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  1. I was talking with our head pro about this a couple weeks ago and he said sometime late last year (I wanna say Nov.) a shipping container of Golf Pride grips fell off a ship. Over a million grips gone. That is what a rep for a major OEM told him. And things just keep getting worse.
  2. My must plays out of those are Juniper and I love Quail Run in La Pine.
  3. One more Pronghorn note, take a cart, it’s a serious hike. There is a pretty good distance between a lot of the tees.
  4. Interesting question. I need to do some digging, A good buddy has seen every Nike club designed to be produced so he’ll know but I imagine he’ll have to see the TM in person first.
  5. What does that have to do with anything? Seriously There are PGA tour guys who live in places with snow 4 - 5 months a year, Steve Stricker being pretty good. Not sure why you think people are jealous or envious, there have been a lot of very helpful answers. But there still are a lot of questions that the OP hasn’t addressed. One thing I would add about Florida and the pros is how much time they are gone. In the winter when they are practicing it may be great, however in the summer when he would be grinding away in 85 degrees and 85% humidity the pros are nowhere to be scene. That’s why they are touring pros. If he wants to play professional golf, good for him, I wish him all the best and hope he makes it. But what is the reality? If he’s in his 20’s and is not a name coming out of college that is getting sponsor exemptions then he’s either going to have to Monday qualify, which if you aren’t capable of putting up a 61 or 62 every time out, good luck. Or qualify for the McKenzie or Latin American tour and that takes some coin.
  6. I get you and totally understand. Our son went to St Francis and out of 16 kids in his class only 5 had parents who actually worked in Bend. The amount of $ that has moved to Bend is insane and actually really sad. It has completely priced out all the middle class people who made the town what it was. Of the guys I worked on turf crews with the majority have had to move to Redmond and they are even starting to get priced out of there.
  7. Where did you end up moving to? I’ve heard it is changing a lot and FAST.
  8. Dan Carraher is out of Jacksonville and from what I understand is as good of an instructor as you’ll find out there.
  9. Rivers Edge is never an option, I’d play the Old Back Nine before River’s Edge. Lost Tracks used to be fun but I haven’t played it in a couple years. Last time I played it the conditions were HORRIBLE. From my understanding there was a new owner and he thought he could do the Supers job. Also the only course I haven’t played up there, which multiple friends say is the best is Brasada Ranch. Another one to consider on your last day is Crooked River Ranch. Not overly challenging but a fun quirky course and pretty close to Redmond airport
  10. If this weather keeps up you won’t be playing Pumpkin until July. Holy moly is it wet, as wet as I have ever seen our course.
  11. Hey, random question. Anyone interested in working on a course? 2 to 3 days a week, looking for weekend help, mostly through summer. 4 hr shifts, in summer they are 5:30 - 9:30. Looking to teach 1 or 2 guys to mow greens and 1 more to help with set up. Free golf and if there is room for a 4some, your buddies play for $25 a round I think and you do get paid.
  12. There are many reasons and I’d be happy to go more in depth on any of them with you. First, more often than not you can stay ahead of play and not have an affect on play. This for the majority of basic daily course work; mowing watering greens, raking bunkers, mowing fairways. 2nd, it allows a quality control. When I water greens I’m the last set of eyes on the course. Is there a skip, is there some disease popping up, are the tees set properly, irrigation leak and so on. Also when you bounce around things get missed, it just happens. 3rd, where is the shop? One course I worked at was a 1/2 mile from shop to practice green, furthest point was over a mile. On a greens mower that tops out at 8/9 mph in transport, that’s a long way. 4th, we can moderately control the 1st group. Yes it will make them unhappy but if I need to slow you down I can. Crappy pin placements, maybe the first group was pushing the crew too fast. Run some heads in the fairways, if you want to walk into the water, so be it. I won’t turn it on on you but I will run it in front of you. Instead of criticizing the super, ask so you can learn. 90 -95% of the conversation we get is critical and negative feedback, sometimes we just don’t have the stomach for it. Everything is done for a reason AND to maximize efficiency. There are some jobs you go 18 backwards or split the groups up and go 9 backwards/ 18 backwards. If you are in front of the group then play is waiting on you, if you come into the group then you are waiting on play. One day I was mowing greens, mower went down and had to be repaired, slowed me up enough so 4-5 groups passed me, turned a 4 hr job into 8 hours. You are not the only one, no one wants to wait. Why wouldn’t you wait 10 minutes for a green to be mowed, it makes the course better. Also seen my boss throw people off the course for hitting me on a spray rig. Biggest green takes me 9 minutes to spray (it’s a double green). I was mid pass coming at the golfers and he hit into me, why? We want to be out of your way more than you want us out of your way. This may sound overly dramatic but we couple die (know a guy who had brain bleeding from being hit in the head) and the worst that could happen to you is you are inconvenienced. This is also part of the reason why I don’t like the 3 hr round as the 1st group out. My main priority is to create the best possible conditions for EVERY golfer, not just you. I’m not going to sacrifice any part of my course for 1 group. Hopefully this opens your eyes to a little of what goes on. We work ridiculous hours, under a lot of stress to give everyone the best possible conditions. Normally the pay is garbage also. I’m sorry if you get inconvenienced, I really am, but we have to do what we have to do. EDIT… Also for everyone, as a general rule; once we acknowledge you it is our job to get out of the way, please wait until we acknowledge you. You may see me stand in the middle of the fairway and wave you up, that means I can see your ball clearly and am far enough away to react if you hit it right at me. But if I don’t wave you up or make eye contact, please wait. I’ve been hit 4 times and it HURTS (twice I wasn’t even in play, including one time locking the gate to our shop)). If it was another golfer and you wouldn’t hit then wait, please.
  13. Pretty fricking close. 8 acres of bunkers on the Fazio and 4 acres on the Nicklaus. Massive green complexes, 9 fairway mowers. And one of the most impressive maintenance facilities I’ve ever seen.
  14. That didn’t include a Director of Agronomy, 2 Super’s, 2 Asst’s, and 2 2nd Asst’s.
  15. As mentioned earlier resort courses traditionally will have rather large maintenance budget. They are expected to give off the “not a blade of grass out of place” impression. Also the one that I worked at had a set of tournament tees that we never put out. They could stretch the course to a little over 7800 yards but the farthest on the scorecard was 7400. I can only think of using them for 1 tournament and that was for a regional US Open qualifier. They didn’t even want people to know some of those tee boxes existed because inevitably some chuckle would think he had the game to challenge it. Heck the tips for what we put out was rated 75.2/151. We used to run a crew of 60 turf crew but the facility had 36 holes with 18 being private.
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