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  1. Echelon is great. Fun course. Good conditions Bears Best is good but gets a TON of play Chateau Elan is good and not too far. Stone Mountain courses are good too. Public golf in Atlanta generally sucks. Not sure if there is a way to get a list or communicate with others in the Pro-Am, but I bet there are a ton of folks who would be happy to host on Sunday. I would have offered but Mothers Day and all.... If you have a pro who can help get you in somewhere, try River Club. If he cant but has connections to Club Corp, try The Manor or White Columns.
  2. So our group is a speaker group at our home course. We keep it reasonable and turn it down if we get too close to another group. There are really only 2 places on the course where the green and the next tee are close enough to hear each other. We play 50+ times a year and we p'ay for beers or $20 so all friendly, casual golf. Interestingly our group went on a bucket list trip to California a few weeks ago. The music came on and it felt odd. I actually told my buddy, "hey, don't want to be a stick in the mud, but can we turn it off for these rounds?" He of course said "Yes of
  3. Sorry, not directed at you. More to those who would not tip in this situation. Club cleaning at a place like We-ko-pa should be included in the total golf experience.
  4. Must have missed this. We-ko-pa is up to $200/per round and a top 10 course in Arizona and likely a starting point for young people in the hospitality industry to learn. Surely the golf service is impeccable from bag drop to driving out. If your day consists of up to $250 in expenses, an extra $5 to the tip pot split between the staff should not impact you.
  5. Ha. In Atlanta we have to take golf clubs to the "special screening area" which is in a separate room in the terminal. They are not usually busy so the clubs go though the machine right away. I usually linger around outside like a paranoid freak to make sure there are no problems. I only travel for golf for a bucket list trip or a competitive member/guest when I 100% have to have my own clubs. I don't want to get there only to find out they were quarantined because XYZ and I could have addressed it right away. Seems like for some reason curbside does not have this requirement, or at leas
  6. I used to not feel this way, but I do now. $2 to the bag kid is more important than $2 to me. Financially I am doing fine. I am not loaded but also not counting pennies. Perhaps my view has skewed since I joined a club. When you see the same faces every week and they come to know you and have you prepped like you want, they become part of the golfing experience. The bag guys know that we usually walk Sunday mornings. Instead of bags on carts they are set nicely to the side with an extra towel draped over. When I left my rangefinder in the under-roof basket on the cart they found it a
  7. In my experience this is a relatively standard service/process when playing at a mid-tier or better course, public or private.
  8. Was this an employee at the course you played? Or was this a random person who popped up like a windshield washer at a stoplight? I almost always tip the bag guys. Sometimes $5, sometimes just a few bucks. Most of the public courses I play are ~$70 so a few dollars is not significant. However if I was playing a $12 muni i would not expect nor really want to increase my bill by 30% to have my clubs cleaned.
  9. Are you reading the posts here? Clear preference for getting a stroke from literally everyone. I did not set the rules for 100% handicap.
  10. Host gets to choose some things, but obviously can't choose rules. Committee left it at 100% handicap, not 90%. And as @Sawgrassand @2bGood said, getting a stroke is almost always better than no stroke.
  11. This looks like an official rule. Thanks @rogolf!
  12. Strokes are certainly not part of my player identity. They are the entire premise of a handicapped fourball match. My whole point is that in a handicapped match the strokes are very important, and how they are allocated/addressed in extra holes is very important, and I did not want to be gamed out of a stroke just because someone wanted a specific routing so they did not have to give as many as they were supposed to. At the end of the day there was no committee and seems to be no rule that dictates "play 18 until someone wins", or "start at 1 and play 2,3,4..." The other team
  13. Interesting. Very fair point. Had not really considered that. However, find me a person who, given the choice, who would not take a stroke hole. My guess is there are very few situations where someone could choose to play the 18th hardest hole vs the hardest hole if they get a stroke.
  14. Devils advocate: Is this a rules issue? If there is no rule....
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