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aimtobreak80’s Review of Rocky River Golf Club on 10/3/13

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

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    Date: 10/3/13 Thu Morning
    Overall Rating:

    "Worth playing"
    Conditions: Good - normal wear/tear
    Pace: 4 1/2 Hours
    Cost: $30
    Username: aimtobreak80
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    The course was in good condition – tee bases, fairways, greens, and bunkers – all fine. The price was very good – $30 for a senior, Concord resident – hard to beat. The course management, and especially the marshal – a little irritating. The foursome (a twosome and two singles) was thrown together to fill the tee time. That’s not entirely unusual, but it is the first time in my nearly 60 years of playing that I shared a cart with a total stranger, and I was not entirely comfortable riding with someone whose driving skills and comportment were completely unknown to me. Apparently, management was limiting carts because of a tournament scheduled for just after noon. The tournament was also the reason for the marshal to repeatedly ask us to speed up play even though we were NOT being pushed by players following behind us. I believe that the constant badgering by the marshal led to exactly the opposite of the desired result, causing mishits by all in our foursome, and leading to slower play, not faster. Two members of the foursome were particularly upset by the constant, and repeated, visitations by the marshal. Finally, one of the members of the foursome, who had never played the course before, was somewhat critical of the number of forced carries over marshy areas, especially off the tees. I would add that the fact that the reeds and marsh grass immediately adjacent to the tee bases had not been cut, and it increased the difficulty significantly, demanding an elevated, arcing trajectory to clear them but sacrificing some distance/carry in the process. Still, not a bad round, but I wish we had been advised of the tournament, and its potential impact upon play, when calling for a tee time such that we might have considered playing elsewhere.

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  • Dear aimtobreak80,I enjoy reading the comments on B-mans golf and your review gives me the opportunity to express a couple long held-in thoughts.1) It is very typical to pair up singles and twosomes in order to provide a good flow and maximize the ammount of golfers that can enjoy the course. What Rocky River did was well within reason as well as having two singles share a cart. It is unrealistic to expect four singles playing in the same group to all have their own cart.2) When monitoring your pace of play a group needs to keep up with the group ahead regardless if there is no one right behind. Perhaps your group was the last one that was teed off before the tournament that was going to be using the front 9 holes in two hours. Plenty of time to play 8 1/2 holes.3) “Play it Forward” is a national compaign that has been promoted by the USGA, The PGA and even Jack Nicklaus. It means play the tee boxes that best suite the individuals game. If your playing partner is a less skilled golfer than someone should have recommended that they play the hole from a shorter more enjoyable yardage. I am sure they would have been more than happy rather than be frustrated in a game that should be fun.I appreciate you and B-man’s for allowing me this venue to get a couple things off my chest. I love golf and I hope we get more and more people involved in this wonderful game. It is the job of more experienced golfers to mentor new golfers in matters of etiquitte and procedure in order for all to enjoy such a wonderful game.Sincerely,Luv2golf

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