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Not a lot of moisture lately around here. Conditions will likely be pretty good for this late in the year. I played Marengo Ridge yesterday and it was bone dry. 

 

The only issue with Cog is they always punch super late in October with the huge holes and then sand the crap out of their greens. 

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58 minutes ago, mci711 said:

 

2 is fun. They used to take care of it much better and in the spring/summer it was a great value. But the past few years the condition has dropped off. Still a fun layout though and it is December so condition isn't really a priority or possibility any way. 

 

Keep me honest here but doesn't 2 end on the 19th hole...and not that 19th hole but an extra par 3?  Or has my dementia kicked in again.  No comment VNutz.

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2 minutes ago, DavePelz4 said:

 

Keep me honest here but doesn't 2 end on the 19th hole...and not that 19th hole but an extra par 3?  Or has my dementia kicked in again.  No comment VNutz.

It does, at least according to the website. One of the reasons I picked it. 

 

Anyone have any experience with an annual pass at Cog?

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... Cog Hill was part of my normal rotation with Naperbrook, Carillon and Prairie Bluff. Especially on the weekend with the Mrs who loved #1 and #2. But in 2020 the conditions got so bad we stopped playing there. It is a real shame Frank let Joe's dream of a Country Club experience for public golf evaporate into thin air. It was never an attainable goal of course but Joe at least made the effort keeping cart paths off his course and I loved how he aereted 1/2 of the green putting the flag on the good side, then 2 weeks later coming back and doing the other half and putting the flags on the healed half. Frank lets big tines with no sand fill take months to recover, if it ever does. And lastly a strictly enforced pace of play with a "Please pick up the pace and c etc h the group in front of you" followed by "You will have to pick up your balls and move to the next hole" and the 3rd strike a request to leave the course with a full refund. All that disappeared when Frank took over. Such a shame. 

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42 minutes ago, DavePelz4 said:

 

Keep me honest here but doesn't 2 end on the 19th hole...and not that 19th hole but an extra par 3?  Or has my dementia kicked in again.  No comment VNutz.

Yes. It is across the road, next to the #18 green on Dubs. About a 190 yard par 3.

 

Also, as someone without a hole-in-one, I'm conflicted on this hole. Sure, the chances of an ace are .0001 (likely lower), but would I want my first ace (maybe only ace) to be on this hole? Sure, an ace is an ace. Better to have one than none, right? Then again, this is a throw away bonus hole, not part of the round. Anyway, this always something I think about when playing this hole and I'm probably the only person that does, lol.

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18 minutes ago, chisag said:

... Cog Hill was part of my normal rotation with Naperbrook, Carillon and Prairie Bluff. Especially on the weekend with the Mrs who loved #1 and #2. But in 2020 the conditions got so bad we stopped playing there. It is a real shame Frank let Joe's dream of a Country Club experience for public golf evaporate into thin air. It was never an attainable goal of course but Joe at least made the effort keeping cart paths off his course and I loved how he aereted 1/2 of the green putting the flag on the good side, then 2 weeks later coming back and doing the other half and putting the flags on the healed half. Frank lets big tines with no sand fill take months to recover, if it ever does. And lastly a strictly enforced pace of play with a "Please pick up the pace and c etc h the group in front of you" followed by "You will have to pick up your balls and move to the next hole" and the 3rd strike a request to leave the course with a full refund. All that disappeared when Frank took over. Such a shame. 

 

Ouch. That doesn't sound promising. 

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27 minutes ago, TheBear95 said:

Yes. It is across the road, next to the #18 green on Dubs. About a 190 yard par 3.

 

Also, as someone without a hole-in-one, I'm conflicted on this hole. Sure, the chances of an ace are .0001 (likely lower), but would I want my first ace (maybe only ace) to be on this hole? Sure, an ace is an ace. Better to have one than none, right? Then again, this is a throw away bonus hole, not part of the round. Anyway, this always something I think about when playing this hole and I'm probably the only person that does, lol.

 

Bear if you and LD had 75 minutes, jumped on a par 3 course and you made an ace, would you count it?

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54 minutes ago, DavePelz4 said:

 

Bear if you and LD had 75 minutes, jumped on a par 3 course and you made an ace, would you count it?

 

Very good point. Ace is an ace. 

 

LD has aces at Marengo Ridge and Palos Hills Golf Course, and they still count, lol. 

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4 hours ago, TheBear95 said:

Very good point. Ace is an ace. 

 

... I have 2 Abatross. I don't have a hole in one. The Golf Gods even had some fun with me at Boughton Ridge #3 when I hit my first shot in the water, re-teed and holed the next shot for par. As if they were saying you could have a HIO but we just aren't gonna let you. Some make the argument an Albatross is more impressive than a HIO but the truth is I am aiming right at flags on many par 3's but both of my 2's on par 5's were just aimed at the green, bounced down the slope of a mountain in Asheville NC and somehow found the hole. Good shots for sure but much more luck than a HIO on a par 3 when you are aiming at the flag in my opinion. 

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35 minutes ago, Silentbob6 said:

What are you guys wearing for cold weather gloves? Gonna try and play next week at the ridge 

I wear Footjoy rain gloves. Works well. Provides enough protection, without interfering with your grip.

 

The Footjoy winter gloves are little too thick and start to become cumbersome when gripping the club. 

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30 minutes ago, TheBear95 said:

I wear Footjoy rain gloves. Works well. Provides enough protection, without interfering with your grip.

 

The Footjoy winter gloves are little too thick and start to become cumbersome when gripping the club. 

 

I prefer the Footjoy winter gloves when it's cold. I find that the FJ rain gloves are slippery if they're not wet. 

 

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2 hours ago, Silentbob6 said:

What are you guys wearing for cold weather gloves? Gonna try and play next week at the ridge 

 

The new FJ winter gloves with the leather palm are great.

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Trick I started last year was to wear winter gloves and then pull them off when hitting.  If you think about the miniscule amount of time you actually are swinging a club, it starts to make sense.  Worked well for me in temps around 35 degrees.  Just pull them off and put them in pull cart and put them back on after swinging.  This is also ideal for me since I never wear golf gloves. 

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On 12/1/2021 at 12:23 PM, Silentbob6 said:

What are you guys wearing for cold weather gloves? Gonna try and play next week at the ridge 

the midweight black FJ gloves have worked well.

if the temps are really low, I have a pair of soft fleece gloves and wear those while walking. time to swing, just slip them off.

thought about the cart mitts, but it's harder to hold a coffee cup.

 

 

 

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On 12/1/2021 at 6:29 PM, Shriner said:

Trick I started last year was to wear winter gloves and then pull them off when hitting.  If you think about the miniscule amount of time you actually are swinging a club, it starts to make sense.  Worked well for me in temps around 35 degrees.  Just pull them off and put them in pull cart and put them back on after swinging.  This is also ideal for me since I never wear golf gloves. 

I rarely play if it is so cold that I have to wear winter gloves. But if I do I do the same thing. Wear golf mittens in between shots with a hand warmer. Take them off to swing. Put them back on. Specially if I am walking. Actual winter gloves meant for playing in feel terrible to swing in, no where near the same feel you have without them.

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I've got a pair of the mittens as pictured above, Ping version I think. I honestly found them cumbersome for playing, just taking them on and off. If I were walking my pockets and a pair of hot hands did the trick just as well, if I were in a cart I'd spend more time putting them on and off than I would driving, so I just gave up. Use them only for shoveling or playing in the snow with the kids now.

 

Years ago there was a version that attached directly to a push cart and stayed there and you just slid your hands in. If I still push carted I'd definitely go that route instead.

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1 hour ago, VNutz said:

I've got a pair of the mittens as pictured above, Ping version I think. I honestly found them cumbersome for playing, just taking them on and off. If I were walking my pockets and a pair of hot hands did the trick just as well, if I were in a cart I'd spend more time putting them on and off than I would driving, so I just gave up. Use them only for shoveling or playing in the snow with the kids now.

 

Years ago there was a version that attached directly to a push cart and stayed there and you just slid your hands in. If I still push carted I'd definitely go that route instead.

 

The mittens definitely look cumbersome. Honestly, if I was a cart golfer, I just wouldn't play in cold temps. While gloves help, what really warms me up is walking around. Many times, after a few holes, I warm up enough for the gloves to come off (especially true if the winds are light).

 

Also, I think it is better to carry in the cold, than push. Especially when windy. Can get your hands in pockets, instead of exposing them pushing the cart.

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6 minutes ago, TheBear95 said:

 

The mittens definitely look cumbersome. Honestly, if I was a cart golfer, I just wouldn't play in cold temps. While gloves help, what really warms me up is walking around. Many times, after a few holes, I warm up enough for the gloves to come off (especially true if the winds are light).

 

Also, I think it is better to carry in the cold, than push. Especially when windy. Can get your hands in pockets, instead of exposing them pushing the cart.

Same. I think it's better just to carry in general, which is why my push cart is still in its box waiting for my kids to grow up. Cart golf in the cold is miserable. I have a cart heater and have used the covers, and while nice it's not the same as walking and getting the blood flowing.

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49 minutes ago, VNutz said:

Same. I think it's better just to carry in general, which is why my push cart is still in its box waiting for my kids to grow up. Cart golf in the cold is miserable. I have a cart heater and have used the covers, and while nice it's not the same as walking and getting the blood flowing.

I moved back to carrying instead of pushing, when it is not hot out. With the right bag, I think it is easier. 

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32 minutes ago, TheBear95 said:

I moved back to carrying instead of pushing, when it is not hot out. With the right bag, I think it is easier. 

I think pushing from 13 green to 14 tee at HOE on a hot summer day cemented my decision to carry going forward. I think understanding you don't need half the crap most people keep in their bag makes things so much easier for carrying.

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For cOld weather, my clicgear with the clicgear mitts keep my hands warm enough that I can play with a single “normal golf glove.”  Did that when temps were in the 30’s with wind chill at 29 or so

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Cart golf in the cold looks awful. At Skanctuary last week the group in front of us was in carts and they were all wrapped up in blankets holding coffee with both hands. Just looked miserable. Give me a mock turtleneck, golf fleece, thick socks and FJ rain gloves and I’m fine. That’ll be my attire tomorrow (with pants…that probably goes without saying though). 

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1 hour ago, ldchristopher said:

Cart golf in the cold looks awful. At Skanctuary last week the group in front of us was in carts and they were all wrapped up in blankets holding coffee with both hands. Just looked miserable. Give me a mock turtleneck, golf fleece, thick socks and FJ rain gloves and I’m fine. That’ll be my attire tomorrow (with pants…that probably goes without saying though). 

 

Didn't we play a riding round together with Bear a few years ago at Lost Marsh in near freezing temps? Just brutal. 

 

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