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Scott Rushing
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Aimee, too bad you got

Aimee, too bad you got knocked off your game a bit by the single.   I guess since I usually play as a single, I'm used to getting paired with others.  Whether it's here or going to the beach with family in the past if I was going to play I was getting paired up with someone.  Doesn't happen too often at my home course cause I try to go out when other's aren't as likely to play..like at 230 in the afternoon. But I did get paired with another single a couple weeks back.  I was walking, he was riding so that added to the challenge a bit..we didn't really get too much opporutnity to socialize or get to know each other.  And I was playing back he was playing up...But it does alter your mojo a bit...

Haven't played in a few days..been up in pittsburgh catching some baseball games with buddy's.  Looking like a lot of rain here in the Carolina's this week so maybe no golf till the weekend.  We'll see.

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Building an ark here...

Building an ark here...

Rain rain and more rain over the last few days.  Course I'm sure enjoy the drink but by now are saturated and I can't imagine how our bunkers will be.  Have a tee time for Sunday...I think it'll be dryer by then but still very soft.   Might see some sunshine later today...been awhile

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We were just starting to get

We were just starting to get dried out here rather nicely earlier in the week, but after today we are as bad as we've been all Spring!  Tuesday was the first time I cut all my grass to an even cut without fear of sinking in.  Now I'm back to square one.

Not much golf this week.  Got my Monday Men's League game in and won the Nassau for the second week in a row with a 41 net 30.  Probably won't be playing until next Monday's game.

My wife has been away on holiday with her BFF this week so I have been batching it and getting caught up on a few things around the house.  Hopefully when the weather finally turns I'll have lots of open time for golf!

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PLaying Sunday .... courses

PLaying Sunday .... courses should be mostly dried out...bunkers will probably still be crappy but I'll be happy to get some swings in. 

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Aimee
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again...

CAC - the course always wants to send out foursomes for efficiency, so unless it is a day of light attendence, we will usually wind up with a single put in to our group. It happened again this Saturday, it wasn't a really nice day weather-wise, but it was the day we could play. Our 3 some had a single slotted in with us and another oddball. This one talked non-stop (vs the gentleman last week who probably didn't say 2 words until the 18th hole) and he was spinning tales. He was a Merchant Marine for 20 years. He drove an Italian Ice truck. He worked in the Financial Industry. He played with his Girlfriend. He played with his Old Lady. He played with his Better Half (we weren't quite sure if he had a girlfriend, a wife, or both). And she had a hole in one. Oh, and right at the start of the round he informed us of how good he used to be before the back surgery, and how fast his swing speed was, and how low his handicap was. 

Holy cow, it was a one-man play. We were all exhausted at the end. I shot a 95, lost 2 balls in the pond. Did make par on the 18th with a one putt, so that was OK. Actually my putting was very good all day, I had tap in 2nd putts all day. Terrible out of the sand, it was wet and packed and I should have just tried to pick my shots out instead of hitting behind, they all came up short and stayed on the fringe greenside. I had gone to the range the day before with Michael and hit the ball so poorly that I was sort of scared to even play, but as often happens, lousy range session didn't carry over, my ball striking was OK, I just hit some ill-advised shots that cost me strokes.

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Aimee, feel your pain in the

Aimee, feel your pain in the wet packed bunkers...Not sure how to best play them.  Guess it depends how packed they are.  Sometimes I try to swing hard and DIG into it...other times I try to pick it cleaner because I know it's hard pan and the club will bounce off.  Haven't figured out the best strategy yet.   

Found this, might try it some time

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+hit+bunkers+shots+in+wet+packed+b...

 

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If you're only playing once a

If you're only playing once a week you may as well not play at all!

What a pathetic day in Men's league this morning.  Had some great shots and a whole bunch of stinkers.  Was continually coming up short on approaches and with the putter.  I had a 4' birdie putt on 2 and missed it.  Thankfully made the comebacker for par.  That was a knee knocker!  Smoked my drive on 8 and then left an 8 iron just short of the green from 125.  My chip rolled to an inch of the cup.  Two near misses for bird, but when you pair that with three 6's and a 7 there was more down than up.

Played with two new guys.  Really good guys, so that was fun.  I'll play with Ron again as he seems to be left looking for a group.  When the convenor isn't there to set the groups it can get a bit cliquish, so I want to make the new guys feel welcome.

WE had a really good score posted today; a gross 34, net 27 by Fred, who is 84.  He's probably the best player in the group.  He used to be a member at Glen Abbey in Oakville, the home of the Canadian Open.  He still works there on weekends as a marshall working corporate events.  Lots of stories.  I played with Fred once.  He didn't say much then, but he was much more talkative as we had lunch together today after the round. 

scomac
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Got two more games in this

Got two more games in this week; my regular Thursday men's league game in which I shot a 40 net 29 for the Nassau.  I've won a Nassau three weeks running and can't believe they haven't re-rated me yet!  I don't remember a lot about the round other than pace of play was slow.

Today, my wife and I got in our first round in the new mixed rec league that our course has started up on Saturday mornings.  This was my wife's first outing of the year and she played beautifully.  Hit the ball very well and very consistently.  She would have posted a great score if it wasn't for her concrete hands on the green!

I must have been at ease as I tied my low of the season with a gross 38.  My iron striking has been off all week, but I made up for that with some good work on the greens.  Managed to pull off a hero shot on six from a terrible downhill lie through a gap in the trees to get it on the green leaving a makeable par putt from about 6 feet.  I had about 75 yards to cover but had to keep the ball low to get under the branches.  Played the ball off my front foot with a 7 iron in order to get a follow through rather than my back foot which is typical for a downhill lie or so I thought.  It was awkward as heck, but was the best result i've ever had for a shot of that sort.  Missed the putt, but was happy with a bogie considering the muffed drive and sliced second shot.  I rallied from that point and finished with three straight pars, so momentum seems to be a factor in golf too!

Aimee
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Saturday

Saturday started out with rain...it stopped as we got to the course. Started out overcast and cool with a bit of a breeze, sun came out after an hour or so and the temp rose nicely into the low 70's by the end. We played the East course (links style) and the breeze on those exposed fairways dried the surface nicely, able to do a bit of pin seeking as the ground underneath on the greens was not too hard. I had a pretty good front 9, shot 42...but lost it on the back 9, had a bad hole and let it get to me, 3 more bad holes. Wound up with a 93 after thinking I was going to shoot mid-80's. Bubble=burst. I think I've just not gotten enough play in to get my mental game in shape yet. However, I did hit a couple of nice 7 irons, which is helping on me getting over those mental scars from my season of inability to hit anything below 8i. Have been really busy at work, and the weather hasn't been too cooperative, but will see if I can get a few swings in at the range mid-week.

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cac
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Had apretty good round on

Had apretty good round on sunday at Surrey National.  Very hilly , lots of hanging lies as lots of slopes from right and left. Greens were fast and supurb condition. Fairways great condition too. Driving was pretty good hitting 10/14. GIR not so good at 5/18. My greenside chipping was great and saved lots of pars and bogies by getting up and down. Only 2 blobs. 1 ball went out of bounds on 2nd shot and got a 7 on a par 4. Other blob was 50yd from green in 1. trying to be to cute and fell 10 yd short in bunker. Took 2 to get out. then 3 putts. AAAHHH. Had some dgreat drives although a bit flattering as wind behind and nice slopes. hit one 240yd into wind. Best was 280yd drive on a 473 yd par 5. Had 7 iron to green. Missed the eagle putt by a whisker. Tap in birdie. Bad finnish as 13 shots on last 2 holes, both par 4s. Overall 36pts and an 86 hits off 14 handicap. Very happy but sad end. Good time for a good round as I have my society Ryder Cup this weekend coming with 36 holes of matchplay. CAC.

cac handed Geordie.

Scott Rushing
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Just got in 9 this weekend,

Just got in 9 this weekend, due to rain coming in.  Was feast or famine there.  Pared the first hole, played the next long par 4 for bogey and hit each shot like I wanted too.  had a 12 footer for par but didn't make it.  our greens where plugged last week so was tough to putt.  Hit one of the better tee shots on a long par 3, 235 yards, with my 5w.  Haven't hit it well lately but did this time but flew the green to the back bunker and wound up with bogey.  Next few holes I had a couple bad shots before settling in for 2 pars after that.  Anyway, wound up shooting a gross 44 which is bad but the shots weren't that bad, they just wound up in the worst most penalizing places.
Rain rain rain all night and today.  So it'll be the end of the week before I get a chance to hit the course this week.

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235 yard 5W -- Oh to be young

235 yard 5W -- Oh to be young again!  Wait a minute; I don't think I was ever that young!  laugh

A stellar poke for me with my 5W would be around 190.  I don't even hit 235 with a driver!  In fact I used my driver on Saturday for our closing hole which is 200 yard uphill par 3.  First time this season that I made the green!

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Ha....well it can go 235 in

Ha....well it can go 235 in some direction...just not always that one I want it to go. 

Had hoped to play in the golf league today but work got in the way...and with graduations over the next several days and family coming in, I don't think I'll get a chance to play till next week.

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Played 9 today at my course. 

Played 9 today at my course.  Planned to play 18 but the backup on #10 was 4 group so we stopped.  While I didn't hit the ball great, I scored well.  I was chipping good today which helped.    I kept the ball either in the fairway or pretty close to it.  Hit 5 GIR out of 9...the others were chippable where I almost made par.  Shot 37 on a Par 35. 

You may recall I mentioned a few weeks back about from the tips, the 2nd hole being a Par 4 playing 490 yard.  I've been laying up on my 2nd shot the last few rounds because I usually double bogeyed the hole trying to reach in 2, having to hit a long 5W or 3W.  I almost parred it last time, hitting my 3rd shot to about 12 feet but missing the putt.  but Bogey was fine by me.  Today, layed up again this time hitting my wedge to about 4ft and making the Par putt.  That was nice. 

Have a couple tournamtnets coming up in the next 2 weeks.  but Need to get my driver back in control a little.  I had been hitting it well, swinging slowly but I've seen myself speeding up that swing a little as of late and I've had some poor shots.  Tried to get it back slow today and did OK, but need to keep working with it.

 

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Great going Scott +2 for 9

Great going Scott +2 for 9 holes.

Done my "Ryder Cup" style tornament this weekend and was very happy with the way I played. Day 1 I played greensomes with a friend against 2 big hitting guys in their 20s. They were both hitting it around 260-270 yd but not always straight. They were giving us 4 shots so we had to use those shots wisely. We were 3 down at the turn but told my partner pull 1 back and at 2 down anything can happen. We won the 10th and their game went downhill. we scrapped the match to win the 16th to 1 up. We lost the 17th to A/S. They got on the 18th green in 2. I missed the green and left my pal 10yd to the green through a gap in trees. He tapps a low 7 iron to the green and leaves me an 8 footer to save a half as they got their par. My putting had been good all day and sunk the par put. A great result for half a point.

At the end of day 1 we were 6-4 up after pairs with 20 singles matches to come. I was out with an 11 hcapper so got 2 shots off him , me being 13. Again this boy was abig hitter who said he normally carries 270yd. Great I thought. I half the 1st. Loose the 2nd. Great 3rd for par and started a roll. By the 8th tee I was 3 up. A short par 3, we all were a yard or 2 off the green so short game time. He chips to 8 ft. I chipped in for 4 up. Hardly missed a put all day and my chipping was great. Shook hands on the 13th with a 6 & 5win. Continued to play out the other holes and went Bog, bog, par, bog, par. finished with 82 hits although a couple of gimmees in there. Overall very happy with my game at the moment. We went on to win the match 17-13 so a great weekend. Looking forward to this saturday back to our normal monthly comp at a course I quite like and in a good bit of form so here goes. CAC.

cac handed Geordie.

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Nice Cac.  Very nice play. 

Nice Cac.  Very nice play.  Great to see the game peak at the right time! 

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Ha, I hit myself with the ball during a shot..

First time for everything I guess...Played our 9 hole league today...started cold, just out of the car and with a flare up of my plantar fascitis...probably should have gone home and rested..but it's golf...and league...and I needed scores to qualify for the second half of our leage..

Anyway, 2nd hole, par 3, 145 yards to the Pin.  I hit my 9I, but was a little push right...which embedded in the ground above a bunker..now its severly sloped Up so i had a hard time getting a stance after I placed the ball.  Should have sucked it up and tried play away from the green or get in the bunker and take a baseball swing.  but I tried something different and lost balance..chunked the ball and it rolled into my foot as I fell into the bunker.   Wound up with a 6 on that hole, thanks to a 1 putt. 

So after a sucky start, bogey triple, bogey...I got my first par...narrowly missing birdie. Finished with Bogey Par Bogey Birdie Par...so..shot.6 over 41...after starting 5 over in the first 3 holes..not too bad.

 

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So got to play Friday and

So got to play Friday and Saturday.  Friday was sort of a practice round for Saturday's company tournament.  Got a good round the that same course off Golfnow...Started out well, birdieing 2 of the first 3 holes.  Ended the front 9 with back to back bogeys which took me to 1 over for that 9.  Back 9 was a bit looser ..  inconsitent off the tee or mis-juding distance for mid-range chips.  Greens were real slow so I was trying to be very exact on my chips and wedges.  Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.  Shot 78 Friday.  Saturday we started out weel, birdied 8 of the first 9 but then only mustered 4 more on the back.  It was a captians choice format.  Our -12 in the second flight I didnt think would be enough and it wasn't.  We lost by 3.  There were places we could have gotten a couple shots back but we couldn't have gotten to 16 under.  But we had fun and it was for a good charity.

Planning to play Wed in our league and then maybe Thursday, but we'll see
 

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Aimee
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Sunday round

Played at Mountain View today, first time this year. It is a 1950's era course, mature trees, some elevation changes. It is pretty apparent that the county is not putting any money into this course compared to Mercer Oaks. The bunkers are in pretty bad shape and the fairway grass shows signs of not being treated properly for weed control. They didn't seem to have mowed, it was pretty furry. However, the greens were in good shape. My guess is that if we go in to a long period of no rain, this course is going to go downhill fast. This being the longest of the courses in the county system, it is difficult for me to break 90. My short game was sharp, I hit some nice lob wedges in close (some flop shots), and did manage an 89.  I don't hit many irons on this course due to the length, so I wind up with a lot of wedges into the greens. Driving was pretty solid, lost a couple of them to the right (my miss is a block). The rough was thick due to all the rain we've had the past 2 months, so being in the rough was...rough. Thankful that I do a lot of exercises at the gym to keep my wrists/forearms strong. We'll see how my tendonitis feels tomorrow!

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Nice round Aimee.   Man, it

Nice round Aimee.   Man, it feels like I've been so busy with work lately I've had no time to golf.  I did play last weekend in my company event...4 man Texas scramble (like a scramble but only the drive is shared and you use your best gross and net scores).  I was the A man so in theory we had better mid level players than some other teams because they have better A players.   Didn't see to help us.  We failed to get anything going on the front...Got to 2 under then had a bad hole that wiped it all out.  Did that twice to finish the front 9 even par.  Shot 6 under on the back. but still finished well off the leaders.

I found going last off the tee I was really over swinging because someone had usually already put one in the middle, so now it was time to swing for the fences.  Usually that didn't work out well.   Sometimes it did.   So just never got on track very well.   DId make a couple birdies for the team but too little too late.

Playing later this week hopefully the swing might be in sync.

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Aimee
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playing in a group

Scott, playing in those group/scramble formats do mess up your mechanics. You don't focus on the sequence of shots and as you said, get sloppy because your shot is a "throwaway". They are fun for people who play once a year.

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Scott, playing in those group

Scott, playing in those group/scramble formats do mess up your mechanics. You don't focus on the sequence of shots and as you said, get sloppy because your shot is a "throwaway". They are fun for people who play once a year.

I agree Aimee.  I play a couple of scrambles a year and I've never been  all that excited with the format.  Playing your own ball is just so much more fulfilling regardless of the quality of your play.

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Yeah.  Played Thursday

Yeah.  Played Thursday afternoon with my dad.   A fairly easy course in that missed shots usually don't penalize you too much.   Shot 7 over, 78.  Finished though going bogey-bogey after making 3 good par's in a row.  So sort of a let down there. 

hit the range today..trying to work on the driver swing some ..  I get caught between 2 sets of mechanics and sometimes that causes problems.  Old swing versus new swing.  Not sure which one I want.  Did some recording of my swing at the range today using both so going to review those and see which fits me best.   May play sometime over the next 4 days being off of work!!

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Aimee
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holiday weekend

Left work early on Friday and we played twilight (4:20 tee time) and got in 13 holes on Mercer Oaks East. Actually were playing at a great pace but there was a bottleneck around the 10th hole with a slow group ahead, plus with the layout of the course walking off at 13 gives you a cut through by the maintenance sheds and not as far of a walk. I shot 43 on the front 9, 3 GIR, 3 pars, 1 birdie, 14 putts. Ironically I wasn't feeling great (driving an hour from the office to get home, not eating much, etc.).  Holes 10-13 I bogeyed.

Sunday got off to a hot start again, 4 pars in first 5 holes...then 3 doubles and a bogey. Had a meltdown on the back 9, (3 sevens gives you an idea) and at the end of the day my round with so much promise turned in to a 93.

The takeaway...I hit some spectacular shots with short irons/wedges. On one par 4 I hit to 12" from the flag out of a fairway bunker with a PW. I got lazy with the putting, too many 2 putts that should have been 1 putts. Boy, you realize how important maintaining focus is when looking back at those misses. I did hit a 5i from the fairway on one hole (came up a bit short, but I hit it) which shows continued progress with regaining my iron swing. Have a tee time on Tuesday, so I am determined to buckle down and GIT ER DONE...sub 90.

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Very True Aimee.  I noticed

Very True Aimee.  I noticed in a round I played the other day, I just didn't have the focus I need to hit the shots.   Usually that led to poor results. 

Played 9 today.  Up and down.  +5 after 3 ... not completely bad shots but I got into our bunkers which right now have had so much rain they're just hardpan.  Not easy to hit out of.  3 Pars and 3 bogeys through the last 6 holes.   Hit some good shots just didn't get rewarded.  Drives were OK today, got away for a few.   Hit a great drive on 9 only to catch part of the cart path and bounce into heavy rough.  Just wasn't my A game today.  Irons were off.  Missed to many greens with wedges in my hands, pulls mostly.  Best iron shot was a 6I from `188 which I hit onto an elevated green.  Was 20 ft away...and stupidly 3putted because I couldn't tell the break.  Subtle breaks for me are hard to read. 

 

 

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Happy 4th

Mission accomplished, shot 41/43 for 84. Highlight...on #9, the par 4 where you hit 2nd shot over pond to small green...hit my drive too close to the water so I was maybe 2 feet from the edge in a bad lie, sort of downhill and clumpy, knew it was likely to gett dunked, which it did. I went to the drop area and hit my PW to 18", so I managed  bogey. Did not go in to a single sand trap all day. Made par on the 18th hole, par 5, hit a good drive, a good 4w, and 9i onto the green, 2 putts. We were getting a lot of roll, the fairways were fast. Greens pretty firm, a bit of a challenge to hit shots to the front kniwing they would likely bounce and roll rather than sticking.

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Nice Aimee.  Very nice round.

Nice Aimee.  Very nice round.  Way to keep it together.

Played 18 today with my Dad and girlfriend.  She's probably about a high 20s low 30s handicapper.  She played her best round ever today.  Shot a solid 97...usually she has major blow up holes where we stop counting score but today she just kept hitting her driver well, etc. She putted consistent etc.  Had 1 8 on the score card but managed 3 or 4 Pars to offset that.  So was happy for her.

I came out today with 2 goals...this course usually has slow greens so I sometimes struggle here.  So one goal was to get putts to the hole.  The second goal was to hit fades for my tee shots. I spent this weekend practicing with my tee shots (see the range notes) and maybe figured out how to control a fade.   I'm trying to get consistent about taking half of the course and trouble out of play.  Right now I have a problem of sometimes fading sometimes drawing the ball.

Overall success today.  I hit only 3 draws today and all were fine from a results stand point.  Didn't hit the tee ball as long as I usually (sometimes) do.  The course was rather wet so I'm hoping that contributed though I know the fade usually goes shorter than a draw does. But not a lot of roll today from all the rain we've had.   Greens were soft so I kept backing the ball up on approach shots too.  Until 18 when I played past the hole, knowing I'd bring it back which I did to 2ft from the hole and made my 3rd birdie of the day.  
Overall played well.  got in a funk on the back 9 mid way where I went bogey par par bogey par bogey.  Before going Par Par birdie on the last 3. 

Didn't hit too many good shots in that early second 9 span.   Still getting to trust my swing just yet but got it under control heading into the last 3 holes.   But overall shot well, 37-37 for a 74, 2 over Par.  3 birdies, 5 bogeys.  10 FIR, 12 GIR and 29 putts.  

We'll see if any of that holds true for the next round .. playing 9 tomorrow in our league.

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It has been an up and down

It has been an up and down month since I last posted.  I had been very consistent with my play in men's league that resulted in a five week run of cashing in on the  weekly Nassau.  On week six, I shot a gross 38 net 28 to lose by one to a higher handicap player.  I didn't mind losing as I was feeling pretty sheepish winning so many in a row.  Since that time I haven't had a sniff!

Yesterday, my wife and I played 18 at a neighbouring course and I had a very good day shooting 41/39 for an 80.  I had two birdies and several pars mixed in with boogies and a blow-up hole on each side.  I was quite pleased to feel confident over my putts.  The greens were slower than what I was used to so there was no fear of  blasting it past the hole which lead to solid putts.

Perhaps the best thing about yesterday's round was seeing so many kids on the course.  Bringing new golfers into the game is the lifeblood of our sport and It's important to encourage those taking up the game.  I was really impressed with the scale of the youth program that this course was running.  The kids were all well versed in etiquette and maintained a pace of play that anyone would be satisfied with.  We enjoyed our outing immensely! 

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Agree Sco, excellent to see

Agree Sco, excellent to see kids out golfing on the course and range.  I'm also glad to see the PGA and USGA pitching '9 hole' play these days. Given how long 18 holes takes, it's a better sort of family outing way to do it.  We enjoy 9 holes on the weekend.  still get to work on the game and get exercise because we usually walk, but doesn't take all afternoon. 

I'm heading to the beach folks..with the family..gf, kids, dad and brother...should be fun. Hoping we get to play 2 times while down there..I want to try out the new 3w...
 

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up and down

played poorly on Sunday, I hadn't slept well and I think my concentration was just not there. Usually when I mess up, I regroup and get it back together, I just messed up. Then messed up. And didn't care, shot 95, one ball lost in the treeline. Oh well, the weather was terrific. I did see a huge rat snake, one of the holes has a footbridge over a waste area (I usually walk around on the cart path, since it is shady, but followed my group for once). It was an inch thick. Pretty scary.

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