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07-23-2009 02:54 PM #1
I just started golfing about a month ago and I was wondering if there were any avid golfers on the board?
If so, where do you like to play? What courses would you recommend for a beginner like myself?
Thanks for the suggestions to follow...
07-23-2009 03:22 PM #2
I hack. I wouldn't exactly call myself a golfer. Been playing for 10 years, averaging maybe 5 times a year. I haven't broken 100 yet although I have come close. I dont embarrass myself when playing with someone much better than me, but I am not by any means good.
If you're willing to drive a bit to save money, Oakmont Greens in Hampstead is pretty cheap and wide open. It'll be hard to lose your ball there.
There are also a ton of nice cheap courses in Pennsylvania around Gettysburg and Hanover.
I try to avoid playing around Baltimore and DC. All the courses are always crowded and expensive.
07-23-2009 03:26 PM #3
I can show you some great courses if you get down in my neck of the woods. But bring a lot of balls. All the courses have water on them down here.
When I played in Maryland and Virginia I was shooting in the mid to high 80's. Down here it's very hard for me to break 100.
07-23-2009 09:05 PM #4
I've broken 100 once when I shot a 98 at Pine Ridge last year. Best I've done this is is a 102 at Greystone, which is a really nice course.
I play Longview the most since its pretty cheap. Doesn't hurt that its mostly straight and wide open.
07-23-2009 09:08 PM #5
I've got a golf glove and I shake my butt a little before I swing, I guess that makes me a golfer. In no ways does my ability reflect this.
07-23-2009 11:26 PM #6Plus Member Since June 2009 Major Leagues
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- Locust Point
07-24-2009 11:52 AM #7
07-24-2009 02:15 PM #8
Have the marshalls settled down at Rocky Point? I almost yanked one off his cart a few years back.
We were playing (politely) up the backs of the foursome in front of us for the entire front nine. We took our time at the turn, teed up on 10, finished the hole, played the par 3 11th with no trouble. All four of us missed the fairway with our drives on 12, though. It took a few minutes but we were all ready to hit our second after finding our first shots. The second shots didn't go so well, but it was our collective worst hole of the day.
I looked back and saw that we weren't holding anyone up as we headed for our third shots as the group behind us was just pulling up. We got to the 13th tee box when a ranger pulls up. "Pick up the pace gentlemen. You're almost a hole behind."
I said, "Sorry 'bout that. Bad tee shots on 12! We'll get going. Sorry!"
He rolled his eyes, shook his head, and said, "Just pick up the pace. You're holding up the group behind you."
I said, "Scuse me? They'd JUST pulled up and we were nowhere near their landing. They could have rolled out of their carts, teed up, and teed off with out hesitating. We're not holding anyone up. Besides, the group in front of us JUST pulled away. We've been playing up their-"
He put his hand up, raised his voice, and said, "Sir, I really don't care, I wasn't here to see it. I'm telling YOU to pick up YOUR pace. Is that clear?"
I lost it. "I just spent almost $50 to play here and you don't care?!?! You'd better care! I don't know who you think you're getting loud with, Jack, but you better watch your step. I know you've got a job to do, but don't treat me like I'm some inmate at a prison. I paid to be here, I'm respecting the rules, I told you we'll pick up the pace. Don't you stand there and reprimand me. Now, go get your supervisor and a cop and you can all throw me off the course if that's what you decide to do. Or you can get the (expletive) out of my face and let me finish my round. But don't take my money and then think you're gonna raise your voice and roll your eyes at me."
He drove away shaking his head but I didn't see him again that round. I haven't been back to Rocky Point since.
07-24-2009 02:22 PM #9
I've never golfed before. My dad took my brother and me to the driving range a couple times when I was little, but that's about the only time I've ever had a club in my hand. It's something I've really been wanting to pick up over these past couple years. Maybe next year I'll give it a shot or something.
07-24-2009 02:26 PM #10
Heading out to Westminster National tomorrow with my Dad and brother. I love playing golf, but have to admit that it is the one sport that has totally kicked my butt. I don't play often at all, but I have been playing for about 10 years now, and I feel as if I'm no better than when I started.
Which I don't really mind, except for when there's a group behind you waiting, and you duff a shot that goes about 15 yards. We usually try to go when no one else is there for those reasons.
07-24-2009 03:49 PM #11
07-24-2009 04:04 PM #12
The best experience I've ever had was at the Wetlands near Ripken Stadium. My foursome was having a wretched back nine. We got to a tee box and the ranger pulled up. "Hey guys, sorry to interrupt your round, but can I help you fellas pick up the pace a bit? I don't want to rush you, but while you're getting teed up let me ride down the fairway and get parked and then you guys can hit."
I still didn't know what he was doing, but he ducked behind a tree, we all teed off, and he met us in/near the fairway. He pointed out all of our teeshots, gave us an approximate distance, warned us of a bunker we couldn't see, and got out of the way again.
We hit our approach shots, all but one was dancing, and the ranger said, "You guys didn't even need my help! Good hole gentlemen! Enjoy the rest of your round and thank you!" We didn't seem him again.
Him helping us find our tee shots and giving us the distance accomplished exactly what he wanted: It sped up our pace of play. Only he did it without reprimanding and/or threatening us. That's how that should be done. Rocky Point could learn a thing or two.
07-24-2009 04:46 PM #13
07-24-2009 05:27 PM #14Plus Member Since 09/03 Hall of Fame
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I live near DC but I have played the Forest Park public course in Baltimore 2-3 times and would recommend it. I stink at golf (110-120 is normal for me) and this course was the right level for me, so a beginner can handle it. It's also not very expensive at all.
07-24-2009 06:09 PM #15
This is my game...played in college...still trying to qualify for the ametuer