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2018 Golf Thread

Discussion in 'General Sports' started by jercra, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. PedroSpecialK

    PedroSpecialK Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Played Red Tail yesterday - some spots on the course are real beat up (fairway on 4 in particular, pictured below) and some greens could use work, but still a great track overall. Played the silvers (played right around 7,000 yards) and was +1 through 8, then proceeded to double bogey 9, and ran up a 44 on the back to end at 83.

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    My left hand grip strength started to fade throughout the round, I think from having cracked my knuckles all my life - led to a few more draws / pulls than normal. Anyone ever had this issue before with their leading hand? Advil didn't seem to do the trick...
     
  2. ernieshore

    ernieshore Member SoSH Member

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    Heading down to Bandon on Thursday. I'm just going by myself and playing Bandon Dunes one day and Pacific Dunes the next. It's a short, last minute getaway for myself and I haven't played a lot this year, but I'm still pretty excited (though the forecast for Friday has gotten worse).
     
  3. FL4WL3SS

    FL4WL3SS Member SoSH Member

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    I'm going down from Seattle in Feb, can't fucking wait.

    Let us know how it goes!
     
  4. Zomp

    Zomp Turkey Virgin Dope

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    At the risk of sounding very, very ignorant...is the weather okay in February for golf in Oregon?

    Has anyone done Streamsong yet?


    I haven't updated this thread in a while but I'm plugging along. Last 8 rounds or so have been all between 80-83. Purchased a rogue driver and 3 wood which I really like.
     
  5. Koufax

    Koufax Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I've does Streamsong. Think of it as Bandon Dunes without the ocean.
     
  6. FL4WL3SS

    FL4WL3SS Member SoSH Member

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    The weather is fine in February, about what you would expect for Bandon. Some rain, some sun, lots of wind. Basically perfect for links golf!

    I did Streamsong in March, let me know if you have questions.
     
  7. Zomp

    Zomp Turkey Virgin Dope

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    Cost per person? I’ve heard there is nothing around the resort so you’re basically forced to eat there.
     
  8. FL4WL3SS

    FL4WL3SS Member SoSH Member

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    Expect to spend around 2-2.5k when all is said and done. There is nothing around for 30 mins and the nearest hotel is a run down Best Western.

    It's worth it to stay at the resort, but if I were to go again, I might stay in Tampa (less than an hour drive) and just drive in an out every day.
     
  9. ernieshore

    ernieshore Member SoSH Member

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    A recap of my Bandon visit this past weekend:
    I drove down on Thursday afternoon and that would have been a perfect day to play - 65, clear, and calm. But I played my first round Friday about noon at Bandon Dunes - and the foreboding forecast was accurate: 50 degree temps, heavy rain, and 30 mph winds. I didn't play that well, and with the conditions I didn't even pull out my scorecard (it was soaked anyway). But I guess I got the true links experience! Rain/winter gloves were a life-saver.

    Second round was at Pacific Dunes early in the morning. The weather started the same as Friday but improved quickly and ended up nice - probably low 60s and partly sunny. I was awful on one hole early, but had a stretch of 14 holes where I was just 2 over. But then I had another terrible hole that ruined the round - before finishing birdie, par. But honestly that inconsistency wasn't surprising given my lack of recent playing.

    Some various thoughts:
    - I was by myself, so decided to stay in the town of Bandon. There a couple decent bars and restaurants there, but it was pretty quiet even on Friday night and, in hindsight, I would probably stay at the resort. The resort seemed pretty chill too, but since people are coming from all over it seems like you could easily meet people there.
    - Most people I met were playing 36 each day, though many seemed to be pushing back their second tee times to eat lunch, or were at risk of not finishing their second 18. I played my round at Bandon Dunes right in 4 hours, but the round at Pacific took a little over 5. I could see playing 18 and then the par 3 course as about the ideal day, especially as the days get shorter.
    - Some of the fairways were in kind of rough shape. I guess that surprised me, but makes sense given the style of the course and the very dry summer they've had.
    - I had a caddie and would recommend doing that, especially if its your first time. And you keep the same caddie for each round.
    - Practice long approach shots. I was driving it pretty well, but had a lot more long, 200+ yard approach shots than I expected (but it makes sense with the wind).
    - Pacific was more visually appealing, but the bunkers were very punitive, if not extreme. My caddie said "I like this place less every time I walk it." Bandon seemed more fair. Several people I talked with said Old MacDonald was their favorite.

    And with all that - I can't wait to go back.
     
    #709 ernieshore, Oct 10, 2018 at 3:08 PM
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  10. FL4WL3SS

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    Awesome! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to go.
     
  11. Old Fart Tree

    Old Fart Tree the maven of meat Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Bandon is awesome.

    I played Trull Brook a couple weeks back when I was back east. That was a nice track.
     
  12. Comfortably Lomb

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    Welp, just in time for the end of the season I seem to have made some sort of peace with my driver. I wouldn’t call it a strength but I’ve been keeping it in and around the fairway for the past month. A lot of focus on not shifting my weight too much onto my back foot and keeping on plane. I gave up a little distance but I’m absolutely squaring up more balls so that’s good news. Something to build off next year, I guess.

    I did just pick up a thermal compression long sleeve to hopefully squeak out an extra round or two wearing as temps drop into the 40s.
     
  13. Shawn O'Leary

    Shawn O'Leary Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I leave Sunday for a golf getaway to Las Vegas. Three teams of 4 from each of a handful of Chicago area golf clubs make the trip each season to compete; my first time taking part. Three rounds of golf, one each at: Cascata, Shadow Creek and Southern Highlands.

    Nice capper to the golf season (its been cold here and I've not been able to get more than a round here or there in the last few weeks).

    Edit: The Sox will need to dispatch the Astros in 6 so I'm not at 27,000-feet during Game 7...
     
  14. PedroSpecialK

    PedroSpecialK Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    That's awesome. I'm trying to convince a couple buddies with whom I'm going to Vegas to shell out for Shadow Creek in February, but I'm not sure I'll sway them with that price tag.

    You need to be at an MGM-owned hotel to play, right?
     
  15. Shawn O'Leary

    Shawn O'Leary Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I'm not sure, tbh. Never played any of the Vegas area courses and this is being handled as a bundle so I wrote one check for hotel, golf, transportation from hotel to/from courses, etc. We are staying at the Mirage, for what that's worth. Not sure if that's a MGM property or not.
     
    #715 Shawn O'Leary, Oct 15, 2018 at 1:13 PM
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  16. patinorange

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    Shadow creek is open to the public now. It ain’t cheap. 500 plus caddie fees and tip. When Wynn owned it you could only get on with a personal invitation.
     
  17. The Needler

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    Still gotta be an MGM Resorts guest (of which Mirage is one), and you’re very unlikely to get a weekend spot unless you’re a high roller or in a high end suite or villa. Regular guests will also get bumped for high rollers, celebrities, etc.
     
  18. patinorange

    patinorange Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks. When I called I was staying at an MGM property. But the price scared me off.
     

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