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Official Golf Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Piobaire, May 22, 2010.

  1. Schwazer

    Schwazer Senior member

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    Sometimes staying away from golf for a little while can help clear the mind for when you start to play again.
     
  2. hopkins_student

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    Watching the PGA now and I wish they would assign people to follow each group around and pick out these "baba booey" yelling motherfuckers and castrate them on the spot.
     
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  3. whiteslashasian

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    Hit the course cold after a month of not swinging. Wasn't my best round but it was a semi respectable 88. I had two blow up holes, a LOT of putts that rimmed out of the cup (lost three birds that way), and constant scrambling from a driver that had trouble staying in fairways. I feel pretty good that this was as bad as it got for me after that much time away. I'm playing again next weekend with some friends so I'm gunning for some improvements.
     
  4. PhiPsi32

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    One month isn't that bad. I returned to the game after a four month hiatus. You'd have thought I'd never played golf before. Glad to hear you're getting back to it.
     
  5. Mark from Plano

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    Just found out that I got selected to be able to buy tickets to the 2014 Ryder Cup matches at Gleneagles next year. A buddy of mine who I played high school golf with are going over together. Sadly I got picked for an entire week badge, but he only got picked for a Sunday ticket. I think he's still going, but maybe not for the whole week like I am. Perhaps he can still score tickets elsewhere.

    Excited though. Should be a great trip.
     
  6. Douglas

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    Dude, Mark from Plano? I was starting to think Plano had just been swallowed up into the earth, or hit by the zombie apocalypse.
     
  7. tropics

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    sweet. i got picked for a masters practice round next year.

    would have been amazing to get a weekend ticket for $75!!! :slayer:

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  8. hopkins_student

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    It's going to be a great time. My parents purchased week badges for the one in Louisville in 2008 and gave them to my best friend and me for 3 days (two practice rounds and one competition day). We had a great time. The practice rounds were the best practice rounds I've been to other than Augusta. Have fun.
     
  9. tropics

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    how was augusta? any tips for me?
     
  10. Mark from Plano

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    Actually, it was both. ;)

    I've been around, just lurking more than posting lately.
     
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  11. Mark from Plano

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    Interesting thing this go around. Each application for tickets had to be accompanied by a name and a passport-type photo. I think that each ticket will only be valid for a specific person. Will be interesting to see how much that gets enforced but it also means that if something comes up and I can't go I may be out $800.
     
  12. hopkins_student

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    Augusta is without question the most beautiful golf course I've ever seen. It's in unbelievably good condition. I walked 7 holes before I ever saw a divot. I'd recommend finding a group without anyone particularly popular in it and follow them around. If you want to see Tiger or any of the more popular guys you'll just have to set yourself up in the spot you're most likely to see them on each hole, but you probably won't find yourself in a particularly good position to see them play an entire hole.

    Don't make the mistake that we made and assume that the groups are going to play a full 18 holes on Wednesday. I think most of the groups only played 9 holes on Wednesday + the par 3 tournament.
     
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    That's really strange. Hopefully it's just an anti-fraud thing on the purchasing side. It would really be a shame to essentially restrict attendance to the few people who are in a position to take a full week off work to watch a golf tournament.
     
  14. Mark from Plano

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    Well, you weren't restricted to just buying full week passes. You got 3 requests and then they gave you the highest thing you requested based on the lottery and what was available IIRC. In other words if your number 1 request was full week badges but when your name came up in the lottery they were all gone, theyd look to your 2nd request and see if those were available. You could request full week passes, or single day tickets, or whatever. What you couldn't do was put in a request for half a dozen tickets under one name. Each one was for a specific person.
     
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  15. zalb916

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    I would second that recommendation. Watching a practice round there is more about experiencing the course, which is best achieved by walking the grounds. Watching on Thursday to Sunday is more about experiencing the tournament and competition, and I'd recommend approaching it differently. Finding a few spots to hang-out for a couple hours where you can see a scoreboard and have quick access to the concession stand is the way to do it. If you're in your 20s or like looking at 20-something and younger southern girls, then the hill at 6 is good. Otherwise, I like the stands by the 15 green, where you have a view of 16 and a scoreboard.
     
  16. tropics

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    dear god... as if i'd waste time at the masters looking at women!!
     
  17. Big Pun

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    Okay, so I just saw the rates for Pebble Beach... not happening haha. Not a big enough golf enthusiast to make that trip worth it.
     
  18. Mark from Plano

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    In 1995 I went to Carmel on vacation for 2 weeks. I decided before we went that I was going to play Pebble. At that time the rate was $250, but that was in 1995 dollars. The most I'd ever paid to play a round of golf before that was about $50 (which seemed outrageous at the time). I had no money, but decided to suck it up. I played 3 rounds of golf during that two week period: $250 (including cart...no caddies available) to play Pebble; $175 plus $50 caddie fee to play Spyglass and $26 to play Pacific Grove Municipal.

    I've spent the last 18 years relishing the memories from my one chance to play Pebble/Spyglass and have never for a moment missed the $500 it cost me to play them.

    PG Municipal is a cool little course, by the way.
     
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  19. supplychainman

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    Has anyone here used Hopkins or any of the other customized wedge makers? I am thinking about going with Hopkins to get some new 52, 56, and 60 wedges.
     
  20. cwh812

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    That's funny you ask. I was watching the PGA Championship with my golfing buddy and we asked who buys this stuff when their commercial came on. Seems like a cool concept, but everyone I know sticks to the major OEM's. If tour guys were using it I think it might get some traction, but I'm not going to try some club I've never seen nor know a single person who uses it.
     

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