2018-2019 Winter Support Group

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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by gpickin » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:56 pm

I like podcasts, listen to a lot of business stuff.
Audio books are good too, business again.
I have a few audio books that are fiction, but just not in the mood for it, I always something productive.

I use amazon music in our house with alexa everywhere, and have sirius in the party bus... channel 17 pop rock gets the most play when me and the wife are road tripping.

Listening to the Golf Radio now, its pretty good actually... might listen to it more, especially since they charge a good chunk for some live streaming now.

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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by legitimatebeef » Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:05 pm

High temperature today is something like 60 degrees warmer than it was on Monday mid-day. Can someone explain how this kind of thing happens in January? Not so much the below-zero part but more the sudden warmth and tropical rain.

Anyways this is wreaking havoc on the golf course and the greens I just know it. Going to be so waterlogged. And then what if it refreezes. :bawl We are going to for reals need a hammer and nail to get a tee in the ground. Last round I really worried about breaking a club against the ice planet. Fuckin fuck if February golf does happen it is going to be ugly.
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by DougE » Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:13 pm

No golf today, as I had hoped. Cold front came through with a vengeance. Now temps are dropping fast and wind is gusting over 30 mph. A totally saturated course, with feels-like temps in the 20s, at best, and gale force winds is not at all appealing to me right now, since I'm already trying to shake a chest cold before I leave to go south. So, I'll just have to do a range session or two in FL to find my swing, before I actually get out to play.

I hope to play the new Lakewood National. Here's the link if anyone is interested.
https://www.lakewoodnationalgc.com/golf ... nationalgc
A friend of mine from Worthington who is on one of the pro mini tours in Florida said he loved this place.

I bought a Suncoast Golf Trail card which allows me to play Lakewood National for 1/2 price, which is the only way I can afford to play it. The card also offers discounts on some very nice other courses from Tampa to Charlotte, but I'm not so sure I'll get the opportunity on this trip. Although, one of my favorites, Sarasota National, is on this somewhat exclusive list of Suncoast Golf Card clubs/courses. So, that's a maybe this trip. But, the card is good all of 2019 and I'll likely be going back in the fall, so hopefully, I'll be able to get my money's worth out of this card. Frankly, playing 2 rounds at Lakewood National will make the card worth it. Their weekend morning rate is $149. The card was $55 including tax and "handling." After 2pm rate is $89, or $44.50 with the card. It get's dark later on the west coast of FL. Sunset around 6:15. 2 pm tee times look good to me.

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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by DougE » Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:17 pm

legitimatebeef wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:05 pm
We are going to for reals need a hammer and nail to get a tee in the ground.
I actually did that last year for a few rounds. And not just a hammer. A nail was necessary. Plastic tees can break with the hammer going into frozen ground.

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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by Duke of Hazards » Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:48 pm

Hey Doug. I clicked on that link for Lakewood National and clicked through the photos on the landing page.

I saw something unusual - golf carts in the bunkers. Like on 3 of the photos and tire tracks running through the bunkers. And it looks like there aren't cart paths, but you're supposed to be doing this. On one of the photos (the one with the kid with the red shirt), the path over the bridge exits from the bunker.

I've never seen that. I've only really played golf in CA, but under no circumstances would I think it would be normal to drive the cart in the bunker.

Is that a thing in the East? In Florida? Just at this course?
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by srogers13 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:25 pm

There are some courses in the southeast and mid-atlantic where those are not bunkers per se, but are called waste areas. Before the new rules, they were not treated like bunkers, so you could move debris and ground your club. Generally, they are also very hard packed, so you are able to drive carts through them.
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Post by jasonfish11 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:19 pm

I think they are just hard packed sandy cart paths that double as "waste areas". I've seen it on a couple courses in Florida. Normally there are loose shells and crap mixed in with the sand, but maybe that was the cheaper ones I played like that.
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Post by DougE » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:12 pm

jasonfish11 wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:19 pm
I think they are just hard packed sandy cart paths that double as "waste areas". I've seen it on a couple courses in Florida. Normally there are loose shells and crap mixed in with the sand, but maybe that was the cheaper ones I played like that.

Yes, you do drive your cart in them, but you can't take free relief like you can from a cart path.

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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by legitimatebeef » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:46 am

Maybe not so fast on the Febuarrauary golf. Looks like the arctic cold is coming. I think it's okay with me, I might have actually burned out on golf over these last two months. It is quite clear that I am not going to set any personal scoring records in these conditions, and the conditions are only going to get worse before they get any better, which will probably be early summer the way the stupid weather acts up these days. If anything maybe it's time to go pay $45 to wack balls into a projector screen for an hour.
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Post by bkuehn1952 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:22 pm

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...pay $45 to wack balls into a projector screen for an hour.
:oh

$45 for an hour???!!! I obviously have never hit balls on a simulator, and not in NYC, which must be on the high end. Still that sounds like a lot of money to this old Medicare using guy. At those rates, flying south to Hellabama sounds more reasonable.
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by srogers13 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:26 pm

I got tee times, maybe even a free non Friday Saturday round.
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by gpickin » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:54 pm

We have toptracer range just down the road. Its 35 for an hour... but they have $15 lunch deals... and memberships to get you lower rates.
Its pretty damn cool. I can hit a bunch of shots, and access it from my phone, to see each clubs stats.
Its cool.

$45 is a little rich... usually, my brother and I will share a 1 hour block.
We were joking about getting a simulator for the house.

I got a chipping mat and some nets to try and work on my game.
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Post by jasonfish11 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:28 pm

gpickin wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:54 pm

We were joking about getting a simulator for the house.
If you ever get more serious let me know. I did a lot of research and I have a simulator set up in my house now.

You can do them ranging from under $1000 to over $50,000 depending on what your goal and budget are.
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Post by legitimatebeef » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:09 am

Gonna go shoot some free throws and 3-pointers. :bored
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by gpickin » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:21 pm

FYI it was over 70 on the course today, didn’t even need a jacket.
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Post by MattF » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:59 am

gpickin wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:21 pm
FYI it was over 70 on the course today, didn’t even need a jacket.
Tough life is so cal ;)
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by legitimatebeef » Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:47 pm

NYT is getting on my nerves lately. For one they are ragging extra hard on Trump these days, to the extent that they been trying to rag on the economy and pin it all on him. Nobody is more irritated by Trump than me, but a) it's too much and 2) preaching to the choir, man.

Then this morning they're all crowing about the cold snap and how it "might be related" to climate change. Listen, I know it's a dilemma, I read about Rachel Carson and all that shit. Environmental warnings have to be alarmist, otherwise nobody gives a fuck. But I feel like they are flirting with pseudoscience. Here is a quote.

Friederike Otto, an Oxford University climate scientist who studies how specific weather events are exacerbated by global warming, said that while not all of these extreme events can be attributed to climate change, the profound changes in the earth’s atmosphere raise “the likelihood of a large number of extreme events.”

This is IMO science veering into linguistics. Not just linguistics but linguistic shenanigans. That is if you are clever and eloquent enough with words, you can make a lot of so-called science appear legit.

I think what is happening is that we are definitely fucking up the planet, the signs are there but as yet there is not sufficient data to conclude. But since this is such a pressing issue, we cannot really stand by and say let's wait for all the facts to come in. So then the community is forced to peddle pseudoscience or quasi-science. But while the intent is noble, I am not sure it really works.

I think we have to conserve, and promote conservation as a way for people to reclaim their own souls. Not as part of some massive collective environmental cleanup effort. We are not capable of caring on that scale IMO. But if you can convince people that maybe their consumption habits are eating them alive from the inside out, then maybe they might act.

I guess my point here is that maybe humanity is both too smart and too dumb for its own good. That's the moral of the Garden of Eden story probably.
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by legitimatebeef » Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:44 pm

They say a micro blizzard is coming this afternoon. Huh. Right now it's sunny and nice. Well, in any case micro blizzard sounds kind of neat, I look forward to it.
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by legitimatebeef » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:31 pm

I hope BK, MattF and all you midwestern hosers stay warm and safe.
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Post by legitimatebeef » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:21 pm

Microblizzard did exactly what it said on the package. Snowed hard for about 20 minutes, now bits of blue sky are peeking through again. All blizzards should be like this one. Short, sweet, gets right to the point, leaves you wanting some more.
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Post by MattF » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:01 am

legitimatebeef wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:31 pm
I hope BK, MattF and all you midwestern hosers stay warm and safe.
So far so good. It's a crisp -4 right now and will be warming to 8, no windchill in those numbers. Looking at 40's+ on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
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Post by gpickin » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:00 pm

Hit the top tracer range again today, this time it was raining.
How much does rain normally take off your shots? Approx 10%?

At least my driver fixes were working today, ahead of Sundays shamble.
5 of the 6 stayed in the long drive grid, and all of them landed in it.

Beat the brother, that was nice too :)

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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by bkuehn1952 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:54 am

Yesterday we got a blast text from the State of Michigan. Our new Governor declared a state of emergency and also asked everyone to lower their thermostats to 65 degrees f. There was no explanation as to why.

As it turns out, one of the two gas utilities (Consumers Energy) in the state had a fire in their compressor facility. They were having trouble moving enough natural gas to everyone hooked up to their system. I wonder how many of our Mitten citizens complied? We did not. The average setting for our thermostat over the course of 24 hours is 63.0 degrees (lower at night, higher during the day). It is fairly refreshing already during the day in the house. I am not going to make it colder (plus we are hooked up to DTE so we are not using Consumers gas anyway).

I am not sure if it is a good thing or bad thing that the Governor can send a message to everyone with a cell phone in Michigan. I will need to think about that.
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by JPJ » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:36 am

Oh! the devastation!
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by DougE » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:07 pm

JP who? Where the hell have you been?

Question. Why are your cars (at least in the photo) driving on the CORRECT side of the road over there? Did you guys finally figure out how to do things correctly?

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