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    Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  FamousDavis on Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:46 pm

    As we descend upon the close of the year 2012, many thoughts stream through my intricate brain vessels. My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.

    That being said, here's looking back at 2012:

    The implosion of GR: Was it intentional or simply a matter of programming code breaking down without any maintenance? How could Larry be one of the remaining survivors? Was the point to leave him as the last man standing all alone in his misery? I rather enjoy tuning in once a week to see who is still there. What a waste of a potentially great website. Best golf equipment review section on the internet, I'm told.

    FD vs. Kiwi: Great match, great guy and an even greater victory by myself. Free lunch too. People hear the saying all the time "great guy" but I have to say that Kiwi really is a nice person and fun to be around. He likes his beer too. He gave me a good match up until the 17th hole and that's when I cranked up the pressure and drilled a 10 footer for bird. Game-set-match. Out.

    Club ho'ing: It was a banner year for club ho'ing. Lots of good deals to be had. Some of the best ho'ing was a set of Titleist AP2 5.5 irons for $200, a set of Titleist MB 710 irons for $250, a set of Ping Eye 2 BeCu for $50 and a Scotty Cameron Sante Fe, Ping Eye 2 irons, several drivers and wedges for $109. My ho' of the year, however, was the set of Taylormade MB irons, 3-PW, 5.5 shafts for $200 that I flipped for $475.

    The disappearance of SoonerBS.
    Where did this guy go? It's a mystery.




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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Mongrel on Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:36 pm

    One 2012 highlight is a late one-- the dawning of a new age for golf forums. This one. Congratulations for taking The Big Step and providing us with a home. And kudos also for this site attaining Major League status as evidenced by the pop-ups for Major Golf and Non-Golf Retailers. If you don't have them, you don't have nuttin'.
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  12pierogi on Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:19 pm

    I played the same shit all summer pretty much a milestone. Except 3 woods, I tried the r9.

    I got a great deal on a membership at a cool course 2 18 hole courses, a great practice facility, so much more. Great restaurant and grille. All good looking cart girls, bartenders, live music every week. Hotel, lodges, spa, 2 pools jacuzzi sauna. Massge parlor. 10-15 minutes away. I like the league there, and may have to play both nights. I played the club champion a few times and can hang with him 9 holes, and beat him on one occasion.

    I bought a walk behind greens mower. I'm going to build a green for chipping and putting.

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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Golfaholic on Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:01 am

    12pierogi wrote:

    I bought a walk behind greens mower. I'm going to build a green for chipping and putting.
    Do you have any idea how much work up keep on that is?
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  12pierogi on Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:36 am

    Golfaholic wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:

    I bought a walk behind greens mower. I'm going to build a green for chipping and putting.
    Do you have any idea how much work up keep on that is?

    I was a lowly golf course worker in my earlier life. I helped construct several greens at that course.

    I started the dirt work last year, it's not huge, about 15 meters by 8-10 slightly elevated. Good drainage. Plus I have a 120 meter range a few steps out the back door.
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Pky6471 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:00 am

    Well , tried to shoot 75% in the 80s... instead got 15% in the 80s... Lot of room for improvement, but old age does not help, now I have to shoot straight + stay away from troubles + more importantly excellent in short game = on the way to consistently shooting in the 80s, missing one component I would be fukkkkkkkked...

    The day after Thanksgiving , my boss IM'ed and asked me to see him in his office. When I got there, he took me to the next room where the devil HR guy was sitting there, I knew right away what's going on. My boss informed me that my position will be eliminated and he (a friend)GENUINELY felt sorry for me (I was laughing inside because I have been waiting for a good offer from the company). He asked me to stay until end of June 2013 and transfer technology to younger scientists. After the meeting, he told me to go home to relax and clear my mind... In fact he told me to stay out for a few days until I am OK to come back to the office... Much to his surprise, I told him that I have to lead a meeting at 3PM , he asked me 'are U sure ...' I wish you all guys/ girls/ AC-DC that lucky
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Mongrel on Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:35 pm

    12pierogi wrote:
    Golfaholic wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:

    I bought a walk behind greens mower. I'm going to build a green for chipping and putting.
    Do you have any idea how much work up keep on that is?

    I was a lowly golf course worker in my earlier life. I helped construct several greens at that course.

    I started the dirt work last year, it's not huge, about 15 meters by 8-10 slightly elevated. Good drainage. Plus I have a 120 meter range a few steps out the back door.

    My father had a real green built on our farm when I was about 8 or 9. By the time I was 11, I was strong enough to operate the walk-behind greens mower he had bought used from some country club. Our old Italian handyman would keep the reel blades razor-sharp and my father would adjust it down to just above the dirt. So I learned all about the art of double and triple cutting greens and, after I was finished mowing it, how to putt on it. It was the old style bent grass that had real grain. Not like those crap hybrid grasses used today where the blades grow straight up. After a while of growing your green and helping it mature, then rolling and cutting it, your putting will improve drastically.
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Kiwigolfer on Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:49 am

    Famousdavis wrote:

    FD vs. Kiwi: Great match, great guy and an even greater victory by myself. Free lunch too. People hear the saying all the time "great guy" but I have to say that Kiwi really is a nice person and fun to be around. He likes his beer too. He gave me a good match up until the 17th hole and that's when I cranked up the pressure and drilled a 10 footer for bird. Game-set-match. Out.


    I enjoyed the match too FD. FD was a perfect gentleman, picking me up from my hotel, driving me to the course and assisting me with club hire/selection. Great company on the course and The match was played in great spirit. Buying lunch following the loss was the least I could do for such a gracious host. Then afterwards he took me to Golfmart where they indeed knew him by his first name. "Hey how's it going Fame?" was the greeting as we walked in the door. It was a privilege and an honor to see first hand where the worlds greatest ballstriker does some of his legendary club ho'ing. Smile

    It was a great day and would love to do it again one day.

    In fact my trip to the US of A is the main highlight of 2012 for me. Just a pity I couldn't have jacked up another GR matchup or two.

    Happy New Year to you all.

    May you all hit em straight in 2013. afro
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Big Dave on Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:50 am

    Kiwigolfer wrote:
    Famousdavis wrote:

    FD vs. Kiwi: Great match, great guy and an even greater victory by myself. Free lunch too. People hear the saying all the time "great guy" but I have to say that Kiwi really is a nice person and fun to be around. He likes his beer too. He gave me a good match up until the 17th hole and that's when I cranked up the pressure and drilled a 10 footer for bird. Game-set-match. Out.


    I enjoyed the match too FD. FD was a perfect gentleman, picking me up from my hotel, driving me to the course and assisting me with club hire/selection. Great company on the course and The match was played in great spirit. Buying lunch following the loss was the least I could do for such a gracious host. Then afterwards he took me to Golfmart where they indeed knew him by his first name. "Hey how's it going Fame?" was the greeting as we walked in the door. It was a privilege and an honor to see first hand where the worlds greatest ballstriker does some of his legendary club ho'ing. Smile

    It was a great day and would love to do it again one day.

    In fact my trip to the US of A is the main highlight of 2012 for me. Just a pity I couldn't have jacked up another GR matchup or two.

    Happy New Year to you all.

    May you all hit em straight in 2013. afro

    DOn't think I didn't try, mate. :-) Let us know a bit earlier and let's make a plan next time, and I'll be there. :-)
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Horseballs on Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:54 am

    Kiwigolfer wrote:
    Famousdavis wrote:

    FD vs. Kiwi: Great match, great guy and an even greater victory by myself. Free lunch too. People hear the saying all the time "great guy" but I have to say that Kiwi really is a nice person and fun to be around. He likes his beer too. He gave me a good match up until the 17th hole and that's when I cranked up the pressure and drilled a 10 footer for bird. Game-set-match. Out.


    I enjoyed the match too FD. FD was a perfect gentleman, picking me up from my hotel, driving me to the course and assisting me with club hire/selection. Great company on the course and The match was played in great spirit. Buying lunch following the loss was the least I could do for such a gracious host. Then afterwards he took me to Golfmart where they indeed knew him by his first name. "Hey how's it going Fame?" was the greeting as we walked in the door. It was a privilege and an honor to see first hand where the worlds greatest ballstriker does some of his legendary club ho'ing. Smile

    It was a great day and would love to do it again one day.

    In fact my trip to the US of A is the main highlight of 2012 for me. Just a pity I couldn't have jacked up another GR matchup or two.

    Happy New Year to you all.

    May you all hit em straight in 2013. afro
    You mean FD didn't meet you at the course, play like crap, leave after 6 holes, then trash you in the pro shop? This is the expected GR protocol for matches and I'm ashamed FD went off script.
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Horseballs on Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:55 am

    12pierogi wrote:
    Golfaholic wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:

    I bought a walk behind greens mower. I'm going to build a green for chipping and putting.
    Do you have any idea how much work up keep on that is?

    I was a lowly golf course worker in my earlier life. I helped construct several greens at that course.

    I started the dirt work last year, it's not huge, about 15 meters by 8-10 slightly elevated. Good drainage. Plus I have a 120 meter range a few steps out the back door.
    That was my introduction to golf. Working construction on a golf course, then maintenance.
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  12pierogi on Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:25 am

    Horseballs wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:
    Golfaholic wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:

    I bought a walk behind greens mower. I'm going to build a green for chipping and putting.
    Do you have any idea how much work up keep on that is?

    I was a lowly golf course worker in my earlier life. I helped construct several greens at that course.

    I started the dirt work last year, it's not huge, about 15 meters by 8-10 slightly elevated. Good drainage. Plus I have a 120 meter range a few steps out the back door.
    That was my introduction to golf. Working construction on a golf course, then maintenance.

    It's like riding a horse, I could probably get back into it. If I did the work and got a degree in turf science, I could walk around with a bourbon on ice, and golf. Best job ever. I was hired as the mechanic, ended up training everyone, to solving irrigation problems. Members only around 500 of the best bunch of rich @ssholes, that treated me as an equal.

    We reconstructed one of 3 greens that had some drainage issues resulting in disease, fungus. We rented a dozer for a couple weeks, and got it stuck, the super says bring some railroad ties over, and we shoved them under the tracks, that thing ate around 25 railroad ties to never be seen again. LMFAO
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Big Dave on Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:04 am

    12pierogi wrote:
    Horseballs wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:
    Golfaholic wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:

    I bought a walk behind greens mower. I'm going to build a green for chipping and putting.
    Do you have any idea how much work up keep on that is?

    I was a lowly golf course worker in my earlier life. I helped construct several greens at that course.

    I started the dirt work last year, it's not huge, about 15 meters by 8-10 slightly elevated. Good drainage. Plus I have a 120 meter range a few steps out the back door.
    That was my introduction to golf. Working construction on a golf course, then maintenance.

    It's like riding a horse, I could probably get back into it. If I did the work and got a degree in turf science, I could walk around with a bourbon on ice, and golf. Best job ever. I was hired as the mechanic, ended up training everyone, to solving irrigation problems. Members only around 500 of the best bunch of rich @ssholes, that treated me as an equal.

    We reconstructed one of 3 greens that had some drainage issues resulting in disease, fungus. We rented a dozer for a couple weeks, and got it stuck, the super says bring some railroad ties over, and we shoved them under the tracks, that thing ate around 25 railroad ties to never be seen again. LMFAO

    I worked at a range when I was 16. We rented a big 4 wheel bulldozer/grader to reshape the target greens out in the range. The assistant pro was a young guy, crazy. He met me at midnight once and we got the key outta the office, turned on the range lights, and rode that big dozer around the range at its top speed... bouncing around, swerving, raising the blade up and down, it's amazing we did not turn that big yellow junker OVER. :-) That guy went on to buy up all the local ranges and become a golf mogul 30 years later. I gotta go see him sometime and remind him of the good old days.
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  Horseballs on Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:37 am

    12pierogi wrote:
    Horseballs wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:
    Golfaholic wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:

    I bought a walk behind greens mower. I'm going to build a green for chipping and putting.
    Do you have any idea how much work up keep on that is?

    I was a lowly golf course worker in my earlier life. I helped construct several greens at that course.

    I started the dirt work last year, it's not huge, about 15 meters by 8-10 slightly elevated. Good drainage. Plus I have a 120 meter range a few steps out the back door.
    That was my introduction to golf. Working construction on a golf course, then maintenance.

    It's like riding a horse, I could probably get back into it. If I did the work and got a degree in turf science, I could walk around with a bourbon on ice, and golf. Best job ever. I was hired as the mechanic, ended up training everyone, to solving irrigation problems. Members only around 500 of the best bunch of rich @ssholes, that treated me as an equal.

    We reconstructed one of 3 greens that had some drainage issues resulting in disease, fungus. We rented a dozer for a couple weeks, and got it stuck, the super says bring some railroad ties over, and we shoved them under the tracks, that thing ate around 25 railroad ties to never be seen again. LMFAO
    I know I could get back into it pretty easily. I used to mow greens just about every morning. The walk-behind single reel mower went 4 mph and I would mow 7 greens in about 3 hours. We figured that was the equivalent of fast walking around 6 miles. Those were great days, waking up at 5am every day, working hard, taking a nap, going out, rolling out of bed hungover, repeat for the whole summer. My super was a bit of a prick, and he doled out punishment for fucking things up. I remember losing mowers in lakes, hitting sprinkler heads, etc. The worst punishment was push mowing a 40 degree angle hill on the front side of a tee. It would only get mowed when there was a fuck up and would get very long. Or he would drop you off with a weed wacker and a tank of gas for the whole day. This was prior to the Mexican revolution, when all the maintenance guys were either hillbillies with 6 DUI's or kids on summer break.
    Not sure about your bourbon on ice scenario. It seemed like a pretty tough job. Dealing with prick members like me, managing less than motivated employees, long tough hours, crisis management at every turn.
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    Re: Reflections on the year 2012

    Post  FamousDavis on Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:13 pm

    Horseballs wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:
    Horseballs wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:
    Golfaholic wrote:
    12pierogi wrote:

    I bought a walk behind greens mower. I'm going to build a green for chipping and putting.
    Do you have any idea how much work up keep on that is?

    I was a lowly golf course worker in my earlier life. I helped construct several greens at that course.

    I started the dirt work last year, it's not huge, about 15 meters by 8-10 slightly elevated. Good drainage. Plus I have a 120 meter range a few steps out the back door.
    That was my introduction to golf. Working construction on a golf course, then maintenance.

    It's like riding a horse, I could probably get back into it. If I did the work and got a degree in turf science, I could walk around with a bourbon on ice, and golf. Best job ever. I was hired as the mechanic, ended up training everyone, to solving irrigation problems. Members only around 500 of the best bunch of rich @ssholes, that treated me as an equal.

    We reconstructed one of 3 greens that had some drainage issues resulting in disease, fungus. We rented a dozer for a couple weeks, and got it stuck, the super says bring some railroad ties over, and we shoved them under the tracks, that thing ate around 25 railroad ties to never be seen again. LMFAO
    I know I could get back into it pretty easily. I used to mow greens just about every morning. The walk-behind single reel mower went 4 mph and I would mow 7 greens in about 3 hours. We figured that was the equivalent of fast walking around 6 miles. Those were great days, waking up at 5am every day, working hard, taking a nap, going out, rolling out of bed hungover, repeat for the whole summer. My super was a bit of a prick, and he doled out punishment for fucking things up. I remember losing mowers in lakes, hitting sprinkler heads, etc. The worst punishment was push mowing a 40 degree angle hill on the front side of a tee. It would only get mowed when there was a fuck up and would get very long. Or he would drop you off with a weed wacker and a tank of gas for the whole day. This was prior to the Mexican revolution, when all the maintenance guys were either hillbillies with 6 DUI's or kids on summer break.
    Not sure about your bourbon on ice scenario. It seemed like a pretty tough job. Dealing with prick members like me, managing less than motivated employees, long tough hours, crisis management at every turn.

    When I was growing up I lived in a house on an acre lot with lots of grass. We also had a full-grown, giant Pin Oak tree that dropped hundreds of thousands of leaves every fall. I had to rake them and bag them. We are talking every weekend filling anywhere from 8 to 15 full sized Hefty Lawn Bags, 50 gallon. I would then be forced to carry them about 200 feet to the curb. Next, I had to mow our gigantic lawn with our gas lawnmower that required pushing. We had this doush bag contractor who had done some work on our house and every once in awhile we'd find a giant mound of logs in our driveway. He wouldn't even ask us if we wanted it. Rather, he'd just dump it all in our long driveway as if he was being generous. Truth is, he wanted to avoid dump fees. I had to wheelbarrow those logs over to the pile and stack them neatly. That crap didn't even burn well, either.

    Then we had this fig tree. Forget it.

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