Senior Mens Golf


Monday, August 25th

What are the Top Five-or-So Factors (Matters) that Make Golf Enjoyable at your Golf Club?

This question may apply to your own (home) club if you belong to a private or semi-private golf club, or it may be that you are a golfer who plays a number of courses. I am curious, though, what are a few factors that make your golfing experience enjoyable.
NRCCSGA Weblog Monitor on 08.25.08 @ 11:25 AM CST [Add Your Comment] [1 Comment]

Thursday, August 21st

Test Entry

This entry is a test entry. Used by the Weblog monitor to see how Templates work as they change.
NRCCSGA Weblog Monitor on 08.21.08 @ 03:17 PM CST [Add Your Comment] [4 Comments]

Tuesday, August 19th

What is Your Favorite Golf Hole - and: Why is it the Favorite?

I decided to bypass a discussion of "Favorite Golf Courses" and go directly to a question about Favorite Golf Hole.

Note that I would like it if someone could say, specifically, what golf hole is their favorite -- and, why!

Possibly, from that, we could eventually move to favorite golf courses.... however, I have a feeling that trying to identify a favorite golf course would vary too much as a player's experience (with various golf courses) changes. For example, my favorite courses when I was in my 20s are different than those I find wonderful as I play during my latter 60s.

However, we all may have ONE favorite golf hole. Some hole, somewhere, in our lifetime that has meant a lot to us and that we would love to / hope to play once again.

Perhaps, regularly, if that hole is on our "home" course! Perhaps, yearly, if we regularly vacation at some golfing area. Perhaps, "one more time" if we remember a golf hole/experience-with-a-golf-hole that we would like to repeat.

Any comments? Thank you, in advance!

NRCCSGA Weblog Monitor on 08.19.08 @ 01:25 PM CST [Add Your Comment] [1 Comment]

Saturday, August 16th

What Makes a Great Golf Hole?

This is a near-impossible-to-answer- question without a number of qualifications. However, let me try to get the discussion started:

For me, a great golf hole should:

1. Have a short distance between green-to-tee (at both ends of the golf hole). This seems strange to list first -- but, I am a golf "walker", and this is important to me.

2. Able to see "the entire hole" for any given shot. Although this may seem to shut-out from the discussion a number of great dogleg holes that I have played; I put this as, in my opinion, a major criteria for a GREAT golf hole.

3. Fair hazards. Whether water, bunker, "natural area" or whatever: The hazard or hazards need to be manageable with a good shot. Perhaps, even, require a "perfect" shot if the other factors for a great golf hole are in-place.

4. Bail-out area if the hole/hazards require a perfect shot. Golf should not be a "punishing" game.

5. A fair green. Naturally, this (being fair) is a discussion on its own. However, if the green is not two-puttable for a majority of pin placements: The hole is not "great" in my view.

6. Beauty. Again, a personal issue. What I see as beauty may not please others.

Examples, for me, that fit the above include (in time-order that I have played them in my lifetime): Hazeltine 16th, Pebble Beach 8th, any hole inwards at St. Andrews during a clear/late-in-the-day round with a view of the town as you play "home", any hole you can see from Royal Dornoch's 2nd or 5th tee, Gullane #2 Course 13th, any raised-tee hole at Cruden Bay, North Ridge Lakes Course 12th, and North Ridge Oaks Course 11th (since the half-way house gives a break here, the tee-to-green criteria is not important!).

I will add an entry to our Weblog for "Favorite" golf holes, so you need not mention your favorites here (except if you wish to do so). However, I mentioned the above holes to give you a feeling for the type of golf hole that I feel is GREAT.

Any comments? Thanks, in advance.

NRCCSGA Weblog Monitor on 08.16.08 @ 12:30 PM CST [Add Your Comment] [2 Comments]

Monday, August 11th

What Tee Should I Play From?

This is a question that comes up, to me, quite often. Both from my own play -- and, as I discuss the topic with others. My view is: Play from the tee that you are most comfortable with. That means, play from the course's tees that afford an opportunity to achieve some satisfaction during the round. Period. Don't mind what tee others are using within your group! You and they will be meeting at the green if not somewhere along the way.

In my view, I feel that if I can reach ten of the non-par-3 greens in "regulation" with quite nice shots: That is the tee that I play from most of the time and would recommend to others.

The topic is NOT (affected by) a matter of "stroke adjustment" for mixed-tee competitions.

The topic is NOT (affected by) a matter of age.

The topic is NOT (affected by) a matter of gender.

The decision as to what tee a player plays is strictly up to the player and the player's enjoyment.


Give some thought to what are your criteria and comment-back. I am interested in your view on this.

Thank you in advance for any comeback.

NRCCSGA Weblog Monitor on 08.11.08 @ 08:54 AM CST [Add Your Comment]

Mixed-tee Competition and Handicap Stroke Adjustment

I wonder why, quite often, when tournaments are held that involve mixed-tees (for example, Back, Middle and Forward) the rules sheet does not point out what the stroke adjustment should be. For example, if the course rating difference for the Middle and Back is two strokes, sometimes the rules sheet just says "Adjust your handicap accordingly" or something to that affect.

I bet that sometimes the Forward tee player subtracts (in this example) two strokes from his/her handicap at the forward tee -- and, a Back tee player adds two strokes to his/her handicap. If this happens, the forward tee player is at a distinct disadvantage.

Or, sometimes a few players adjust their handicap for the competition -- and, some other players from the same tee forget to do so.....

Have you had this happen in a competition that you are involved with?

By the way: I happen to agree with adjustments when mixed tees are used. Is the "formula / technique used" correct? Debatable.... but, as long as everyone does the adjustment the same way, things average out.

Thank you, in advance, for any comment on this.

NRCCSGA Weblog Monitor on 08.11.08 @ 08:53 AM CST [Add Your Comment]

Should Age or Gender Be Part of a Decision Regarding What Tee To Play From?


I sometimes see, for example, very-junior players, playing with a parent from a "front" tee but, there happen to be two more tees that he/she could play from further front and (in my view) enjoy the game more.

Same (for me, increasingly so!) for us older-age players.

As I mention in the main entry for this type of discussion: I am of the view that a player should play from a tee that affords the player a chance to hit ten-or-so non-par 3s in regulation. That's sufficient criteria for me.

Any comments from your side on this?

NRCCSGA Weblog Monitor on 08.11.08 @ 08:52 AM CST [Add Your Comment]

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