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Is that the Auburn Driving Range? I used to be there a lot in high school and college.
Yessitis. I actually worked there for a week while in HS. After that, I took a job working "on tour" selling lemonade. $3 a glass of fresh squeezed goodness. That was when Pleasant Valley was still a tour stop...I did that and a few LPGA stops. Not the worst summer job ever.
 

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I can tell you right now your shoulder angle is too shallow which is why you feel like the club is laid off. It's actually in a good position relative to your shoulder plane.

Get your shoulders more steep in your backswing.

Go look at any tour pro and they have way more shoulder tilt at the top of their backswing.

Look at DJs side bend!

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I always felt that my swing was the ugly step kid of Furyk and Garcia.

But yah, i can look at other people's swing and make a slight tweak* ... but it is rare that I can see my own

(*My brother was playing an event at Pebble, and cane down with a case of the hosels on the range. He sent me an SOS text. Not even seeing the swing , I think I said something about his grip...since he was thinking of that, his mind was off the S word
 
That is really great news about the course at Yale. I've never known a course that good to have such wild swings in conditioning and TLC from bad to good and to bad again; I've played one or two wonderful courses that have been basically allowed to shrivel away (which is always incredibly sad), but this is at least the second time and possibly the third time in my history with Yale that the course has gone to pot and then returned to life. Hopefully that won't be allowed to happen again!

By the way, Yale is a really great touchstone to evaluate your opinions about golf course architecture. There are basically three types of golfers: 1) those who love the course unreservedly; 2) those who don't like the course as a matter of taste but respect what it is and what it's trying to do; and 3) those who hate the course and every aspect of its architecture, often viscerally. (I'm in the first camp, in case you couldn't figure that out.)
 

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This has been the biggest change for me over the last 3-4 years I think. Back then, I'd be terrified at the thought of a competitive match. I even didn't like doing friendly bets with my friends because the stress and pressure was too much. I'd be anxious about our annual Ryder Cup for weeks in advance.

Now I've played in so many competitive scenarios - member guests, golf trips, golf league, ryder cups, friendly matches that it's just part of the round for me. Now I just hope to play well and let the chips fall where they may, and if I don't then well that's golf. The only way to get used to that stress and pressure is via reps - it's taken legit 4 years for me to really be comfortable. Our Ryder Cup is this weekend, and I've barely thought about the golf part of it and am not remotely nervous about my play. I'll have a little first tee butterflies I'm sure, but not the crippling anxiety it used to be. I've also been an absolute beast in member guests the last two years, winning our flight and having the most points in the entire tourney both times, so that's helped the confidence a bit.

And yesterday I played with my buddy and brother and we did $1/$2/$3 skins (increases every 6 holes) with $5 KPs and $1 dots for birdies and sandy pars. It was a blast and just normal to us now, we've gone full degenerate.
Yeesh, if that makes you guys degenerates, I wouldn't even want to know what that would make us.

Our standard match (as in, we won't get out of bed for anything else) with just about the entire membership under the age of 70 is a $20 Nassau. We play $20 for each way, front is worth one way, back is worth 2 ways, overall is 2 ways, dings are 1 way, and automatic presses. If you lose every hole, you lose 14 ways (if one team never gets the tee box, they have to pay double whatever the total is at the end, so if they lose 7 ways, instead of $140, it's $280, we call it the "Haverhill" rule). Of course, we usually also have a close out match (head's up with each of the members of the foursome) ranging from $50-$500. My match tomorrow is already in the books for $100 Nassau. True gamblers tomorrow. Then we have the $400 club (if anyone hits a hole in one, the other 3 members of the group have to pay them $400 each), we have the birdie pool (first member to birdie all 18 holes during the season wins the pool, must be during one of our sanctioned weekend Robin events or a club tournament if it's played from the tips, that's $100/man with 20 guys in it).

If the front 9 is flat, and nobody makes money, we make the back worth triple in a Nassau. Then someone will usually bet you a card-off if they see you heading down to the 1st tee around the same time they are going out, so then you may have money against people not in your group.

Gambling, drinking and golfing. That's what it's all about. I don't know if I've posted it here before, but we were gambling not long ago on which direction the tee would go when you hit it. 3:1 if it went forward and even money if it went backward.

Our Four Ball qualifier was last weekend (basically the member/member club championship). 42 teams tried out for 15 spots (defending champs got in automatically). Me and my partner finished -4 net (85% handicaps) and ended up with the 13 seed, I made a big 4/3 on 17, and then my partner made a great up and down on 18 for par. -3 was the cut line, so those teams had to go out for a playoff, which we didn't want any part of. Saturday is the "Sweet 16" but we drew a team that has won this event 3 times and are brutally tough.
 
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By the way, Yale is a really great touchstone to evaluate your opinions about golf course architecture. There are basically three types of golfers: 1) those who love the course unreservedly; 2) those who don't like the course as a matter of taste but respect what it is and what it's trying to do; and 3) those who hate the course and every aspect of its architecture, often viscerally. (I'm in the first camp, in case you couldn't figure that out.)
Count me firmly in camp #3, I found the Yale course to be one of the most gimmicky and least enjoyable tracks I've ever played.

On another note here's a fun personal story about why golf is weird: I'd been playing pretty regularly all summer, at least 1 round a week which is good for me with a 2 yr old at home. The weekend of Labor Day we went up to Maine and I played 3 rounds at an absolute dump - affectionately referred to as "the goat patch" by my group of friends. At one point I went 33 holes without making a birdie while shooting disappointing scores in the high 70s/low 80s.

Hadn't played since then and played with a buddy at Juniper on Saturday, shooting an easy 72 with several birdies followed by a ridiculous 36 holes at Waverly Oaks on Monday. I went -2 for the day with back to back 71s despite a bogey and a double on 18, and made 8 birdies and an eagle in the middle 33 holes of the day. Everything seemed easy (except that damn 18th) and I really wish I could bottle that feeling. Playing Sunday at Butter Brook and am virtually guaranteed to revert back to the old dumb mistakes and shoot an unremarkable number, but now thanks to the new handicap system my cap was halved after Monday so I'll get to hand out tons of strokes and lose money while doing so. Where do the swing and mindset go when they aren't locked in? So frustrating.
 

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Any Rhode Islanders who aren’t big football fans. I have a tee time tomorrow at 12:48pm at Green Valley in Portsmouth. One spot open. You’d be playing with me and 2 big hitters.
 

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Richmond is the definition of target golf but I am a fan. It has some really nice holes and conditions wise its always good.
I was surprised at some of the conditions last week, there were bare areas including the landing spot of a par 5 (can't remember the hole number) where we literally took my fairway drive and placed the ball in the rough just to get some grass underneath. I saw many workers out on the course, so wonder if this is a drought byproduct or what.

Our league was looking at switching to Richmond at one point, but one guy strenuously objected because you really can't use your driver on the entire back 9. I only could use driver occasionally because of my current slice paired with one or two dogleg right holes.
 

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Any Rhode Islanders who aren’t big football fans. I have a tee time tomorrow at 12:48pm at Green Valley in Portsmouth. One spot open. You’d be playing with me and 2 big hitters.
Ah bummer, I'm probably first to see this but my league play in the West Bay is ending right about then!
 

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First round of golf in three weeks yesterday. 44-43-87 which also featured two triple bogeys, one of which came on a hole where I didn't really hit any bad shots. Par 5... Good drive, a little left, but no problem. Hit my second shot right into the fairway to about 140. The only bummer was that it gave me a sidehill lie, ball above my feet. I know it's gonna pull the ball left, but I didn't judge correctly how much. Struck it really cleanly, but the ball sailed left of the green into a patch of scraggly grass. I don't consider that really to be a bad shot. Perfect distance, just misjudged the slope a little. This next one was my bad shot. The grass was facing me, angled towards me, and I didn't account for that. My club stuck in the grass and I chunked my fourth shot. Hit my fifth onto the green to about 8 feet. Missed my sixth being aggressive and still had 18 inches to go. On the come-back putt, I hit a little hole (they just aerated the greens) and it bounced left and lipped out. Ball was right on line too. Ugh. Super frustrating to get an 8 when I didn't feel like I played the hole that badly. My other triple...yeah, I deserved that one though.

Overall, not too bad. Some pretty good shots in there on a glorious fall day. Doesn't get much better than that.
 

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This was a refreshing read for me:


Even the best of the best get stuck sometimes focusing on their mechanics, rather than their swing. Rory said:

“I feel when you’re thinking so much about your golf swing and then someone says, ‘Well, just forget about it and go play,’ it’s very hard to do that when for two weeks solid, all you’ve been thinking about is your positions and stuff,” McIlroy said. “It just takes time. Sometimes it takes me a week to get out of it. Yesterday, I sort of caught myself a little bit. Hit some balls on the range afterwards trying to free myself up. …
 

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Friday: Played North Kingstown over in Quonset, butchered the first two holes for consecutive sevens (+6 through 2), but settled down for +16 on the final 16 holes for 50-42-92. Finished with a birdie on the 18th which always brings you back.
How were the conditions there? I haven't played there in over a decade but have been meaning to make it over there this season.
 

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How were the conditions there? I haven't played there in over a decade but have been meaning to make it over there this season.
I'd say Quonset was "fair" to "good" considering the drought situation, some bare areas where you may have to move a fairway ball over a foot for better grass cover. Seemed like the bigger impacts were in the rough, there were some fortunate breaks when during a wetter season I may have been in jail and punching out instead of trying for a green in regulation. If I remembered correctly the greens were playing fairly consistent, but not sure if this was pre/post-aeration.

I'm going back to one of the courses in better condition I've seen recently in Crystal Lake Golf Club, on Friday. A majority of my lowest scores have been there, always have a soft spot for Crystal Lake. Shot an 89 a few weeks ago and kicking myself for not doing just a little better job at shot making, with any consistency I could have challenged my best round ever (81).
 

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I played Rhode Island Country Club on Monday. Really beautiful but I played terribly. After getting my drive down and consistent for several rounds it all of sudden left me last two times I have played. And my short game was pretty terrible as usual. But I hit maybe my best bunker shot in my life on the 18th hole - greenside bunker with about 10 feet up to green sloping toward hole and the ball ended up 4" from the pin.
 

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I'm going back to one of the courses in better condition I've seen recently in Crystal Lake Golf Club, on Friday. A majority of my lowest scores have been there, always have a soft spot for Crystal Lake. Shot an 89 a few weeks ago and kicking myself for not doing just a little better job at shot making, with any consistency I could have challenged my best round ever (81).
Right around the corner from my house! I generally love Crystal Lake, esp this time of year

edit: Not that it's a hidden gem or anything but if folks like Crystal Lake, they should check out Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge. Owned by the same family. A different course than Crystal lake with some cool holes
 

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If Crystal Lake wasn't in the middle of nowhere it would be very, very popular. I've played it quite a bit this year and have come to love it. Its a short course, and not that difficult, but there are some really fun and beautiful holes. Conditions wise, its consistently one of the best I've played all summer and really never showed signs of the drought. The food and facilities are excellent as well.


The past few posts have gotten me thinking about the courses I've played this year. Slow day at work so I'm going to rank them.

These are all courses you can play in RI (two in Mass). I'm factoring in everything with these rankings. Range, price, availability, conditions, etc...

I'm not including Franklin Country Club in Franklin, MA because it is strictly private. Though I will say I had the pleasure of playing with a sosher and it was the best golf day of the summer. Its a short lay out with some target golf aspects to it but the facilities and conditions were both pristine. Fastest greens I've putted on this year as well.


13. Valley Country Club, West Warwick, RI. - Irons only range - Valley has hit some hard times financially. They are a private course but recently started to allow bookings on Golf Now. Typically that isn't a good thing but other courses on the list do that and the experience has usually been fine. I paid $90 cart included to play and it was, by far, the worst conditioned course on this list. Fairways were dirt. Greens, while still rolling okay, were fury. Rough non-existent. I cannot stress how bad the course was. I predict they will be closing soon.

12. East Greenwich Golf Course, East Greenwich, RI - No range, 9 holes - EG isn't a bad course value wise. My buddy and I were in the habit during the beginning of the summer of playing 9 holes Friday after work. It was $15 to walk. I haven't played it in months though and before the drought, the course was very dry so I can't imagine what it looks like now. We used to jokingly call it the East Coast Chambers Bay because of how hard the fairways were. Its a decent little 9 hole lay out though. 2 fun par fives.

11. West Warwick Country Club, West Warwick, RI - No range, 9 holes - A better 9 hole track than East Greenwich, much better conditions wise, not as good value. I believe 9 holes walking is $25. $33 with a cart which is steep for 9. Its a tight course, par 35. They know what they are though and make no bones about it. Rough is alright, fairways are good, but the crowned greens are very good.

10. Fenner Hill, Hope Valley, RI - No range - A short course but the undulations of the course make it fun. Decent value in the summer and when I played the course it was in decent shape. Its a tough walk, particularly the back.

9. Swansea Countr Club, Swansea, MA - Full range with netting - Great layout. Decent value. Conditions aren't always the best and pace of place can be very slow. The course gets *a lot* of play. They also have a 9 hole executive par 3 course that is in better shape than the regular course. If I lived closer I would take advantage of their par 3 membership that includes the ability to play their 18 holes course after 4 pm during the summer. The only problem is you'd have to go off after the leagues.

8. Cranston Country Club, Cranston, RI - Full range - Very similar to Swansea. In fact when describing one or the other to a person who hasn't played both, I compare the two. Great lay out but conditions this year were terrible. I think they are going to lose 2 or 3 greens this year and they are typically the slowest greens in the state. They keep them long and furry. Its too bad though because from the tips this is actually a tough course. Home of the state's only island green.

7. Richmond Country Club, Richmond, RI. - Full range - The rates change a lot here but its always great value. It is a very short course (I always score well here because I don't hit driver, at all) but the conditions are always very nice and if you like the Carolina look to a golf course (holes carved out of a forest, pine straw in between the trees) it can be a lot of fun. Greens are very slow but always in good shape.

6. Meadowbrook Golf Course, Richmond, RI. - No range - Meadowbrook is a cool story. For years it was the dumpiest golf course in southern RI with no facilities. In fact, if you went to play there it was on the honor system and you'd just drop $10 in a box by the first tee. A few years ago, the family that owns Richmond Country Club bought it and restored it. The layout is *incredible*. Probably the best layout in the state. Tees ranging from 5300 from the reds to 7500 from the blacks, including a 650 yd par 5. It is a tough course. Probably the toughest on the list. Conditions weren't the best this year but from what I've been told they were hit by the drought worst than most. Honestly, this would be higher on my list if it had decent facilities and a practice range. The range is desperately needed. Trying to play this place without a proper warm up is tough.

5. Triggs Golf Course, Providence, RI. - Irons only range - Donald Ross lay out. Short par 5's, long par 3s. Triggs gets a ton of play. It is not uncommon to have a 5.5 hour round there on the weekend. It is consistently ranked as one of the best municipal golf courses in the country though. They have also ran it the same way for a number of years. Let the rough go to shit, focus on the fairways and greens. This was especially true this year. Greens were some of the best I putted on. Awesome value year round. The biggest problem though is pace of play and that if you don't have a foursome you are definitely getting paired up and there is a 50% chance the person you get paired up with has never played golf before. If I could play this course on weekdays only and be the first golfer off the tee, it would be in the top 2. Plus the decor and facilities haven't changed in decades, giving it a charming feel. Also, it was the preferred course of the Providence mafia and during my college years we'd see Baby Shacks Manocchio go for his morning jog on the course. You don't know fear until you have to yell fore at him...

4. Segregansett Golf Course. Taunton, MA. - Full range - I like Seggy more than most. Its a private course that does a handful of very cheap priced foursomes on golf now every weekend. Its not a long course but conditions wise its up there with any private course you can play. The back 9 is better than the front, which has a few gimmicky holes.

3. Green Valley Country Club, Portsmouth, RI - Full range with mats - Layout is second only to Meadowbrook. Conditions tend to be on the dry side but they typically do a fantastic job. Its a long, tough course. The fact that you're playing in Portsmouth and its always windy doesn't help either. A lot of good golfers come from this course and you can see why. There is a premium on length *and* accuracy off the tee.

2. Crystal Lake Golf Club, Burriville, RI - full range - See above. Fun layout (short) with excellent conditions and facilities. Also one of the only private courses that keeps leagues to one side only during the week, meaning you can make tee times up until about 5pm in the summer. If I lived closer I'd strongly consider a membership.

1. Metacomet Golf Course, East Providence, RI. - No range. Course has been closed. - Go back a page or two for a few of our in memoriam's of Metacomet. Honestly I'm a bit surprised at how much the closure has affected me but it was just such a nice course. Par 70 with great undulations to tough greens. As TFP said, their greens were the closest he'd putted on to Pinehurst's.
 
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A shame to read about Valley's condition above. Played a few group outing rounds in previous years and enjoyed the layout.

I think I hit a 300-yard drive with the last 100 or so on the ground, to within chipping distance, on Hole #1 my first time playing East Greenwich. You cannot emphasize enough how dry that course is under normal conditions. Must be some Great Depression dustbowl stuff going on there now.

My two 9-hole leagues are held at Fenner Hill and Midville GC, respectively. Fenner is just a consistently nice-playing course; the only ridiculous hole is #3. It is a par 5 that offers a lot of risk for very little reward: you are faced with a narrow chute between trees starting 100 yards out and a drop to 2 bunkers fronting the green. You need a pinpoint shot to even think about reaching in two. I get infuriated every week hitting driver-pitching wedge-pitching wedge, and to use more of my clubs started hitting a 3 or 4-iron from the tee to at least bring out more of a middle iron for my 2nd. Midville is an expensive 9-hole course ($26 walking/$39 riding), but has held up great and is well maintained. It also seems to be fairly busy but we rarely go more than a little beyond 2 hours for our Sunday morning rounds. I do use most of my clubs on this course and change my mind every week about driver/irons on several of the holes based on how aggressive I'm feeling. No range or facilities is the weak spot here.

A course of note I just played these past few Septembers for a group tournament is Pawtucket Country Club. A private course with great facilities and no driving range. It is a par 69 at 6500 yards from the blues and 6200 yards from the whites. This course is super grueling with seemingly never-ending long par 4s. Great conditions, great greens. My bramble group here could only muster a 77 (+8), which feels like would have been closer to even par if we played that way on any replacement-level course.
 

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Thanks for that write up. I’ll definitely refer back to it as I’m trying to bounce around and play a bunch of different places. I used to play, at most, 5 times a year then last summer something clicked and I love playing as much as possible now. Since I haven’t been able to actually travel this year (Or do much if anything else really) I took week days off here and there to get out. This thread has been fun to follow along with even though everyone else is probably miles ahead of me.
I started the year in the upper 90’s and finished mostly around 90 with a couple rounds under. Improving feels great and I feel like I mostly have a grasp of what I want to do it’s just a matter of consistency and putting a full solid 18 together without any blow ups. And putting. I hate putting.

I’m coming from Aquidneck island so there’s some overlap but I mostly stuck to Southern RI. I was able to play Newport Country Club on Monday in the staff/guest and proceeded to have my worst round of the year by far. I also won’t include that because it’s private. Also an honorable mention to Newport Indoor golf which has been brought up here. I played it 3-4 times pre-COVID and it’s so much better than theTop Golf simulator I’ve played at Foxwoods. I’ll be playing there a few times this winter

8) Laurel Lane, Kingston RI- just terrible conditions. I played it in the middle of a drought but other courses on the same road didn’t have the same issues. It felt like they stopped maintaining most of it. The tee boxes were like batters boxes. Rough was overgrown. Branches lying around from a storm. It would have been fine for a $25 muni but not for the $50+ to ride 18

7) Louisquissett, North Providence- this course was in the middle of a gated community. It was very tight on some holes and my friend chipped to the fairway from someone’s deck. I actually played it well somehow because I was so paranoid of hitting someone’s house.

6) Beaver River, Richmond RI- I had a lot of fun at this one. It is very hilly with a lot of blind shots but was in great condition. We played on one of the hottest days in the summer and there’s almost no breeze so by the end we were miserable but still a fun course

5) Jamestown, Jamestown RI- this 9 hole is what I grew up on. It’s in great shape for a 9 hole public course and has some incredible views. It might just be nostalgia for me but I love playing here

4) Fenner Hill, Hopkinton RI- another fun South County course that was in great condition. I played probably my best round tee to green here but as Zomp said the greens are undulating making for a lot of weird putts

3) Rehobeth CC, Rehobeth, MA- this is probably the best value. I think it was only $39 to ride 18 and the course was immaculate. We also had a cool foggy day in August somehow so it was perfect weather.

2) Green Valley, Portsmouth RI- my other “home course” as my grandfather is a member here. I’ve played the front a bunch but rarely ever the back because he taps out. Finally played all 18 last week and I love it. Pretty good condition and not a bad value, especially considering I don’t have to leave the island.

1) NorthKingstown, North Kingstown RI- I love this course. It’s not too expensive and it’s in great shape especially considering the drought and it’s a town course. The back 9 by the airport is a lot of fun although I hate ending on a par 3.

Sorry for the long winded post but it’s been fun to go over. I’m keeping my clubs in my car and hope to get out a few more times on some warmer days and next year I’ll try to play even more. I know Richmond and Meadowbrook are on our list since they’re right in our area
 

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I love that. I used to run a Ryder Cup format for 24 guys at Bandon every year. 4 man total Stableford, 2 man best-ball, heads up match over 3 days. Some of the best moments in golf are standing around 18 green with a beer while waiting for the matches to come in to see who won.
 

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Fenner is just a consistently nice-playing course; the only ridiculous hole is #3. It is a par 5 that offers a lot of risk for very little reward: you are faced with a narrow chute between trees starting 100 yards out and a drop to 2 bunkers fronting the green. You need a pinpoint shot to even think about reaching in two. I get infuriated every week hitting driver-pitching wedge-pitching wedge, and to use more of my clubs started hitting a 3 or 4-iron from the tee to at least bring out more of a middle iron for my 2nd.
Every time I play Fenner I get to the 3rd tee and say I hate this hole more than any golf hole I ever played.
 

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It took 25 years of playing, but I finally got an ace - 4th hole at George Wright, playing 133 (tees were moved up from the standard 163 due to tee box maintenance... but we won't mention that), dunked a pitching wedge that split the flagstick


Of course, the double bogey on 18 to take me from a 73 to 75 humbled me within a few hours
 

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It took 25 years of playing, but I finally got an ace - 4th hole at George Wright, playing 133 (tees were moved up from the standard 163 due to tee box maintenance... but we won't mention that), dunked a pitching wedge that split the flagstick


Of course, the double bogey on 18 to take me from a 73 to 75 humbled me within a few hours
Fuck yeah!
 

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It took 25 years of playing, but I finally got an ace - 4th hole at George Wright, playing 133 (tees were moved up from the standard 163 due to tee box maintenance... but we won't mention that), dunked a pitching wedge that split the flagstick


Of course, the double bogey on 18 to take me from a 73 to 75 humbled me within a few hours
Congrats!
 

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It took 25 years of playing, but I finally got an ace - 4th hole at George Wright, playing 133 (tees were moved up from the standard 163 due to tee box maintenance... but we won't mention that), dunked a pitching wedge that split the flagstick


Of course, the double bogey on 18 to take me from a 73 to 75 humbled me within a few hours
Congrats. It's a good feeling isn't it? 75 is a fine score too. Just imagine how much better your second will feel 25 years from now
 

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Played my first round of golf in close to a month yesterday, and played absolutely terrible posting my worst score of the year. Any other time I would have been upset, but considering I got to play golf in New England in 70 degree weather IN NOVEMBER, I really don’t care. I’d gladly play that bad again if it meant the weather stayed like this just a bit longer.
 

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My end of season index last year was 13.9.. that wasn’t quite right because at the end of the season I posted a 40, not knowing the guy who’d kept score for the day had also posted it. My goal this year was make it legit!

I had a real bad stretch for maybe 3 weeks in July where I almost lost my game, partly because I was trying to get used to my new Epic Sub Zero 3wood and was snapping the duck hook bad.

Since Sept I’ve been on quite a roll low 40s almost everyday (semi retirement is a good thing, playing 4 days a week before time change) and was 14.1 on 11/1... posted 41/42 at the ‘Walk last mon and Tues then smooth 84 at Brookside in a tournament last Sat 11/14
This years final index 13.7!!!

and yesterday I did something I can’t remember ever doing before shot 46
NINE STRAIGHT BOGEYS
 

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My end of season index last year was 13.9.. that wasn’t quite right because at the end of the season I posted a 40, not knowing the guy who’d kept score for the day had also posted it. My goal this year was make it legit!

I had a real bad stretch for maybe 3 weeks in July where I almost lost my game, partly because I was trying to get used to my new Epic Sub Zero 3wood and was snapping the duck hook bad.

Since Sept I’ve been on quite a roll low 40s almost everyday (semi retirement is a good thing, playing 4 days a week before time change) and was 14.1 on 11/1... posted 41/42 at the ‘Walk last mon and Tues then smooth 84 at Brookside in a tournament last Sat 11/14
This years final index 13.7!!!

and yesterday I did something I can’t remember ever doing before shot 46
NINE STRAIGHT BOGEYS
You know you can have the proshop delete erroneous scores right?
 

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What a strange, but wonderful, golf year. COVID made golf one of the few options early to get out of the house, and instead of "putting golf away" a few times a season out of frustration or travel of sports coaching over the course of a year, I stuck with it. Played in weekend tournaments for the first time in almost a decade. I'd usually play about 30 times a year, with a few non complete 9 hole rounds playing with the family. This year, per my GHIN, I played 67 full rounds, likely 50% were combined 9 hole scores. Played at least another 10 times in scrambles or single or some other reason I couldn't put in score.

I dare say I liked it, and really am grateful for it being an option. It kept sanity March-May, good to be getting outside and walking most of the rounds, despite a 1.5 months stretch of taking cart due to knee issues. My wife and son played a lot too, and it was fun watching them improve and have some success in tournaments (unlike the poster). My index started at 20.2, popped to 21.7 mid May, got down to 18 in Sept, and now I'm back up to 19.1. Looking forward to getting a couple more 9s in over this weekend with the good weather making a comeback. Lots of quality family time out there on the course, more than what would have happened normally.

EDIT: The stats

# Scores: 67
Highest: 104
Lowest: 86
Average: 95.1
 
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MeddlePAL

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I think I have done something bad to my right elbow golfing too much this year. It's been "sticking" and "popping" and there's some subtle soreness though I don't feel like I've lost any range of motion. I think I'm kind of thankful off-season is here because I probably need to rest it for the next few months.
 

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Andy Brickley's potty mouth
I think I have done something bad to my right elbow golfing too much this year. It's been "sticking" and "popping" and there's some subtle soreness though I don't feel like I've lost any range of motion. I think I'm kind of thankful off-season is here because I probably need to rest it for the next few months.
I would almost guarantee it's not your elbow, but the muscles in your triceps being tight. Try to massage it out or get a massage.
 

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I think I have done something bad to my right elbow golfing too much this year. It's been "sticking" and "popping" and there's some subtle soreness though I don't feel like I've lost any range of motion. I think I'm kind of thankful off-season is here because I probably need to rest it for the next few months.
What does golfing "too much" mean? I've posted well over 100 rounds and played plenty more out of season rounds. My elbows are fine. I'm not trying to say you didn't injure yourself in some way, just trying to dispel the notion that there is such a thing as "too much golf" and that it will lead to injuries.
 

MeddlePAL

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What does golfing "too much" mean? I've posted well over 100 rounds and played plenty more out of season rounds. My elbows are fine. I'm not trying to say you didn't injure yourself in some way, just trying to dispel the notion that there is such a thing as "too much golf" and that it will lead to injuries.
70+ rounds on the season since April and maybe around ~60 hours of range time?

Edit: Probably double that range time... I do about an hour of range before each round and I've also done some independent range time where I just go smash balls for 2 or 3 hours.
 

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Carded 71 rounds this year, probably with 18 courses I’ve played for the first time.
 

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I played 20 rounds, with basically zero range time, which is about average for me the past few years. high of 87, low of 75, avg 82.3
 

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I played 20 rounds, with basically zero range time, which is about average for me the past few years. high of 87, low of 75, avg 82.3
This is a fun game:

# of Scores: 115
High: 88
Low: 68
Avg.: 77.1

Somehow, I average +5 but my handicap is 1.6 and that's the highest it's been since August (1.7). I know, it's supposed to reflect potential, but all I see is the potential for losing money to 10-15 handicaps all winter.
 

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What does golfing "too much" mean? I've posted well over 100 rounds and played plenty more out of season rounds. My elbows are fine. I'm not trying to say you didn't injure yourself in some way, just trying to dispel the notion that there is such a thing as "too much golf" and that it will lead to injuries.
Damn. And 100 rounds for you is like 1000 beers and 150 cigars

70+ rounds on the season since April and maybe around ~60 hours of range time?

Edit: Probably double that range time... I do about an hour of range before each round and I've also done some independent range time where I just go smash balls for 2 or 3 hours.
See a physical therapist. Where are you located?