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  1. It's funny, but quite by accident I have acquired iron sets by decade: 1952 Spalding Robert T Jones Stainless 1962 Wilson Staff Dynapower Turfriders 1972 Hogan Apex 1982 Hogan Radial, 1987 Wilson Tour Blades, 1988 Hogan Redlines 1999 Hogan Apex 2003 Apex 2011 Wilson FG62 Going forward I want to add some Macgregor irons to that mix, but that's already too many sets for my current living situation.
  2. The Presidio Golf Course is a golf course, you, me, or anyone can call, get a time, pay ~$100 and play golf like any other public course. The Presidio and Concordia Club is effectively a clubhouse building across the parking lot, operating as your typical private golf club. They have playing rights and access to the Presidio Golf Course (with some tee time reservation priority as noted above)
  3. Hey, Anyone know anything about Ben Sayers B63 woods? I came across them in a thrift shop... they have a weird serrated sole plate, a 2X wood and 4 wood with TT rocket shafts. I left them as I don't need more old woods at this time, but I'd return for them if requested by anyone. They'd need refinishing, naturally...
  4. I was looking at attending (I'm 45 minutes away) but got some sticker shock when I saw the prices. $75 per day might be reasonable, I don't know, but too much for me. Thats 1-2 whole rounds right there.
  5. I hope someone chimes in for you. My situation is similar; I lived in the east and now live in the north bay. Crystal is a course that's good enough I've heard of it but not good enough I ever made the trek to play it. I'd be curious to hear about it.
  6. I realized I did not include a photo if what you all probably care more about; the clubs! Here you go:
  7. Played 13 holes at the Northwood golf course in Monte Rio, California yesterday. A walk in the cathedral of the redwoods. This gem is a 9 hole, Alister MacKenzie design, which plays to persimmon appropriate distances. The greens, as such, are suitably undulating. I used the 1972 Apex set I bought last month with MacGregor 653 driver and 5 wood. Wedges are Stan Thompson stainless, and a Hogan Princess served as a putter. The 13 holes took the form of 1-2-3-4-5-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 since they made a loop, I was last out, and there was a wait at 6 the first go around. I opened with 5 bogeys; peculiarly the 4 redo holes went -birdie bogey par birdie- which was nice. The trouble I have is the occasional fantastic miss with the driver... the 45 degrees horizontal mishit that almost missed the face. Otherwise it was nice to get out and goof off on a Friday evening in a beautiful setting.
  8. It may not be the same but 9 holes of Shadow Lakes are coming back from the dead!
  9. I didn't need a set of '72 apex, but the golf mart had them in the trade-ins bucket (I'm surprised they took them) Not exquisite condition but pretty good.
  10. Hey smashdn, I played RSG in March of 2019. This meant the 'other' was pretty reduced, but you could see pretty well where it would be. Here are some photos: The upside down approach to 7: The approach to 8: The Tee to green at 11 And the green and surrounds at 17: You'll have to be the judge as to the widths, but to me they seem somewhat similar. I don't know if the fairways were narrowed at all and the rough brought in to match the new fairways. A course that used to be local to me in Finland, however maintains the exact look you have referred to year round. Vuosaari Golf in Helsinki Anyway I personally did not find the width of first cut at RSG to be suspect on the day I played it. That being said when I played it there wasn't much real junk simply due to time of year, so its hard to judge. But I think a couple or triplex widths and then cabbage is pretty standard.
  11. Wilson FG Tour v2 and FG 62 (I play them as a combo set) And then I have Hogan Apex blades from 99 and 03, both exceptional.
  12. Santa Rosa, sometimes make it down to the East Bay @kdphan @Golferguy209
  13. I'll raise with I'm done with carts altogether. I truly believe they slow down play instead of speeding it up, especially for higher handicap players. I have played in groups with players like that the last two days. 2 guys in the cart leap frogging each other with 20-70 yard duffs and tops, generally 45 degrees off of each other on opposite sides of the fairway. Both drive to one ball, hit it, both drive to the other ball, hit it, rinse and repeat. If there needs to be a search, both players become tied to the search because that's where the bag and cart is. At least when walking, they can both walk to their respective balls and hit them. All clubs are at their disposal at all times. They can walk directly to where their ball is, regardless of where it is. If you are a single or single carts with low handicaps, then you can FLY around the course and I get that. But the vast majority of golfers I've encountered are not that.
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