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  1. I joined NewClub golf society and got access that way. the greens fee is higher than your number Http://www.newclub.golf
  2. No bone in this discussion, but the range at the Preserve yesterday was mats I think the sun and breeze yesterday and the clear skies helped to to dry courses across the board
  3. Great day at the Preserve yesterday Played the Preserve for the first time in 2 years, and the clubhouse is a great addition to the facility. Course was CPO on Saturday, and partial CPO on Sunday (course is a great walk). CPO yesterday was just the low-lying holes and hole 1. Greens were moving and tough pins too... Great to have returned and see one of my favorite courses continuing to mature. It took us 4 hr 30 minutes and the groups in front moved along well (ours was an 8:50 am tee time). Part of the issue was my playing partner playing there for the first time and his first round of the year, and in general, I think the Preserve plays tough. No complaints by me on pace (the player's assistant was moving around the course and we saw him 3 different times during the round. Early time allowed us to escape the increasing winds, sun kept the walk comfortable. Colder temps were costing a 1/2-1 club on distance...
  4. I know nothing of Heritage Oaks as I haven't played there, so thanks for the data point. To be fair, there's been quite a bit of rain in the last 12 days (5 inches in Libertyville). from Saturday, October 2.
  5. Stonewall Orchard wasn't bad yesterday according to a friend. I'd say Sunset Valley will be fine Maybe Heritage Oaks (both are recent renovations with improved drainage. It's supposed to be blowing pretty good this weekend, so maybe it will get better while one plays In the past, Arrowhead was another that drained pretty well. Shepherd's has added some drainage to the 9th and 18th holes and they've improved drainage on the run-ups to the greens.
  6. the tighter weight tolerance isn't a difference in the manufacturing of the shafts, it's a tighter tolerance achieved by sorting the produced X100 shafts by weight.
  7. haven't heard that regarding public access at Midlothian. I'd consider putting Stevens Point CC on the list (they offer public tee times as I understand and work was done there by Craig Haltom (same as Lac La Belle) with settlement money from an herbicide case (?). I've become a big fan of Rick Jacobson and if you can get on at the Club at Strawberry Creek (Kenosha area) 12 miles north of the IL state line in Bristol, I'd highly recommend it. Just a fun, fun course. Nice elevation change across the property and very strong design. Open layout with nice landforms and mounding, and very few trees. A buddy drove up from Orland Park yesterday to play it and loved it. Shepherd's Crook in Zion, IL (holes 13 and 14 touch the state line) is in much better shape these days and just put in an awesome patio area with firepits. It's a great bargain also. I think it's a great routing with challenging green complexes. No range and so-so start (gentle handshake) but very strong from holes 5-18. Thunderhawk and Stonewall Orchard are great tracks as well in the area. The Preserve at Oak Meadows is closer to O'Hare and solid (mentioned already above). Sunset Valley in HIghland Park, IL is a small municipal course, but a real gem after its renovation by Rick Jacobson (ex-Nicklaus architect) - public. Normally in great shape, with fun green complexes and great drainage. Great walk on a compact property with a nice routing.
  8. had another great experience at The Club at Strawberry Creek yesterday. What a change 16 days makes, 20 degrees colder, cart path only vs fast and firm made for a different experience, but still a super fun golf course. The membership really has a great course there, and again kudos to Rick Jacobson for his design.
  9. FYI my results from above were with a 7 iron at 85 mph dont have any of the other parameters though
  10. what's the loft on your 5 iron? maybe could make an educated guess from your 4 hybrid for 4 iron experience? 4H is 22*, what was loft of your 4 iron? what is loft of the 5 iron, then does that same manufacturer make a 25* or 26* hybrid (or whatever loft compared to 4H for 4i)
  11. Quick precipitation update for Libertyville/Gurnee area. 3/4" of rain yesterday which brings the rain total up to 2-1/2" for the last 5 days. as measured at des plaines river at Rt 120 (Belvidere Rd) in gurnee USGS Current Conditions for USGS 05528000 DES PLAINES RIVER NEAR GURNEE, IL
  12. Nice to hear that the greens are in better shape than in previous years. I probably last played there in 2015-2016, I think. I think the drives on 5, 6 and 7 are somewhat challenging. 5 for the tight landing area (normally need less than driver) and water on left. 6 for OB left and water (although it's pretty far right) 7 for water right (more in play and fairway tilts to the right) looking at the map, the drive on 10 is pretty tough also! good one to make sure you're still on your toes as you begin the back nine.
  13. think this one has a conversion of R to L, or vice versa Kyle Sebastain Lucas (@bastain_milled) • Instagram photos and videos found another example Kyle Sebastain Lucas (@bastain_milled) • Instagram photos and videos
  14. you are welcome Kyle Sebastain Lucas (@bastain_milled) • Instagram photos and videos
  15. contact Kyle at bastainmilled.com and you can find him on instagram he's done a bunch of these conversion YOu'll get a lot more info if you post or browse the putter section under artisans or something like that...0
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