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  1. The amateur is out there pooping their pants because they can't believe they're playing the 12th hole at ANGC. They are so nervous about flubbing the shot in front of everyone that the wind isn't really at the top of their list. The amateur could certainly score better if they got lucky on their one shot. That's the beauty of golf. If the amateur and the pro play the hole ten times...well....I'd put my money on the pro.
  2. The issue is not wanting to land it in the back bunker or beyond. If it lands in there, the liklihood is that you will soon be in the front bunker (or the creek) on your next shot. That is an extremely difficult play out of there as the grass is very thin and the putt is a slick downhiller. If you're playing for a top 10 you can't really afford to say "Oh the heck with it. I'm gonna hit it in the back bunker on my third shot." Most pros are going to take their chances and try to keep up with the field. A very delicate pitch considering how juicy it is down there with the rain.
  3. I still can't believe a market exists for merchandise coming from a yet-to-be-built golf course. I wouldn't want to deal with conversations like this: "Sweet headcover! Did you play The Buck Club?" "Not yet." "What state is it in?" "Um, no state. It doesn't exist." "Oh. Did they close it?" "NO! I'VE GOT A HEADCOVER FROM A GOLF COURSE THAT HAS YET TO BE BUILT, OKAY?!?!?"
  4. I realize they have to make money, but it seems you are going to pay the absolute highest price for whatever you get. I dont think you even get any kind of credit for the stock shaft(s) that would have come with your club(s). If you bought elsewhere at least you could subsidize your purchase by selling it/them on eBay. Personally, I prefer to get fitted in a hitting bay (with a Trackman) where I can see the actual ball flight and still get shot data. Thanks all, for sharing your experiences.
  5. I found John Sabino's "How to Play the World's Most Exclusive Golf Clubs" to be a very fun read. These days, the idea of globetrotting to check off the world's Top 100 golf clubs seems pure fantasy. Mr. Sabino outlines tips for gaining entree into many of these clubs. More so than anything I found his stories about playing in Japan, France, Scotland, and South Africa to be riveting. I don't recall "Posting on Golf WRX" as being a suggested strategy, but I guess stranger things have happened. Bluefan75 's advice is probably the most solid - form relationships (covered in the book). postfold off
  6. A six foot diameter oak tree uses 1,000 gallons of water on a high ET day. If given the choice of playing on nice turf and sparse trees or having nice trees and playing on sparse turf? Give me the the former.
  7. Isn't "slow" a relative term? I've heard golfers complain about greens that were stimping at 11 on a Tuesday morning ladies day. Truth is 98% of golfers don't know what they're talking about agronomically. First and foremost, most superintendents care about plant health. Dead grass = no job. Depending on the severity of the green slopes you can't have fast greens because you'll only have two pinnable areas that are going to get pretty beat up. Or in many cases you want uniformity over all 18 greens. Severe greens are going to seem faster than some of the flatter greens. I get your point ab
  8. The likely culprit (especially on a triplex) is that the operator doesn’t want to “scalp” into the collar so if they’re going to miss they typically err on the side of missing inward. That half to one inch miss adds up over time. There’s a special talent to being able to nail the line between the collar and green whilst being perched atop a triplex.
  9. But doesn’t that mean the “new” edge of the green is going to be an even tighter radius which will take an even harder beating? That seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. You’re talking about the cleanup pass around the green, right?
  10. How hard would it be for the pros? Relatively speaking, it would be a score-a-thon for anyone with any kind of length. I’m in awe of the shots they’re still hitting out of that stuff. It’s bonkers!
  11. Ask any superintendent in the north when they would want to hold a tournament and they would say right now. The weather is more predictable than it is in June, they can control the moisture in the ground due to drier weather, they can aerify and not skip a beat going into the fall when they see the next bump in root growth. The biggest issue with June is that the roots grown in the spring are prematurely being shrunken going into summer because of the stresses of a US Open. The super ends up babysitting all summer because the course didn’t go into the summer in its best form.
  12. Green speeds are mainly a function of grass type, mowing height, rolling, and feeding/water regimen. Grass type - some grasses (G2 bentgrass) lay flatter and mow shorter than others (paspalum) Mowing height - the less leaf tissue, the less drag on the ball Rolling - lays the grass down reducing drag even more Feeding / water - growth inhibitors such as Primo slow down growth so greens don't get slower (due to plant growth) as the day wears on. Syringing (hand watering) greens provides just enough water to cool the plants (which struggle due lack
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