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Discussion in 'Golf Pictures' started by Bravo, May 1, 2005.

  1. Bravo

    Bravo Well-Known Member

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    Yeah in Florida they have strains of bermudagrass also - especially in the "inland" areas like Kissimmee. Maybe a slightly wider blade but the same grass nonetheless..

    But there is nothing here that grows 2-3 inches a day...wow...

    I swear you would love this place. I know this sounds trite but if you can hit it a decent distance and just keep it in play - you are set up to score. This is what the owner hired Nicklaus to do - make a fun course for average golfers but also make it able to host a championship.

    But when you start approaching 7000 on a course like this and start to make mistakes...

    ouch.
     
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    Rockford35 Shark skin shoes Staff Member Admin

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    Sweet.

    They open in November? :p

    R35
     
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    VtDivot SLIGHTERED Supporting Member

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    This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.


    Sorry - couldn't resist :)
     
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    Bravo Well-Known Member

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    Great post VT...and glad to have you here...you're the kind of guy we want at this place.
     
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    DaveE The golfer fka ST Champ

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    Great pics Bravo, thanks. Would love to play there.
     
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    Great photos, Bravo.
     
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    Bravo Well-Known Member

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    Yes and because November is the dry season, the course is in its best and most playable shape then.

    Unfortunately, el Bravo is not a member here...maybe someday.
     
  8. Rockford35

    Rockford35 Shark skin shoes Staff Member Admin

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    Gotcha.

    Can we smoke weed with the greenskeeper, get on the back nine and blend in?

    Cannonball comin'!

    R35
     
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    It's weird...this place has a gated entrance and the guard there really does check you out as you enter. He controls the gate.

    But if you could get in there somehow, you Could blend in...

    We showed up at 1:00 and hit a few balls. Then, we teed off. A group played through us on #5.

    We did not see another golfer on the course the remainder of the day. We were alone - cutting up, joking - me taking craploads of pictures...

    Getting by that guard would be a challenge though.
     
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    VtDivot SLIGHTERED Supporting Member

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    Shhhh... don't tell anyone but I'm enjoying this more than GR :) I've gotten some good advice over there, but you and Rock are over here lol.
     
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    Bravo,

    I'd need you to start up a conversation with the guard. Maybe something about Dave and his love of purses.

    Then, i'd take the clubs and sneak by the inside. I'd meet you in the trees on hole #5. That way, we'd be far enough away from the clubhouse, that by the time they found us, we'd be 10 holes in.

    "I love it when a plan comes together"-George Papard

    R35
     
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    VtDivot SLIGHTERED Supporting Member

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    Plus you'll prob need to be knocked out in order to get on a plane to fly your prairie ass down there
     
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    Nope, I just need Bravo.... :canadafla

    (He can't fly, so stop thinking that.)

    R35
     
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    VtDivot SLIGHTERED Supporting Member

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    Damn... I don't know if you got that A-Team joke or not, you a real playa.
     
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    B.A. Baracas.

    I'm with ya, sucka. :)

    R35
     
  16. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    Cool pics Bravo. Looks a great couse. Mud balls would be a head wrecker for me. You should be able to clean those suckas.

    In your pic, you are aligned right of the bunker. What shape of shot do you normally hit?
     
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    Although we normally play them down, we cleaned and dropped on Sunday. This course just cannot tolerate much water. There is no place for it to go because of its valley location and the fact that there is no stream in the area where the water could be routed. (I took the photos of the muddy balls for fun...)

    I am not surprised you diagnosed one of my problems - misalignmnent. While I DO hit a right to left ball, on that shot I hit it dead straight and into the back of the right fairway bunker. I am fighting this and several other issues right now. My game is in the tank.
     
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    I thought so. I just figured there wouldn't have been much distance between the crap on the right and your ball path should you have hit it with a draw into that bunker.

    When I start to "shape then unintentionally" the trees start to get interesting. That's why links golf has it's fans. You can shape them, allow for wind etc. with no arborial interference. Obviously it has it's own set of difficulties.

    Looks like you had a fun day out. How much did it set you back?
     
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    Baseline data: 1) Green fee: $100
    2) Caddie: $55

    My circumstance: My dad is a member And they have a very gracious "immediate family member discount". I play there for $55 greens fee.

    I am a walker and carry my bag (no trolley)...so this is the total...What a delight.
     
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    Wow that's a great deal for a US Open quality course. One of the guys I work with is in Pinehurst every other week on an install project, and he says it's about $150 to play number 7 there. I can't imagine what #2 would cost.
     

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