I want to get a handicap so I joined a club yesterday. Mainly wanted the handicap so I can play some of the good courses back home like Royal Melbourne etc. It only cost 22,000 yen but it doesn't work like memberships back home, you still have to pay green fees but you get a discount. My friend and I were worked out how many times we'd need to play for it to be a good deal and it seemed borderline and getting a handicap was the only real incentive. Then after we payed up they gave us a coupon for one free round, 5,000 yen at the pro shop and 5,000 yen at the dining room and a nice bottle of wine.
Made it very good value.
Also the club is having their summer festival this week, one of the things for that is that all visitors get free entry to an off the stick competition for the day. There were over 150 players yesterday and I came 17th off the stick
Would have killed it net if I had a handicap based on this seasons rounds.
They had a putting competition, 3 balls 60 feet, from on the fringe. I put all 3 of my balls within a foot and my playing partner sank 1 and lipped out 2.
Plus they had typical Japanese festival food, takoyaki, corn on the cob, yakisoba. It was a very fun day.
My partner and I usually play one hole on each nine for beers, one nearest the pin and one long drive. My partner had been driving well all day and had out driven me a few times so on the long drive hole I had the honour and I thought OK just put one down the middle and it'll put the pressure on him and he might duff it. The hole was a straight 360 yards to the pin down hill par 4, the green is not visible from the tee. I put mine straight down the middle. And predictably my partner hooked into the bushes. So when we get over the hill, my ball is nowhere to be seen. The guys in front are sitting in their cart and they start motioning to the bunker behind the green, apparently my ball landed on the front edge of the green and rolled to the back into a bunker. 380 yard drive, flew 350 F' yeah! Don't think I've hit it that far in 15 years.