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  1. We wound up booking a round at Grand National Lakes on the way from Atlanta and then a round at each of the courses at RTJ Capitol Hill. We're staying in Montgomery next to the Montgomery CC. Do you have any bar/restaurant recomendations?
  2. We’ve changed our final destination to Montgomery. The extra drive time didn’t seem like much compared to the opportunity to play new courses. We may have a chance to play Montgomery Country Club. Is it worth it?
  3. We'll be in Auburn from March 5-8 and had planned on playing at Grand National. It looks like the Links course will have been aerated shortly before we arrive, so I think we'll probably skip it. What other public courses are nearby that are worth playing? Should we make the drive to Prattville to play at Capitol Hill? Of the three courses there, which would you recommend?
  4. Newport National says they're open as of Thursday.
  5. For us cheapos, what's the word on Wailua and Kukuiolono?
  6. I'm planning on playing Bethpage in October so I'm checking the system now to see how it works. I'm not a New York resident and I'm registered in the system with my out of state address. I don't see any option on the account screen to select residency. When I click on Reservations from my account, the Non-Resident Black Course reservations screen comes up. If I change to another course, I'm brought back to the information screen. When I click on Non-Resident on that screen, a message saying, "You do not have access to that booking class," comes up. When I click OK on that, I'm brought back to
  7. Back from a long weekend in Charleston. We wound up playing Shadowmoss, Osprey Point, Stono Ferry and Westcott Plantation. All of them were in good shape, Osprey obviously being immaculate (we managed to get on before the Spring rate jump). Thanks to whoever suggested a drink in the Ryder Cup bar. Spectacular view. Shadowmoss could have used a little more cleanup around the greens but was a good starter for us. Too much time wasted trying to clear debris out of putting lines. Stono Ferry was second in condition to Osprey, a really nice take. Westcott Plantation was a nice finisher for us. Wide
  8. I have a soft-sided hard-bottomed Samsonite bag. It's pretty huge but at least you can fold it up when it comes time to get in the rental vehicle. It's also bright blue so there's no missing it when it comes off the carousel or is sitting with a bunch of other bags. I'm a cheap bastxxx, so I just have a piece of 1x2 cut to be longer than my driver that I stick into the bag. I wrap my clubs in a towel and bungee them together. Never have had a problem so far with either damage or theft (knock on wood).
  9. Dupont Circle would be a good location in DC. Check out the Fairfax at Embassy Row. Looks to be less than $100 a night, which is pretty good for DC. You'd need to Uber or take the Metro to get there from Union Station. The hotel is about a 25 minute walk to the White House, another 15 to the Mall.
  10. We generally like to play a mix of places, a muni and a couple of higher end public courses, maybe $100 at the top end. We don't have any private memberships that could get us an in anywhere. Shadowmoss looks fairly close to the airport. How would that work out? Of Shadowmoss, Coosaw Creek and Wescott, which would you prefer and why?
  11. I'm thinking of a weekend trip to Charleston either the first weekend of February or the first weekend in March. What kind of conditions can I expect? We'd probably fly in on a Saturday and back on Tuesday. It looks like we'd only be able to get in three golf days, with the round on the first day preferably close to the airport, since we'd get in a little after noon. We're looking at staying in the historic district. Given that, what courses do you all recommend?
  12. Highland Links is an old-school nine hole beauty. It's on the bluffs overlooking the ocean and is very scenic but rough. Don't expect ideal conditions or fast greens but it's more than worth the trip. Another, similar, option would be Chequessett in Wellfleet.
  13. David Owen's book, My Usual Game, is a little long in the tooth but it's a fun read.
  14. Played Crosswinds (Jones and Zaharias) this weekend. $50, cart path only, all tees and greens open. Fairways were not too muddy, greens OK. Atlantic and Olde Scotland Links are also open (OSL walking only).
  15. Newport National is looking for $125 for winter/spring golf? Can that be right? Also, I think Captain's is open.
  16. Thinking about playing Crystal Falls this weekend. It looks like a pretty good deal from the descriptions. Does anyone have an idea what the current conditions are like? We were going to do Lago Vista since it got pretty good reviews overall but a lot of the recent ones say it's in bad shape so we're looking for an alternative.
  17. Thinking of playing Kizer on the way into town from the airport next week. What's the name of the carneceria? Fellas gotta eat.
  18. Local: DW Field - nice old muni in Brockton, MA, caught it early in the season before burnout. Segregansett - member for a day at this old school layout in Taunton. Played it twice in pouring rain. Still my favorite of the year. Wentworth Hills - in Plainville, MA. Not a bad take for $35 the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Austin Golf Trip: Wolfdancer - might have to try this one again if the price is right. Jimmy Clay - decent muni Plum Creek - favorite course on the trip - may have been the company, plus the post-round barbecue. Shadow Glen - never again Back to Austin this February for mor
  19. First group out guy here. We play at sunup and never have to wait. When I'm playing some other course, I have no problem with slow(ish) play. I can kick back and enjoy the day. But if I play a rare weekend afternoon round at my usual place, I can last about five holes before the pace drives me insane. Since I have a season ticket I'm already way ahead on, I usually wind up walking off. It's all a matter of expectations. So, I guess my answer is that I wouldn't pay a dime more for faster play but I'm certainly willing to pay for it with lost sleep.
  20. Wrap a bunch of ice in the center of a bath-size towel. Keep the towel around your neck as you walk/ride. Keeps you cool and you can wipe off with the towel.
  21. Except for a few start-in-the-dark singles, my group is first out pretty much every day. We're starting now at 5:40, though we've started as early as 5:15. We all wound up together because we wanted to be able to play every day before work. Everyone in the group except for me is retired but we're still at it. You get spolied by never having to wait. A couple of the guys can't play at other times because any kind of wait drives them nuts. Playing on dewy, mostly unmowed greens and winding up with wet feet every day is a small price to pay for being able to play every day and still get to work.
  22. I was there three weeks ago and there was still a temp on 11.
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