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  1. I was a Newcastle member. I’m surprised the monthly has increased that much as it used to be (before Cv-19) a tiered monthly plan around $70/round. They have excellent practice facilities, but it is public and, at least pre-Cv, they hosted a lot of corporate tournaments that result in wear and tear on the courses and lack of tee times. It has some of the best views anywhere. You should also check out Sahalee. They have 27 holes, very well maintained, a good jr exec plan, and a lot of talented golfers.
  2. Not sure if I can be of much help as I play east of Seattle, am not a young exec, but have played and know others at each of the clubs. Broadmoor - last I heard, wait list. High end/more formal, old world (for Seattle), exclusive neighborhood, good course, a couple of holes are noisy due to proximity to freeway. Seattle Golf Club (just north of Seattle) - last I heard, wait list. High end, old world, exclusive neighborhood, going through redesign that should be finished this spring, maybe a little less formal than Broadmoor (but a little more clubby). Good course layout. Sand Point - a little more family oriented and part of a club that has other amenities. Course redesigned a couple years ago. Shorter course, quality redesign. Less formal than Broadmoor and SGC. Not sure of membership status. Rainier Golf Club - south of town….lesser neighborhood. Shorter course, well maintained. Club very family oriented (pool and other amenities). There’s more options the further you go from Queen Anne outside of Seattle, but that might be more impacted by traffic for you but likely lower cost.
  3. It is a very nice course, well maintained, a few holes are somewhat resort-ish (edges of fairways slope to the center). I’ve played a few times but not recently, and not in winter so I don’t know how it drains.
  4. In Seattle, one of the less expensive private options with unlimited golf (not sure about practice), and bus options not too far away is Glen Acres Golf and Country Club in South Seattle. It is a nice course with some challenging holes, and several people from my office are members just for the golf. I don't know about current pricing, but it is next door to a nicer club (Rainier), so seemed to have its niche market more in the reasonable/accessible side (while Rainier had a slightly better site and much better maintenance, but also costlier). I like the Newcastle courses, and was a former member, and their membership package was quite reasonable for a set amount of rounds per month (and substantially discounted fees for members' guests), and they had a reasonable ($60/month) unlimited range package with the membership. Some of the best views in the region are on the Coal Creek course. The initiation fee has at times been discounted to $1,500. They do not have good public transportation access, and being public (at least pre-COVID) it was often packed with corporate and charity events, so the course would show a lot of wear in the summer. Now, there are fewer corporate events. They haven't reopened all of their practice facilities (e.g. the East practice area is one of the best in the region......3 bunkers and 100 yards of short game practice, a large green and grass range), but I think it is now opened only for instructors.
  5. slocagolfer - do you have any thoughts/experience with the SLO country club in comparison to your other recommendations? I make it down to SLO a few times a year and usually go to the Morro Bay course, but at some point want to visit a few more nearby courses.
  6. The California-wide edict is that a hotel is supposed to check your essential service credentials before you can check in, and you are supposed to be on essential business. That said, private condos/housing is not tightly controlled with respect to following these regulations. I was talking with someone from Palm Springs last week who mentioned it has one of the highest C19 spread rates in the nation.
  7. I had a putter that I choked down on an inch, and went into a fitting to buy a new putter, and after watching my stroke and body position the fitter observed that the extra inch was effecting my arm position and posture. He cut the shaft, changed the head weights and I’ve continued to use my old putter. I’d wait to buy until you find a putter that fits.
  8. I’m trying to understand what you are saying (and admittedly am not the sharpest tool in the shed). Are you saying the ball creates a much deeper depression in a birdie ball mat than it does in grass greens (which I assume also have a ball depression but it might vary with green hardness), or are you just observing that Putt Out has less of a depression than Birdie Ball? And you are saying the depression is so deep there’s no way to roll the ball on Birdie Ball, it can only bounce out of the depression? Thanks.
  9. Bandon State airport is close, but at 3,600 feet is too short for most jets and many turboprops. I’ve flown in there a few times in 4 and 6 place props, back when I windsurfed in the area. It is a former military field, so well built, and there is a small flying club that sells 100LL (no Jet A). Daylight only ops. And abnormally WINDY!!
  10. The 2 rounds totaled about 9 hours (so says my watch!). I turned it off for a long lunch break, then on again for an adjacent course. This was my first use....so as someone said above....maybe the battery life changes over more use cycles. My V2 drained much faster....and even drained slowly when it was turned off.
  11. I received my V3 a couple of weeks ago, and played 36 holes Saturday, using gps+track, and from 100% charge to syncing after the rounds it was down to 3% charge. In my experience that much improved battery life over the V2, but a little more margin wouldn’t hurt.
  12. I’ve been a member at a semi-private course for 4 years. It was substantially less expensive than a comparable private course, and had many of the attributes/benefits others have listed above. It is a great challenging course, phenomenal views, and a covered heated range in the winter and the alternate end was grass for the summer. However, being public it was also very popular for corporate events and charities, so became harder to get tee times and some days were totally blocked out at the range and course. These events also left the course in “fatigued” conditions by mid summer So next month I’m on to a private course, for better availability and conditions, although this summer there may be a respite from corporate events due to c-19. The semiprivate was a good primer for eventually deciding to join a private course. Obviously individual circumstances and preferences can vary widely in this.
  13. Most of the private jets fly into North Bend if they can (weather and runway length dependent) so there is still a drive, but at least with private you can be assured your luggage/clubs are on board. There is a nice former military airport just a couple miles from Bandon, but there is no support and the runway length is more for a prop or turboprop than a jet.
  14. My club uses an app called ForeTees. Very user friendly and intuitive. www.foretees.com
  15. Ron- the Washington Golf site linked in posts above has a recent radio interview of Gov Inslee asking the golf opening questions. While the response is granular (something like... if we allow people to golf, then they are going to drive their car, and get fuel, and interact at the gas station, and each interaction has the potential to increase spread of Covid 19), the State decisions are not driven now by finances but by the people in the white coats (medical and data scientists) as well as a component of political pressure. There’s no logic in May 5 except it corresponds to an outdated model saying c19 case count would then be declining 2 weeks in a row.... but Washington was one of the few (if not only) state to shut down recreational fishing, and Washington is out of alignment with our neighboring states on that and golf....so time to fix that.
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