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Re: Watching golf is torture this time of the year

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:15 pm

Posted by Halebopp


The Masters and the season are drawing nearer by the day but we're not there yet. The view from the first tee today:

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Last year pretty much all the snow had melted by this time but we might not be much behind though as the snow will disappear in a week once it gets warm enough. It should be +7C and sunshine on Wednesday, so that's something to look forward to - time for shorts, t-shirts, flipflops and some sunbathing :D
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Re: Watching golf is torture this time of the year

Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:27 am

Posted by tpp


Just spent a very pleasant day watching the Thailand Classic in hua hin Thailand blue sky cool breeze temp 70 plus. The event is co sanctioned by the European tour one of the sponsors is a Thai beer company who give you a complimentary sun umbrella and hat. A lot of the club caddys were around the course giving spectators distances and general info they were a credit to the club. Unlike some of the  Scandinavians who were employed as .marshalls .all in a very nice day out for about 8 pound.
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Re: Watching golf is torture this time of the year

Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:51 am

Posted by dave_giz


I ventured up to my golf club for the first time since October yesterday, I have never been so pleased to spend two hours practicing in the nets - the course itself is a swamp so I'm not going near that until we're back on proper greens and fairways, winter golfers are masochists in my view.

As soon as there's a bit of sunshine the golf bug bites hard! 
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Re: Watching golf is torture this time of the year

Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:23 pm

Posted by Halebopp


tpp wrote:

Just spent a very pleasant day watching the Thailand Classic in hua hin Thailand blue sky cool breeze temp 70 plus. The event is co sanctioned by the European tour one of the sponsors is a Thai beer company who give you a complimentary sun umbrella and hat. A lot of the club caddys were around the course giving spectators distances and general info they were a credit to the club. Unlike some of the  Scandinavians who were employed as .marshalls .all in a very nice day out for about 8 pound.


They must've been Swedes! :D

I hope they were at least sober. I can only speak for us Finns but we and countries with cheap liquor don't usually mix well. Unfortunately I have no trouble imagining even sober Finns being rude when given a bit of authority in such events. We are a slightly backward people. :D

I wouldn't have any trouble watching top-level golf in such weather for 8 pounds a day though.

Dave, yeah the golf bug hits really bad when the temperature gets higher and pretty much all the snow has gone. The past couple of years the spring has started very early - around Feb 22. That's almost two months earlier than some years, yet the differences in the courses opening is only a week or so due to the weather not being warm enough for the courses to dry and get the grass truly growing. It's easier to wait with all the snow on the ground. :)
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Re: Watching golf is torture this time of the year

Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:36 pm

Posted by Halebopp


Yay! There's a range opening tomorrow, too bad it's 30 minutes away. Checking a range nearby the web page said the ball dispenser (do you call it that?) is closed. That might mean they're now open but you need to collect the balls from the muddy range yourself.

Usually the course that opens its range tomorrow opens their 9-hole course soon after and my home course opens the other 18 a week from that so if all goes well, I'll be playing during the Masters weekend! :)
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Re: Watching golf is torture this time of the year

Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:45 am

Posted by Halebopp


Yay, another winter survived! We have a tee time booked for Saturday at 1:20 PM. It's time to take the clubs out of bed and put them in the bag. :D
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Re: Watching golf is torture this time of the year

Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:38 pm

Posted by DennisMiller


I was up late watching the LPGA on television. This thread crossed my mind. When you can't play, for whatever reason, watching pretty girls play golf is way better than a lot of other things.
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Re: Watching golf is torture this time of the year

Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:20 pm

Posted by Halebopp


I'm sure you're right. My golf watching actually drops dramatically after the Masters and once our season starts. It's mostly the majors and possibly European Tour on the weekends if it's raining and I can't play or a Finn is up there battling for the win (in that case I might skip a Sunday round even on a sunny day). Certainly LET tournaments would be up there too as there are plenty of Finns including a couple of locals and our Mizunoite Oona Vartiainen. The LET is big trouble though as the tour's prize fund requirements are too high and the tournaments can't come up with the money. Most of the players would be willing to lower the prizes just so they could play and win something but the biggest stars are against it.

BTW. I almost blew my right shoulder today at the gym. I hurt it a while back while doing bench press and I've let it heal concentrating on other muscle groups. Today though the shoulder popped slightly while working on my biceps. I put the weights away, left the gym and came home. No more risks at this point! It's better just to jog, do legs workouts and play golf for a couple of weeks now.
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Re: Watching golf is torture this time of the year

Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:55 pm

Posted by Halebopp


Ha!

Today's been terrible weather wise, howling winds and a lot of rain but it is eating up all the snow and ice at a very good rate. Thanks to it one course just announced they're opening their range tomorrow. Looking at the forecasts and based on history, it should be only two or three weeks until my home course opens. We're well ahead of last year's schedule and it'll be fun to see if we can beat Augusta National this year!

There's a golf trade show this weekend, I'm not bothered to go there but I've been following some live broadcasts from there. It really isn't helping with the fever though. :D

I actually made a slight dent in the corner of a wall yesterday, courtesy of an MP-32 9 iron after watching Mark Crossfield's video about firing your hips. My friend managed to make a bigger mess though. He sent a picture of his significant other's 60-70 year-old lamp in their ceiling after it had made contact with his Vokey wedge. 
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