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  1. Interesting comment. I'm curious to know the five Florida courses you think are the most similar to Streamsong from a design perspective. Which Florida courses have the most comparable greens, turf, dunes and strategic playing options? If cost wasnt a factor, what are your five favorite Florida public courses? Thanks I'm curious as well. Making an random observation without having the ability to back it up, pretty much negates said observation.
  2. can't wait for next months "Adopt a Meal". 4 members will be asked to volunteer each day to bring food from their own houses, and cook it at the club for everyone to enjoy.
  3. While I'm not exactly a fan of the Norman design team, I find "bunkers in the middle if fairways" to be a fairly weak criticism. Centerline or cross bunkers can add variety and make the course more strategic. If you find you've hit a "perfect shot" and you're now in a bunker in the middle of the fairway, it wasn't actually a perfect shot. The center of the fairway isn't nor shouldn't always be the best place to play from. Pull up any top 100 world list and I'll point out to you all the ones that have bunkers in the middle of fairways Golf is played down the middle of the fairway. Hooks and slices should be punished. If you can strike a ball with a 9 degree face at 110 mph and it goes down the middle, in no way should you end up in a bunker. We have a winner for dumbest thing said on WRX this month! I guess it can be expected by someone who features a driving range as their avatar photo. You sound a lot like the prototypical range rat, who doesn't know the difference between HITTING golf balls and PLAYING golf. By your logic, If playing from the center of the fairway is the optional spot on every hole, then every hole would pretty much be required to be completely straight. Again, by your logic if you hit a "perfect shot" right down the center of the fairway you should not be in a bunker, but guess what! If you hit a "perfect shot" and it ends up in the bunker you were either A. Aiming for the bunker. Which makes you dumb. or B. Not aiming for the bunker, but hit it in there anyway. Which means that it was not the shot you wanted to hit, and therefor a miss. Dubai has some really really crappy golf, so i get that you haven't been exposed to great golf courses, but you really need to figure out that difference between PLAYING GOLF and HITTING SHOTS. Golf is a game of strategy and variety, where you are expected to think your way around problems, not just execute driving range swings. If you like hitting the ball off of flat lies over and over again stick to the driving range. The UAE has crappy golf, but if you check out the undisputed best golf course in that part of the world (Yas Links) you will find plenty of golf holes with bunkers down the middle of the fairway. These bunkers are called hazards and the game of golf requires you to PLAY around them, not complain that they are there.
  4. If you don't want to get paired up with someone at a public course you should go ahead and buy out the entire tee time.
  5. First go to this website https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl and type in "car rental in inverness scotland", then click search. Next, read this thread http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1298928-how-to-play-the-old-course-with-no-tee-time/
  6. There are literally zero links courses in California. In reality there are only a handful of links courses in North America and most of them are in Oregon.
  7. It seems as though anytime i hear a compliment of Nairn its about the greens, and not the course. In reality the greens are very nice, but most of which are flat and not all that exciting. If you're traveling to Scotland to golf playing Nairn because of its "smooth" greens just doesn't make much sense to me. It's a beautiful place to play a round (especially at the end of the day), but where are the good holes? Seriously, name one good or even memorable hole with the exception of that fun/wacky downhill par 3. Lots of other more worth your time places. Also, If you go to Dornoch, but don't make it Brora, you lose.
  8. No idea when it opens (work hasn't even started yet), but i can promise you it won't be open for your trip in November. Unlikely to be open for your trip next november either.
  9. I find it much more offensive that McDonalds refers to their product as "food".
  10. Don't overthink it. Just call them and book something with beds. Chances are(unless you're booking 18 months out) that not every option will be available anyway.
  11. I'm just impressed that you've managed to find a way to bring up how you've played Shinneock, Winged Foot, Pebble, Bethpage Black, and then Oak Hill, and Pine Valley all in a thread about Streamsong! Cheers to the very active, passive brag.
  12. I'm not sure where this idea came from, but you can absolutely request specific caddies almost everywhere you go and you don't have to be a +4 Secretary of State to do it. Nearly all public and private courses I've played have allowed me to request a specific caddie, and have done their best to accommodate my request. Caddies, mostly as independent contractors, have the right to refuse any request. That being said there aren't many caddies that like to sit around in the shack and turn down loops until they get one that they approve of. Most caddies (even the best and most famous ones) don't give a crap who you are or what kind of golfer you are, they just care about how much money you're going to hand them at the end of the day. If get a recommendation from a friend, or have used a specific caddie before that you liked go ahead and request them, you won't have problem doing so.
  13. Honestly, its probably one of the cheaper things you can do in Vegas, so you should probably go for it. Unless you're freaking out about the $500 +caddie+limo driver tip, you're unlikely to regret it. Play it as soon as you can, as I wouldn't been surprised if shadow creek wasn't there for your 65th birthday.
  14. I don't know what it is about WRX and people who are obsessed with driving ranges. You hear stuff like "the practice facilities were first class" and "I could spend all day on the range" all time time here. Seriously, who cares about driving ranges? So what if the range is short or you have to hit balls that don't go as far. So what if you have to hit off a mat into a lake. I couldn't care less what a courses range looks like. In the odd event that I do use the range I use it to warm up. It doesn't matter to me if I'm hitting into a net, all I'm trying to do is get warm. Several of the best courses in the world don't even have driving ranges. I get shocked when i hear about how much people loved the "practice facilities" at Bandon and how they spent all day there. How is that fun? Driving ranges are repetitive flat perfect lies one after another, how is that fun? I've never understood the range rat. WRX needs its own Driving Range section of the forum. It would probably get the most activity around here. I like you all, but anyone who uses the term "practice facilities" over and over again needs to be punched in the face.
  15. Renaissance is the 3rd best course in the area behind the two that you're already playing. Its one of the more private courses in Scotland, but you can get on by contacting them about their "one time experience". Its different and expensive, but its worth it. Gullane 1 is cool, but there aren't many great holes. I still think its worth your time to play, just to get on top of that hill. The best part of G1 is getting to the top of the hill and looking at Muirfield. Seriously though, if you have time take a walk up the hill without your clubs.
  16. Words spoken by a true golfer. The weird thing is that I know or have played with several of the most well traveled golfers in the world and they all think Streamsong is terrific. You can generally tell when to ignore crtisism when it's focused on things like "where the driving range is located" and how "the service at ________ was better". Go! you'll have a great time. And remember to try to remember to not let the fact that the putting green doesn't have holes on it ruin your day.
  17. tnord Please pay no attention the the weather forecast. Anything more then 12 hours at (and usually even then) is a complete craphshoot. The weather rolls in fast, but it also passes over quickly. Plan and pack for bad weather, there just isn't any point looking at the forecast. Firm ground is of course easier to walk on, but after a while your feet and legs can start to ache. I recommend bringing a pair of your best running shoes and playing in them if if its dry. At the very least use them for your second round of the day (as long as its dry). There are a couple spots where you may have to catch your breath, but all the courses are very walkable. Try a pull cart on an early round and see if you like it. If you don't, continue to carry. If play a couple of rounds and feel you want a caddy, just let the people in the pro shop know and they will get one for you. I've seen lots of old out of shape people walk 36 a day at Bandon several days in a row. I'm sure you'll be fine. The reality is that there really isn't anything else to do at Bandon except golf (which isn't a bad thing), so when you finish you catch your breath get something to eat and go back out. Sure you're going to get tired and sure you're going to be in pain, but thats all part of the experience. The first thing you should do after you finish your first round, is go directly into the pro shop and see whats available for the rest of the day. I'd also recommend calling in and trying to book a few rounds for your days that you don't have 36 planned, as they are already probably pretty booked up. You're going to want to play more. Anyone who has been there will tell you that Bandon is a lot more fun when you're not worried about your score.
  18. John While i may not be in love with the concept of a "crazy difficult" opening hole, I very much enjoy a tough start perhaps simply for the sake of variety. So many architects subscribed to the notion that the first hole was meant to ease you into the round that it has become a little bit too common in my opinion. In the same way that that it gets repetitive that too many 18th (pete dye, Jack Nicklaus) holes are "crazy difficult". Streamsong is a good example of the contrast between difficult and easy opening and closing holes. The blue course has an easy opener, and a difficult finish. The Red course is the opposite, with a difficult opening hole and an easy closing hole. However, I will say that the contrast between the two helps me like both courses more. I really just prefer variety overall, and would be cautious of trying to put what i deemed "great" into a box. Thats just me though.
  19. I'm not prepared to call an architect overrated for what he may of said about another architect. While you can certainly dislike Tom Doak the person for who he is and how he talks, criticizing him as an Architect for something that has nothing to do with the quality of his courses isn't fair. Picasso was a Jerk, and Tarantino is a weirdo, but that doesn't change the fact that they were/are respective geniuses in their art form. Doak's specialty is not building courses in remote areas with remarkable views, but rather building great golf courses on great pieces of land with minimal earth moving. It takes infinitely more talent to route a golf course though the existing landscape while moving as little dirt as possible, then it does coming onto a site and just deciding where a the hole is going to be and bulldoze the land. The Fazio team are experts at earthmoving and creating golf holes, despite what landforms are already in place. Im not entirely sure what you mean by "geography constraints", but to imply that Doak couldn't build a great golf course on a site in a metropolitan area is just silly. As previously stated, its infiniately more difficult to tightly route a golf course on pre-existing land, then it does to create it. While I'm sure that Doak would have no problem building a golf course on a flat site with a great deal of earthmoving (because he has already done so) its not really his thing. If you're looking to build a golf course on flat ground with houses on both sides that will cross a road every two holes you should probably give Jack Nicklaus a call. The reason why Doak gets these sites in remote areas with great views, is because the developer wants to build a course that highlights the terrain already in existence, not build new terrain. Take a look at pacific dunes, its an amazing course thats tightly routed on a fairly small plot of land, built with very little earth moving and for a minuscule budget (when compared to a typical Nicklaus, Jones, or Fazio project). If you had a small piece of land in a large metropolitan area that was suitable for golf I'm sure Doak would give you a quality course. Unfortunately these types of projects are far and few between these days. Truth be told Fazio doesn't give a s**t what anyone says about him. Although several of Doak's criticisms are accurate, Doak actually really likes the top tier Fazio courses. Yes Doak gets a lot of praise on GCA. There certainly are a good bit of kiss a**es, and those afraid to say something negative about his courses. However, you have to take note of the fact that there probably aren't even 100 regular posters on that site, and even still GCA members represent less than .0000001 of the golfing community.
  20. I hope you ended choosing Kingsley, anything else (except Crystal) would be a mistake.
  21. While I'm not exactly a fan of the Norman design team, I find "bunkers in the middle if fairways" to be a fairly weak criticism. Centerline or cross bunkers can add variety and make the course more strategic. If you find you've hit a "perfect shot" and you're now in a bunker in the middle of the fairway, it wasn't actually a perfect shot. The center of the fairway isn't nor shouldn't always be the best place to play from. Pull up any top 100 world list and I'll point out to you all the ones that have bunkers in the middle of fairways
  22. You need to get the developers on board long before the designers. There are plenty of design firms out there that would love to build courses with unusual numbers of holes, however the projects don't exist because most developers are afraid to spend their money straying from the status quo. I don't think 12 hole golf courses will fix golf's problems, but I'm not against it, and i don't understand how having a 12 hole course "dumbs golf down".
  23. Alister Mackenzie was a 13 handicap who built wide fairways and large undulating greens on can't miss properties some of which include Cypress Point, Crystal downs, Lahinch, Royal Melbourne, and this quaint little spot in Georgia called Augusta National. Also check out that Seth Raynor guy, he was a terrible golfer... Also shackelford isn't a designer....
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