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Old Overton - Birmingham

Discussion in 'Golf Pictures' started by Bravo, May 13, 2005.

  1. Bravo

    Bravo Well-Known Member

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    A beautiful clubhouse. A oil portrait of "The Duke" hangs above the fireplace...
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    On the way out now - through the neighborhood. This is a new real estate development that is about 15 years old.

    Love the speed limit sign here. Ya think it will make drivers think twice about remembering the speed limit??
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    Let me out!
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    Very nice Bravo... looks like you guys had a beautiful day, and from the sounds of things you scored very well also, which is always a plus :)
     
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    I had an 87...with 3 pars and 6 bogies on the front, but had 3 DB's on the back. So that is a bit high for me...

    This is a Tough course as its rating would suggest.. Scoring well requires a player display the full quiver of skills.

    The greens were slow yesterday and none of us did a good job of adjusting. We left most of our putts short...

    But it was great fun as it always is there.
     
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    Ok, put us down for that course in the fall!

    Nice pics! I think these are your best so far....summer haze is setting in a little too, huh?
     
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    Yeah you nailed that. When the humidity goes up you can see it in the air. That shot on 16 really showed it.

    We were just drained when we were done. My best guess is we walked about six miles in that heat. And then I got home and my little one threw a temper tantrum and Demanded that we walk the dog. So I put the 85 lb Lab on a leash and walk another mile or so.

    When I went to bed, I was a fecking noodle - and I don't mean the golf ball...

    It's going to cool back down into the high 70's and low 80's this weekend but we really only have about 3-4 weeks of decent weather left...at that point, I Do Not play after Noon. Tee off at 7:30 only....
     
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    Even though we are hotter here, it sounds like you're humidity must be quite a bit higher. I lived in Houston for 14 years and it was like sauna all the time.

    The heat will be here soon as well. By the end of June it will be 90s & up till October.
     
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    Yes we have more humidity than you have in Central Texas. Air temps are lower but humidity higher so the heat index is about the same. The average high here in the summer is 91 - unusual to get above 95. But with all the water in the air, the heat index usually runs about 95-96. It's just Hot...not as bad as Houston but not much better either.

    It will break about September 10th but until then - its too hot for me.
     
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    Well I'm sure November will be about perfect then. I with Sling, that course should be on the list.
     
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    OK - this will be a topic of discussion by the group.

    Getting a large group on a course like this can be tricky - but I can certainly try. Most of these courses require that one member be in each foursome...so if we had 12 ST players I would have to line up three members there to get the entire group on...and then we would have 15 players - 3 members and 12 ST guests. (This is the same policy at my course...I have to have one member in each foursome.)

    The issue for everyone to agree upon is expense. I would not recommend walking this course during a three day period when a group of players is playing 36 a day. Especially for the "flatlanders" like Rock...they would get whipsawed by the hills.

    The cost for One round at this course without cart is $103 and its $123 with the cart...so as the time draws nearer -lets have a discussion point about budget...

    I would love to play here with the group though and we could swing it if everyone agreed. We could play here in the morning and jump in the van and hit another course in the afternoon.
     
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    I'm in for walking. It doesn't tire me out any. Can't speak for anyone else, but i'm not beyond walking a course like that. Not in the least.

    I would love to play there. Looks just outstanding.

    So far, you have two courses that should be on the list. I'd be willing to sacrifice to play these two, even if it meant just 18 a day.

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    I haven't walked in a few years because of my back. I read somewhere that walking with a push cart is easier on the back than riding but I haven't tried it yet. In any case 36 a day will require me to figure out the easiest way.

    I can't see the extra expense for a cart being a problem since Rock has agreed to pay everyones green fees. Thanks again Rock. :D
     
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    Well we could easily mix "walkers and riders". There would be no problem with that anywhere...
     
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    Our club manager just bought a push cart and has said I could borrow it. I'm gonna try it out and see if it's better. Our course if pretty hilly so it should be a good test.
     
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    There are drugs that can help you with this problem B :)

    On another note, I walk my Lab and son just about every evening, they both really look forward to it, so I know you didn't want to let them down!

    What do you figure this sort of thing would cost anyways? A grand or so? I suppose it would really depend on airfare.
     
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    I'm down with walking. I have a pull cart. Quitting the cigarettes now, so the lungs should be healing up nicely by then... ;)
     
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    Absolutely the way to go if you want to walk but not lug your bag. I have an old knee injury that acts up if I carry my bag for 18. Rent a pull cart and I'm good to go. I don't like riding as it takes me away from the course too much. Feels like I'm not really playing. I'll do it for a scramble or something, but I prefer to always walk.

    ~QQ
     
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    VT:

    Here is a rough estimate on what I think the trip would cost...And I Hope to be able to Commit to the group on this in August - which is critical to getting cheap airfares - at that point we would be about 75 days out...

    1) Airfare: $200-$350. Everyone who lives near a Southwest Airlines airport and buys 3 weeks out can fly for a maximum of about $250 - roundtrip. The other airlines simplified their fare systems last winter and their fares have gone down quite a bit. I am flying out of here on Delta, USAir and Continental on business trips and when I book at least three weeks out - I am getting fares of around $325 wherever I go. The closest SW airports to Burlington are in Albany and Manchester - if you were unable to get a good fare out of there.

    2) Hotel: Depends on if you double bunk. I figure that there is no need for an upscale hotel like a Hilton or Mariott. I am thinking of putting everyone up in a Hampton Inn or something like that - as long as there is a bar in walking distance since the main downside to hotels like Hamptons is the lack of a bar. A Hampton Inn would run about $90 a night...and you would likely be here three nights.

    3) Golf: Depends on a variety of issues. If the group wants to play some of these private courses AND I can manage to get enough members to host us - then you can count on fees of about $125 per round...

    The top public courses in the area are very very good. I just haven't played them in awhile to get my picutures out there. When I do put the pictures up on the site, they are going to look very very similar to the Shoal Creek and Old Overton pictures and cost about half as much to play AND have Daily Greens fees.

    Limestone Springs is the #68 Public Course in the US. The cost for one round is $68 and they have a "replay fee" of about $20 or so...So we can play 36 holes on the #68 course for $88.

    Farmlinks is similar in quality. Beautiful course in immaculate condition. The golf course is a "turfgrass research facility" and as a result is in super condition...Their cost for 36 holes including rangeballs, cart and lunch is $100.

    And I haven't even mentioned the Robert Trent Jones Trail yet. You have heard of these...they will run about $60 per round. I would think the group would want to try these courses for a day just to see what the Trail courses are like...

    So, if we stick to the public courses, you can figure your golf will be about $100 per day.

    The rest of your money is for food and booze and betting. I figure we will have a three day tourney will bets totalling about $60 per player. We will have a variety of individual and team bets that will be a ton of fun...

    So that's about it. I am thinking we will do this on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday with Sunday return so people can go back to work or school on the following Monday. I guess that people will fly in on Wednesday night and we will crank it up on Thursday morning. Those on the East coast can get here in 3-4 hours and those coming from the far western US or Canada will need 6-7 hours travel time so they will need all day Sunday to get home....

    Please consider it. I am going to try my dead level best to get some Irishes over here too. It would be a fantastic international event....
     
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    I hate to be a stick here, but I like the idea of public courses. Explaining the trip to the wife is well enough, without adding in $300 a day in golf. Alabama is much like my area here. Many of the public courses are close to CC quality.

    That's my vote.
     

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