling of the OW, not really paying a lot of attention to the ball flight. I'll work my way up through maybe three different clubs, then hit driver. Once I stopped before the driver and swung the OW a few times; not sure if that was helpful or not. With the driver, especially, I'm trying to think "loose" and "free" and time the weight shift to the left side. That's how I'm going at it, anyway. Love to hear others' approaches. Admittedly a small sample size, but I'm liking the early results.
  7. Just got an OW about a week ago and used it on the range a few times and played my first round yesterday. Iron shots were more solid and driver felt much "freer" in it's release. By trying to recreate the sensation of swinging the OW as I swing a club, I feel like I am not trying to steer the club through impact, and my tempo is definitely better. Not rushing the transition. I was hesitant because of the price, plus I'm not a trainer gadget guy. I was having a hard time believing that the OW would be any better than swinging a couple clubs. But it seems to be working. I have the Golden version, am 5'11 1/2 and this sems to be the right size for me.
  8. After some reflection, I would tend to agree with what Chris says. When I was driving the ball well, the scores reflected it. When I missed with the tee shot, the course ate my lunch. Part of the problem was that I had never played in such high winds. Definitely agree that the knowledge of the caddy would have helped tremendously score-wise, but I still really enjoyed the tracks. Forecaddie is the ultimate solution. Had one at Tetherow (another Macleay-Kidd design in Bend) a couple years ago, and it was very helpful.
  9. Total cost, including 3 nights lodging, six 18 hole rounds of golf (and one round on the Preserve), food and gas was just under $1700. Worth every penny. Maybe not every year, but every two or three, for sure. I would consider going in March or even February. The rates would be even lower and there would still be a decent chance of good weather, for at least a couple days. Could probably do the same trip in March for around $1200.
  10. Well, it’s been a few weeks since I went to Bandon, so this trip report is way overdue. Simply put, it was the most fun I’ve had on a golf course, ever. Everything about the place that you’ve heard is true. Rather than a hole-by-hole roundup, which you can find in a number of places, I’m just going to throw out some observations. Some things to keep in mind: this was my first trip to Bandon, I play to a 9.7 hci (at least I did before the Bandon trip), I went as a single, played six rounds over four days in mid-April, stayed in the Lodge and didn’t leave the resort grounds the entire time. The resort: The service was impeccable. Genuine, happy people dedicated to making your stay a great one. The room was completely comfortable – everything you need in a crash pad. Food was quite good, especially the breakfast offerings in the Lodge and the meatloaf in the pub. Fish and chips was so-so. The Bandon Burger was excellent, the turkey wrap at the turn was perfect. Great brews on tap in the pub. The pub can get busy on the weekend, so a reservation is a good idea. Each evening was spent soaking in the jacuzzi and/or sauna. It made all the golf much easier, though I must say that walking 36 a day was not as taxing as I thought it might be. My hands were more sore than my feet, though my back was pretty tired by the end of the last day. The shuttle service is great but not necessary if you drive down (I live in Portland, so driving was how I got there). You can get from one clubhouse (or practice center) to any other in less than 5 minutes. The practice center is amazing. Tees into the wind and with the wind. Largest putting green ever. Balls included. Superb chipping area, too. Weather: I had three days of sunny skies, mid 50’s temps and 20-25 mph winds. I got one day of the classic Bandon sideways rain, maybe made it to 50F, 25-30 mph winds. It was brutal. More on that later. For the times it is sunny, bring sunscreen and some lip protection. The wind will take its toll. My best friend there was my little jar of Carmex (and the jacuzzi...) Crowds: I stayed Tuesday through Friday, and there wasn’t really a lot of people until Thursday night. Of my six rounds, I played four of them solo, with almost no one in sight. Playing the courses alone was awesome. Time to think my way through the courses, though learning on the job was costly at times. Yardage books are essential without a caddy. Routing is usually well-signed, never got lost. There is (mercifully) a short shuttle cart to get you up to 14 tee on BT. Got to play PD with two fine gents from Australia (hi to Peter and Kevin!), and my second go on BD (in the rain) with Jim from NorCal, Dan and his son from Delaware. Great guys, all of them. Caddies: I didn’t have a caddy for any of my rounds, and was fine with it. The course yardage books are good ones, a must if you don’t have a caddy. The guys I played with on PD and BD had caddies, and they were great (Aaron, Kurt and Adam), encouraging without being obsequious, helpful without being patronizing. I would probably like to use them next time I go, at least for a round or two, as they will probably take 5 strokes or so off your score through greens knowledge and being able to tell you where to miss a shot (or, more importantly, where NOT to miss!). During one round, they offered some info unsolicited, plus I benefitted by overhearing what they were saying to their players. In that case, I dropped $20 on them for the vicarious info. I did not ask at the start of the rounds if they would throw me some nuggets, just felt like I had gained some insights by being in the group. Walking: All the courses are walkable by someone in decent shape. I used one of the resort’s pull carts for all my rounds (the industrial-strength Riksha). If you are thinking of bringing your pull/push cart, don’t. You really need a heavier cart for these courses, as the paths from green to tee can be rough. One guy in our group on the bad weather day had brought his push cart, a sun micro cart just like the one I have at home, which works perfectly fine for our nice cart paths, and the courses completely ate it for lunch. He spent a lot of time heaving and pulling, while the Riksha just rolled along without a care. My legs are feet were tired, but made it through ok. I changed socks and shoes a lot, and that was great advice. I had heard that you can get a power cart with a doctor’s note. I saw only one the whole time I was there. The courses: First off, these courses are hard, even without the wind. I played the green tees all days and that was plenty of length for me. My goal was to break 90 for each round, and I did that except on Trails, which was my next to last round and the fourth in two days and is certainly the hilliest and the toughest walk. I jokingly told the starter that the courses should have a sliding Slope rating, depending on the amount and direction of the wind. He said I am not the first person to suggest that. They are hard, but they are wonderful. The design of each has its own beauty and character, and I would be hard pressed to name a favorite. I loved them all. It would be cool to live here and get to play them all and get to know them all like I know my local courses here at home. I can only imagine that they would become even more enjoyable as you got to know the intricacies of each one. My only gripe about the design was the 520 yard par 5 that plays into the wind on OM. For the average golfer, making that green in three is simply impossible. They all will test every aspect of your game, especially the short game. There are lots of approach shots that are to elevated (and I mean ELEVATED) greens, and if you don’t put your ball on the green, you will have something ugly for your next shot. You will hit your 4-iron and hybrid. A lot. Leave your 60 wedge at home. The best advice I can give is to practice your low, running shots and long putts. Really. You’ll use both more in one round on any of these courses than you have your whole life. Even off the tee with a driver. I learned quickly that a fade turns into a monster slice into a 25 mph wind. I read that you won’t lose many balls, but I lost plenty, especially on Trails. Shots that wander too far from the fairway get eaten by the dense underbrush, or in the gorse that lines the rest of the courses. The gorse was in bloom, though, so it made for a wonderful golden framing of the holes and a light perfume in the air. Truly a beautiful sight in the setting sun. The sand in bunkers is Oregon Coast beach sand, much finer and heavier than fluffy white sand. You have to really go after it, which can be tough when you are faced with a 150 foot drop to the Pacific Ocean as the result of a bladed shot. Speaking of which, there are many holes, especially on BD and PD, where the views are quite distracting. But these are the problems we love to have. The Preserve was a total hoot to play, though kind of steep at $100. You won’t need any more than a 6-iron, and that’s if the wind is up. Your hci will probably go up after your stay. It’s worth it. When the pro at OM asked me how I like my first round, I answered that I’d never had so much fun shooting 89. Greens: Preserve greens are perfect. BT greens are the fastest, most like what I normally play. OM greens are the largest and most undulating. PD greens are the smallest and toughest to hit. BD greens are the slowest, especially with rain and wind. Gear: several items I read about here on GolfWRX came in super handy, most notably the Nike Golf Sleeves. You’ll do a lot of layering on and off, even when it’s sunny, as the holes nearer the water are much cooler than those inland, even a few dozen yards. BT is definitely less windy. I wore long pants and a light pullover on top of a regular golf shirt and was totally comfortable on the non-rain days. Your raingear is probably inadequate. What works in a Portland shower will not work in a Southern Oregon Coast monsoon. The rain will blow horizontally, dripping off your face, down your neck and soak whatever you have on under your rain gear. Rain gloves are helpful, provided you don’t try to take them off when putting. Hope this is helpful for other first-timers. I cannot emphasize enough that this was the coolest golf thing I’ve ever done, and plan on returning as soon as possible. Don’t let the idea of going alone deter you from making this trip. Even if you just play 18 per day, the courses are that good and the resort that complete.
  11. Just a couple days before I head out. Trying not to explode from excitement. Watched the Speedgolf show on CBS before the Masters today and the courses look too good to be true. I'll be posting a full write-up when I get back Friday. WOO HOO!
  12. [quote name='chas521' timestamp='1365076231' post='6758267'] [quote name='spud3' timestamp='1365049529' post='6757503'] I had a uPro for a couple seasons, and liked it (as opposed to stepping off yardages, which REALLY takes up time...), then got tired of the prep work for adding new courses, subscription fees, etc and got a Bushnell v2. [/quote] A UPRO doesn't charge a yearly subscription fee. It has most of the courses already contained in the device. You may need to sync new maps now and then. AFAIK, Skycaddie is the only GPS device that charges a yearly subscription fee. [/quote] When I had my uPro, I paid for "credits" which were used to "purchase" new course data to download. Haven't had the uPro for a few years, so don't know how they work things now.
  13. I had a uPro for a couple seasons, and liked it (as opposed to stepping off yardages, which REALLY takes up time...), then got tired of the prep work for adding new courses, subscription fees, etc and got a Bushnell v2. Best golf money I've ever spent. It took a few rounds to get the hang of sighting it in, but using two hands helps tremendously. I love that I can shoot a tree, rock, bunker edge, false front, even 150yd poles from the tee box if I am careful. The uPro went on eBay and I've never looked back. Only time I slightly miss it is when I crank a drive off behind a mound and can't see the flag. When that happens, I climb the mound (which I would do anyway, to get a target line), shoot the pin and step off the yardage back to my ball. A buddy used SkyCaddie for years and finally got a RF (Leupold). I don't think he's used his GPS in over a year. One suggestion if you go for an RF: Go to Golfsmith or a pro shop that has lots of different brands and look through lots of them. One will fit your eye better than the others. My Bushnell works grest for me, but I can't find a thing through my buddy's Leupold.
  14. Great writeup, Chris - thanks for sharing. My trip is in 12 days, and I can't get more excited!
  15. [quote name='ReddickBulldog' timestamp='1362333423' post='6538959'] I have preordered the Swingbyte 2. Used coupon code SZB4JA and saved $30.00. I will report back when it arrives and I have a chance to use it. [/quote] Just pre-ordered mine, Tried to use that code and it kept sending me back to the ordering page. Finally went through without the code, so it seems that it's no longer valid.
  16. From one DuckU alum to another: congrats on finishing school and what an awesome way to celebrate! Killer write-up and photos (you should post the rainbow pic to BD's FB page - they'd love it). You should make it an annual trip with your buddies
  17. As a native Oregonian, I would say that weather forecasts for the coast (notice that we don't call it the "beach") are simply a starting point. Rule of thumb: take everything. You are just as likely to see 60 F in January as you are to see 45 F in July.
  18. Great write-up bjackson! I'm also a DuckU alum (BS '89, CIS). Congrats on the graduation, and best of luck in the future!
  19. Looking forward to reading the write-up. Is Trails opened back up? Caddy experiences? Did you go as a solo? Especially interested in that, if that's how you went, but am devouring all personal experiences with BD.
  20. Thanks for the info duffer! I'll check with the members of whichever group I get paired with. I'm fine without a forecaddie. I may get a caddy for a round or two, just because I've never played with one. But, bottom line, I've played plenty of new courses without any help and managed to find my way to the 18th green. I'm sure I'll enjoy the experience either way.
  21. Thanks tyshine! I've been trying to work on the long puts, but it's hard to find a practice green big enough to simulate the greens at OldMac. I know they're huge. I get some annoyed looks from other putters when I go from end-to-end at my usual course. Oh well... 23 days and counting...
  22. Yep - Idaho gets all the credit, but we got us some good spuds here... Thanks for the tip on Sandpines/Golfnow, soregongolfer! More $ for Bandon! Been working on my knockdown shots during the last couple rounds. Coming along nicely. From what I've read, I'll be needing that shot at BD. Been checking the on-course cam on the BD site almost every day. Looks just too friggin' cool. Got my set of course guide books and been studying all four like it is for the Bar exam. Cannot wait..........
  23. Tim - I've only played Sandpines (in Florence, about 1.5 hrs north of Bandon), which is a very nice course. Bandon Crossing is near BD, but I haven't played there. If you're coming up I-5, you could play at Centennial in Medford, also a decent course. I'll be at Sandpines on April 15, Bandon the rest of the week. Enjoy the trip!
  24. I know what you mean. I have to keep myself from buying things like more balls and raingear because I have everything I need and just need the clock to run a little quicker! Hope the weather holds for you. Enjoy!
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