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Posted: 3/27/2011 1:51 PM

Any golfers? 


Back when I was in middle and early high school I used to play all the time.  Once I got to about my Sophomore year, I stopped playing (it messed with my swing and we traveled all over all summer).  Then, after college, my shoulder was too messed up to swing...so I didn't play.

After my shoulder surgery, and the 15 months of rehab, I am now back as strong as I ever was...and have gotten back into golf in a bid way.

I'd love to have a little golf chat here in the garage from time to time.

I'll start with a "what's in my bag":

Callaway Hyper X 8.5 extra stiff
Adams Speedline Fast 10 3 wood, Graffaloy stiff
Adams Speedline Fast 10 5 wood, Graffaloy stiff
3-SW, custom irons with stiff steel
Nicklaus putter
Adidas Clutch bag
Srixon Z Star X balls




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Posted: 3/28/2011 9:51 PM

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Nobody?  Surely there are some golfers here...

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Posted: 4/1/2011 7:10 AM

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Callaway driver ft9 with a draw
cleveland 3 and 5 woods
ping g15's
cleveland 56 wedge
new cleveland putter brz 3 I think

I love all my clubs, only ones I might change are the 3 and 5 woods
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Posted: 4/1/2011 7:31 AM

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Sweet, PT.  Thanks for replying!  I thought I would get more responses.

I am looking for a 3 hybrid since I can't hit my 3/4 irons for crap and I am hoping to replace my iron set in the fall with an end-of-season sale.  Right now I am leaning Ping G15 and Mizuno JPX800.  They are my favorite that I have actually hit.  Hated the new TM Burner irons and everything Nike I have ever swung.  I'd love the new Srixon ZTX irons, too, but they are for lower handicappers than I am so I don't want to give up forgiveness (yet).

I picked up my Adams Speedline Fast 10 woods on Ebay for a song, actually, new in plastic.  I had been looking for new woods to replace the old used ones I had and I hit a demo at a course my first time out for the year a couple weeks ago and I loved them.  I loved the Adams hybrid I hit too (much more than Callaway, Nike, Taylormade, etc.) but I can't find one of those, even on Ebay, for under $150.

I am playing Fazio's Camp Creek outside of Destin (Seagrove Beach, actually) in a few days.  It used to be a private club but the economy forced them to open to the public for the time being.  As it is one of the top ranked courses in Florida, I am psyched about that.  I'm also playing the Santa Rosa Golf Club, in Santa Rosa Beach.  I'll try to give some reviews (and maybe some photos) when I get back.  Both courses are supposed to be stunning.  Santa Rosa fronts the ocean and Camp Creek is built into natural sand dunes (so practically every hole is lined on all sides by natural dune bunkers.

I made sure to pack an extra dozen Srixons (and a handful of junk balls for the holes I am likely to find the drink)...

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Posted: 4/1/2011 12:43 PM

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The G15's are great.  I am already hitting shots that I have never hit before with my old Nickents.

I'm heading out to Jacksonville, FL next week for a golf trip.  I can't wait.
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Posted: 4/11/2011 8:02 AM

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I played Santa Rosa last Monday and Camp Creek on Thursday.  Both were nice but Camp Creek was unbelievable...but I guess it should be with $160 greens fees.

Santa Rosa was an older course seemingly cut into the trees.  It was definitely more difficult than the average place back home but the real kicker was the underbrush below the trees.  If your ball left the fairway even ten yards, the ball was gone.  Period.  No chance of finding it.  It didn't take me long to put away the Srixons and grab my cheaper balls.  There is no way I'm losing $4 balls ever other hole  just because a shot strayed eleven yards off the fairway. 

It took me a while to get a rythym.  I was pretty terrible on the front 9.  I couldn't drive which, as one of the only things I am usually confident in, pissed me off and led me to a bit of a spiral on other shots.  I was much better on the back 9.  I ended at 57-47 for a 104.  Given the number of bad tee shots and strokes incurred because of the almost silly level of underbrush lining every hole, I felt good about how I finished.

Given how tough Santa Rosa was on Monday, I was a little uncertain about playing Camp Creek (seeing as how Camp Creek's slope rating from the back tees is 152 of a possible 155 - damn tough).  But the first thing I noticed was how unebelievable the course looked.  It was like nothing I'd ever seen.  Fazio designed the course so that no man-made structures could be seen from the tee boxes or fairways.  Cart paths, restrooms, etc. were all completely hidden from view.  And the course was built onto/into a natural sand dune.  It is considered to be a very environmentally friendly course (minimal land manipulation, gray water irrigation, special fertilizers, etc.).

Anywho...eat new tee box floored my jaw.  I'd never seen anything like it.  The course was like artwork.  Nothing was flat...anywhere. The slope and undulations were incredible.  Sand traps were spectacular.  Even the course-lining waste bunkers (since the course was built on sand dunes) were amazing.  The greens were wavy and impossible to read (I swear putts broke uphill) but amazing.

In the end, I shot 55-50 - with a string of 3 pars on the back that should have been 4 if I hadn't 3 putted from 10 feet after a perfect second shot on a par 4.  My driver was again erratic as can be but my irons felt great.  I was hitting them well.

I can't imagine playing a couse better than Camp Creek in my life...honestly...

Two great days of golf in the Florida sunshine...!




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Posted: 4/13/2011 1:04 PM

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I hack around a course a few times every summer, but never got the passion for the game like a lot of people.

When my dad retired, he played every weekday all summer long for a lot of years, and whenever I'd visit my parents he'd get me in with his group of guys every morning. That was a lot of fun, playing 18 with a bunch of retired school teachers and administrators, many of whom I had as teachers/principals/counselors from my school days.  Those guys could play! Course they were out there every day.
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Posted: 4/13/2011 3:54 PM

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My father has a beautiful little par 3, 9 hole golf course with some majestic looking ponds scattered about, that cuts thru the pines on his property up north.  Before he retired, he often had his clients playing on it all summer long, so it was a fairly busy place.  I might possibly be the worst golfer on the face of the planet, so I never play.  My father pretty much sucks at the game himself so he seldom indulges anymore. To this day he has two fellows that work constantly on it all summer long and yet it just sits there without hardly ever being played.....kind of a shame.
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Posted: 4/13/2011 5:53 PM

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pugsleyaddams wrote: My father has a beautiful little par 3, 9 hole golf course with some majestic looking ponds scattered about, that cuts thru the pines on his property up north.  Before he retired, he often had his clients playing on it all summer long, so it was a fairly busy place.  I might possibly be the worst golfer on the face of the planet, so I never play.  My father pretty much sucks at the game himself so he seldom indulges anymore. To this day he has two fellows that work constantly on it all summer long and yet it just sits there without hardly ever being played.....kind of a shame.

A buddy of mine lives in a condo complex that has a course that sounds about like what you describe, Pugs. It's a beautiful par three, nine hole course with big trees, ponds, and is quite nice. Now and then he'll get a few guys together and we'll have a couple of cold ones on the deck overlooking the first tee box, then we'll play the round, and have another couple afterwards.

On a nice day, it's a great way to spend an afternoon.
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Posted: 4/14/2011 9:58 PM

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Played the TPC stadium and valley course and Palencia in Jacksonville.

93, 97 and 99 were my scores.  The chip in birdie on 15 at the stadium course was the highlight.

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Posted: 4/15/2011 6:45 AM

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Fantastic.  I cannot believe I didn't take more pictures.




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Posted: 4/15/2011 9:50 AM

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I stole this picture from google images.  It is the #15 hole at the TPC.  I have some pics but it's easier to use ones already on the web.

Here is another one.   Probably the most famous hole at Palencia.  This is a par 3 with an unusual obstacle.


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Posted: 4/15/2011 10:12 AM

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Good idea...

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Posted: 4/15/2011 11:51 PM

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nice.  please describe the pics.

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Posted: 4/18/2011 7:18 AM

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ptballer wrote:

nice.  please describe the pics.


Both are Fazio's Camp Creek Golf Club in Seagrove Beach/Seacrest/Watercolor (not sure which one exactly but smack dab between Destin and Panama City Beach), Florida.

It was built into natural dunes, minimal manipulation, environmentally certified, etc.  Very, very cool.




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Posted: 4/18/2011 7:55 AM

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I played a cool, wet, and windy 18 yesterday afternoon at Colonial Oaks Golf Club in Fort Wayne.  I was not cold but the air temp was 50-ish with sustained 30 mph winds.  Whoo-ey. 

I have been absolutely terrible off the tee this Spring so I allowed myself two tee shots penalty-free (I was alone because my Dad's knee acts up when it is cold and practicing more than trying to score) and then played it straight from whichever ball I preferred.  I hit two tee shots ten times...but the second tee shot was only better than the first three times.  I ended with an 89 but only because I felt great everywhere but the tee box. 

My irons felt great and I felt very good with my wedge.  I was not too happy with my putting until I sunk a downhill 25 footer for par on 18.  Before that, I hadn't made a putt over four or five feet...missing several makeable birdies/pars.

Struggling off the tee annoys the hell out of me - because it used to be my strength, by far, but that has clearly changed.  I could always hit it a ton - and still can/do - but my fairway percentage on full drivers is maybe 15% this Spring.  My familar and predictable fade now vascilates between dead straight and full-on slice.  Sigh.  I've tried several times to go 3 or even 5 wood off the tee because people assume they are more accurate but holy cow not for me.  They felt even worse.

I have always been annoyed by the guys who buy new golf clubs when they are struggling but the pro put me on a launch monitor and said my driver may be part of the problem.  What?  It is less than a year old and has a low launch angle (8.5) and a stiff shaft (which I assumed I needed).  He said the "Tour" part of my Callaway Hyper X Tour means a slightly open face (damn) and that I really needed an Extra Stiff shaft (122 club head speed on the monitor, I was surprised it was that high).  Really?  I didn't even know they existed.  I told him I've never seen one at Dick's or my local golf shop.  He said they are more rare - and generally more expensive.  Great.  He could build me one with a Ping G15 or a TaylorMade Burner Superfast 2.0.  9 or 9.5 loft.  Extra stiff shaft.  Either would be $400.  Sweet.  Off to Ebay I go...




I am making the rounds of courses in the city to create an initial ranking and perhaps consider one for membership.  Seeing as how I just got back into golfing last fall after a ten year absence, my mind is fresh and I have no preconceived notions.




Current rankings and driving distance from my house:

For the record, I hate neighborhood courses (where houses line the holes) so I will note those with an NC.


1. Cobbestone Golf Club (no competition) - 45-50 minutes (sigh...big fall-off after this one)
2. Cherry Hill (NC) - 30 minutes
3. Colonial Oaks - 15 minutes (would jump Cherry Hill if things weren't under construction a little - but it is Spring...and they are improvements (landscaping, retaining walls, new bridges, relocating tee boxes, etc.  If that is all done next time, it is better than Cherry Hill).
4. Whispering Creek - 25 minutes
5. Chestnut Hills (NC) - 1 minute (used to be awesome but ownership went under and let the course go.  Given the closeness to my house, I would LOVE it to come back...and for them to price it accordingly in the meantime - but they won't.  They insist it is still a premium course.  It isn't even close.  If it were $20-25 per round it would be my default course solely because of the proximity to my house.  At twice that, I might play it just once this year - just to see how much it has improved, if any, since the new owners started working last Fall.).



It has been a goal of mine since last Fall because I wanted to know  what my club distances were.  Finally, after several tweaks (with likely many more to come), I have laminated a business card with my current distance chart on the back to keep handy on the course.

Current distance chart:


ClubDistance
1W275+
3W250
5W227
3i213
4i202
5i190
6i177
7i165
8i154
9i142
PW131
LW<100




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Posted: 4/19/2011 4:02 PM

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I enjoy the game and am trying to get better.  My wife plays as well so that helps to get me out on the course more often.  I've only played twice so far this season, it's been tough trying to match up the nice days with openings in my schedule.  I have played about 10 to 15 times a year for the past two years, but this year I hope to get closer to 20 rounds or more in.  If I want to get better I have to get out there and play.  I usually shoot in the upper 80's/low 90's.  Here's my gear:

Callaway Big Bertha 460, stiff, 9 degree loft
Callaway Big Bertha 3 wood
Callaway x20 3-SW, steel
Odyssey 2-ball putter

I was traveling for business once and we played a couple of rounds of golf.  I rented clubs from the resort and they had the Callaways that I have now.  I hit them well so I thought, why not?, and I bought a set of my own.  I bought my irons from Callaway's pre-owned sight, and I got my driver and 3W off ebay.  The clubs are pretty forgiving in general so I would recommend them to anyone who is learning the game or a casual player. 

I haven't found a particular ball that I like more than any other yet.  I'm probably not at a point in my game where the ball makes much of a difference (although I'm not a fan of ones that are soft).
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Posted: 4/19/2011 4:33 PM

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I went to a club fitter this morning and spent some time on a launch monitor.  I think I will be in the market for a new driver soon (sigh)...and I may have one custom built.  I need Extra stiff and a driver face that isn't 2 degrees open (about which I had no idea).  They can put a new shaft on my existing driver but that doesn't fix the "Tour" clubface - which is 2 degrees open (supposedly).

As for balls, I have spent a lot of time since last fall hitting many different types to get a feel for what I like.  Cross-referencing what deals I can find with the Golf Digest Hot List, I have narrowed my favorites (and least favorites).

My favorite, by far, has been the Srixon Z Star X.  It is long, straight, and has wicked wedge spin.

I have also liked the Titleist Pro V1 and NXT Tour.  Bridgestone B330 and the E-series are right up there too.  In fact, I played E7s last fall until I lucked into a 'found' Z Star X and fell in love.

I have not liked any Callaway balls I have played and the same, pretty much, goes for Nike (although Nike Crush balls would be on my 'cheap' list for an especially rough course, hole, or sloppy conditions).

My dad, my usual playing partner, plays Top Flite and I cannot stand them.  BUT...the new Top Flite Gamer V2 is pretty darn sweet for the price.  It is the cheapest 3 piece ball on the market...by quite a bit.

On Sunday I played almost exclusively with Slazenger Titanium Distance.  It was sloppy, wet, and I was alone and trying to play fast so I didn't want to bother searching for lost balls because of the cost involved.  With a crazy Dick's Sporting Goods Christmas sale (plus an online coupon code and free shipping), I got like ten dozen of the Slazenger balls...for about 40 cents each.  For the price, they are not bad...but they would never be my choice on anything but a sloppy practice round.


I'm playing a scramble, my first truly competitive golf, on April 30th.  I am very excited.




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Posted: 4/19/2011 7:06 PM

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Scramble's are fun, you'll always feel good about your game since only the good shots matter.  Have fun, hopefully you'll have some good weather and are playing with a good group.  I find throwing back a couple cold ones mixes well with scrambles.  Any good prizes for the winners or is it more of a charity event (although they can have good prizes as well)?
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Posted: 4/20/2011 7:54 AM

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This one is not for charity.  It is just a Spring Scramble at a nice local rural course.  There are prizes for the top three groups, drawings, and prizes for long drive, closest to pin, etc.

I lucked into a new shaft for my driver on ebay last night.  Fujikura Vista Tour 60 Extra Stiff.  So...I am going to try reshafting my current driver first.  If that doesn't work, I am going to have a custom driver built with my new shaft.




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