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  1. The bunker complaint is just silly. There's 30-35 yards of fairway on both sides of the bunker (I measured on Google Earth). Pick a side and hit it there. The ironic thing is that if only the right side was mown as fairway (with the bunker now guarding the left), he wouldn't complain about it at all. But all these pros are predictable about this. They complained about the centerline bunkers on #12 at TPC Boston (and got them removed). They complained about the centerline bunker on #5 at Kapalua (and will probably end up getting it removed). Whenever an architect asks them to do any sort of tactical thinking, they rebel. As far as the length of the hole, it just shows how entitled they are and what the current tour pro expectations are. They think they should be able to reach *any* hole in two shots. And for the most part they can, because they hit it so far that they have rendered most par 5s obsolete. But to go as far as calling it a bad hole because the tour had the audacity to give them a par 5 that they actually have to hit 3 full shots to (the horror!), well, that's just silly as well.
  2. I played on the Tour last year as well. If you can't play any of the weekday events, it comes down to how much you value playing competitive, stroke-play, weekend golf on courses you could access yourself already. If you can play weekdays, now you've gained access to a couple dozen private clubs that you probably couldn't get on otherwise, and you also get the competition. It's a well-run organization with responsive owners. The pace-of-play policy is described on the web site, and it's definitely enforced. The caveat is that on those weekend tournaments, we're at the mercy of the general public course pace of play of the golfers that go out before us. I've played rounds in 3:45 during the week, and I've played 5 hour rounds on the weekend. Typical private/public dichotomy.
  3. You clearly have a different definition of "can't play golf" than I do. I live in Massachusetts, and at worst I'd say that I "can't play golf" for about 3 months. (And even then I'd be lying, because most of that time I could go to the Cape and play if I really wanted to.) I just can't see how 4-5 months are unplayable in Georgia.
  4. Green Harbor GC in Marshfield, MA. It's public, and very much not a "big name" course. It's kind of amazing they manage to pull it off, really.
  5. OP here. Thanks for all the responses. I'm not surprised that there are a variety of opinions -- even after reading the definition of advice it wasn't clear to me, especially when it's written more from the perspective of a player asking for information, rather than someone volunteering information. A few more tidbits of info based on the comments. The stroke play tournament involved ~90 players, not just the ones in my group. The match was a semi-final in a club-wide, season-long event, so it was a fairly big deal. Player B did indeed lose the match. In the end, I'm quite comfortable with my decision not to intervene, if for no other reason than the fact that one guy had already teed off and couldn't benefit from the information. Maybe Player B will be motivated to download an app on his phone so he can do his own diligence. Like I told him, "I'm not your caddy or your partner, you shouldn't be relying on me."
  6. Scenario: Stroke play, but players A & B are also playing a match (bad idea, I know, but it happens). Hole in question has a stream crossing the fairway in the driving area that is not visible from the tee. I am player C, hitting third off the tee. I have played the course once and I have a GPS device, so I know about the stream. I am engrossed in determining what club to lay up with, and don't think to mention the stream (which is obviously public information) to anyone. This was our 7th hole, and I believe I had mentioned one other blind obstacle on a previous hole. Player A tees off with driver, but he's too short to reach the stream anyway, so nothing seems amiss to me. Player B steps up with driver in hand. This kind of rings alarm bells in my head, but I don't say anything. There wasn't a lot of time, but I remember thinking 1) maybe he knows what he's doing and would be annoyed if I stopped him, and 2) his opponent has already hit, would it be fair to say anything at this point? Anyway, he hits what undoubtedly looked to him like a good drive. I go up next with a 3 wood. After I hit, player D switches from driver to another club and hits, then says to everyone that after he saw my choice of club he double checked and saw the stream on his app. I said something like "yeah, that was probably a wise choice based on the stream up there." You can guess what happened next. Player B's ball was in the stream, and he lost the hole. Player B was pissed at me for not saying anything beforehand, and the rest of the round got pretty icy. I kind of wanted to say "if only, in 2021, there was some way of seeing a map of the hole and determining what obstacles are out there and how far away they are", but I did not. In fairness, he did have a laser, but this just shows the shortcomings of laser-only on blind holes that you've never played before. I know I didn't do anything against the rules, but would it have been a) legal and b) ethical to say something once I saw his club choice? I know it was public information, but does intent count here? I absolutely would have been pointing out public information because I thought he was about to make a mistake in club selection. To me that seems dangerously close to advice. And on top of that, it just didn't seem right to screw his opponent.
  7. I played Tierra del Sol the day after Christmas, 2018. I believe I made the tee time (one player) the day before on TeeOff/GolfNow, so you probably don't need to do anything too far in advance. The rental clubs were, to be charitable, a bit out of date. Unless they've changed things, don't expect top line clubs. As others have mentioned, it was very windy (20-30 mph). In fact, the day after I played, it was so windy that even being on the beach meant being sandblasted to the point of pain. The range played straight into the wind, so you had plenty of opportunity to practice knock-down shots before going out. Conditions were so-so. Greens were true but quite slow, but that's not surprising given the wind they have to deal with. They seem to often have issues with their fairway irrigation -- check out the historical imagery on Google Earth and you'll see what I mean. All in all, it was a nice diversion for a morning, but certainly nothing you'd plan a vacation around.
  8. Sounds like the Harmon Club outside of Boston. They do have a 9-hole course, so not exactly what you described. Only problem, according to a member I played with earlier this year, is that they have something like 900 members now and it's almost impossible to actually play the course. But if all you care about is the practice areas, I guess that doesn't matter.
  9. Played Olde Scotland Links last Sunday. One temporary green on #16. Greens were slow, but reasonably smooth. Only one set of tees available, averaging somewhere in between the greens and whites (but always on an actual teeing ground). All in all, about as good as can be expected for March.
  10. A lefty amateur might have an easier time. Having your misses be long right or short left (opposite of a righty) makes the hole play much easier.
  11. What was everyone's experience last weekend with the new mask rules in Massachusetts? At the Cape Cod muni I played (I won't get any more specific so as to avoid any trouble), they were semi-lax about it. They asked us to wear masks near the clubhouse (1, 9, 10, 18) and also on a few holes that border a public road where golfers are very visible to passers-by. Otherwise, they didn't care.
  12. Homestead Resort in Virginia. Their Old Course is 6-6-6. I think most architects would say that it's harder to design good par 5s than any other kind. So that's probably you don't see this very often.
  13. I think Dye kept trying to outdo himself as the years went by. His early designs (Harbour Town, Crooked Stick, etc) are actually fairly understated when compared to his later stuff, and I can't imagine that anyone could dislike Teeth of the Dog. But it seems like he kept cranking up the difficulty and boldness of design (Sawgrass, PGA West, Whistling Straits, etc) in an effort to vex the pros, which was pretty polarizing. If nothing else, he served an important purpose, as he began the move away from the boring, Robert Trent Jones-led, mid-century design era. He probably went a bit too far, and in doing so caused several designers to react by moving toward the natural design philosophy that rules today.
  14. To the OP -- If you are going in April 2021, I think there's a good chance you will have to play off mats on The Old Course. The Open Championship will be there in July, and at least one web site (https://www.worldsbestgolfdestinations.com/getting-on-the-old-course-in-2021) suggests they'll continue the usual winter mat policy up to the point when they close the course in June. I'm not an authority on this, but I think I recall reading about the same policy in 2015 when The Open was last at St. Andrews.
  15. Google Earth says it's Roco Ki, which does appear to be closed according to TripAdvisor, Golf Advisor, and Google itself.
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