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Posted: 4/24/2011 8:37 AM

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I played a pretty tough course in New Jersey last week on a really tough day.  It was windy and about 45 degrees.  Shot a 102.


http://www.crystalgolfresort.c...183&aid=441

Distance is the weakness of my game.  I only drive the ball about 220, but I usually hit the ball straight. 

Buying new clubs is a disease.  I had the fever last winter.
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Posted: 4/24/2011 11:48 AM

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I hit a TM r11 extra stiff yesterday. It rocked. It was like $500 though.




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Posted: 4/25/2011 9:03 AM

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easton714 wrote:

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.).


UPDATE:  I walked 9 at Chestnut Hills Saturday.  It was supposed to be rainy so I didn't plan anything but it ended up being sunny and beautiful so I took a two hour window I had (which meant playing the closest course to my house period) and walked 9.

The course was SOAKED.  We have had rain for a solid week - with more in the forecast.  It was like walking on a sponge.

As for the course changes...

New scorecards, a couple new rules, new hole signs, new yardage markers, etc.  Greens were better than the fall.  Construction projects from the fall (mostly drainage and irrigation) were finished.  Turf was not bad for the Spring - but just soaked from the rain.  The turf was so soft that huge divots happened even by accident.  Tee boxes are still a mess (and probably made worse by being open when it was so wet).  Several were noticeably sloped and they were divot messes. 

Not the best playing conditions (to put it mildly) but it was a beautiful day and I drove the ball the best I have so far this Spring.  Of course, with the driver improvement came a unexplainable fall off in my mid-irons.  I've hit them very well lately - but I mishit several.  I had three bombed center-of-the-fairway drives that I inevitably ruined by poor iron shots.

I shot a 49 (capping the round with a 7 on a par 4 after a nice tee shot) but my irons cost me 5 strokes easily.

My scramble is on Saturday - hope the rain lets up...




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Posted: 4/27/2011 3:53 PM

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Titleist 983 9.0 driver with extra stiff tip
Titleist 3W & 5W, steel shafts (don't even know the model number, they are so old. They are the old school from the late 80s/early 90s like Tiger used to use.)
Mizuno 3-PW, steel shafts
Cleveland SW, GW, LW
Odyssey 2-Ball putter
Balls - I prefer Titleist Pro-V1 or the Bridgestone Tour

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Posted: 4/27/2011 4:10 PM

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Some of you from the area are probably familiar with the relatively new course we have around here. Justin Timberlake took the old Big Creek Golf Course that he grew up playing on just outside of Millington, TN and sank a few million into it (last I heard, around $20 million, but I'm sure it's more now), and named it Mirimichi. Here's the link.

It really is a beautiful course, and it's only going to get better as it matures. If you're ever in the area, you should try it out. It isn't the cheapest course to play, but it's worth it.

I've been fortunate to be able to play some great courses in my life. Colonial in Memphis hosted the FedEx St Jude Classic before it was moved to Southwind. I've played both several times. But my favorite was probably the Greenbrier in West Virginia. It's located at a 5-star resort, and we've been there twice. It has four 18-hole courses, one of which hosted the Ryder Cup many years ago. It is like heaven on earth, with zoysia fairways. One interesting tidbit: it was at the Greenbrier that I met my golf hero Sam Snead. The Greenbrier was his home course, and he played there until he died. One trip we took, I found out that he would be in the pro shop signing autographs, so I purchased a huge black-and-white photo of Sam, got it autographed, and had it framed. When I get home, I'll try to remember to post a photo I have of Sam and me at the signing. It was awesome.

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Posted: 4/27/2011 5:20 PM

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SkinnyPimp wrote:

Some of you from the area are probably familiar with the relatively new course we have around here. Justin Timberlake took the old Big Creek Golf Course that he grew up playing on just outside of Millington, TN and sank a few million into it (last I heard, around $20 million, but I'm sure it's more now), and named it Mirimichi. Here's the link.

It really is a beautiful course, and it's only going to get better as it matures. If you're ever in the area, you should try it out. It isn't the cheapest course to play, but it's worth it.

I'll have to keep that in mind.  I am occasionally through Tennessee on business.




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Posted: 4/27/2011 5:29 PM

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SkinnyPimp wrote: Titleist 983 9.0 driver with extra stiff tip
Titleist 3W & 5W, steel shafts (don't even know the model number, they are so old. They are the old school from the late 80s/early 90s like Tiger used to use.)
Mizuno 3-PW, steel shafts
Cleveland SW, GW, LW
Odyssey 2-Ball putter
Balls - I prefer Titleist Pro-V1 or the Bridgestone Tour

I hit the new Titleist driver recently, the 910D3.  Loved it.

Are your irons JPX-800s?  I am still debating between G15s and JPX800s...but I do like my plain ole customs for now.

Just got a new shaft for my driver in the mail yesterday.  Fujikura Vista Tour 60 X flex.  Should help with my driver...and should lower the trajectory (which I want badly- I don't know how it is possible to hit an 8.5 degree driver so HIGH).




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Posted: 5/2/2011 12:00 AM

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Hey Guys!   I don't visit the garage much, seeing this thread for the 1st time.  I haven't gotten out this year yet.  The weather's been pretty bad here in central Illinois the last few weeks- a bunch of rain.  I will start playing regularly pretty soon.

My bag (I'm a lefty)
Taylormade Burner driver
Callaway X20 irons: 4-P

The rest of my bag is an assortment of junk clubs (3W, 5W, LW, SW, putter) that are some off brands that I couldn't even tell you about.  I also carry a junk 1-iron and recommend it for anybody who's got room in their bag for it.  It's great from under trees and stuff (where I'm at quite a  bit) when you need to keep the ball low or you can't take a full swing.  You just punch a little half swing and the ball will roll 100-150 yards sometimes.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 10:15 AM

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Played in my first Scramble Saturday.

We placed tied for 3rd out of 17 teams (a four under 68)...but it was a little strange.  We arrived to find the front nine closed because of water and the back nine was too wet for them to get the mowers on the fairways...so the entire course was 'rough' and we had an A and B team on almost every hole.  It wasn't terrible but it made for SLOW playing, lots of lost balls that simply plugged, and the possbility ot questionable lies on perfect fairway tee shots.

Enjoyed the course...but I was none too happy that they had to put one of the long drive holes on a dog leg right.  I drive it straight as an arrow but out the back of the dogleg.  There was nothing I could do about it.  The hole doglegged at 280 and I outdrove the fairway...which made my drive not eligible for the long drive competition.  Not sure what else I could do there.  I outdrove the eventual winner on that hole by more than 20 yards.  Hard to understand losing  a long drive competition (and the winner got a dozen Pro V1s) because I hit it straight but too far.

I feel pretty good with the short irons (esp. 8-PW) right now.  Still 50/50 on the driver and didn't putt for crap.


EDIT:  It was suppoosed to be really nice with some sun and light wind but it ended up being cold, dark, and extremely windy.  Way to go weatherman.  I used Bridgestone E7s to start with over my Srixon Z Star Xs because the E7s are lower trajectory balls...but I am not sure I noticed a difference.  I really do like both balls.  Seeing as how E7s are $26 and Z Stars are $45, I am not sure I will be able to justify getting more z Stars when my four dozen stash gets thin.




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Posted: 5/17/2011 10:47 PM

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Playing Weaver Ridge Thursday.   http://www.weaverridge.com/coursetour.php
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Posted: 5/18/2011 8:44 AM

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easton714 wrote:
easton714 wrote:

1. Cobbestone Golf Club (no competition) - 45-50 minutes
2. Lafontaine (25 min.)
3. Cedar Creek (30 min.)
4. Cherry Hill (NC) - 30 minutes
5. Colonial Oaks - 15 minutes
6. Whispering Creek - 25 minutes
7. Chestnut Hills (NC) - 1 minute

I've updated my rankings.

The fall-off from 1 to 2 is not so bad anymore.  I love Lafontaine and Cedar Creek...and they are a little closer.

I played Lafontaine with a coworker again last Saturday and played the round of my life (so far).  I shot 42-42 for an 84 (previous low was 89) and I hit some of the most ridiculous shots of my life.

3 wood 250 to the fringe from the rough.

4 iron 205 to the green.

9 iron 140 yards over a 100 year old tree to 2 feet from the pin.

Several drives over 300 yards - including one where I split some trees on a dogleg right and landed 15 yards from the green and, the best one, the one I will never duplicate:


I couldn't help but take a picture.  We were looking for the ball forever.  I could not believe we couldn't find it.  It was exactly where I wanted it (over a tree on the right side of the fairway) and I KNEW I killed it...but we couldn't find it.  My buddy jokingly said to go check the hole.  And as I walked up:

My Srixon Z Star X with a silver "K".





See for yourself.  #11. 

http://www.lafontainegc.com/in...2&Itemid=50

That says 355 yards.  The course marker and the range finder said 365...but either way I could not believe it.






I also hit a tricked out Titleist 910D3 8.5 with a Fubuki X shaft and...um...I need to buy one of those.  Problem is...it costs like $700.  The shaft alone is $300-400.



My handicap phone app. now says 13.8  I started at 17 in March.  I want to be under 10 by Fall.


EDIT:  Oh and I will be out of town on business beginning tomorrow for five days or so (just to Indianapolis) and I will be busy MOST days from 6 am until 9 pm...but there should be one or two days I will be done by 5:30 pm...and I intend to play me some twilight golf, If I can.  I will have my car packed and ready to go and I will jump in the car the second I leave the convention center.  There are a couple courses within 2 miles of my hotel.  If I tee off 6-ish I MIGHT be able to finish 18 before dark (I will be by myself most likely).

But I may buy a sleeve or two of yellow or orange balls to help with the last few holes.

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Posted: 5/18/2011 2:38 PM

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Twilight golf made me think of an old joke:

Blind Golfers

A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.

Engineer: What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!

Doctor: I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude.

Priest: Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him.

Priest: Hi George. Say, George, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow today, aren't they?

George: Oh yes, that's a group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight while saving our clubhouse last year, so we let them play here anytime free of charge.

SILENCE.

Priest: That's so sad, I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.

Doctor: Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there is anything we can do for them.

Engineer: Why can't these guys play at night?



"The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing." Dizzy Dean, 1934
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Posted: 5/24/2011 8:29 AM

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DizzyDean17 wrote: Twilight golf made me think of an old joke:

Blind Golfers

A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.

Engineer: What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!

Doctor: I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude.

Priest: Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him.

Priest: Hi George. Say, George, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow today, aren't they?

George: Oh yes, that's a group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight while saving our clubhouse last year, so we let them play here anytime free of charge.

SILENCE.

Priest: That's so sad, I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.

Doctor: Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there is anything we can do for them.

Engineer: Why can't these guys play at night?


That's good.




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Posted: 5/24/2011 8:35 AM

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easton714 wrote:


EDIT:  Oh and I will be out of town on business beginning tomorrow for five days or so (just to Indianapolis) and I will be busy MOST days from 6 am until 9 pm...but there should be one or two days I will be done by 5:30 pm...and I intend to play me some twilight golf, If I can.  I will have my car packed and ready to go and I will jump in the car the second I leave the convention center.  There are a couple courses within 2 miles of my hotel.  If I tee off 6-ish I MIGHT be able to finish 18 before dark (I will be by myself most likely).

But I may buy a sleeve or two of yellow or orange balls to help with the last few holes.

wink

I played Coffin Golf Club Saturday night.  6 pm tee off and I was done with 18 by 8:15pm.  I could have played most of another 18 had I wanted to.

Coffin was ok.  It is a city course and not in the best shape (despite so much rain that even terrible courses are emerald green and thick with grass) but the layout was kind of nice.  Some holes had shockingly narrow landing areas too.

I didn't know it until I got there but it isn't in the best part of town, though, and there was a group of ~10 year old kids walking around being idiots.  They would pick up balls right off the fairway and even lay down in the fairway while I was standing in the tee box.  At one point I got so pissed I just teed off with three of them laying in the fairway.  They got scared and ran off and I never saw them again.

Twilight rate was $20 including cart so I guess I can't really complain.




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Posted: 5/25/2011 6:04 PM

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easton,
2 questions:
1) what app do you use for your handicap? I haven't even thought about looking for a handicap app but that's a great idea.
2) when you put the course into the app, does it automatically put the slope and rating in there? Or do you have to put the slope and rating in yourself?

Thanks!
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Posted: 5/26/2011 8:10 AM

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SkinnyPimp wrote: easton,
2 questions:
1) what app do you use for your handicap? I haven't even thought about looking for a handicap app but that's a great idea.
2) when you put the course into the app, does it automatically put the slope and rating in there? Or do you have to put the slope and rating in yourself?

Thanks!

Handicap Lite (I'm Android).  I've tried several and this is the simplest.

You have to input the course and course statistics once.  Once you do that, you can select the course and add a round by just putting the score.




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Posted: 5/31/2011 10:42 AM

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I have an iPhone, and I searched "golf handicap" apps the other day. Man, there are some cool apps out there! There were a few that not only keep your handicap, but they also use the GPS in the phone to give you distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, as well as distances to other targets as well, such as to the front of greenside and fairway bunkers, distances to spots in the fairway if you want to lay-up to within 100, 150 or 200 yards, etc.

You can also use the app for basic things, such as using it as a scorecard, but you can also input fairways hit, greens hit, number of putts, sand saves, etc. Then you can go back and look up your stats for either a given round or a number of rounds. It will give you graphs and charts so you can track your progress.

It really is amazing all the things you can do with some of these apps. These particular ones aren't cheap, but considering how much you can do with them, I think they may be worth it. I'm thinking of springing for one of them. I believe it was about $30.

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Posted: 5/31/2011 3:12 PM

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I played with a buddy who had a fairly steep GPS app on his phone and was only excited to try it.  First tee his app said it was 6,200 yards to the pin.  I laughed.

I do not know which one he had and which one, if different, is the best - but that round gave me pause.  The phone went back in the bag during the first hole.

My free one tracks score, handicap, fairways, greens, putts, etc.  No special graphics but it works.




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Posted: 6/1/2011 3:22 PM

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That is hilarious.

Don't worry. I will do my fair share of research before I spend $30 on an app to make sure I'm getting the right one.

It's funny all of that is available in an app these days. It was only 5 or 6 years ago when I played with a regular group of my friends. I kept up on paper all of the stats that are automatic now (fairways hit, greens hit, putts, etc.). In fact, I created an Excel spreadsheet for each of us and kept stats for a couple of years worth of rounds. After playing with them over the weekend, I would update the stats, make up some graphs and email all of it to them on the following Monday. It made it interesting, and I am convinced that it helps your game. When you're focused on things as basic as hitting fairways, greens and lowering your overall putt total, it really improves your overall game.
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Posted: 6/6/2011 9:28 AM

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easton714 wrote:
easton714 wrote:
easton714 wrote:

1. Cobbestone Golf Club (no competition) - 45-50 minutes
2. Cedar Creek (30 min.)
3.  Chestnut Hills (NC) - 1 minute
4. Lafontaine (25 min.)
5.. Cherry Hill (NC) - 30 minutes
6. Whispering Creek - 25 minutes
7. Colonial Oaks - 15 minutes
I've updated my rankings again.  I played Colonial Oaks again yesterday and it was so bad that I doubt I will return.  The course is now retired from my list of options.  I even removed the phone number from my phone's contacts list.  For as much rain we we have received, they have tons of dead grass.  Plus, the mow-job was terrible.  Even greens and tee boxes had stripes of unmowed grass.  Plus, the bugs were terrible.  I have never experienced anything like it.  They were buzzing around my ears all afternoon.  And they weren't just little bugs.  These were monster biting flies.

We were debating between playing Cedar Creek and Colonial Oaks and chose the latter because it was a closer drive.  We will not do that again.  Cedar Creek is WAY better.

Also in the past few weeks I have played Chestnut Hills a few more times and it is definitely climbing back up my list.  Conditions are better and the course layout is growing on me.  I still don't understand why the first hole is so damn boring.  Zero trees, straight as an arrow, 350 yards, one bunker (at like 200 yards so basically not even in play).  Why would an architect for a supposedly high end course design such an awful first hole?  After that, though, it is growing on me (even though I really do not like neighborhood courses in general).




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