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Post by Shotrock on Tue 23 Jun 2015, 5:15 pm

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Post by raycastleunited on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 5:28 pm

Shotrock - the holes at the far end of the new course are spectacular. The old course plays through woodland so every hole is isolated, but the new course has a more open heathland feel, the stretch from 5 - 8 is stunning. But all 36 holes are magnificent.

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Post by Roller_Coaster on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 12:00 pm

Just back from Spain. 3 laps on the Costa del Sol.

Torrequebrada - Awful. Couldn't drive, couldn't hit irons, couldn't chip, couldn't putt. Horrendous start (OOB on 1, 1 point on 2 after a 20 yard topped drive, 0 points on 3. Scrabbled together a most unimpressive 21 points. Blanked from mind.

Santana - sublime to the ridiculous, or rather ridiculous to sublime and back to ridiculous. Hit ball much better though and chipped and putted well all in all. Similar start 1 point, blob, 1 point but then started to score. 33 points coming up the last, drive on a very awkward SI 1 hole in position A, 8 iron in to the green... No, 7 iron (to make sure) fatted into the lake 20 yards in front of me, blob. Still, 33 points was a good return and the 18th an abject lesson in living in the present instead of what the outcome might be.

Mijas Los Lagos - Mixed bag, hit it much better but a few leaky drives albeit rescued by some occasionally impressive iron and approach play. Putted well going out, left a few putts out there on the way back. 32 points but still only amassed 2 points on the front 3 (although fought back to an impressive total of 20 after 10 before the putter went cold).

Nice to play in some warmth, courses good (although Torrequebrada seemed to have inconsistent green speeds, but still a great course - my demise was my own inability, I'm not making an excuse!), hire clubs difficult to adjust to (TM Rocketbladez vs my own Cleveland forged CB irons) but at £37 a flight (4 flights) to get my clubs there and back I'll put up with them!

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Post by JAS on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 4:24 pm

Whereabouts on the Costa del Sol were you based Roller? I went in late May and thoroughly enjoyed all 3 courses I played. Would go again but would be looking for different ones so always interested to hear thoughts on different courses.

Shotrock....now that’s a trip!! Only played the Sunningdales twice but they are an absolute joy, as is St George’s Hill. Apparently the house  where Lennon filmed the Imagine video overlooks a hole on the green nine. I couldn’t figure out which one it was. Howeller’s house overlooks the 5th on the Red

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Post by Roller_Coaster on Fri 06 Oct 2017, 9:55 am

Stayed in Benalmadena so 15 mins from airport, have been there a number of times and have played quite a few courses (albeit some quite a while ago). Mainly up that end, not been too far past Puerto Banus. I think I recall Bluecoverman having confessed to some soujourns to the Costa DS too.

Happy to give my tuppence worth here or any thread or via PM if you would like it JAS. Caveat being the subjectivity of it all, I know nothing of golf course design, but I know what I like playing on!

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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri 06 Oct 2017, 7:21 pm

Yes I have had several enjoyable golfing trips to the Costa DS over the years but none that recently as Belek, Turkey became the slightly more preferred destination.

By coincidence heading for Bulgaria tomorrow for a weeks golf. A new venue for us and playing at Thracian Cliffs on the Black Sea Coast, which looks amazing and really looking forward to it...apart from the 2.30am start for a 6.00am flight from Luton that is!

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Post by Diggers on Wed 11 Apr 2018, 9:39 pm

First round of the year. Seem to be able to drive great bit irons are very flaky and can't putt to save my life!! Nothing new really, beautiful day though.

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Post by beninho on Thu 12 Apr 2018, 12:27 pm

Last played in October, nothing since, and nothing on the horizon. Which is pretty annoying!

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Post by JAS on Thu 12 Apr 2018, 11:48 pm

Currently on holiday in Hawaii, will do a full article on the golf on the trip in due course but here’s a quick taster from my most recent round a couple of days ago at Wailua Golf Course on the East coast of Kauai. I’ve been coming to the islands for nearly 20 years and have always just driven past Wailua on the way to Princeville...until this year. Wailua is a public course run by Kauai County and at $48 a round makes you question why the big resort courses charge over $200 in some cases nearer $300 (more of that when I do the full article).

Anyway, paid my $48 + $20 for the buggy, I would have walked but had my partner with me spectating. So just about to tee off and the starter says...another single will be joining you is that ok sir? Of course, says I, (I do enjoy that aspect of holiday golf, you never know what you’re going to get). Well....up to the tee comes what I can only describe as the American version of Catweezle, unkempt grey hair, baggy tee shirt, denim shorts and...sandals. “Never judge a book by its cover” I kept repeating to myself. The guy was polite enough, introduced himself and off we went. The first was a fairly longish par 5 which despite two well struck shots I wasn’t getting on in 2. Flicked a wedge fairly close but missed the birdie. The other guy is on in 4 and knocks a 20 footer to about 2 foot and picks up. On the 2nd tee I noticed a bit of a wobble as he lined up the drive, initially I thought - crikey why’s he so nervous? It gradually became clear however that the guy had early stage Parkinson’s. Ah ok, the guy has bigger issues than conforming to proper golfing attire. As the round progressed he explained that he just liked to get out, he didn’t care about his score anymore, he just likes to hit good shots, he accepts that he no longer has the control putting wise to assemble a score. We had a few groups in front so we were pretty much waiting on every tee. The guy was pretty engaging and clearly quite well read. I thought back to my saying to myself “never judge a book by its cover” Yup, spot on on this occasion. His attitude to golf and life was actually quite refreshing. By the 6th Hole another single had caught up...now here we had Kevin from Alaska, proper golfing attire including knee length white socks...in Hawaii..wtf?? Anyway Russ invited the guy to join us. To our amazement after we’d tee’d off, Kevin proceeded to the REDS!! I play off the reds because I don’t hit it very far. Ooookkkaay said Russ & I raising eyebrows and wry smiling in unison. Actually he wasn’t kidding, despite whirling like a dervish he was averaging about 150 off the tee. Oddly, as the round unfolded, after the initial pleasantries and introductions Kevin was in a world of his own and played what  I would class as pressing golf bordering on invading the space of the group in front, indeed by the 12th I was on the tee, scoped the group in front as still in range so I removed my ball and said to Russ, you go, I might still reach them. As he teed up, Kevin stepped on to the reds and hit his. As Russ then hit his, Kevin was off up the fairway, before I’d hit mine. To be fair he did apologise when he realised. On the next Russ mis hit his tee shot
and only got about 2 yards past the ladies tee. Again, not realising Kevin sped off down the fairway.

That was it for Russ, he drove his buggy up to mine and said “Look man, I really don’t want to spoil your round but I can no longer play with that guy, I don’t like his energy, he has a bad vibe, I’m going to drop back”  I replied that I couldn’t agree more, the guy has no etiquette whatsoever. I’ll drop back with you. So off he drives back over to Kevin and tells him straight, no drama...”Look man, John and I wish to enjoy our round, we’re going to hang back, you just carry on”

We did enjoy the remaining few holes, I was happy with the way I played, basically bang on handicap. For a muni, Wailua, particularly the back 9 is a very nice track, clearly the best vfm on the island. The experience of the contrasting personalities of both playing partners will live long in the memory.

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Post by super_realist on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 8:02 am

Good story JAS, not all golfers are pr1cks, but all pr1cks are golfers it seems.

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Post by pedro on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 12:56 pm

Nice story JAS, enjoy your stay!

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Post by beninho on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 5:18 pm

Great story Jas. Very true about judging a book by its cover. Still makes me laugh that golf has dress codes or people worry what soneone else wears when playing.

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Post by raycastleunited on Wed 02 May 2018, 12:27 pm

beninho wrote:Still makes me laugh that golf has dress codes or people worry what someone else wears when playing.

Not sure it makes me laugh any more. It's pathetic really.

Our club did a membership survey recently. One of the recurring feedback themes was that the members want to see the dress code enforced more strongly. Rolling Eyes

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Post by raycastleunited on Wed 02 May 2018, 12:59 pm

This thread isn't very popular any more. I've hardly played golf this year... on Saturday was my first round for 3 weeks, and my second in 7 weeks I think. I didn't play at all in March due to snow etc. Has everyone else's golf suffered so far this year?

Anyway, Saturday I played my 1st round singles KO. It was a cold miserable damp day, but I mostly kept it straight off the tee, found a lot of GIR and made myself very hard to beat.

Gave my opponent a glimmer of hope on the 9th when I pushed my drive into the trees, he was down the middle and safely found the heart of the green with his approach, but I had a good lie and manufactured a seve-like escape that stayed low under the branches of the tree I was under then climbed above the tree in front, faded round some more trees and landed softly and checked up 6 feet from the pin. He was totally demoralised when I rolled in my putt to go 3 up and I wrapped up a 6&4 win. Gotta love match play!

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Post by kwinigolfer on Wed 02 May 2018, 1:40 pm

Our course opened for the year yesterday - May 1st.
Can't ever remember it opening as late as that - two months of snow and miserably cold temps in March & April will do that.
Hope to get out there next week if the monsoon season gives us a break.

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Post by Be_the_ball on Wed 02 May 2018, 1:45 pm

Enjoy Kwini! and remember don't go trying to drive those short par 4's just because Tigers back OK

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Post by LadyPutt on Fri 04 May 2018, 12:51 pm

I know what you mean, Ray. I've hardly played since October! I've now played in three competitions and two matches and played absolute rubbish and approached my first singles knockout last Tuesday with resignation and proceeded to win on the 17th! It was my short game which saved me (especially my new Odyssey putter Smile ) to the extent that my opponent ended up giving me three foot putts as she said I wouldn't be missing anything from that distance! First Mixed of the year with LordPutt on Sunday so we're off for a practice round this afternoon.
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Post by raycastleunited on Fri 04 May 2018, 3:44 pm

Generous opponent!

Last week my opponent made me hole a putt that was no more than 2 feet on the 3rd. I didn't say anything but was pretty surprised as I'd rolled in a 4 footer and a 6 footer on the first two holes. Guess what... I missed due to lack of concentration, so I guess his decision was justified. But it made me more determined to beat him after that!

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Post by LadyPutt on Tue 08 May 2018, 3:59 pm

Not a bad result - we were 7th out of 18 but way off the winning score of a nett 62 (I know some of you don't like nett scores but the best nett is the winner of the huge trophy). If only some of those putts had dropped instead of teetering on the edge of the hole!
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Post by dynamark on Thu 17 May 2018, 3:48 pm

I'm back to a game every two weeks now but absolutely exhausted after the walk.Sitting around with the dodgy hip for 12 months did more damage than you would think plus I'm 64 tomorrow!
After many years of two rounds a week and enthusiastic club membership I'm sadly morphing into a casual golfer .Not seeing the sense in paying a full fee when its £15 a round with a member on a Tuesday.Not forgotten how to play though so see how I feel in a few months.
Good to be back though

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