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  1. I've been in quite the transition and golf has certainly taken a back seat. The Ex and I finally got our divorce finalized which was a long time going and has been a good thing for both of us. We're amicable and working together to both get to better places in our lives, so onward and upward. But, I've been moving and adjusting to single life and it has been hot. Summer has become my least favorite golf season in the lower PacNW. I did make it over to play Old Macdonald last Friday. Still my favorite of the Bandon courses. We played with a solid prevailing North wind and hacked it about. I did challenge the client to a match on the last 7 as I was getting frustrated with feeling like I was slapping it around. Won a nice meal in the pub afterwards. Hope I didn't jeopardize the deal by being all competitive, but golf is golf. I don't go out there and pay 400 bones to slap it around like a hack and couldn't figure any other way to get the train on the tracks. I finished solid with a hard fought par on number 15, Westward Ho! Blew up on 16, and then par on 17 and 18 to at least feel like I was playing golf. At times the front nine just felt like a windy slog. Hope the Confessioners are hanging tight and enjoying the long days!
  2. > @bu11dog said: > > @"Matt J" said: > > Ended on a good note, after the head cold flu my last week numbers weren't as good, but I got to nearly 8% lost and won the challenge. I'm mixing it up now with 3 clean days then a cheat meal or two. Basically eating clean at home and trying to keep it within reason out and about. Going to scan myself once a month with a 3 month goal to maintain body weight while building muscle mass. > > Nice work. > > Our department is starting a new challenge next week. I'll spend the weekend eating poorly to bulk up for the weigh in next week. :) Gotta do it. My last meal before the challenge was a meal deal at Micky D's. ?
  3. Ended on a good note, after the head cold flu my last week numbers weren't as good, but I got to nearly 8% lost and won the challenge. I'm mixing it up now with 3 clean days then a cheat meal or two. Basically eating clean at home and trying to keep it within reason out and about. Going to scan myself once a month with a 3 month goal to maintain body weight while building muscle mass.
  4. Dan, I'm probably not far behind you... You had a lot more cool stuff than me but reading down the list I think my logic would have been pretty similar. For instance I purged my Zing 2's which were my first "real set" and had a 2 iron. I loved that 2 iron off the tee, too. Thought about keeping it but it felt selfish as it's so hard to find a matching 2 iron. I'd guess I'm going to give a bunch of sets of shafts away and keep the heads of some sets in a box in case I ever send them back to be re-chromed. No putters will be left behind, though. That's just not civil. Next time we chat I gotta know how you "earn" a Scotty. Sounds like a good story.
  5. > @DustlnTheWind said: > Anyone's guess on Sheep Ranch public opening? May 2020? Later? Looking to do a a 3rd Bandon trip in 2020 but might book late shoulder season this time to make sure I play Sheep Ranch. I think it's anyone's guess. The Resort probably has some ideas but when I was there they were still excavating the middle of the golf course, hydroseed was down on the southern 5 or 6 holes, and although I'd guess the bases of the greens with grass had been put in I don't know for sure. I'd guess that as soon as they know they'll publish a "hard date" - probably into the growing season next summer or late spring at the earliest, but I'm sure they are thinking of every possible contingency before they offically promote said date. I've worked on some decent sized projects but never a golf course, though.... but, there can be setbacks. For instance, a tractor trailer delivering bagged mulch can flip over into the ditch trying to swing out to get into a driveway. That was the scene at SR when I drove down the beach access.
  6. Putting woes can be tough @Halebopp. My best advice is to take a putting mirror and a chalk line to the practice green. Find a straight 6 foot putt. Stand on a towel so you don't damage the green. Try and roll the ball end over end straight down the chalk meanwhile check your ball and eye position every 4 or 5 putts. Eventually we usually stumble into something that works. Create some visual landmarks to take that to the course.
  7. I think they do close one for maintenance most of the winter, Monday through Thursday maybe? I've called over for tee times a few times and was told a course was closed. Nonetheless, obviously with more golf and the same amount of lodging courses should improve.
  8. Week 4 weigh in today and I met the goals, so now I just have to maintain for the final 2 weeks to get my initial investment back! Total on the week was 3.5 pounds of fat lost for a total of 15.6 pounds of fat lost. That is a total of 7.1% body fat lost in one month. Unfortunately I got a head cold day before yesterday and am out for the count until further notice, so no real exercise to speak of in the last two days.
  9. ^^^^^^^ this also dovetails nicely with the amount of local traffic the resort attracts. Once again it's anecdotal, but the last few times I've been over to the resort there were a lot of comments made about how Oregonians have started watching the weather, booking tee times, and driving over for just a night, maybe two, or in some cases (having done it myself) simply driving over playing and driving home in one day. The idea of "extra tee times" comes from the fact that the lodging was basically built such that 100% capacity should nearly fill the 4 courses, now with a 5th course you would assume there are something like 200 available plays that come available. So more flexibility when booking, and more walk-up ability for locals.
  10. > @"The Pearl" said: > I enjoy going downtown for food after the round. Not crowded and always a good vibe. We did not eat a single meal on the resort in March. I think that is a part of the puzzle with the food and lodging. The Resort has already finished the process to receive approval to build a hotel in town. So, I'm guessing they are going to make a 2-night minimum and divert much of the pass through traffic driving the 101 to their lodging in town knowing they'll likely eat off premise. Many big projects polarize nearby communities at conception. I would not accuse Keiser or anyone associated with the development of making promises they could not keep, but I do think that many of the "pro-golf resort" locals assumed that there would be more economic benefit and trumpeted the coming of the resort as a big boon to the economy. That never happened. With Kemper Sports at the wheel, the resort is run much like any big corporate structure with a huge emphasis on managing costs and maximizing profits. Of course, that is to be expected, but that resulted in the facility capturing the vast majority of the money it attracted in the first 25 years. Keiser was openly seeking a way to give back to the community and I think a little shift in the model to capture a few less dollars and let them cycle around town might be the idea.
  11. Wow, this place is rolling! Good to see all the Confessioners coming out of the wood work. A few confessions..... First, the lesson. So, a well acclaimed teacher moved back to our region and started an academy, he's using Flightscope with the motion sensing vest, belt, and glove dongle, as well as some other tech stuff. So, I gladly paid the $150 for the full assessment. He had a few interesting things to say about my move, putting, short game. Mostly the full swing stuff was a few changes at address, wider stance, taller upper thoracic spine, and a little less shoulder and hip rotation. That stuff has been paying off in spades. The putting and short game was a little more of a mixed bag, but I probably won't integrate a ton of it into what I'm doing anyways. Second, I've been in the middle of some major life changes (career, relationship, etc.) so some new stuff coming down the pipe. Really working on staying positive and looking at opportunity, not living in the past. Some of you may have seen the Weight Lost post over here in the 19th hole. I'm down nearly 15 pounds in a month, really clean diet, and nearly no alcohol, so I'm a little like Koepka, let's say, "my swing feels foreign" - of course without all the major trophies or really hot wife, or checking account with tons of zeros worked into a number with significant digits. Feeling great, and excited about the future! Third, I finally made it over to the coast with a blade 3 iron (from my TM tour preferred set) and a bunch of crappy golf balls. I've been fixated with this experiment to practice like young Seve, walking the beach and pounding golf balls at targets. It was a blast and I look forward to doing it more in the future. Hope all of you are enjoying the end of this beautiful spring and hope that the PacNW confessioners will have a get up sometime soon!
  12. > @mallrat said: > > @spud3 said: > > All I know is they better get cracking on the additional rooms and restaurant that they will sorely need once the SR is officially open! > > I kind of hope they don’t, just open up more tee times on each course. Maybe they want to wait and see how it alleviates play on the existing courses. It might give them that day to close each course for maintenance. This is my hope. I would imagine that is exactly what is going to happen. Ultimately part of the vision was for the community to have some access to more golf, but that went down the drain with the land swap disaster. So, perhaps they will just let this course get up to speed then look at all the data and see what kind of lodging would really fit their niche. It might be something more luxury, like the villas at Pebble, or it might be something more basic, like a hostel style group rooms for visiting high school golf teams... who knows? Without really looking at occupancy data and reading the feedback, we would be flying blind by guessing. I do not think the restaurants are fully booked for dinner seatings at the moment when the resort is full capacity. The issue as I see it is more that all of the guests seem to want to come back to the main lodge base area and eat at the pub. It makes sense. Guys trips, desire to socialize, talk about the round, etc. - only the experienced Bandonistas are exploring the Trail's End or The Gallery until they find out they can't get a reservation at McKee's. I think Pacific Grill does fine because of the popularity of the Punch Bowl. It's a complicated operation at this point, reminds me of a ski resort. Takes careful management to make folks feel like they're getting the full experience without having everybody at one place all the time. I would imagine they will address the obvious need to seat groups over 12 in more of a banquet type facility. That's really their niche, bigger groups going on their big informal men's club Bandon trips.
  13. I don't know if a lot of golfers would be moving their reservations to catch the Sheep's Ranch, likely some. Seems to me they do more big groups than you would guess, as much winter business as any other season due to rates, and many groups come every year. None of those things I would have guessed before going 10 or 12 times. Poked by head over the cliffs from the beach access to see the progress last week. The south side has been hydroseeded, but no greens. Still have a backhoe out in the middle of the course shaping and no fairway seed down. Looks great, but I still can't get over the fact Coore didn't design bunkers. Weird.
  14. Glad you're feeling better Dan! Hope to meet up sometime soon.
  15. I went in and had a full eval. cost me $150... money well spent. When I get to a real keyboard I'll explain more.
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