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Scott Rushing
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Golf Gear Review Member profiles...Who we are...

OK, CAC had the idea to (re)-introduce ourselves.  I'll start.  If you have links to the courses you tend to play, that would be nice to post as well.  That way we can get some visual into the members.

I've been playing golf since about 1985.  So going on 31 years now I guess.   I've just turned 50 this year and actually feel like in the last couple years, I've learned more about golf and the golf swing, and course management than i did in many of those 31 years.    Handicap through the years has been trimmed down to a low of 3.9 (last year) but now is about 6 and creeping up as I continue to try and make swing changes.  Lowest score ever was 71 on a Par 70.  Never had a hole-in-1.  Got close, but never made it. 

I live in North Carolina, in the central Peidmont, about an hour North of  Charlotte, NC.   I can golf about all year long,  winters arent usually too bad. Typical weather ranges from 40's in the winter to 90's in the summer.  Lots of sun.    And for me, I'm about 3.5 hrs north west of Golf Mecca known as Myrtle Beach, SC.  over 100 courses there, including some great ones like TPC @ Myrtle Beach, Thistle, Tidewater (ranked usually in the Top 100 you can play!).

My home course is Tanglewood Park, ( http://golf.tanglewoodpark.org/outings.aspx ) which has 2 courses, one of which has a pretty sweet past with the PGA tour.  It hosted the 1974 PGA Championship, and then later hosted theSenior Tour's Vantage Championship ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RJR_Championship ) which was won by the likes of senior tour stars Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, and Jim Colbert.  Arnold Palmer used to come here, and I recall seeing him once. 

The 1974 PGA Championship was the 56th PGA Championship, played August 8–11 at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, North Carolina, a suburb southwest of Winston-Salem. Lee Trevino won the first of his two PGA Championships, one stroke ahead of defending champion Jack Nicklaus.[1] It was the fifth of Trevino's six major titles and Nicklaus was the runner-up to Trevino in a major for the fourth and final time.[3] It was the first year since 1969 in which Nicklaus did not win a major championship,[4] but he regained the title the following year.

Three-time champion Sam Snead, age 62, finished tied for third for his third consecutive top ten finish in the event. It was the final major in which he was in contention, his next best finish was a tie for 42nd at the PGA Championship in 1979.

 

Also enjoy playing some other local courses like Oak Valley (http://www.oakvalleygolfclub.com/) which is where my instructor is (http://www.golfwithannemarie.com); Salem Glen (http://www.salemglen.com/); A fun one nearby (an hour away) is also a tough one , and very unique.  Tobacco Road (http://tobaccoroadgolf.com/course/) - named one of the top 10 hardest courses in the US.  Here's a review (http://breakingeighty.com/tobacco-road-golf-club).   Oh yeah, the famed Pinehurst #2 is an hour away and I've played it twice..best score 88.

So that's enough from me.  Hopefully others will chime in as well. 

scomac
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I'm a Scott also.  I'm Canadian; living an hour's drive across the border from Buffalo NY.  Needless to say, golf is not a year round pastime in this area, but if we're lucky we can get 8 good months of play in during a typical season.

I'm very fortunate in the selection of courses to play in this area as there is a strong tradition of golf going back over 100 years.  I have four golf courses within 5 minutes of my front door and at least two dozen more within a half hour's drive!  With all the choice there's not much incentive to be a member of any particular course as good deals can be had fairly readily using GolfNow.

I will be turning 57 in a month.  I started to play golf on a regular basis in 2007, so as you can see I am a late comer to the game.  I've never carried an official handicap as I've never belonged to a league.  Typically I can get around a course I'm familiar with in bogie plus or minus.  I took a few lessons when I started, but mostly I just play with range time being a weak second choice to getting a game in.  I'm a straight driver of the golf ball and a fairly decent iron player.  My weakness is around the green with chipping and putting.  If I do practice, those two areas are what I focus on.  My low round is 81.

My passion for the game of golf has morphed over the years into playing heritage courses with vintage equipment.  I put together my first set of "vintage clubs" about a year or so ago after following the discussions of a group dedicated to this pursuit with great interest on another forum.  I play about half my rounds with vintage clubs.  There's a certain sense of satisfaction I get when playing "old school" golf regardless of my score.  

I'm a big fan of Stanley Thompson designed courses.  I'm fortunate that I have three to choose from in my area.  Two of the more notable of his designs are the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club and the Chedoke Golf Club in Hamilton (where I live).  

 

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I took up golf in my 30's (saw people at work leaving in the middle of the day to play in outings and thought it looked like a good idea). Nobody in my family played golf, so I just had my then boyfriend (now husband) to encourage me. Took lessons, went to the range a lot, and got hooked. I became a better golfer than him, also. I'm pretty analytical by nature, so golf is a good fit for me.

I live in the central part of New Jersey, not far from Princeton. My home course is Mercer Oaks, which is part of our County's Park System. My considerable tax dollars at work. There are 4 courses as part of the system, Mercer Oaks East and West (located within Mercer County Park), Mountainview (near Ewing, NJ and The College of NJ and Rider University), and Princeton Country Club (don't know how it is or ever was a "country club"). We have plenty of courses in New Jersey, some are actually affordable. Some are historic (Atlantic City Country Club, the home of the term "birdie") and some are the Best in the USA (Pine Valley).

My husband and I golf together and each summer we try to take a "stay-cation" where we visit some courses a little further from home that are more affordable to play during the week.

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Scott Rushing
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Aimee,  I love that line "

Aimee,  I love that line "(saw people at work leaving in the middle of the day to play in outings and thought it looked like a good idea)"...that's great!  And I like the staycations you guys take. I might do that myself later this  year..

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Scott Rushing
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Nice courses Sco...especialy

Nice courses Sco...especialy like the 9 hole course on the water.     What are your green typically, bent grass?  Seems like Bermuda would not get out of doramncy enough given the cooler temps.  Bents fun, and fast but too cool natured for here. 

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scomac
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We're too far north for

We're too far north for Bermuda grass, Scott.  I believe that a lot of the greens in my area are seeded with Poa, especially the older courses.  A couple of years ago there was very bad winter kill due to icing and severe temperatures and this was predominantly on Poa greens.  The course where I work had to transplant a couple of greens with plugs to fill in the dead spots.