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  1. Piretti Matera FN arrived on Thursday.
  2. I don’t think we’ll be on Chicago courses until mid-March. More snow coming in 3 of the next 4 days.
  3. I know it’s strictly aesthetic but I love the micro honeycomb milling. It’s such a nice touch.
  4. Sanctuary today, because Bear and I are both really dumb. It was about 20 degrees when we teed off and might have gotten into the mid-20’s by the time we finished. The course was covered in frost but the entire place was dormant enough that they just let us out. Plus, they don’t really care about frost delays there. I had enough layers on that it didn’t feel that cold until 17 and 18. But those two holes were frigid.
  5. I went to high school with Keiser’s son and was on the golf team with him at Ignatius. Nice guy from Lincoln Park. Pretty good golfer. You’d never know his dad was a billionaire, though back then he might have been a multi-millionaire. Anyway, Mike preferred playing the Dunes Club to some of his dad’s more prominent 18 hole courses (though this was in the late 90’s before his dad owned places like Banden). It fits that Mike Jr. would be building a private club rather than something open to the public.
  6. GDN today. When we got there, a bunch of guys were hanging around waiting out a frost delay. Apparently there were two patches of frost on 1 and 2. They weren’t visible nor do I think they were even still present but...whatever. The course was in horrid shape. I didn’t think Highland Woods would be in considerably better condition than GDN but that was absolutely the case. I hit the ball really well but had no birdies and five bogies. 77. I think that will probably be it for golf in 2020.
  7. Highland Woods today. Bear is nearing 100 rounds and I'm up to 57. Hopefully he can get to triple digits before the cold front comes in later this week. HW was quite firm and the greens were probably the fastest I've played all year. It's crazy what happens when a course freezes. It was in the low 30's for the first few holes and we both limped to a 40 on the front. However, I shot -2 on the back with birdies on 15 and 18. Ball striking with the new irons was excellent and my putter was behaving as well. Walking up 18 was comical with an orange ball and a lime green ball sitting on a spray pai
  8. I remember we played the week before that Open. There were 30 mph winds and there had been no rain for a couple of weeks previous, which was very rare for that time of year. I walked off the course thinking if these were the conditions for the Open, the winning score could be over par. Then Kevin Na complained, they cut a bunch of fescue, it poured rain, and the pros ripped up Erin Hills.
  9. This is the problem with courses in the Midwest. It rains here at inconvenient times. It rains pretty much every Father's Day Weekend, meaning anytime a US Open is held around here, the courses are soft and scores will be low. The tournament at Medinah in 2019 had almost comical scores. I don't know what the solution is though. More redesigns can't change regional weather patterns.
  10. It’s in my signature. Honma TW747v 4-10 with Nippon Modus 105 shafts. I’ve never had a 10 iron before. Lots of PW’s but never a 10. I like them. More compact than my 919 Tours and I don’t miss the huge 919 Forged 5 iron. The problem is it was 32° when we teed off so I put a Duo in play. It’s tough to gauge how an iron feels when hitting the Duo. Every shot feels like a ProV1 in July.
  11. I bought myself an early Christmas present and wanted to take my new irons out for a spin so Bear and I played beautiful Deer Creek today. It was walking only (two of the best words in the English language when paired together) and the course was swampy in low spots and spongy in several others. However, it was very playable and the sun came out for the back nine, making things even nicer. Deer Creek will never win any prizes but it was definitely worth the $20 we each paid. The tee boxes were pretty chewed from the good weather last week but they had come out and rolled the greens so those we
  12. Mizuno JPX 919 Forged/Tour Combo set for sale. The 4 and 5 irons are 919 Forged while the 6-PW are 919 Tour. The 4 and 5 irons have been bent 1° weak to reduce offset and blend with the rest of the set. Shafts are KBS Tour C-Taper Lite 110 Stiff with Golf Pride Z Cord grips (logo down). These irons are in excellent condition. They have no bag chatter and both the faces and soles are clean. $575 Sold
  13. You could always read. Just a wild thought from way out of left field. Not sure what you’re into but in two weeks you could knock out some quality literature. Or watch Cobra Kai. Nothing better than 25 year olds playing teenagers while Ralph Macchio continues to defy the aging process.
  14. $53 for GCI? Huh? I don’t have issues driving it there except for on 9 but I’ve never paid more than $32 for a round there.
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