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    Let's hear your personal triumphs, the struggles over your inner demons, your new best score, your review of a new course just played, tournaments won, a blow by blow of a disaster, etc.

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    This is a very good thread idea. But for now I do not have anything good to add.

    I did hole out from about 175 at Fox Hollow/Tri City last year on hole 5.
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    I almost hit a pig once on the 9th hole at Kahuku. The pig looked really mean, so I counted it as a lost ball.

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    I'm golfing Bear's Best on Saturday. Hopefully I'll have a good story afterwards.
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    Picture this -

    First time golfing. I'm a sophmore in high school. My buddies take me to a small municipal course in Vacaville, CA. Their instructions for how to hit a golf ball - "Its kind of like baseball, only lower". So I hack my way through the first 4 holes as we head over to my first water hazard.

    First shot off the tee of hole #5 lays up about 20 yards shy of the water. I pick up a 5 iron, feeling butterflies as to whether I'm going to be able to get enough lift to clear the drink.

    I swing away with everything I've got and catch a nice clean blade shot that sends it screaming over the pond about 10 feet above the water. About the time it clears the far edge of the water it proceeds to take its customary right turn, consistent with every other shot I've hit thus far. Only this time it is headed right for a group of about 8 elderly folks standing at an adjacent tee box.

    My three buddies and I are yelling "FORE" just as loud as our pubescent voices will allow. As if controlled by one single central nervous system, all 8 of them simultaneously look our way to see what the commotion is all about. At this time, my takes one hop on the short grass and proceeds to nail one of the elderly ladies in the group right between the eyes. She drops like a rock. I think I've killed someone's poor nana.

    We sprint over to check on her, as all of the rest of their group are huddled over her. When we finally get there she is just starting to sit up. As it turns out, the ball hit her right on the bridge of her sunglasses, not even scratching a lens, let alone touching her skin.

    She is a little spooked and shaken up, but otherwise is fine. I picked up my ball as a couple of the older guys scold us for being so careless. We apologize profusely and jet on out of there as we move on the next hole and our next set of victims.

    And such is the beginning of my golfing career.

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    First time ever playing golf as an excited teenager... and a guy who's playing with us doesn't bother to tell anyone as he re-tees and hits with driver. The ball screams off the tee at about 18 inches off the ground and goes about 20 paces and straight into my shin just below the knee.

    I guess it was a portend of things to come, as my addiction to golf has produced some great moments for me (a couple eagles, a shot two-inches away from a hole in one, and loads of great times with good friends) and also plenty of Shanked Shots to the Shin, as it were (missing a 24-inch putt for my 3rd eagle, slicing a tee shot so bad that the poor guy on the fairway to the right didn't understand my 'fore!' was intended for him, pretty much every time I play The Ranches).

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    This year I doubt I will play much, but to start this thread off, Best Course Played,

    The Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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    Par 3 10th Hole



    My Horrific Swing and flat ass.



    Another hole, I don't remember which,


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    Great thread idea.

    I say we all need to post our scores (and stories) on here. No cheating.

    My goal is to be to a 10 by the end of the season. My first step--new clubs.

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    I have greatly improved over the last 5 years, relative to my skill level. I used to pretty much be content to hit 1 fairway and stay under 150. Last year pretty much every round I played I flirted with 100, and broke it twice.

    The best course I have played to date is Princeville last spring. I probably have some pictures somewhere. This summer a few friends and I are going on a 3 day weekend to Bandon Dunes and playing Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old MacDonald. I have no fantasies about breaking 100 there however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ERCougar View Post
    Great thread idea.

    I say we all need to post our scores (and stories) on here. No cheating.
    I've never completed a round of 18 due to my shoulder being too tired to swing a club anymore. I've parred a few times, but I've capped out more times than that.

    Anyone wonder why I try to suppress the occasional desire that creeps up (which the pictures above evoked) to try golf again?

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    Man I love golf. My favorite shot ever was on this crappy 9 hole course in Warrenton, OR. It was a dollar a hole during twilight hours so me and my dad would play almost every day. We'd walk on and get in 9 holes no problem.

    Anyway, the first hole was a long par 5 that dog legged to the left. I blasted my drive and drove through the dog leg and ended up in the rough about 5 feet behind a tree. I got out my 5 iron set up left, opened my stance, opened my club and swung with all of my might out to in. The ball jumped up out of the rough and sliced around the tree leaving me my PW into the green in the middle of the fairway. Think Mickelson in this year's masters. I was so stoked. I really think that it was my favorite shot because it I executed exactly what I had envisioned.

    My best round was +12 at the Soldier Hollow Silver Course.

    Nicest course I've played has to be Mauna Lani South.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    Man I love golf. My favorite shot ever was on this crappy 9 hole course in Warrenton, OR. It was a dollar a hole during twilight hours so me and my dad would play almost every day. We'd walk on and get in 9 holes no problem.

    Anyway, the first hole was a long par 5 that dog legged to the left. I blasted my drive and drove through the dog leg and ended up in the rough about 5 feet behind a tree. I got out my 5 iron set up left, opened my stance, opened my club and swung with all of my might out to in. The ball jumped up out of the rough and sliced around the tree leaving me my PW into the green in the middle of the fairway. Think Mickelson in this year's masters. I was so stoked. I really think that it was my favorite shot because it I executed exactly what I had envisioned.

    My best round was +12 at the Soldier Hollow Silver Course.

    Nicest course I've played has to be Mauna Lani South.
    Man, I am lucky to be +12 after 6 holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueHair View Post
    Man, I am lucky to be +12 after 6 holes.
    Seriously freakiest game I ever played. I was like +3 through 9. If I remember correctly the first hole is a par 5 (maybe we started on the 10th, don't remember). I was on in two putting for eagle from about 20'. I missed badly and left it 5' short which I sank for birdie. I killed the drive and hit a solid 5 iron in on that hole. I knew it was going to be a good day. I even chipped in to save par and had another birdie. All this mind you, playing in running shoes and some borrowed Mizuno blades. I did buy a cheap glove and sleeve of balls at the pro shop. I was with friends at a time share at PCMR and the guys I was with decided to play and my clubs and spikes were sitting at King Arthur's Storage in West Valley City. The best part is because I never played with any of these guys before, they thought I was amazing. Little do they know that if I break 100 it was a good day.
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    Favorite golf course for sentimental reasons: Hobble Creek Golf Course in Springville, Utah. Worked there washing carts as a kid; lived up there during summers. Best score at Hobble Creek is a 73. Best score on any other course (Wasatch up by Midway) is 75.

    Biggest golfing achievement of the past year: After seven years of marriage, I finally got my wife to take up golf. Now it's not just golf; it's family time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post


    My Horrific Swing and flat ass.

    Coach, you've got to get your weight all around to the front, and straighten up that center. Your back is behind your feet. Pretty pics, though.

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    Last year I got down to a 5 handicap. I am worried that will be the best and not visited again. So far this year I have been horrible and the handi has shot up to a 9. Because I play the same course 90% of the time it creates a lower handicap than I would have if I was playing a bunch of different courses.

    I once shot a 69 and have had a hole in one, both great thrills.

    I would have to rank Pebble Beach as the best I have ever played. Of course that was 33 years ago when green fees were $35. I remember my ex asking how in the world I could justify paying $35 for a round of golf. She let me pay it though after I promised I would come home that evening and have sex with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    Coach, you've got to get your weight all around to the front, and straighten up that center. Your back is behind your feet. Pretty pics, though.
    Believe me, I know. I struggle mightily with the game of golf. Were it human, I would be in jail for killing it. Then trying to bring it back to life, only to kill it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    She let me pay it though after I promised I would come home that evening and have sex with her.
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    My golf game gets worse each year, as I don't play nearly as much as I used to before my kids were born. I started playing golf after my baseball days. I love it and now am starting to play with my boys.

    Lowest handicap for a season was a 3. I was playing 5-6 days a week back then. My handicap now is probably in the 15-17 range. Golf is a cruel mistress.

    Best score was a 69 at Hobble Creek in '91 - the only time I've ever broken 70. It was like The Bishop in Caddyshack without the rain.

    I've had 3 eagles in my life - the par 4 #2 at Hobble Creek; the par 5 #18 at Hobble Creek and the par 5 #3 at Murray Parkway.

    No hole in one ever, but have come close a few times - one of them being on the first par 3 at Thanksgiving Point (#4?) at the first CB golf tournament. Ohio Blue was witness to it. I had closest to the hole for most of the day.

    Best course I've ever played on was at Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island. I was there for a National Funeral Directors Convention so it was no money out of my pocket. I shot a 93 and am proud of myself for doing that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    Last year I got down to a 5 handicap. I am worried that will be the best and not visited again. So far this year I have been horrible and the handi has shot up to a 9. Because I play the same course 90% of the time it creates a lower handicap than I would have if I was playing a bunch of different courses.

    I once shot a 69 and have had a hole in one, both great thrills.

    I would have to rank Pebble Beach as the best I have ever played. Of course that was 33 years ago when green fees were $35. I remember my ex asking how in the world I could justify paying $35 for a round of golf. She let me pay it though after I promised I would come home that evening and have sex with her.
    69 is a thrill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    Last year I got down to a 5 handicap. I am worried that will be the best and not visited again. So far this year I have been horrible and the handi has shot up to a 9. Because I play the same course 90% of the time it creates a lower handicap than I would have if I was playing a bunch of different courses.

    I once shot a 69 and have had a hole in one, both great thrills.
    You'll give me stokes. I played your course a long time ago and it's not an easy course to keep it out of the trees so a 69 is very impressive. About fifteen years ago I got it down to a five also but I couldn't play to it on other courses. I'm an twelve now but I want to play a little more this summer and try to get it down to an eight. I spend to much time on my bike to be any good at golf any more but I love to play. One thing I really enjoy doing is playing every course from the way back tees, the harder the better. If we play Thanksgiving Point we're going to play all 7800 yards of it. I hate the fifty yard shot and I wish I had never learned to hook a ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    You'll give me stokes. I played your course a long time ago and it's not an easy course to keep it out of the trees so a 69 is very impressive. About fifteen years ago I got it down to a five also but I couldn't play to it on other courses. I'm an twelve now but I want to play a little more this summer and try to get it down to an eight. I spend to much time on my bike to be any good at golf any more but I love to play. One thing I really enjoy doing is playing every course from the way back tees, the harder the better. If we play Thanksgiving Point we're going to play all 7800 yards of it. I hate the fifty yard shot and I wish I had never learned to hook a ball.

    The tips at Thankgiving Point on a day that is windy, which it usually is, would be shear torture for me. I haven't shot a hundred for a long, long time, but a 100 or more would be a real possibility.

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    I am going to start a roll call for those that enjoy going golfing now and then, but don't care much about it beyond that, don't play it regularly and have zero desire to take it up....yet still think it is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    I am going to start a roll call for those that enjoy going golfing now and then, but don't care much about it beyond that, don't play it regularly and have zero desire to take it up....yet still think it is fun.

    Here.
    You're talking about miniature golf, not golf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    One thing I really enjoy doing is playing every course from the way back tees, the harder the better. If we play Thanksgiving Point we're going to play all 7800 yards of it. I hate the fifty yard shot and I wish I had never learned to hook a ball.
    I used to play the back tees all the time, until I was playing with a group of friends who play the yardage marker on the box. Now I play either the back tees or the marker depending on the course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    You're talking about miniature golf, not golf.
    No, it is the real golf.

    I just don't care that much about it, although it is fun to go out every now and then. Hasn't hurt yet from a business perspective.

    I wonder if there are any others on CUF that don't really care much about playing golf?

    I love to watch the majors on TV, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    No, it is the real golf.

    I just don't care that much about it, although it is fun to go out every now and then. Hasn't hurt yet from a business perspective.

    I wonder if there are any others on CUF that don't really care much about playing golf?

    I love to watch the majors on TV, though.
    In my youth baseball was my best sport. I even got a scholarship, just tuition and books to play baseball in college. Yet, I don't like watching baseball. I think part of it is the players move around so much now compared to when I was a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    I am going to start a roll call for those that enjoy going golfing now and then, but don't care much about it beyond that, don't play it regularly and have zero desire to take it up....yet still think it is fun.

    Here.
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    My most fun golf outing was with two close college chums--we turned 50 the same month so we took our wives to Pebble Beach for three days to celebrate our Sesquicentennial. We played PB, Spyglass and Poppy Hills, and ate vast quantities of food.

    And when my wife and I visited Scotland (sans clubs), we drove through St. Andrews and I insisted on stopping by The Royal & Ancient and the closing holes of the Old Course. I noticed the first tee was open and I asked the starter if it were possible to get in a round. He said if I could get a set of clubs and be back on the tee within ten minutes, he'd send me out. The missus, being very understanding, said she'd head into town and come back in a few hours. I ran to the pro shop (a quarter mile away), got a set of clubs and shoes, and teed off on the Old Course ten minutes later. I started horrifically (six over after three), but finished strong, including pars on 17 (the Road Hole) and 18 for a decent 87. The last hole was a special treat, as townspeople and vacationers stand around the fence watching people finish. After crossing the famous Swilcan Bridge, I hit a wedge into the rough on the backside of the green. Onlookers flagged my ball, and with the gallery looking on, I miraculously chipped out of the deep grass to within two feet of the hole to the warm applause of the gallery. I tapped in for a par and another enthusiastic round of applause. I felt like I'd beaten Nicklaus for the British Open title. St. Andrews is the Holy of Holies in golf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    My most fun golf outing was with two close college chums--we turned 50 the same month so we took our wives to Pebble Beach for three days to celebrate our Sesquicentennial. We played PB, Spyglass and Poppy Hills, and ate vast quantities of food.

    And when my wife and I visited Scotland (sans clubs), we drove through St. Andrews and I insisted on stopping by The Royal & Ancient and the closing holes of the Old Course. I noticed the first tee was open and I asked the starter if it were possible to get in a round. He said if I could get a set of clubs and be back on the tee within ten minutes, he'd send me out. The missus, being very understanding, said she'd head into town and come back in a few hours. I ran to the pro shop (a quarter mile away), got a set of clubs and shoes, and teed off on the Old Course ten minutes later. I started horrifically (six over after three), but finished strong, including pars on 17 (the Road Hole) and 18 for a decent 87. The last hole was a special treat, as townspeople and vacationers stand around the fence watching people finish. After crossing the famous Swilcan Bridge, I hit a wedge into the rough on the backside of the green. Onlookers flagged my ball, and with the gallery looking on, I miraculously chipped out of the deep grass to within two feet of the hole to the warm applause of the gallery. I tapped in for a par and another enthusiastic round of applause. I felt like I'd beaten Nicklaus for the British Open title. St. Andrews is the Holy of Holies in golf.
    Great story PAC. This would go in my things to do in the bucket list thread.

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