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Post by legitimatebeef » Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:53 pm

Once again, credit to our own @bkuehn1952 for discovering that golf in the springtime actually sucks in its own unique way.

DST has come, all of a sudden. In the old days the arrival of DST felt like a shot in the arm, during those last few dog days of winter, when you'd just about had all you could take. This year with no winter blues to speak of, DST comes on abruptly, and feels extra pointless. As I sit here practically squinting in the sun, at almost "six" o'clock, I think to myself: why are we playing around with the clock? The clock is not something to be played with willy nilly. It's not something to be played with period. Fuck you. :fuckall
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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by DougE » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:46 am

Not really Spring yet, though you'd never know it by the weather, or worse, the extreme crowds at the course the last couple days. Yesterday, MONDAY---what should be a work day for most---they broke a record for rounds on a midweek day. Nearly 200 players, all regular tee times or walk-ons. No outings. Damn. I want my course back. It was 72 degrees and sunny. I didn't make a tee time, so was not able to get out with one of my course-worker buddies until after 4 pm. It was slow. After 11 holes, we hit a wall of slowness. He said "screw it" and quit. I went back to the first tee and played the front nine again.

One positive thing I noticed the last couple days in the warmer temps. I am driving the hell out of the ball, reaching distances/places in the fairway I never thought I could reach last year. I could see over the winter that I was driving the ball better than ever, still able to reach places that I was reaching in the warmth of last summer. Even so, I assumed the cold, wind and heavy layers of clothing had to be limiting the distances to some extent. Yesterday, I hit some drives to places I have only dreamed of reaching in the past. Then again today, too. At my age, 250-yard carries and 270-yard drives are not something I ever thought I'd see. But, I have made some minor changes to my driver set up over the winter and have experienced distances like this the last two days in a row in 65-degree-plus temps. The ground is not even super firm. I am amazed at what is coming out of this old man. For the record, I couldn't hit it this far when I was 50 years old. Not even close. :yess

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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by jasonfish11 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:01 am

Crap guess I missed my opportunity to play. After a 5.5 hour round in late October (which was following the 5.25 hour round I previously played in January 2019) I really lost all interest in golf. I still don't have much interest unless someone can guarantee a reasonable pace of play.

Maybe one day I'll get more interested in being one of the drunk dullards that takes 5.5 hours to play because I'm struggling lining up that 18" putt after my 7th beer. I mean the difference between a 105 and 106 is on the line here. That level of stupidity must be slightly freeing.

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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by bkuehn1952 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:37 am

Maiden voyage on a "regular" course today. By regular, I mean at least 6,000 yards. My winter mainstay barely reaches 5,500 and even with my limited fire power I play driver/wedge on several holes.

50 degrees, damp and cloudy. Should hold the rabble at bay a little bit. Report to follow.
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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by srogers13 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:41 pm

Usually, this time of year I have a tough time getting an early tee time at my course (courses really since there are three at
Capitol Hill.) But three of the last four weeks, one has been completely closed due to flooding, and a second has had three holes closed. As such, most of the pre-paid package groups have been sent to other trail sites to play so they can get multiple courses and rounds in.
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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by bkuehn1952 » Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:36 pm

bkuehn1952 wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:37 am
Maiden voyage on a "regular" course today. By regular, I mean at least 6,000 yards. My winter mainstay barely reaches 5,500 and even with my limited fire power I play driver/wedge on several holes.

50 degrees, damp and cloudy. Should hold the rabble at bay a little bit. Report to follow.
It was 41 degrees at tee off. We largely had the course to ourselves. Caught a twosome prior to the turn and they let us thru after nine. Hit a fivesome on #17 and creeped along to the finish line.

It felt a lot colder as there was no sun and a stiff 15 mph wind. I hit the ball well for the most part and shot a 79 with one birdie. Two one putts and one three putt. The greens were really bumpy and pretty slow. Hard to get a ball to stay on the chosen line. I was very happy with the results. :P
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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by GBOGEY » Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:31 pm

Went to play yesterday. After last week when the course had dried out, I was shocked by yesterday. We had some sort of rain for several days but it didn't seem that hard. The course was so soaked that I was sorry I went to play. Then we got another .5-.75 inches overnight. I heard it closed today, at least for the morning. I'm headed to the range instead.

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Post by bkuehn1952 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:30 pm

We had a "scare" when the Governor order restaurants, bars, clubs and golf courses to close. Today a clarification on the order allowed courses to sty open, just the food/beverage/meeting areas were closed. So yours truly played 27. Okay, I paid for 18 but it did not seem too wrong to get a few extra holes. I was just glad everything wasn't shut down for a while.

If my buddy has Corona/COVID, then I was exposed on a limited basis by being in the same cart. Some groups used 4 carts for 4 golfers. Really?

On a short track (5,600 yards, par 71) we both played well. Going to risk my life again on Friday if the weather holds.
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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by bkuehn1952 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:43 am

Getting announcements daily of more courses opening. Unfortunately, several of my favs are government owned so they remain shuttered. :bawl
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Post by legitimatebeef » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:21 am

bkuehn1952 wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:43 am
Getting announcements daily of more courses opening. Unfortunately, several of my favs are government owned so they remain shuttered. :bawl
Munis remain open here, bizarrely. I'm not even going to test it. I can admit that I am not brave enough. I am fearful. Fearful of going out and contracting the virus during this shutdown period, and then I'd feel like such an idiot for the rest of my life. If we are shutting down and social distancing, quite extreme measures, we might as well go all the way. I don't need human contact that badly.
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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by GBOGEY » Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:50 pm

Lots of weird stuff out there today. First, barely 50, cloudy, and windy - I felt like I was back in NJ, dying to get out at first possible chance. Course was soaked - have no idea how I'm playing because courses are so wet. Had the course pretty much to myself for 15 holes, then a very long last three as I caught up to some of the early groups. For whatever reason, I think it is part of the heavy betting culture down here, LOTS of groups play wolf. I've never played, but it's popular here. Especially three man wolf and one guy gets to take two shots. And if you see three guys playing wolf, be prepared to see lots of bad golf. I mean lots. Last couple of holes were so painful. I'm blaming my disappointing bogey bogey finish on those guys.

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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by GBOGEY » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:32 pm

I will add that I am frustrated and done with mysterious Spring winds. I birdied 16 to on track for my target score with 17 being a very short par 3 and 18 being a par 5. On 17 the tee was only 100 yards from a front flag. I hit my wedge - if you asked me based upon contact how good was the shot, I would have said 15 feet or less. Instead I was 15 YARDS short due to a swirling wind that wasn't obvious from the tee. Frustrating

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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by srogers13 » Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:04 pm

Have just walked my 6th round in the last 8 days. Wonderful day today. Looking at rain tomorrow, otherwise it will be 7 in 9.
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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by bkuehn1952 » Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:48 pm

srogers13 wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:04 pm
Have just walked my 6th round in the last 8 days. Wonderful day today. Looking at rain tomorrow, otherwise it will be 7 in 9.
Making all the LG members proud. Wear out some shoe leather for the Northerners! :thumbs
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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by CeeBee » Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:59 pm

Way to go Rogers. I’ve walked over 30 rounds so far this year. Seems to be helping my knee and I refuse to pay the cart fee. Just hope the courses stay open.
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Post by bkuehn1952 » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:38 am

Everything is white here in the Frozen Mitten. Still snowing, too. Sort of a forced shelter in place order delivered by Mother Nature. I expect this will melt in the next 24 hours.
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Post by bkuehn1952 » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:24 am

Speaking of sheltering in place, Ohio is under lockdown and I have to think our Governor is considering the same thing. Golf season may be over in the White Mitten.
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Post by legitimatebeef » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:38 am

Was actually hoping for a snow day. But all we get is sleety rain. It's a mix but not wintry. :bored
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Post by DougE » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:48 am

bkuehn1952 wrote:
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Love the new avatar! Perfect. :up
Not sure what happened here. I added my comment to BK's post and it showed up on BK's post as if he said the comment I made. :facepalm He did not. I did. I'll try again.
Love your new avatar BK! It's perfect. :up

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Post by DougE » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:53 am

Nevermind, I fixed the original BK post to get it back to the way he posted it.

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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by jfurr » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:10 pm

I wrecked my ankle skateboarding (yes, I know I'm 'too old') at one of the bowls at the local skatepark two weeks ago, so not being able to golf right now is okay since I'm needing to heal up. I guess it was just a sprain it swole up big and had some bruising, but I could still kinda walk on it, barely. Getting better each day. I'm hoping once we are able to resume more normal activities I'll be able to play golf, as I'm itching to hit these new sticks I got and only one round on them so far.

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Post by bkuehn1952 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:50 am

I exchanged emails with @dusty23 . He is still alive and kicking on Cape Cod. He works nights now and doesn't get to play as often as he formerly did. Also, it appears his only internet access is at work and restrictions do not allow him to use the work equipment for personal computing.
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Post by DougE » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:03 am

Good news about @dusty23. I have wondered about him. He was back here for a short time, then poof, he was gone again.

How is it that he only has access to the internet at work? It's 2020. Hard to believe anyone can't connect from home these days, or at the very least, their cellphone. Tell him to get his ass over here! :cmon
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He works nights now and doesn't get to play as often as he formerly did.
He needs a different job. :nope

Always liked Dusty. And he liked Titleist, which scored him even more points with me.

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Post by legitimatebeef » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:17 am

Saw Bryan K creeping around a few minutes ago. I tried calling his name but he got spooked and ran.
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Re: Spring 2020 Support Group

Post by DougE » Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:18 am

Just before I woke up this morning, I dreamed I was practicing my short game on a golf course, but the course was closed down (due to the virus I assume). Someone there had two new Callaway wedges that I tried out..... and liked. So, I guess it was more like a nightmare! :o

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