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This post was edited by terpfan83 2 years ago
Pretty sure Renditions has the same rule about mulched areas.
The reason I won't take the free drops there is because my two shots that ended up in those areas would have almost surely been unplayable at worst and a chip out at best even if the environmental area was mature forest. I should not get rewarded for those two poor shots when the environmental free drop designation is only designed to keep people out and speed up play. I could have the same free drop if my shots were 1 yard in or 60 yards in the hazard, and that's not right IMO. Had I taken those two strokes, I would have shot 80, which I couldn't fathom writing down in good conscience.
BTW, the scorecard says:
"Environmentally protected areas are marked with red stakes with green tipping. Golfers are not allowed in protected areas and are entitled to free relief."
Again, I just simply should not be rewarded for those shots.
it would be interesting to know if that local rule was factored into the course rating and slope rating.
If you don't play there consistently it's no big deal (it really doesn't actually matter anyway, I was mostly joking). If you played there much it'd be serious sandbagging to not take the free strokes since you would (have to) during a match or betting round.
Boy this is a tough call. It was always my understanding that all red stakes with green tips meant "stay the fuck out". In other words with no green tip you can search and play if possible. But green always forbid you from entering. I have never heard of a free drop in those instances.
As posted earlier I can see a free drop out of a flower bed or whatever to protect the course. But I tend to side with you, a free drop on a shot deep into a hazard is BS.
1) It's a reforestation project, so they want to keep people from trampling everything. If there's a free drop involved, people are much less likely to enter the environmental areas to attempt to hack one out.
2) Diamond Ridge has major pace of play issues on the weekends, and even a lot of weekdays. The free drop probably marginally helps pace of play.
I am playing Northwest Park Friday morning, never been there, know nothing about it. Halp?
Are you talking about the jaunt in Montgomery County? Pretty long course (6300 from white, 6800 from blue) but very open so its not that difficult IMO. In college it was the course that I played the best at. Very walkable too if you want to go that route, walked it with EAM a couple times I believe. I also think that's the course I almost took his head off with a shanked shot on a par 3. Pretty sure I didn't stop laughing for about two holes.
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
Yeah that course - thanks for the feedback
Makes sense. Not to sound to uppity but this is a good example of the difference between a high end course and a hi volume muni. At top end courses players kind of understand the drill, take their drop, and move on. At a course like Diamond Ridge I can certainly see your point about players forging in where they shouldn't be going.
One other way to speed up play on public courses is to force anyone with a ball retriever in their bag to give it up on the first tee. There is nothing more frustrating than watching a guy in front of you spending 5 minutes pulling 10 waterlogged balls out of lake or creek. Better yet, outlaw them completely. If you can't pull your ball out with an iron, you don't deserve to get it back.
I may need to do the same thing...
I'd been struggling with the driver prior to going on my golf trip in March. My struggles continued down there on the first couple of rounds. I just felt like I was swinging a 10ft foot long stick. I felt like I was 'tied up' when trying to get it through the zone...a really, really awkward feeling (not sure why or when that started, but I'd previously been decent with that club, then 'all of a sudden'...). Nothing out of the ordinary about either of my drivers, that I'm aware of...both have 'standard' length shafts.
During the last two rounds of my trip, and since then, I've choked down on my driver about 2-3 inches. I've maybe sacrificed a bit of distance (per my range experience) but if so, it doesn't appear to be much, plus I'm striking the ball 100% better. I feel like now, if I need or want to, I can really come out of my shoes...but at a minimum my consistency & confidence has greatly improved with that club.
I just ordered a new golfbag! I'm getting a 2012 Sun Mountain hybrid bag in black, white and red!
I couldn't decide between a stand bag and a carry bag (not that I walk anytime...that's un-American!). This bag seems to be the best of both worlds and I really like the individual full-length club dividers. Looks like plenty of room for beer too!
This post was edited by umuc81 2 years ago
I like that. I need a new bag in the worst way. Mine is a second hand I got from a buddy who is a Ping rep/teaching pro at Talbot CC on Eastern Shore. Guess I'll have to visit and steal
So indeed the ball flies far in the desert at 6000 feet. But god damn it's hard to play when it's 100 degrees at that altitude. I actually putted great but had consistency issues from the fairway and really couldn't measure anything chipping, which sucks.
Also interesting about the course is one par 5 has two greens. The second green, which we played, was another 50-75 yards AND across a stream AND surrounded by garbage AND tiny. Really an unfair difference if you are scoring them the same. At first I thought it was a par 4/5 flex but no. Never seen that before.
My current bag is about 10 years old so I guess I'm due!
Haha I'd say so. I recently lost a leg off the stand on the bag and it's a little small.
Played captains choice tourament with 18 guys at work today. The lady at the house thanked for coming since we were the only customers. It was a bit hit.
Really excited to play Rum Pointe in OC tomorrow.
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Hope you like playing in the wind. That course is relentless.
please let us know what you think. i've never played there.
Rum pointe is a nice course, but I've probably played it 5 times and never in less than a 25-30 mph wind. It really wears you down.
I've had the same experience. The guy in the pro shop told me the thing to do is get a tee time at dawn, basically. You get amazing views of the sunrise over the bay and calm weather, for a little while at least. I like to pay reduced greens fees - especially since I switched from defense contracting to teaching - so I rarely play in prime time, but I might just do it for this course.
It is amazingly beautiful, I bet at dawn even moreso.
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