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Ah, Autumn. The beautiful tints of the leaves...


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#1 andrue

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:18 AM

What damn' fool left that tree there?
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Posted 23 October 2018 - 11:29 AM

With my luck I'd probably lose a ball in the fallen leaves.  At least that's the way it's been going lately.

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 12:38 PM

View Postjimb6golf, on 23 October 2018 - 11:29 AM, said:

With my luck I'd probably lose a ball in the fallen leaves.  At least that's the way it's been going lately.
I was lucky this time. Found the ball, had enough room for a full swing and ball didn't catch any branches. But the club has introduced a local rule that says if all players in a group agree on the approximate location the shooter can take a penalty free drop. As happens I did an up and down for a bogey. I was happy :)

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 01:21 PM

Trees do not belong on a golf course.  If they are there they should be used sparingly and well off the line of play.  Booooo trees.

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 01:28 PM

View Postsmashdn, on 23 October 2018 - 01:21 PM, said:

Trees do not belong on a golf course.  If they are there they should be used sparingly and well off the line of play.  Booooo trees.

Yeah I hate how the once-ler was portrayed as a "villian" in the lorax.

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 03:31 PM

View Postandrue, on 23 October 2018 - 12:38 PM, said:

View Postjimb6golf, on 23 October 2018 - 11:29 AM, said:

With my luck I'd probably lose a ball in the fallen leaves.  At least that's the way it's been going lately.
I was lucky this time. Found the ball, had enough room for a full swing and ball didn't catch any branches. But the club has introduced a local rule that says if all players in a group agree on the approximate location the shooter can take a penalty free drop. As happens I did an up and down for a bogey. I was happy :)

It's affectionately called 'Leaf Rule' around here.  And it's taken whether the club says so or not to be honest.

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 04:26 PM

I invoke the leaf rule for my fall rounds. I don't play any officially sanctioned tournaments these days (or even keep an official GHIN). Not going to stress about penalty strokes due to leaf camouflage - I'm actually more concerned with the penalty on my wallet. Using an orange ball has helped, but it's not a perfect solution.

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 07:46 PM

View Postsmashdn, on 23 October 2018 - 01:21 PM, said:

Trees do not belong on a golf course.  If they are there they should be used sparingly and well off the line of play.  Booooo trees.

We canít all live in the desert or on the cliffs of Scotland

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 07:56 PM

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 10:11 AM

View Postsmashdn, on 23 October 2018 - 01:21 PM, said:

Trees do not belong on a golf course.  If they are there they should be used sparingly and well off the line of play.  Booooo trees.
Oh, leaf it alone :)

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 10:24 AM

View Postandrue, on 24 October 2018 - 10:11 AM, said:

View Postsmashdn, on 23 October 2018 - 01:21 PM, said:

Trees do not belong on a golf course.  If they are there they should be used sparingly and well off the line of play.  Booooo trees.
Oh, leaf it alone :)

Good one !

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 03:46 PM

View PostChadwickog, on 23 October 2018 - 07:46 PM, said:

View Postsmashdn, on 23 October 2018 - 01:21 PM, said:

Trees do not belong on a golf course.  If they are there they should be used sparingly and well off the line of play.  Booooo trees.

We can't all live in the desert or on the cliffs of Scotland

Chainsaws and gas are cheap and make a world of difference.

I play on a course that cursed itself with Bradford pears to "define" the fairway/corridors.  Congrats you now have thin turf in the fairway because the trees are out competing the grass for water and nutrients.  

Every tree on the course has a ring of bare dirt and chert rocks for 6' around the base.  Not good golf.

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 06:46 PM

Trees belong in the woods

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 08:19 PM

Nothing is worse than piping a drive on a blind tee shot and not finding it because of leaves!
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:32 PM

I save balls that got beat up good throughout the year just for playing in the fall. Last time out i lost 4 balls due to leaves. "Luckily" i always seem to have a few dozen of those ricochet balls laying around so i should be good for some time.


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Posted 28 October 2018 - 09:26 AM

I can think of 4 or 5 courses I play regularly that have a hole with a tree basically in the middle of the fairway. Amazing how often "aim at the tree because you won't hit it" fails. :)

Fortunately storms have taken down a few of those badly placed trees, serves 'em right....

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 08:58 AM

Our course has big blowers that they use to clean the fairway.  The problem is, if you miss the fairway there's double the amount of leaves.  

This is my favorite time of the season to play but the weather has been abnormally cold.  The season started about 3 weeks late and looks to be ending about 1 month early.  Sigh.

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 09:41 AM

The staff at my club do a remarkable job of clearing out the leaves (including in the rough).

It is the most picturesque time of the year.

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 11:04 AM

The most noble application for a tree is to be used to cook some BBQ.  Turned into a club head if persimmon is the specie of the offending tree in question.

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 11:15 AM

Gorgeous pictures, Golfnuck. Unfortunately it never distracts from the shorter evenings. I hate the last week of October/First of November most of all. Our clocks went back last weekend so now the daylight seems to fade away just as I'm leaving the office and heading home. By mid-November it's dark by the time I leave so it doesn't seem so painful.

Hopefully we'll have a normal winter this time with no snow and can play all the weekends through.

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 04:17 PM

View Postandrue, on 30 October 2018 - 11:15 AM, said:

Gorgeous pictures, Golfnuck. Unfortunately it never distracts from the shorter evenings. I hate the last week of October/First of November most of all. Our clocks went back last weekend so now the daylight seems to fade away just as I'm leaving the office and heading home. By mid-November it's dark by the time I leave so it doesn't seem so painful.

Hopefully we'll have a normal winter this time with no snow and can play all the weekends through.

All true BUT in the summer you are getting 18 hours or more of daylight.

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 05:19 PM

View PostGolfnuck, on 30 October 2018 - 04:17 PM, said:

View Postandrue, on 30 October 2018 - 11:15 AM, said:

Gorgeous pictures, Golfnuck. Unfortunately it never distracts from the shorter evenings. I hate the last week of October/First of November most of all. Our clocks went back last weekend so now the daylight seems to fade away just as I'm leaving the office and heading home. By mid-November it's dark by the time I leave so it doesn't seem so painful.

Hopefully we'll have a normal winter this time with no snow and can play all the weekends through.

All true BUT in the summer you are getting 18 hours or more of daylight.
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Posted 31 October 2018 - 04:44 PM

Nice picture...at least it looks like they did a good job sucking up most of the loose leaves! Some of the munis around here get pretty lazy and it becomes an Easter egg hunt to find the ball.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 11:22 AM

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Trees do not belong on a golf course.  If they are there they should be used sparingly and well off the line of play.  Booooo trees.

Ahem...

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:11 PM

Should have burned in Bing Crosby's Clam Bake fires long ago.


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 10:31 PM

View PostGolfnuck, on 30 October 2018 - 04:17 PM, said:

View Postandrue, on 30 October 2018 - 11:15 AM, said:

Gorgeous pictures, Golfnuck. Unfortunately it never distracts from the shorter evenings. I hate the last week of October/First of November most of all. Our clocks went back last weekend so now the daylight seems to fade away just as I'm leaving the office and heading home. By mid-November it's dark by the time I leave so it doesn't seem so painful.

Hopefully we'll have a normal winter this time with no snow and can play all the weekends through.

All true BUT in the summer you are getting 18 hours or more of daylight.
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Posted 10 November 2018 - 11:08 PM

View Postjdl, on 28 October 2018 - 09:26 AM, said:

I can think of 4 or 5 courses I play regularly that have a hole with a tree basically in the middle of the fairway. Amazing how often "aim at the tree because you won't hit it" fails. :)

Fortunately storms have taken down a few of those badly placed trees, serves 'em right....

There's a course I play occasionally that has six holes with trees in the fairway. One is a short par 4 of just over 300 yards, with a big tree slap about 190~200 yards out right in the collection zone of narrow fairway that slopes down right to left. It's a tight hole, and there is a water hazard in the front right of the green, OB left, right, and long, and the green is raised up. It's not a tempting target for a driver. The course pro recommends a layup to 150 yards or so, leaving a second of the same distance :no2:
As it's such a tight hole, it could be quite a good tactical par 4 without the tree.
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 04:34 AM

View PostNo Catchy Nickname, on 10 November 2018 - 11:08 PM, said:

View Postjdl, on 28 October 2018 - 09:26 AM, said:

I can think of 4 or 5 courses I play regularly that have a hole with a tree basically in the middle of the fairway. Amazing how often "aim at the tree because you won't hit it" fails. :)

Fortunately storms have taken down a few of those badly placed trees, serves 'em right....

There's a course I play occasionally that has six holes with trees in the fairway. One is a short par 4 of just over 300 yards, with a big tree slap about 190~200 yards out right in the collection zone of narrow fairway that slopes down right to left. It's a tight hole, and there is a water hazard in the front right of the green, OB left, right, and long, and the green is raised up. It's not a tempting target for a driver. The course pro recommends a layup to 150 yards or so, leaving a second of the same distance :no2:
As it's such a tight hole, it could be quite a good tactical par 4 without the tree.
The par 4 18th on another course I play (playing there today), Rye Hill, is similar to that. It doesn't look like the tree is in the middle but the slope on the fairway is enough to carry a ball down to the rough if you're unlucky so you want to aim only just left of it. At ~260 yards from the tee I can't reach it but it can certainly interfere with my second shot. There's a gap on the right which they used to mow as fairway but now it's first cut. In any case as can be seen it's a bit of a 'needle threading' exercise.

It's another of what I'd call an 'ugly' hole and an irritating way to end a round.

Then at another course (actually the sister course to my home) there's this hole. There's just so much wrong about that par 5 starting with how the fairway is cut. Note that at that course even first cut has to be taken seriously. Here's what the approach once looked like for me. If you zoom in you can see the pin tucked in behind the tree. Oh and the hedge must've been scrubbed out when the course was made but they left the ground along that line pretty rough and uneven the entire width.

Edited by andrue, 11 November 2018 - 04:41 AM.

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 03:22 PM

Leaves in the fall and how they seem to suck up golf balls is one of the reasons I wish I could justify joining a private club.  Most that I’ve played do a nice job of clearing them out.

So instead, I gravitate more towards prairie or links style courses this time of year.
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 06:36 PM

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View PostGolfnuck, on 30 October 2018 - 04:17 PM, said:

View Postandrue, on 30 October 2018 - 11:15 AM, said:

Gorgeous pictures, Golfnuck. Unfortunately it never distracts from the shorter evenings. I hate the last week of October/First of November most of all. Our clocks went back last weekend so now the daylight seems to fade away just as I'm leaving the office and heading home. By mid-November it's dark by the time I leave so it doesn't seem so painful.

Hopefully we'll have a normal winter this time with no snow and can play all the weekends through.

All true BUT in the summer you are getting 18 hours or more of daylight.
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