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|Lessons with a PGA Pro||The B-Man at 8/10/15 7:27pm|
|I took a lesson with Jay Reid at Birkdale 2 weeks ago and he helped solve a few nagging problems for me -- e.g. occasional shanks, no lob wedge confidence and poor chipping / bunker play -- literally in minutes. I took most of the hour practicing what he told me after a few minutes of video analysis and instruction. I was extremely happy with the results. He's partnered with me now to give anyone referred from my site $20 off a lesson or clinic -- just mention my web site when you make a reservation. Check out his site -- Jay Reid School of Golf -- and give him a shot at fixing your biggest swing problems. He's a PGA life member and taught at Dana Rader for 15 years.|
|Re: Play golf alone||The B-Man at 8/7/15 3:01pm|
|You're welcome, beginnergolfguy. I hope you enjoy learning and playing the game.
A few tips on courses -- I think Revolution Park, Charles T Myers, and Charlotte National are among the best courses for beginners. And better yet, if you want to start with an executive course (all par 3's), you can try Pebble Creek in Indian Trail. That's where I learned to play and built my confidence over 15 years ago.
Also, for the rest, I think this is a good topic with some good advice. Playing as a single is something I do quite a bit -- for mostly personal schedule reasons. Either it's last minute and I can't find a partner before I get to the course or I've got only so much time to play and need to play fast. In those cases, it's ve! ry appropriate to tell the pro shop or starter that you'd like to play alone or have a time constraint. You might ask to start on the back nine or another hole where they have a gap. You just have to keep in mind what 5putts said and realize that they may not be able to accommodate you -- since it could mess up pace of play for their other guests. In these situations, you just have to accept what they offer and not take it personally if they decline. Also know that it might change during the round. You may catch up to a 2-some or threesome that is stacked behind several full groups. In that case, it makes sense for you to join that group rather than keep pushing up against them every hole -- because you're not going to play through that many groups. So the biggest advice if you want to play as a single is be flexible.
|Thanks to you as well hateslowplay||beginnergolfguy at 8/6/15 9:31pm|
|I also want to thank you for your time and input. I am certainly going to remember these things. I am sure it will take time to learn the things...but I am excited and all in !
Have a great weekend ! And thanks to you Bman, I enjoy this site !
|Re: Play golf alone||HateSlowPlay at 8/6/15 1:31pm|
|Getting paired up is something you have to get used to. But don't feel self conscious about your game, honestly no-one really cares about anyone else's game as it is hard enough focusing on their own games. But the things people do care about are etiquette and pace of play. Both are huge. Learn the etiquette, don't stand in people's line of sight, don't walk on their line, rake bunkers, etc. Learn what READY GOLF is and play it all times. Be aware when it is your turn to hit and be ready, don't stand there fiddling with your glove and trying to find a yardage while people are waiting for you. Do that before it is your turn while other people are hitting. Also don't get back to the cart, re-arrange your clubs, sort out scores, etc. while parked next to the green, and people are waiting back in t! he fairway. Jump in the cart, putter or driver in hand, and put them away at the next stop. Always be aware or etiquette and pace of play and people will love playing with you.|
|Thanks 5putts !||beginnergolfguy at 8/6/15 11:22am|
|Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my post. I had no idea about the business side...it makes sense. I will now take your advice and not worry about being paired. I have found as I have started this game,that golfers are very nice people...so thanks again and have a great weekend !!|
|Re: Play golf alone||5putts at 8/6/15 9:05am|
|The only way is to arrive uber early or well into twilight like 4pm-ish. Even then its going to be iffy. The golf course business model is such that 4 players at 8 minute intervals is optimal for them to maximize their margin. They will happily take singles, two & threesomes but that is not their preferred capacity management scheme; especially during prime time :)
That being said, I've met literally 1000's of people over the years playing golf. Most of the are pretty decent people (they are golfers after all) although I don't really engage in a lot of small talk. You do run across the occasional Chatty Cathy or Johnny Miller wannabe (who painfully describes what happened on every single shot and comments on yours as a bonus) but mostly its ok.
I understand wanti! ng to play alone as I enjoy that myself too. To me though, its more about the tempo of the game as opposed to the other people. So, given the nature of the game, my advice is not worry about being paired up and focus on what YOU are doing. Pretty soon the performance anxiety aspect will fade away entirely and you might meet some nice folks (after all... its only a 4 hour relationship).
|Play golf alone||beginnergolfguy at 8/5/15 7:07pm|
|Hi,I am a beginner and have had lessons, etc. and am ready to hit the course again. My issue is after working and the daily grind,I just want to play 18 alone and relax . The times I have played, I have been paired up which I did not enjoy. Can someone give me the protocol on this issue? when I arrive at the course do I tell the person at the desk I want to play golf alone? Will I get a strange look? I think I will enjoy this game...but I want it to be my escape. Thanks !
|Re: Lost PW||Joe at 8/4/15 8:51am|
|Well this is slightly embarrassing, but the third guy in our group actually grabbed my wedge on the last hole and after shaking hands on completion of the round he forgot to hand it back to me. Called me today to let me know he had it.
Thanks for the advice on the golf club labels, I may look in to it or buy it for a friend as a gag gift since he tends to lose clubs a lot. It doesn't ensure you'll get the club back but if there are good Samaritans out there, which golf tends to have, you might have a chance.
|Re: Lost PW||HittOD at 8/4/15 12:49am|
|I'm sorry to hear that the lost club has not been found yet. I know that I have in 40 years of golf, on a couple of occasions found clubs on the course, put them in my bag to turn in later only to realize that the club was still in my bag when I got home. I eventually turned the clubs in, but this surely caused some angst for those golfers with the lost club. To that end, I have for some years now been doing something that gives me some peace of mind in regards to leaving one of my golf clubs on the course. There are sites online where one can order golf club labels on which one can put their name, address, cell #, etc. I put one on each club in my bag. I know this doesn't guarantee the return, but I believe it makes it more likely, and in a more timely manner. I know that if the clubs that! I forgot to turn in had the label, I would have called the person to let them know that I had their club. I just did an internet search for "Golf Club Labels", and found a couple of sites that will provide between 16 to 20 labels for about $7 with no shipping. This of course won't help you find this club (assuming you had no label on it), but may be useful in the future, and to those reading this message board. I welcome any pro or con comments about this posting.|
|Lost PW||jscum13 at 8/3/15 11:01pm|
|long shot here but worth a shot with the amount of local traffic bman's site gets...I left a PW - or so I think - on the 18th green of Monroe Country Club on Saturday 08.01.15. It's a taylormade rocket bladez PW custom projectx shaft 5.5 flighted gwith a red and black golf pride grip. Since the finders of the club didn't turn it in, if anyone sees this club online somewhere please contact me. It's a costly replacement so I'm just hoping for a prayer here. Thanks|
|Cramer mtn||HateSlowPlay at 7/31/15 2:22pm|
|Local news story about the course re-opening
|Cramer Mtn.||HateSlowPlay at 7/31/15 2:21pm|
|Cramer mtn recently re-opened as a private course. The homeowners stepped in and poured a lot of money into it to bring it back, including new greens, and from what I hear it is in fantastic shape now.
Only downside is that it is private/members only I believe.
|Rocky River Update||Ryan Brickley at 7/31/15 1:53pm|
|The fairways that were sprigged with new grass have now been mowed and are OPEN for play. All holes are back to their regular length, except 2 and 6 which being played from the forward tees.
The greens are in GREAT shape and rolling a consistent 10 on the stimpmeter.
Thanks for everyone's patience as we have restored Rocky River to the condition you have come to expect.
PGA Director of Golf
|Cramer||IM4DHERD at 7/31/15 11:50am|
|Just called them...They went back to private. I played there in 2010 when they had opened to the public. End of saga.|
|Re: I meant Cramer Mountain in the last post||The B-Man at 7/31/15 11:41am|
|I believe Cramer Mountain is closed.
But I am interested in comments about Crowder's Mountain. I've been thinking about trying it out and adding it here for a while.
|I meant Cramer Mountain in the last post||IM4DHERD at 7/31/15 11:36am|
|If anyone can edit it for me, I'd appreciate it.|
|Crowder Mountain?||IM4DHERD at 7/31/15 9:32am|
|Anyone play Crowder Mountain lately? 20+ years ago, when it was private, I played it and was VERY impressed. A real gem...Mountain golf just outside of Charlotte (near Belmont, before Gastonia). Opened to the public a few years ago, so I headed down, but was disappointed in the conditions, cart paths, markers, etc. Still a very funky layout with a lot of elevation changes. Have seen some Golfnow and Google reviews from the past year or two saying it's in good shape. Anyone know if they've turned it around?|
|Regent Park||Jamie at 7/27/15 7:53am|
|Played RP on 7/25. Still in pretty good shape except for the bunkers, which have the same problem as a lot of local courses. Over time, they lose sand. If the sand is not replaced, you end up with a very thin layer of sand over very hard, compacted earth. No problem as far as fairway bunkers are concerned, but a big problem in greenside bunkers. A very thin layer of sand will not allow the club head to pass under the ball, so you either try to intentionally hit it thin, or you will chunk it five feet. Someone (I assume an employee) at the clubhouse told my friend in our foursome to play outside the bunkers because of deferred maintenance - that is the first time I have ever heard that. Hopefully they can get this issue resolved.
Greens a little beaten up but putted fairly well. I probably fixed! 100 ball marks other than my own. One other issue still persisting is lack of water stations. Bring a lot of water with you.
|Re: Where should we play?||JAG at 7/24/15 6:19pm|
|Thanks. I'll check them out. Turns out we're staying and play two days now.
Thanks for the recommendations.
|October Golf||Kevin B at 7/23/15 2:40pm|
|Will be there for October car race. Have 9 guys who play golf need suggestion.|
|Re: Where should we play?||The B-Man at 7/17/15 1:58pm|
|My suggestions to stay near I-77:
Check the map and then the reviews to get more details.
|Rocky River Fairways Being Repaired||The B-Man at 7/14/15 3:33pm|
|Found this statement from Rocky River today on efforts to repair the winter kill damage to their fairways:
Like many courses in North Carolina this past winter, Rocky River Golf Club unfortunately experienced some winter kill of Bermuda grass in fairways and teeing areas. Some courses in Greensboro and Raleigh have had to close completely due to the damage incurred, but in Concord the impact was not quite as bad.
Rocky River has re-sprigged fairway areas on 8 holes and expects to have all areas completely back by Mid-August. The course REMAINS OPEN though, with several holes on the front 9 shortened to route play around the newly repaired areas. The 9 has been reduced to a Par of 31, and is playing much shorter which has been very popular! for juniors and senior players!
We are offering reduced rates for the entire month of July to compensate for the repaired areas. We apologize for the temporary situation but look forward to when it's back to 100% later this summer and fall.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of the club!
|Where should we play?||JAG at 7/13/15 6:27pm|
|I'll be in Charlotte inform1-2 days in mid August. I've never played golf in Charlotte before so I'm hoping for some advice. Anything in great shape?
We'll be coming down 77 so kinda close to highway would be great. Thanks for the help.
|Re: The Divide||dongtrgolfer at 7/6/15 8:01pm|
|I have played The Divide a few times over the past few months and it is much improved. The greens are much better (but slow). Fairways are ok but some places thin. Tee boxes were pretty chewed up on a lot of holes. Bunkers are definitely improved. Pro shop and staff much improved (now that they are being paid). I would still put Charlotte National and Emerald Lake above it but The Divide has closed some of the gap and given the layout (which I like) it is back on my play list.|
|Re: Beginner in Ballantyne||dongtrgolfer at 7/6/15 7:54pm|
|Any of the courses you listed have nice practice greens and it is free to putt! Chipping areas is a little more complicated. None are ideal but Springfield and Fort Mill are ok. Again, free to chip! If you are just banging balls I would suggest one of the places on South Blvd south of I-485. There are two places and they give you about 100 balls for $10 9also have cards that save $$), but there putting/chipping areas not that great.
Of the four you listed I would say none are overly "beginner" friendly. All have challenges and can cost a lot depending on what day of the week you play and your age. I would check out some of the Radcliffe courses. They are not as nice but can get some good deals at certain times and are pretty beginner friendly (that is where I start! ed). I would also suggest Charlotte National. Very wide open and good for beginners if you play the right tee (gold). Charlotte National is much better than Radcliffe courses, has some reasonable rates in the afternoons, and has friendly staff and golfers who don't mind playing with beginners.
Finally, your first step should be to find a good pro to give you lessons. It will eliminate a lot of the upfront frustration and make the game a whole lot better. don't invest in nice, shiny clubs, invest in lessons!
|Beginner in Ballantyne||Mike at 7/6/15 1:15pm|
I wanted to know about some of the clubs around me, specifically about practice facilities / range / chipping and putting areas. I also wanted to know about cost for the range. What courses would you list as beginner friendly in the area? A search of what is by me (excluding Ballantyne CC as it is $$$): Regent Park, Springfield, Carolina Lakes, Fort Mill. Can you suggest any of these?
|Mount Mitchell Golf Club||panthersfann55 at 7/3/15 3:02pm|
My golf buddy and I found this great stay and play package in Carolina Golf Journal and decided to give it a try. 2 rounds of golf, 1 night stay in the Fairway Villa Condos and $15 credit towards dinner at the clubhouse restaurant for $99 (double occupancy). What an awesome deal. This was a 2 1/2 drive from the house and well worth it. It is wall to wall bent grass (greens,fairways,tees). It is also a CART PATH ONLY course. The course is very flat minus 2 or 3 holes and tucked in the Toe River Valley. The mountain views were spectacular and kept the rain away for our stay. The clubhouse staff were very nice and let us check in early and tee off an hour before our tee time since everyone was cancelling due to pending rain (it didn't). Condo was dated but ! had everything we needed (plus a front row view of the 8th fairway and the mountains in the background). Dinner was a little expensive since there is only 1 other restaurant next door to compete but the rib eye was worth the money.
Greens A+ no issues what so ever.
Fairways B+ some thin spots here and there but overall good no roll
Rough A+ fair and challenging
Bunkers B had some weeds in them but were soft and playable
Tees A+ not one chewed up
Overall a great experience. I had some reservations going into this after reading reviews from golfnow and tripadvisor but I'm glad we went. Just to warn you that the course does stay damp so don't expect to much roll. It is a shot makers course. The temp was also perfect.
|Rocky River||Jrock704 at 7/1/15 12:04pm|
|Anyone played Rocky River within the last couple days? Older reviews seem to all say the fairways were terrible and I think they punched the greens last week. Playing Friday morning and want to know what I'm in for.|
|Re: The Divide||The B-Man at 6/30/15 10:22am|
|Two reviews got posted within an hour of your message board posting. Both reviewers were brand new to the site. So take the reviews with a grain of salt. I heard an anecdotal review from a friend who played here last week and he gave it an average review. If your expectations are low, I think the Divide will meet or exceed them. If you like the layout, it's probably worth giving a shot. If you want really good conditions, take the 20 minute drive to Red Bridge or the 10 minute drive to Olde Sycamore.|
|The Divide||ISlayMySelf at 6/30/15 9:11am|
|Haven't played the Divide in a few years because of the conditions but it is the closest course to me and I wanted to give it another try this Friday afternoon. Anyone have an update on the conditions and is it worth the twilight rate? My expectations are low but hopeful.|