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  1. Only played barefoot once, and that was at The Sandbox at Sand Valley. I thought it was kind of fun but not something I could do on a 7k yard course. I would be more worried about stepping on a broken tee than the chemicals. One time I was brushing off some leaves or dirt or something on a tee box and sliced 3 fingers on a sharp broken tee. Would hate to get sliced or stabbed in the tender arch of my foot. OUCH! Sometimes I do practice in casual sneakers or loafers to ensure my balance and tempo is ok.
  2. For me it is 1/2 the challenge and 1/2 the camaraderie. I played most athletics growing up, but not golf. I tinkered when I was in my mid-teens (shot 100+), but did not get serious until I started playing with a friend in college, just the two of us (shot 90+). Had a baseball grip until I was 23. Played a lot with my dad when I was in my late 20's and got a little better (shot high 80's). Joined a club when I was 35 to play golf but got sidetracked by the tennis side (also easier with 2 young kids). Started playing more in my early 40's and being smart (shot low 80's). Right now down to
  3. Wow, you are one heck of a host. Edit: let me get this straight, marshals are the #1 key to curbing slow play, you have been a marshal for 15 years and are really good at it, and you cant get your 2 guests to play at a reasonable pace, and you ghosted them after 9 holes? Certainly this is a troll account....
  4. Go read this thread to get some perspective on playing a PGA course (albeit a big one): I will say Kapalua is on another level than Mayakoba, but there are some things that are common. Most of us don't get to play PGA Tour courses very often. They are either private or far or expensive or all 3. Many of us are watching the Sentry ToC in January. It is the first big tournament in a while. It has a good field. It has a fun vibe. It is in Hawaii. You can see that everyone in that thread said "Play it despite the cost. It is a once in a lifetime experience". I played it, pl
  5. You did not offer your 2-cents. You talked down to a guy trying to share his joy with others. Did you share pictures of you newborn with your family and friends? Or did you think "almost everyone had kids, this is not that special" and go back to work and let them find out the next time they came to your house?
  6. I was not aware of this. Very informative. Some points of clarification: It was a fourball match I was not a referee He asked if he could get relief based on a "normal" stance. My reply was "I don't believe so." He never tried a different stance to get relief Had he tried a different stance, the swing would NOT have been abnormal, unusual, unreasonable, wrong direction, etc. From what I have deduced from the comments above, here is what I will do if I am ever in the same situation: Take a stance for a standard shot Realize my footing
  7. @Halebopp Would you call a stance adjustment cheating? Or playing within the rules? If he had adjusted his stance i would have 100% given relief without thinking about it. I would not have called it cheating.
  8. I agree he deserved relief, IF tried to take a different stance, but he kept his original stance not touching the grate. I think this is one of those situations where he could have used the rules to his advantage and adopted an "abnormal swing or stance" and gotten a drop with a more favorable stance.
  9. This actually happened several years ago to my opponent in a member/guest round. I believe I made the right call but want to confirm and ask about a few nuances. Unfortunately I do not have a picture Ball is pushed right off the tee and comes to rest just to the right of a fairly significant drainage grate, about 4' x 4'. The players stance is a few inches from the grate but not on the grate. The last few inches of grass severely slope toward the grate so very difficult to take a real stance as the heels are 3 " below the toes. He wanted relief from the overall situation, and
  10. What everyone else has said is on point. Don't expect to play in the 9:00 Saturday group your first weekend (unless there is a general signup). Play with your sponsor. Hang around. Be fun. The games and the groups will happen organically over time. You will meet more of your sponsors friends and then someone will add you to the group text or email chain. It happens organically just like changing jobs or moving houses. On day 1 you don't know anyone, but a few months in you know everyone. Enjoy. Club life is a good life.
  11. Best thing to do of course is to meet with the membership director and ask these questions. They will be more than happy to talk to you. If I was paying a yearly membership with no initiation fee this is what I would expect: 1. Bag drop attendant? - Probably not 2. Easy access to tee times? - Website says no tee times. 3. Cart fees? - Cart fees are probably extra. Also, will there be some sort of greens fee at all? Or do you get unlimited golf with your membership? 4. What's involved in bringing guests? - May be some limitation on number of times you
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. In my experience this is a relatively standard service/process when playing at a mid-tier or better course, public or private.
  19. 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.
  20. Are you reading the posts here? Clear preference for getting a stroke from literally everyone. I did not set the rules for 100% handicap.
  21. 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.
  22. This looks like an official rule. Thanks @rogolf!
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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