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  1. Environmental, Health and Safety Manager Been that in several different industries but always in a factory or over multiple factories/locations. Depending upon where it could be mostly environmental compliance to air permit, hazardous waste handling/disposal, stormwater or more safety and health oriented; incident investigation and prevention, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, worker's compensation. That is what I went to school for. Prior to getting EHS gigs I was a manufacturing engineer specializing in waste reduction and automation. Got to install some robots along the way, build some buildings, buy equipment, etc. Data analysis and six sigma type things (why I really like Strokes Gained). I have three kids (boy girl twins that are 4 and an 8yo daughter). They are getting to the age where their activities are eating golf time. I typically only play golf when there isn't good fishing or hunting seasons in though, so really only a summer venture for me. I like golf architecture more than playing for the most part. I have resigned myself to the fact I will never be considerably better at playing golf than I am now until I have more free time to play and practice. So, I had to find ways to get enjoyment from the game in other ways, architecture, playing vintage equipment and dabbling in club-making.
  2. I don't think so. No way to get all those Thursday and Friday swings from a logistics standpoint.
  3. USGA essentially had a rotation anyway. This just semi-formalizes it and creates a reason they can support the clubs with maintenance. I suspect it also includes some form of agreements that the USGA hosts other "less premier" championships at those sites. Regarding the part of your quote I bolded above, those courses are "PGA Championship" courses. PGA of A also has an unofficial rota. Those courses you listed seem to fit their mold. Brawny, mid-western courses or blue-collar vibe type places.. Regarding what I underlined, I agree. I wouldn't have a problem with them going back to chambers bay. I thought the course provided a nice test and showed well on TV (despite Fox's coverage). I do get that it is not the best from an on-site spectator's standpoint but that is several places down the list of concerns in my book as providing a proper test and the tv broadcast are much higher concerns for me. Like I said initially, the rota stuff was happening anyway. Both the PGA 'ship and US Open had them unofficially. Most of us here could have rattled off 15 courses and which tournament they would host for the next ten years and probably been about 80% accurate. If the USGA injects a different, deserving venue about every third year outside of their group I think that is about right.
  4. Thin layers as needed for warmth with a wind shell type jacket over the top. Thin wool underwear as opposed to under armour/performance fabric stuff.
  5. I don't know that they have no accountability for it. It is just a model rule. They can or cannot be adopted by a committee. There are others. This one might be the first regarding equipment though. I don't know that they didn't consult the PGA Tour. Does anyone at this point in time? They may have requested it. They have certainly adopted it, and appears to me pretty quickly and in mid season for them. That seems telling to an extent to me. What sort of accountability would you expect them to have? What sort of negative ramifications of its adoption to you foresee that they should be held responsible/accountable for. This seems akin to the government asking auto manufacturers to not build cars for street use capable of going more than 175mph. My truck's speedometer tops out at 115 I think. I've never had it above 85. That rule doesn't impact me in the least and very few other people. ....... I don't see this as a bad move. I don't see this as a good move. I agree it has little immediate impact. That is the point though. Enact the flexibility to have the rule before it has a negative impact. Letting equipment get to the point it has, in my opinion, has equally undercut their credibility. Especially when they are now vocal about rolling back the effects of the equipment they let get out of hand.
  6. I don't have it in front of me to correctly quote and attribute this but, there was a story, posted here before, where someone within the USGA in the equipment rules realm, didn't bother to limit the CC of drivers at the time because (paraphrasing) "no professional golfer would ever want to use a driver larger than XXX cc." Well, that didn't age well. Prior to the governing bodies coming out with the 460 cc limit equipment manufacturers were building larger driver head sizes than whatever number he through out there. My understanding was at the time driver heads were made of steel and suffered from the same issues that a 400+ cc persimmon head would, weight. In steps titanium and carbon and other high strength/light weight materials and the capabilities shift. USGA was guilty of not anticipating where technology could go. We already see glimpses of the possibilities of a 48" driver. Yeah, maybe the current situation is it isn't controllable to the level that it would be useful but do you wait until we get to that point and there is a quick shift to that length or do you just get out in front of it before that can happen? If there aren't many using them, what is the harm in being somewhat pre-emptive? (Not to mention it is only established as a model local rule that is up to the committee to choose to use or not. If the PGA Tour chooses to use it the beef should be with them.)
  7. Texas, Florida and Tennessee have no state income tax. I would choose Florida. Not sure what "things" you are into but I enjoy sports and the outdoors. Florida has decent enough hunting (save maybe waterfowl) to keep me interested. Freshwater and saltwater fishing are world class. Downsides I could think of would be tourists, heat and humidity in summer and potential for hurricanes. There is still some "Old Florida" left if you stay away from the panhandle and larger cities. I don't know what they call the stretch between Apalachicola and Tampa but that curve seems to be less developed and, from an outsider's perspective looking at recent history, less likely to get hit with a hurricane.
  8. And the rules evolve as well. Baseball, a sport I am most familiar with, will alter the ball, mound height, etc. to change and maintain the game (and balance) to be played as they want it to be. IMO the USGA and R&A have done a very poor job of regulating the equipment. They have unintentionally set a precedent of doing nothing. When they do attempt to do something it appears earth-shattering on the surface but they are so timid in their attempts it does not even come close to the results they are after. Maybe if they can somehow cap distance gains from equipment to where it is now the courses will catch up and we will have another 50-80 years where the game stabilizes. I don't see them ever being able to go backwards without a giant fight. Though I wish they would.
  9. May take the thread off on a tangent but...how should a course or what is a good way for a course (public) to maintain there selected level of dress expectations without embarrassing someone and not coming off as snoody? I see fewer and fewer public courses with the true expectations/dress code put out there. Or you get the "proper golf attire" blurb. You needn't look too far here to see that everyone has their own definition of proper golf attire. I recall playing a round with a friend one summer at a state park course. It was brutally hot that day and this was in the days before performance fabric type shirts. He had on a cotton polo shirt over a white cotton undershirt. By the 14th hole or so he had soaked both shirts so decided to take off the polo. Marshall Dillon was on him quick about it. Now I doubt they enforce that rule. And I know they let people play in jeans because a group of us played a round there this spring when it was still very cool. Some guys were wearing jeans. I've said it here before but there is some sort of neural path in our noggins that connects the fact you are wearing certain clothing to how you act. I know when I put on a suit it is weird but I get hyper aware of manners and my mannerisms. Like because I am dressed up (for me) I even eat and drink differently, even subconsciously.
  10. I think the point here is that you will not notice its impact. It is pre-emptive. Just like if the characteristics of the ProV1 were never allowed we wouldn't know what we were missing if we still played a spinny wound ball.
  11. I agree with your premise but not your word choice in the bolded part. The governing bodies are on record as not seeking to limit skill, in fact, the opposite. The equipment changes are an attempt to inject skill back into the game at the highest levels.
  12. How does the USGA regulate course design? How do they regulate golf equipment? Have you seen the thread on the first page currently about ANGC? What are they currently doing to the course? Were all four par fives intended to be reachable by the whole field in two?
  13. Whether or not there is a need is immaterial. It is reality that it is happening and nothing good nor sustainable is coming of it.
  14. They are rolling back a rule (model rule actually) where most are not using that equipment. Be like banning 70* wedges (if there were a benefit to having a 70* wedge). "We" is all the people on here and elsewhere who said that the USGA should have been more proactive about equipment rules and by dragging their feet they let [driving] distance get to a point they didn't want it to be to begin with. The cat that can't be stuffed back in the bag. You can stuff a 48" driver shaft back in the bag now much easier than in 5 years when/if it becomes fashionable/mainstream. I can't help what 3/4 of the golfing population thinks. We are discussing adding yardage to courses at an increasing rate across the past 25 years due in large part to equipment. There is nothing about adding length to a golf course that makes it faster to play, more sustainable or cost less to maintain.
  15. And yet we crucify USGA for letting distance get out of hand through equipment as much as it has. Here they are getting well out in front of this when it impacts very few people and there are still those griping. There were 6'4"+ golfers in the days of steel driver shafts. They were playing them at 43-44" then.
  16. Depending upon where you have to go in KY, going up 75 can get you into east Ky quicker than out of Nashville. West KY you are better to slide up 24 and then the new I-69 deal.
  17. Dale Hollow State Park park course in KY. Way out there. Good course too when the weather has been good and the bunkers are raked.
  18. And that fact there is why I get a kick out of people (typically non-golf people or those not familiar with private golf/country clubs or private clubs in general) who seem to think that a club's member make-up should somehow mirror the makeup of the community in which it is in. When you try to be all things to all people you lose your identity and often drive off the people who were there in the first place. If you are a family club, be a family club. If you are a true "golf club," be a golf club and put your resources towards the course and matches. If you are a social club, put on your social events.
  19. We have 1 bowling alley in a 14 county area. We have 13 public golf courses in that same 14 county area and 6 private courses. This is mid-south area so bowling is not really a big thing like in the midwest.
  20. My wife isn't a golfer but she could be. She is not very athletic at all (the type of person who has trouble walking and chewing gum) but she has a surprisingly nice golf swing for not having grown up playing and not playing much now. I bought her a set of clubs some years back and she would play a little before we had kids. I wish she would get into the game a bit more as it would make the country club sales pitch an easier one.
  21. I've flipped one on its side. Bald tires, steep path with turn at bottom and pavement was wet. I've been passenger when one was sunk in mud up to the axles. Guy thought he could just swing in there and pick up his ball. I've nearly driven one into a trap. Low angle sun and fairway bunker cut below the fairway level between me and the path. When we were young and dumb we would dump them into neutral on a steep hill and coast them out into the fairway and do donuts on the wet grass. After flipping that one while actually being very cautious, I don't do that crap anymore. I don't really want to be sore for a month from wrecking a cart.
  22. Especially when you get married. Way less time for golf that is for sure. Avoid that if you can.
  23. NC A&T is a HBCU. Roster is reflective of that. I think it is a cool opportunity for not only he but also his team mates to learn something. It has to be a very interesting scenario for the top players on his team to be playing over him. You beat out a professional athlete to start over him. Like I said earlier, big opportunity for both sides to get something out of this.
  24. I think 13 has been one hole most changed in terms of how it can play due to distance. Used to be a spot in the fairway that was flatter than the rest which kept you from having a hanging lie with which to better hit a wood. Farther down the fairway you would have to contend with that hanging lie. Go for green and risk the creek or do you lay up right to the flat spot and hit a wedge on? Now who cares about a hanging lie? If you bomb it around the corner you are holding a 7 or 8 iron. You'd be daft not to go for the green in two.
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