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Zomp

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When I played Pebble I had a caddy. It wasn't a cool as I thought it would be. He was younger and clearly new, which is fine, but I think if you're a caddy who is caddying for someone that you've never seen play, you need to give them accurate yardages, sight lines, and assist in reading greens. That should be it.

On the first few holes he was trying to club me. It was kind of uncomfortable.
 

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I just came in to stop by and say I have found a magic club for my bag. I picked up a Titleist 2Iron - Driving Iron. After hitting 6 different clubs at the PGA Superstore, this was the one for me, and woah is it a great club. Off the tee, straight and 240 carry. Just what I need as I head to Ireland next Monday.

And on the caddy subject, I will have my favorite Irish caddie for 5 days, he is amazing and probably saves me 2-3 shots minimum a round.
 

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I played in a shotgun start tourney on Saturday at my club, and one of playour ing partners (younger member about 26 years old) was hitting a 1 iron. Hit it pretty well, too - mostly off the tee. Didn't like to hit his driver. He borrowed it from his father, who I'm guessing doesn't want it back.

So God and Tyler have something in common.

I'd like to share that my 14 year old son played with us in the event, as I was able to convince the club to let him do so for non plaque tourney. It was a benefit for the Asst. Pros, one of who has been his primary golf coach and mentor. The boy has been active in the junior program for awhile, and he's good enough at the etiquette and skill stuff that he can go out there alone (but not usually Saturday mornings per club rules). He rode on the cart with the 1 iron guy, while the old farts myself and a friend who's in early 50s walked. I prefer to walk when I can - it gives me some reward for my efforts regardless of how bad I play. It was pretty cool to see how he comfortably dealt with playing with someone he hadn't met before, sharing a cart all day, and how the did etiquette wise. Apparently they talked a lot of fantasy football, which was perfect. The boy had a real good golf summer - he participated in the CT section PGA junior tour, which is a run of up to 9 tournaments throughout the state where the kids can earn points based upon their results. You're not obligated to play all of them, so this didn't impact family vacations etc. He overall had a solid year, and got an introduction and familiarity with playing tournament stroke play golf with different kids. Had a couple bad rounds, but shot in the 80s 4 out of 6 events, with a low of 81 (from white tees, about 6200 yds for most places). It was a bumpy ride at times, as he'll often do some 14 year old boy things when playing with mom and dad, and also occassionally goes on a little tilt during some bad stretches. But that's all part of the learning process. What's great is he's emerged from the summer with a desire to focus on golf, and seems to have a pretty strong passion about it.

I've got to continue improve on "pulling off the gas" on critiquing him or giving advice when we play, and really carefully pick my spots, which I generally am keeping to etiquette stuff. I got better by the end of the summer, and on Saturday only got on him briefly when he miscounted a score. He's a HS freshman this year, and will give the HS team a go in the spring, maybe try to get some varsity time as they are pretty thin after graduating 4 seniors. He'll do indoor lessons over the winter, and get a new set of clubs, as he already outgrew the clubs we got last year - a used set cut down an inch. He's also been doing travel baseball for the last 7 years, but this past summer will be his last of doing that. Not the greatest set up to do both baseball and golf at same time, and do both well. He's had his fill of baseball.

It's a been a joy to see his development in the sport over the past few years, and also to have develop an activity that the entire family participates in--my college freshman daughter also plays a bit--and can do so long into the future.
 

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If I'm being honest, though, when dropping £250 for a round at Muirfield (not to mention the ~£100 caddy fee and tip) that I've been planning for the better part of a year, I'm expecting a caddy with intimate, everyday course knowledge. And frankly, a Scottish accent.
FWIW, the caddy fee at Muirfield is £50, same as it is at Gullane; I've been tipped anywhere from £0 to £50 in my time caddying here, and I have to say...not to be snotty, but Gullane #1 is not an easy walking course, and as much as I enjoy playing it, four-and-a-half hours of hard walking for £50 wasn't my favorite golfing day in Scotland ever.

As to the rest of your comment, while I don't have everyday course knowledge or a Scottish accent, the other three caddies in our group all fit that description. And when someone made a Lee Trevino reference on the 17th hole and we started talking about the 1972 Open, I'm the guy who described Trevino's chip-in for par from over the back of the 71st hole - pointing out exactly where the hole location was and where Trevino was when he chipped it - as well as Tony Jackin's three-putt bogey from 15 feet. So it's not as though I didn't have anything to bring to the table in that regard.
When I played Pebble I had a caddy. It wasn't a cool as I thought it would be. He was younger and clearly new, which is fine, but I think if you're a caddy who is caddying for someone that you've never seen play, you need to give them accurate yardages, sight lines, and assist in reading greens. That should be it.

On the first few holes he was trying to club me. It was kind of uncomfortable.
Complete agreed on this - I can't imagine trying to tell someone what club to hit when being on a golf course with him for the first time, and it's very awkward to be asked "What club should I hit?" by your golfer in those circumstances as well. To be fair, though, it wouldn't surprise me - knowing the clientele at Pebble - that this caddy of yours had had a previous client who did ask to be clubbed on every shot, and that he thought he was doing for you what he was supposed to be doing for everyone.
 

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It's a been a joy to see his development in the sport over the past few years, and also to have develop an activity that the entire family participates in--my college freshman daughter also plays a bit--and can do so long into the future.
Great story. One of my great regrets is that my 11-year-old son loves to play absolutely every sport *except* golf - I can only hope that changes at some point in the future before I'm old, gray and immobile.
 

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FWIW, the caddy fee at Muirfield is £50, same as it is at Gullane; I've been tipped anywhere from £0 to £50 in my time caddying here, and I have to say...not to be snotty, but Gullane #1 is not an easy walking course, and as much as I enjoy playing it, four-and-a-half hours of hard walking for £50 wasn't my favorite golfing day in Scotland ever.
Yeah, I meant £100 combined. I never tipped my caddy less than £40 for a round. I don't know whether that was generous or normal, but the last thing I wanted to do was nickel and dime a looper on a trip that was already pricy enough. Also, agree that Gullane #1 was a much tougher walk.
 

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I played in a shotgun start tourney on Saturday at my club, and one of playour ing partners (younger member about 26 years old) was hitting a 1 iron. Hit it pretty well, too - mostly off the tee. Didn't like to hit his driver. He borrowed it from his father, who I'm guessing doesn't want it back.

So God and Tyler have something in common.

I'd like to share that my 14 year old son played with us in the event, as I was able to convince the club to let him do so for non plaque tourney. It was a benefit for the Asst. Pros, one of who has been his primary golf coach and mentor. The boy has been active in the junior program for awhile, and he's good enough at the etiquette and skill stuff that he can go out there alone (but not usually Saturday mornings per club rules). He rode on the cart with the 1 iron guy, while the old farts myself and a friend who's in early 50s walked. I prefer to walk when I can - it gives me some reward for my efforts regardless of how bad I play. It was pretty cool to see how he comfortably dealt with playing with someone he hadn't met before, sharing a cart all day, and how the did etiquette wise. Apparently they talked a lot of fantasy football, which was perfect. The boy had a real good golf summer - he participated in the CT section PGA junior tour, which is a run of up to 9 tournaments throughout the state where the kids can earn points based upon their results. You're not obligated to play all of them, so this didn't impact family vacations etc. He overall had a solid year, and got an introduction and familiarity with playing tournament stroke play golf with different kids. Had a couple bad rounds, but shot in the 80s 4 out of 6 events, with a low of 81 (from white tees, about 6200 yds for most places). It was a bumpy ride at times, as he'll often do some 14 year old boy things when playing with mom and dad, and also occassionally goes on a little tilt during some bad stretches. But that's all part of the learning process. What's great is he's emerged from the summer with a desire to focus on golf, and seems to have a pretty strong passion about it.

I've got to continue improve on "pulling off the gas" on critiquing him or giving advice when we play, and really carefully pick my spots, which I generally am keeping to etiquette stuff. I got better by the end of the summer, and on Saturday only got on him briefly when he miscounted a score. He's a HS freshman this year, and will give the HS team a go in the spring, maybe try to get some varsity time as they are pretty thin after graduating 4 seniors. He'll do indoor lessons over the winter, and get a new set of clubs, as he already outgrew the clubs we got last year - a used set cut down an inch. He's also been doing travel baseball for the last 7 years, but this past summer will be his last of doing that. Not the greatest set up to do both baseball and golf at same time, and do both well. He's had his fill of baseball.

It's a been a joy to see his development in the sport over the past few years, and also to have develop an activity that the entire family participates in--my college freshman daughter also plays a bit--and can do so long into the future.
This is a bit of a side note, but I grew up in CT and still live there, and it drives me crazy that the High School golf season is in the spring instead of Fall like Mass and other surrounding states. The course conditions suck in the spring, the weather sucks, and the kids start the season having not played in 5 months. I could have played baseball and golf in HS but had to choose because they are the same season. I chose golf. My son was in the same boat. He chose baseball. I know a guy who's heavily involved in the CIAC (basically the governing body of CT HS sports) and they actually discussed changing golf to a fall sport a few years ago but the Athletic Directors voted it down.
 

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Eagle3,

I hear rumblings of the CIAC looking to switch it, might happen in 2020. But I'll believe it when I see it.
Would love to see it, but too late for me. My son graduated in June. The good news is now that he's done with baseball he's focusing more on golf, which is fun for me. He chirps about how far by me he hits it, but he cant beat me. Yet.
 

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I played Granite Link in Quincy yesterday. Great view of Boston and the bay from the top of the hill there.

We played the Milton 9 first which was superb and in great shape. It was tight in places but it was a fair track. Loved it and would play it again anytime. Again, the views are impressive at the top of the hill. Two thumbs up.

Granite 9 was second and I didn’t like it nearly as much. The 1st hole didn’t help—it’s a carnival hole that snakes down a steep hill. Punch an iron off the tee into a collection area, punch an iron down into another weirdly shaped landing area, drop another iron 50 yards left of the green and watch it bound down a slope bounce on...
 

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Granite Links is a very hit and miss course. I live and golf around there and most of my friends who play will only do it for fun in scrambles. It's target golf at its finest. As you say the views are what make it worth the visit.
 

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So the Myrtle Beach trip was awesome. The courses more than lived up to expectations, the weather was beautiful (but hot), the accomodations were decent enough in a perfect location, and nothing material went wrong which was a miracle. Everyone made their flights, everyone made their tee times, no big arguments or controversies, etc. All in all a super successful and fun trip that I was stressing about hardcore leading up to it. Unfortunately we lost the Ryder Cup again, but other than that I wouldn't have changed anything.

Course recaps

  • TPC Myrtle - this was our warmup round, had 11 of the 20 guys playing. 6 others played Kiahwah, 3 came down Thurs night. It was a good warmup, in very good but not amazing shape, interesting holes, good variety, etc. Unfortunately we had been up since 4am traveling all day and it was SCORCHING hot, so it turned into more of a grind than we expected. But I enjoyed it, and for $95 we got the round, lunch (which was delicious) and 2 beers, so the value was amazing. I played so so, shot 84 but took a bunch of money in our informal match so that helped. Finished with a gorgeous 9 iron on 18 to pretty much put the match away.
  • Heritage - A traditional plantation style course that we started the competition off on Friday am. Front 9 was 2 man best ball, back 9 was 2 man alt shot. I liked the course, it was in excellent shape and difficult but fair. It was the perfect start to the competition too. I played well in stretches but bad team golf on both 9s to lose both my matches. Not a great start, we were down 4-1 after 9 and 7-3 after 18. Not looking good.
  • True Blue - This was Friday afternoon 18 hole 2 man scramble, we had to basically rush from Heritage to there and were still late to our tee time (they were cool about it). I think we were the last groups out so it didn't matter. This was my favorite course and frankly one of the most unique I've every played. Ridiculously wide fairways, waste bunks everywhere (which doubled as cart paths), huge undulating greens, unique holes and views at every turn. I played awesome most of the day while my partner really struggled, it was basically me vs the other 2 guys for half the match. My partner woke up for the last 3 holes to help us put away the win when I ran out of steam from exhaustion and drunkenness. Our team won this 3.5 - 1.5 to bring it to 8.5 - 6.5 after day 1, which was still in striking distance.
  • Caledonia - What a track for singles matches. While I like True Blue better, a lot of guys had this as their fave. Just an excellent route through the plantation fields, all types of holes, excellent conditioning, etc. Perfect for singles match play too with a lot of risk reward holes. I could barely get off the tee but I grinded my ass off and hit some awesome iron shots down the stretch in both matches to win each one. Sticking my approach to 12 feet on 18 (a really hard shot over water) to effectively end the match (he needed to win the hole and I now had par in the bag) was my highlight of the weekend, and one of my proudest golfing moments ever. I ended up going 42-42-84 with my C+ game but played my best under pressure down the stretch of each match. In the last 3 holes of each match combined I was even par with both coming down to the last hole. Unfortunately it wasn't enough and we tied singles day 10-10 but lost by 2. Watching the last matches come in on the veranda and drinking on the green as the sun went down was a perfect cap to the weekend.

Highly recommend all 3 courses, they're all within 2 mins of each other and super easy to get to. Service at each was impeccable as well.

I'm ready for a break from competitive golf for a bit now. I'm super happy with how I played and the progress I've made over the past year compared to the last 2 years where I could barely hit the ball in singles matches. Time for just some casual fun fall golf.
 

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Did you take advantage of the Breakfast/Lunch/Golf package at Heritage? I played Heritage, as well as Parkland and Heathland, all part of the Legends group.
We did, but didn't know we had it. So we got there too late for breakfast and had to rush through lunch before going to True Blue.
 

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So anyway, after losing most of August to a lower back strain of some sort (ow) I probably played my best round of the year on Saturday. 79 (36-43), with a kind of unfortunate stumble of bogey-double-double on 16-18. The wheels didn’t really come off but I had a couple less than great lies in a row and just couldn’t recover. I hit a bunch of fairways though and that’s always the difference for me. Backed it up with a more standard mid-80s round on Sunday, but I’ll remember the Saturday front 9–I was clicking. As was the case last year, I feel like I’m ready to hit a new plateau just in time for the season to end...
 

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I played in a shotgun start tourney on Saturday at my club, and one of playour ing partners (younger member about 26 years old) was hitting a 1 iron. Hit it pretty well, too - mostly off the tee. Didn't like to hit his driver. He borrowed it from his father, who I'm guessing doesn't want it back.

So God and Tyler have something in common.

I'd like to share that my 14 year old son played with us in the event, as I was able to convince the club to let him do so for non plaque tourney. It was a benefit for the Asst. Pros, one of who has been his primary golf coach and mentor. The boy has been active in the junior program for awhile, and he's good enough at the etiquette and skill stuff that he can go out there alone (but not usually Saturday mornings per club rules). He rode on the cart with the 1 iron guy, while the old farts myself and a friend who's in early 50s walked. I prefer to walk when I can - it gives me some reward for my efforts regardless of how bad I play. It was pretty cool to see how he comfortably dealt with playing with someone he hadn't met before, sharing a cart all day, and how the did etiquette wise. Apparently they talked a lot of fantasy football, which was perfect. The boy had a real good golf summer - he participated in the CT section PGA junior tour, which is a run of up to 9 tournaments throughout the state where the kids can earn points based upon their results. You're not obligated to play all of them, so this didn't impact family vacations etc. He overall had a solid year, and got an introduction and familiarity with playing tournament stroke play golf with different kids. Had a couple bad rounds, but shot in the 80s 4 out of 6 events, with a low of 81 (from white tees, about 6200 yds for most places). It was a bumpy ride at times, as he'll often do some 14 year old boy things when playing with mom and dad, and also occassionally goes on a little tilt during some bad stretches. But that's all part of the learning process. What's great is he's emerged from the summer with a desire to focus on golf, and seems to have a pretty strong passion about it.

I've got to continue improve on "pulling off the gas" on critiquing him or giving advice when we play, and really carefully pick my spots, which I generally am keeping to etiquette stuff. I got better by the end of the summer, and on Saturday only got on him briefly when he miscounted a score. He's a HS freshman this year, and will give the HS team a go in the spring, maybe try to get some varsity time as they are pretty thin after graduating 4 seniors. He'll do indoor lessons over the winter, and get a new set of clubs, as he already outgrew the clubs we got last year - a used set cut down an inch. He's also been doing travel baseball for the last 7 years, but this past summer will be his last of doing that. Not the greatest set up to do both baseball and golf at same time, and do both well. He's had his fill of baseball.

It's a been a joy to see his development in the sport over the past few years, and also to have develop an activity that the entire family participates in--my college freshman daughter also plays a bit--and can do so long into the future.
It's funny I saw this post today. I literally just hung up with the owner of Andover CC and told her I want to come back next year, and I want to get a junior membership for my son, who will turn 12 in February. He's been swinging clubs, going to the range, going to a couple short camps for years now, and he's got a good swing, but he doesn't know the "game" yet, the etiquette, etc., so I'll be spending next summer teaching him that. The pro there now is really young, and spends a significant amount of time teaching the junior members, so I'll have him getting regular lessons, so he learns the right way (as opposed to how I learned, which was hold it like a baseball bat and swing)....

Unfortunately, our high school team is pretty ludicrous. Once you make the team, you're on the team, so this past year, they only had like 2 JV spots open up, and 75 kids tried out. They were cutting scratch golfers from the JV team, even though there are kids playing as high as an 8 handicap on the varsity team. We'll see how that progresses over the years, once he gets there, but it's gotten to the point where I can't imagine any kid who isn't scratch or better playing at the high school level here about 5 years from now. They are starting younger and younger. Our club champ two years ago was a 15 year old, who didn't go passed the 14th hole with anyone in the field in match play. The following year, they wouldn't let him play because technically you're supposed to be a full member, and he decided to leave and join Renaissance. Some crazy, crazy good young golfers in this area.
 

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We did, but didn't know we had it. So we got there too late for breakfast and had to rush through lunch before going to True Blue.
D'oh... Stoked about going down in October (apart from the fact that it will be during high-season). I'll probably play a few times with OGG Sr. He likes the Witch/Wizard, so we'll play there once. I do want to talk him into a round at the Legends group (probably Parkland). Then maybe a round from the Glens Group (Glen Dornach would be my vote).

For those with kids.. most places have a kid <16 play free with a paying adult (one kid per adult). My brother went down in August and was able to go out in 3's with his 2 sons for the price of 2. Played TPC Myrtle, World Tour, Heritage... and maybe one other.
 

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Our club champ two years ago was a 15 year old, who didn't go passed the 14th hole with anyone in the field in match play. The following year, they wouldn't let him play because technically you're supposed to be a full member, and he decided to leave and join Renaissance. Some crazy, crazy good young golfers in this area.
Oh man, you just know someone complained. I bet they complain about everything up there.
 

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So anyway, after losing most of August to a lower back strain of some sort (ow) I probably played my best round of the year on Saturday. 79 (36-43), with a kind of unfortunate stumble of bogey-double-double on 16-18. The wheels didn’t really come off but I had a couple less than great lies in a row and just couldn’t recover. I hit a bunch of fairways though and that’s always the difference for me. Backed it up with a more standard mid-80s round on Sunday, but I’ll remember the Saturday front 9–I was clicking. As was the case last year, I feel like I’m ready to hit a new plateau just in time for the season to end...
Congrats!
 

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75 kids tried out? How big is the school? When I was on the golf team there was 8 of us for 5 spots. Pretty frustrating when 2 of us would shoot i the 30s for 9 and then our 3-5 guys shot 56, 62, and 68.
 

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Oh man, you just know someone complained. I bet they complain about everything up there.
Indeed! We lost a member family a decade ago because the women wouldn’t let their teenage daughter, who was a single digit handicap, play in the women’s tournaments and weekend mornings. They left to play somewhere that did. And the club loses some good marketing via a successful junior golfer being a member. Seems when you can play should be dictated by how you play, not necessarily age.

75 kids trying out? That’s crazy! We will likely have about 10-15 max.
 

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So anyway, after losing most of August to a lower back strain of some sort (ow) I probably played my best round of the year on Saturday. 79 (36-43), with a kind of unfortunate stumble of bogey-double-double on 16-18. The wheels didn’t really come off but I had a couple less than great lies in a row and just couldn’t recover. I hit a bunch of fairways though and that’s always the difference for me. Backed it up with a more standard mid-80s round on Sunday, but I’ll remember the Saturday front 9–I was clicking. As was the case last year, I feel like I’m ready to hit a new plateau just in time for the season to end...
That's awesome man, congrats. I broke 80 for the first time this year too and it's an awesome feeling.
 
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Oh man, you just know someone complained. I bet they complain about everything up there.
No, the members didn't care, but we had a big turnover on the management. The "owner" of the club is in his 90's, so his daughter is running the show, new pro, new GM, etc. and they decided to follow the rules. To be fair, a lot of guys were taking advantage using non-full time memberships and playing in tournaments, etc., so it was a matter of time before they put their foot down and stopped it.
 

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Indeed! We lost a member family a decade ago because the women wouldn’t let their teenage daughter, who was a single digit handicap, play in the women’s tournaments and weekend mornings. They left to play somewhere that did. And the club loses some good marketing via a successful junior golfer being a member. Seems when you can play should be dictated by how you play, not necessarily age.

75 kids trying out? That’s crazy! We will likely have about 10-15 max.
For us, it's a money thing. They just don't want kids who are playing on junior memberships which cost next to nothing playing in the full-member tournaments. We have a junior club championship, which is frankly, more competitive than the main one at this point, because there are literally a dozen kids shooting par or better on a regular basis.

About 2,000 kids in the high school, but it's a fairly wealthy area with about a half dozen country clubs within probably 10 miles (Andover, Indian Ridge, Renaissance, Haverhill, Fern Croft, etc.) and there are a ton of kids who have started playing at really young ages in the past 10 or so years.
 

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DoTB - that makes sense. We don’t have junior memberships, just family ones, so it’s not a money issue.
Yeah, most of the kids who play at a high level don't even have parents that are members. They just have junior memberships. The club used to be the home course for the high school for many, many years until recently, so they've always encouraged kids to join, even if they don't have parents or family members there. However, they can't play before 3:30 during the week, can't play before noon or so on weekends (they basically let them out once all of the tee times have gone off), they can't have carts unless they are 16, etc. They really shouldn't be playing in tournaments with the full members if they aren't paying the full dues. Likewise, we have other memberships where people can only play during the week, and they get discounts, but they aren't allowed to play in the tournaments, which are basically every weekend. They got pretty lax with the rules for a while, and it became a free for all, leading to the 15 year old winning the club championship, and then they put an end to it.
 

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It's funny I saw this post today. I literally just hung up with the owner of Andover CC and told her I want to come back next year, and I want to get a junior membership for my son, who will turn 12 in February. He's been swinging clubs, going to the range, going to a couple short camps for years now, and he's got a good swing, but he doesn't know the "game" yet, the etiquette, etc., so I'll be spending next summer teaching him that. The pro there now is really young, and spends a significant amount of time teaching the junior members, so I'll have him getting regular lessons, so he learns the right way (as opposed to how I learned, which was hold it like a baseball bat and swing)....

Unfortunately, our high school team is pretty ludicrous. Once you make the team, you're on the team, so this past year, they only had like 2 JV spots open up, and 75 kids tried out. They were cutting scratch golfers from the JV team, even though there are kids playing as high as an 8 handicap on the varsity team. We'll see how that progresses over the years, once he gets there, but it's gotten to the point where I can't imagine any kid who isn't scratch or better playing at the high school level here about 5 years from now. They are starting younger and younger. Our club champ two years ago was a 15 year old, who didn't go passed the 14th hole with anyone in the field in match play. The following year, they wouldn't let him play because technically you're supposed to be a full member, and he decided to leave and join Renaissance. Some crazy, crazy good young golfers in this area.
DoTB - I strongly suggest he look into participating in the PGA Jr League, if there's a team at your club or nearby (assuming he hasn't done this already). It's like LL for golf. Scramble format with a partner (usually teams of 3, and each player plays two 3-hole matches, and then tends the flag/reads putts etc when not playing), so take the pressure off a bit. Great way to learn etiquette - I've found that really is emphasized. I think you age out after 13, although they also have a U17 division, which so far has less participation than the main one.