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Now that we're approaching mid-May, it really has officially become Golf Season in all parts of the continent. This thread should be the place to talk about how your last round went, what course you played/are playing, and all other relevant topics. I'm sure there are many avid golfers here and I think we need a place to get talking and get all excited about this wonderful season.

I'm heading out for Round One this morning and we're playing at a course that is about 5 minutes from my house. It's called Confederation Park and it's a lovely public course. I'll attempt to take and post some pics of maybe their signature hole and me triple-bogeying it. My inaugural round usually goes pretty well but the confidence isn't there at this moment. I'm usually hovering above or below 90 and need that to be more consistent. No more 3-putts!!!

Anyone gone out yet? How'd the swing look? What course did you play? What needs to improve? What's your goal, if any? How many beers did you have at the 19th?

Here's to another season of golf! Hit em' straight!

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I can't remember my last actual round. For the last 10 years everything I've done has been a scramble. I only go about twice a year and I'm pretty bad now. I'd guess if I kept score, it would be in the mid to upper 50s. When I college age I was about a bogey golfer on your normal run of the mill public courses. Put me on a longer course that more looks like a real course and I'm sure I would've been much worse.

Actually, the last time I probably played a full round of "golf" was at Metro Beach's Par 3 course where every hole is between 42 and 108 yards. We used to play skins games there for fun. We'd bring a 60-degree wedge and a putter and have 2-4 of us play with the same two clubs. I probably shot about a 62 the last time we played there. I still can't get to par. But I am sure I've gotten a birdie on every hole on the course at one time or another. It's the only 18-hole course I know I can say that about. :classic:

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God I hate golf. By that I mean, I love the game, but it pisses me off so much... :grin:

I used to compete in tournaments when I was about 11-13, but I lost interest and focused more on baseball and other things. Im 21 now, and for the last 4-5 years, my scores havent improved a single bit. My handicap has been as low as a 6, but im closer to an 8 now.

My goal is to break par at least once in my life. Ive come close with a few rounds in the low 70s, but havent even sniffed that in the last few years.

Played a few times this year, went out last friday to a course called Bear Creek in Strathroy Ontario. One of those rounds that you leave with mixed feelings. Hit the ball great (9 greens in reg.) but putted the ball like a chump (36 putts with a few missed birdies from inside 5 feet). All of the rage went away with some 19th hole beers, so I guess it could be considered a good day.

Jon, have you played very much in the Windsor area? I have lots of family down there, and have played alot of the good courses (Sutton Creek, Roseland) and also the bad (Hydeaway, Dominion, Little River, Lakewood)

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With the injury I am not playing this year. We have 3 courses within a 1 minute drive from our house and another 4 within 15 minutes. Good golf country. I am the most inconsistent player in the world but I have found that when my shoulder is acting up I play way better. My theory is that it slows down my swing.

On the other hand, my little brother, the former college all-American in baseball and Pac-10 basketball player is a very serious amateur and has won many tourneys over the past 20 years. I hate playing with him when he comes to town for he has a scary level of focus that I lack. He lives in the zone. I see the zone with a telescope.

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Ah golf.....I played a lot around Michigan before moving to San Diego and having an 'office' that overlooked Torrey Pines North, and played a non-par 3 course exactly once in 5 years. (yes, I saw Tiger teeing off once from my office, it wasn't anything special.)

Went out last week and made a few birdies and a lot of bogies. My putting sucks now, I can't get out of a bunker anymore, and I've lost 30 yards on my drives. But the crazy thing about golf, if you hit the bloody thing relatively straight, you can still score decent.

I also take lots of mulligans :grin:. I prefer taking mulligans than to trying to get into the 'zone.'

EDIT: I also take lots of gimmies. Makes the game much more enjoyable.

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I play in a golf league on wednesday nights at Eagle View Golf Club in Mason, MI. We're two weeks in and the first week, second hole I chipped in on a par 4 for an eagle! My first ever...I was pretty happy. I've only been playing for a few years and I'm getting better every time out. I'm obsessed with the game now....I can't play it enough!

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I ended up shooting a 47 at the 9 hole Confederation Park in Calgary. I'll take it for the first round and I was ruined by a few 3 putts. The putting was awful except for the 9th when I almost sank a 60 footer. The trials of golf.

Today, I am in a bit of a bind. I'm going to Confed once again today and I have discovered that my usual golfing company is out of town potentially. I told my girlfriend this and she volunteered (which I was very happy about as I've been pushing her to get involved.) I'm hoping to hit at the range beforehand for 20 minutes or so with her to get her comfortable. She has VERY little experience so I'm not starting to get cold feet in regards to having her play her second ever round at this course.

Are there any female golfers here that remember this time in their life? Anyone here golf with their significant others? How did you get started with them? Should we begin at a par-3 course?

I have no qualms with bringing her, but I'm not sure if i'm following the proper course etiquette by slowing the pace down and pissing off a lot of people potentially when all I want is for her to have a nice time. We have a 6:45pm tee time, so I'm sure the groups behind us will be in rush mode.

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I like that picture! That is the McDowell Mts. in the background and that little nub to the far left is Tom's Thumb, my favorite Phoenix hike (In Scottsdale). So that would make that course the TPC in the Scottsdale airpark, which I've played. I prefer the 'practice' course next door to it called the Desert course, it's a bit shorter and not up to PGA standards in the hazard department but challenging still.

I shoot low 80's - mid 90's when I play regularly (2-3 times a month), but the last year I worked so much I couldn't get out. I'm hoping that changes this year, now that I'm back in Ohio and working much less. That's one thing I love about being back here is the price of a round is 50% - 70% cheaper. I should get out frequently.

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And don't worry about your girlfriend, everyone has to start sometime. Just make sure to keep the pace up and you shouldn't have any problems. Give her some help in propping up her lie if you see she's struggling, and if she still has problems put it on a tee on every shot to get out of the round. Just don't discourage her and take her out hitting whenever possible!

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And don't worry about your girlfriend, everyone has to start sometime. Just make sure to keep the pace up and you shouldn't have any problems. Give her some help in propping up her lie if you see she's struggling, and if she still has problems put it on a tee on every shot to get out of the round. Just don't discourage her and take her out hitting whenever possible!

Great advice. I am as easy going as possible on the course. I'm just worried about the other two strangers we'll be set up with as well as the groups before and after us. Again, I'll just monitor the pace. A little time at the range beforehand shouldn't hurt. It will be fun and pretty interesting. I hope I play well or else I have a whole new set of issues.

Thanks.

ALSO: TigerPride, where did you play? I'd like to have a look and see what other gems/pastures people are playing. I play my share of both each year!

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Golf is kind of my job. I'm a golf course superintendent, so I'm around the game itself all day, but I might not get to play for weeks. Last time I played was 3 weeks ago and I shot 80. Not terrible. That's pretty good for me. My handicap is somewhere around 8-10 which I consider decent for not playing as much as I should.

But it is getting to the point where my son can kick my butt :( He's 17 and shoots around par. He just hits it so much farther than me, that it's tough to compete.

Gotta love golf though! It's a game that you can literally play for your whole life. Can't beat that.

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Well said oldschool. Golf certainly seems to come naturally in your family. It looks like the son has a very bright golf future ahead of him!

The missus and I went out for the second time this morning. She is so into it that she even bought herself a set yesterday. We had a fun round and were even able to play with just the two of us. The game seems to be coming quickly to her. It looks like we've established a similar hobby... and I can't believe I was able to get her hooked at 26. I thought it would take many, many more years.

Anyway, I'm glad the weather is getting much better out. The best time of year has finally arrived.

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I'm going to swing a golf club on Monday for the first time in nearly two years. I started playing a little bit three years ago, but then I injured my shoulder playing tennis. I'm going to try the driving range again on Monday now that my shoulder is much stronger. I've always been pretty terrible, but I made some progress in the few times that I played, and I really enjoy it.

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Since I have become obsessed with golf, I thought I would bump this thread. Before this summer I had never shot below 95 on any course. Well I finally got serious, hired an instructor and learned what I was doing wrong. Now I shoot mid 80s on a bad day. Still the worst part of game is my driver, hard to get rid of the slice. I can pipe my 3 wood, but still find it difficult to keep the driver straight. The days that I do keep em straight I shoot high 30s for 9.

How often is everyone getting out and playing? I have the luxury of a 9-5 with no kids or gf, so I work 5 days a week and golf 7.

Does anyone have any putting tips, that's probably the 2nd weakest part of game. Chipping is by far the strongest part.

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Since I have become obsessed with golf, I thought I would bump this thread. Before this summer I had never shot below 95 on any course. Well I finally got serious, hired an instructor and learned what I was doing wrong. Now I shoot mid 80s on a bad day. Still the worst part of game is my driver, hard to get rid of the slice. I can pipe my 3 wood, but still find it difficult to keep the driver straight. The days that I do keep em straight I shoot high 30s for 9.

How often is everyone getting out and playing? I have the luxury of a 9-5 with no kids or gf, so I work 5 days a week and golf 7.

Does anyone have any putting tips, that's probably the 2nd weakest part of game. Chipping is by far the strongest part.

I improved my putting a great deal this year by getting my head behind the ball instead of directly over it so I can see where it's going. Alignment was always my issue.

I think we are opposites, I used to love golfing but now I'm pretty indifferent, in fact I think if I wasn't playing so well I'd give it up. Been out 7-8 times only this year, 2 rounds I goofed off but the other 5-6 were in the 75-78 range. My driving accuracy is awesome (will miss about 1 fairway per nine) but my chipping is horrendous, and I'm helpless in a bunker.

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Since I have become obsessed with golf, I thought I would bump this thread. Before this summer I had never shot below 95 on any course. Well I finally got serious, hired an instructor and learned what I was doing wrong. Now I shoot mid 80s on a bad day. Still the worst part of game is my driver, hard to get rid of the slice. I can pipe my 3 wood, but still find it difficult to keep the driver straight. The days that I do keep em straight I shoot high 30s for 9.

How often is everyone getting out and playing? I have the luxury of a 9-5 with no kids or gf, so I work 5 days a week and golf 7.

Does anyone have any putting tips, that's probably the 2nd weakest part of game. Chipping is by far the strongest part.

You sound like me about 10 years ago. I got out once so far this year. Hoping to get out a couple more before the season is over.

I could give you a million reasons why you are slicking and I am sure the instructor already did. The only thing I WILL say is that you may want to get a driver that doesnt have a lot of whip. The stiffer the better.

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Shot a 39 last night playing the back 9 on the local course. Probably my best ball striking round I have ever had, if I could make a putt I may have been under par.

So heres a question that seems to have varied answers, but I want some others opinions. What color tee box should I be hitting from? I usually hit from the whites because its in the middle. The course I play has black, blue, white, gold and red. What is the etiquette on this?

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  • 1 year later...

Just broke down and bought two new clubs. I went the Callaway preowned certified route. Got the RAZR Fit 3 wood and the RAZR X Black driver. With an order of over $150 they threw in a free $70 Odyssey putter, not to shabby I think. Retail these club are well over $600 all together and paid less than $300 out the door.

Won't be able to golf for some weeks yet, but I am ready. Now I need to get a good set of wedges.

Anybody excited to get out on the course?

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