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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Google Earth says it's Roco Ki, which does appear to be closed according to TripAdvisor, Golf Advisor, and Google itself.
  4. ShortStick, that's a clever idea, although I didn't see anything on the NES web site that says that non-members can play (unless they are a guest of a member). Maybe they just left that part out though. There's also the Tour of Greater Boston, which I believe does allow the try-once-before-you-buy option. They also have some good RI and SE MA options in October, like Wannamoisett, Carnegie Abbey (a modern design, but a good one), Eastward Ho!, and Wianno (schedule at http://www.golfthetour.com/schedule.php). All of these are going to be close to full day affairs when you count the travel
  5. Here's the problem I see. The individual tournaments/sponsors would like this rule to have real teeth. They really want the top guys to play in their tournaments. If the Tour fines Spieth $20K, that's setting a precedent at a number that is basically insignificant for exactly the group of players that this rule is aimed at. If I'm JT, DJ, Rose, Koepka, McIlroy, Fowler, etc (all guys that will play less than 25 events this season), why would I jump through hoops next year to play a new tournament if I can just pay $20K and keep my usual schedule? Somehow the Tour has to make it clear to t
  6. Jumping in here with a related scenario. Stroke play competition. Player A is walking and has the honor. Players B and C are riding. Path from green to next tee (a par 3) is about 150 yards and rises steeply about 35 feet. Players in the cart arrive at the tee first, but can't hit even if they wanted to because Player A is in the way as he walks to the tee. When Player A arrives, Players B and C say "we'll hit first so you can catch your breath." On the one hand, it seems like they are trying to give Player A an advantage (not having to hit while breathing heavily). Ironically, Players
  7. NY, NJ, and PA are not part of New England. I suggest asking in the Mid-Atlantic forum.
  8. Stow Acres and Ponkapoag (not that I'd really recommend either). And if you stretch the definition of "public", maybe The International.
  9. Amen. My club does the 54 hole stroke play (in 2 days) championship, and I don't even bother to play in it. It's an interminable grind, and not something that I enjoy at all. I suppose it says something about the kind of golfer I am, but I played in more than my share of stroke play tournaments in high school and college, and I've pretty much had enough of that style of competition. But if it was match play I'd most likely play, even though I'm in that 2nd tier of players that is unlikely to win either way. At least the match(es) would be more enjoyable.
  10. You should take a caddie on your first round on The Old Course. There are a number of blind shots (obscured by gorse), and there are a lot of bunkers you won't see from the tee. If you play additional rounds, you might be able to skip the caddie if you pay attention the first time around. It's not on your list, but the one Scottish course that I say absolutely demands a caddie is Prestwick. That course is so wacky (I say that in the best possible way, as I loved playing it) that you might not even find the green on a few holes without help. Cruden Bay is a bit quirky too, but we did not
  11. Ugh. Sorry to hear it's gone downhill. As I mentioned, it's been a few years since I've been there, but it used to be pretty good. Hopefully the OP didn't take my advice and drive down there.
  12. Check out Golf Learning Center of New England in Norton (http://golflearningcenter.com/). 30 minutes from 495/Pike, but I think it checks all your boxes. Huge grass teeing area, reasonably flat chipping and putting greens, a bunker, and membership with even more places to practice. It's been a few years since I've been there, but the only downside I recall is that they tended to keep the grass a little long, more like hitting from the first strip of semi-rough. Probably a lot less stressful on the grass that way.
  13. My understanding based on a few stories I've read is that Golden (the guy who eventually conceded) was already pissed at his opponent and caddie for earlier "alleged breaches of etiquette." Which probably explains why the caddie was (arguably) a dick when he replied like that. Really, the caddie has no business getting involved with a rules discussion unless he was directly involved in an incident. And that probably explains why Golden called him on it -- there was already a lot of ill will present. Was it the right thing to do? I'd have to know more about what had happened before to rend
  14. In June you've got about 17 hours of daylight, so you need to think about how to make the best use of it. If you're physically up to it, you should try to get in at least a couple of 36 hole days. RCD is absolutely 100% worth playing twice (my first time there I played it 5 times). Portrush probably is too, but you could also easily combine it with Portstewart or Castlerock. Also, the Valley course at Portrush is well worth playing too. The other thing to keep in mind is that unless you are really good at sleeping on airplanes, you're going to be pretty wiped out the first day, so I sugg
  15. Here's the part I don't get: 3/26 depart tralee for sligo 3/36 play lahinch 3/27 play enniscrone and carne(time permitting) then drive to coleraine -very long drive 3/27 overnight in coleraine If I read that right, you are starting 3/27 in Sligo, driving to (and playing) Enniscrone, driving to (and playing) Carne, and then driving to Coleraine (in Northern Ireland)? In the absolute best of circumstances that's a 14 hour day (probably more like 16-17), and not something I would ever want to attempt, especially when you've only got 12 hours of daylight available.
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