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Zach Silver

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  1. BUMP anyone have any ideas on an installer in NJ?
  2. Appreciate all who have replied and privately offered to host! To those mentioning club pro calling. I’ve utilized this in the past but it’s something you don’t want to abuse. Plus my intention is not just to play courses it’s to meet new people etc.
  3. I had a caddie only carrying my bag for the week so to compensate I gave $140 per round. He seemed satisfied with that amount, for a double bag I would imagine less is accepatable.
  4. I am a 3-4 Handicap. Big time architecture enthusiast always looking to explore new courses. Based in NJ, always willing to travel to play great golf and meeting other likeminded golfers. I'm on all the sites, thousand greens, boxgroove always looking for ways to play more varied courses. Putting it out there- Anyone willing to host me? Would obviously pay guest, caddie fee etc. I'm always into reciprocating as well at my course Preakness Hills in Wayne,NJ email me at [email protected] if you aren't comfortable posting publically. Thanks Zach
  5. I’m actually just talking about golf within the US. I like the brown in Scotland etc. to me it adds to the atmosphere of those areas. So on and so forth with other regions. Id it fits with the aesthetic I’m all for it. Parkland style golf to me demands green to have the optimal atmosphere. I see that changing for the reasons I’ve highlighted in other posts and I think it’s detrimental to parkland style golf in the US.
  6. I’m actually saying the opposite. I think that a good course can be looked over more often if their conditions don’t meet the players expectation of what a golf course should look like. Again- the crux of this argument assumes a majority of players have a preference for green fairways. if tou like brown it doesn’t matter either way. But I would contend that many great courses are played in dormant conditions and are therefore looked unfavorably upon by players who haven’t seen them in peak condition. It seems many on this thread aren’t able to put themselves in the shoes of the 95% of golfers who aren’t agronomists or architecture aficionados who can look past aesthetics or understand why they are that way. I think it’s unfortunate that great course get overlooked or called overrated because of aesthetic that they can alter if they choose to.
  7. Yes- to me that contrast between the green and dormant grass looks pretty cool considering the alternative (completely brown).
  8. I am interested in putting in a basement simulator. Budget 10-15k. Anyone aware of a company that handles installation in NY/NJ area? Thanks.
  9. The idea of a green golf course is not an outlandish one. It’s the idea of a golf course that isn’t green being superior that is an outlier. It’s like being alright with skiing on yellow snow because the conditions are good. There is something about the combination of condition and aesthetic that makes a golf course. Many good courses don’t get credit they deserve because of the condition they are kept in. If spraying green allows a course to play firm and look great at the same time that seems like a good idea to me. I understand the whole discussion centers around people liking brown courses more again I don’t buy that the general population feels this way.
  10. I think there is a balance between soppy wet super green (good looking but not considered ideal playing conditions) and fast and firm but lacking the green aesthetic. Anyone who says that tightly cut green grass with sharp corners and a clean manicure doesn’t look any nicer than a browned out course is full of it and trying to be a contrarian purist. I’m a 3 handicap so I can appreciate what firm and fast conditions mean for playability and strategy. I can also make the argument that playing on less firm conditions adds length to the golf course (lack of rollout) and rewards accurate yardage calculations and hitting your number more then unpredictable run off conditions of firm and fast do. In some ways I think that slow courses separate the good player more and on the pga would be a natural rollback taking 20-30 yards of roll off drives. To me firm and fast is more fun because of the strategic element and the array of shots it allows players to try. But I think fun can be had with softer conditions (more spinners, ability to come into greens with longer irons and hold them). Additionally couple that with the nicer aesthetic of a lush course and the whole package can be better for some if you accept it as just a different (not better or worse) playing style.
  11. There seems to be a movement toward trendy public courses with great playing conditions, affordable rates and a more casual vibe. Sweetens Cove, The Fields Club, Winter Park etc. What are other course like this out there? Any in the northeast?
  12. Keep the examples coming. Would no other grass type be able to withstand the summer heat besides Bermuda? Why do all of these southern courses use it?
  13. I also want to point out that this idea of natural golf “as it was meant to be played” as an argument against paint I don’t buy. Do we cut the greens and fairways? Use fertilizers and pest repellants? What about golf in the United States is natural at all? If there are tech advances that enhance play (ie spray on color) I say embrace them.
  14. I’m from the northeast so my experience with this is purely though travel. In this case what is the argument against spraying (painting) courses green? Seems to be best of both worlds. Considering how awful overseeding is.
  15. Not at all. Golf courses aim to please their membership and in the case of public courses aim to attract visitors. The preference of those paying “customers” is exactly what is considered when making course decisions. At my club there was a span of a couple of weeks without rain which caused some browning of THE ROUGH (not even green or fairway). There was a letter sent out apologizing and promising to do better snd keep the course in shape. In shape in this case only meant green. The playing conditions during the drought were the fastest and “best” all year. Clearly this drive was coming from the membership and their complaints. in the absence of that feedback courses will do whatever is most economical as they should since their objective is to make money. They will toe the line of what is acceptable. My whole point is that this means courses that have less and less well maintained areas and are allowed to go natural. clearly I’m in the minority on here diagnosing this as a problem trend instead of an improvement.
  16. This backlash was expected. A couple of points I want to make- 1. I used the word “dangerous” which is perhaps dramatic. What I meant was that if as players we no longer demand good looking courses, we will no longer will have good looking courses. There is a middle ground where speed is maintained, but not at the expense of aesthetics. Spraying options like pinehurst employs to keep their fairways green is an option that doesn’t sacrifice playing conditions. This may be the best of both worlds in my opinion. 2. I maintain the view that traveling distance to go to a well known course that we have seen in good green condition in pictures only to find that it looks like a $20 muni is disappointing no matter how firm and fast it plays. However, I’m still open minded. Show me a course that looks enjoyable to play browned out (non links). A course where the architecture is so good that you wouldn’t care if it looks like a county course.
  17. In regards to your questions about those UK courses, of course I would travel to play them because that is how they are designed to be played, it fits with the overall landscape and the courses' aesthetic doesn't rely on the grass. The ocean, dunes, rippled fairways, fescue, gorse etc. adds an element that make these courses beautiful without green grass. IMO in this country, parkland style/non links style courses need to be green to be enjoyable/beautiful. I think it's what sets US golf apart from the world and what we have come to expect for a reason, especially when paying huge greens fees on public courses, and big private member dues -another big difference from the native courses in the UK that charge far less and have much lower capabilities due to financial constraints.
  18. Replies seem to make sense, obviously soggy or poor conditions other times in the year due to over-seed is pointless if only to achieve a look. Are there any courses you all know of that do a good job spraying the course green, this does seem to me like the best compromise. I just can't get myself to travel to play a course that is browned out despite what it means for playability.
  19. I joined Preakness Hills this year in Wayne. Low key vibe, underrated golf course. It's very well maintained, greens roll as fast as any I've played in NJ. Food is fantastic. The only downside is the practice facilities which are not first class, however, the course gets so little play that practicing on the course is your best options especially during the week.
  20. I see a trend starting to arise where courses and players are embracing this "firm and fast" style which translates to browned out fairways. Courses especially in the southeast are not overseeing and just letting the Bermuda go dorment. Some courses, Sweetens Cove for example are posting things like "down with the brown". I think its a dangerous trend in the US, that is stripping this country of the well maintained carpet like conditions (Augusta style) that has been the goal and norm in the past. Thoughts?
  21. I'm interested in playing either organized amateur tournaments in the Tri-State area, or privately organized tournaments. Does anybody have any good resources for this type of thing?
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