The Dreaded "Clubhouse Pairing"
Posted 02 June 2011 - 08:37 AM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 10:49 AM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:18 PM
A single out there might be looking to do the same thing.
I was with a buddy tonight, looking to just mess around, but wanted to play a good round, and wanted to keep it moving.
Met a guy on the first tee, asked if we wanted to join, and we did. Glad we did, because the guy was GOOD, he played fast, was ready to play, and didn't make fake small talk. Joked on the greens, marked his ball, and we all moved around the course.
Ended up playing 18 in less than 3 hours and 25 minutes, with 3 of us playing from the back tee's, marking our ball and waiting for a single in front of us on a few holes. Helped that we all played well, didn't have to drop any balls, or re-tee, or look for balls in the woods, but I really enjoyed it and it was extremely pleasant.
Posted 26 August 2011 - 05:55 AM
And for those who get hung up behind someone/group who won't let you play through (when they should), just skip the hole. I mean, 95% of the time it's a casual round of golf and especially for the twilighters, getting in 18 is a stretch, so why deal with the frustration that the rude SOB's impart on you? If it's that important to play that hole, come back after you've finished the others and play it.
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Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:34 PM
I have played with others on occasion but I prefer not to for several reasons.
1. First of all I'm kind of a loner and enjoy just being me and the golf course. (Although I do think golf at its peak is playing with someone very similar to you with the same kind of mindset and a person who you understands your relationship with them and feel comfortable with)
2. I have a tendency, when playing with others to not focus on my game and not be serious about what I am trying to work on.
I can say, however, that through my experience as a caddie, doing hundreds of loops I will say the best times I've had on a golf course are with like-minded individuals with similar personalities and are almost always good golfers. (In my experience I am the caddy, caddying for a similar person.)
I don't think you can beat a serious, but casual, round of golf with a good friend.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 06:37 PM
i agree with this chap
i like to practice in the week by myself if I'm catching a group up in-front i will play 2/3 balls or chip/putt practice if the group behind catch me up & invite me to join them then i will sometimes playing with others makes you realize I'm not that bad really,,,,,,if your a OK player meaning you get the ball in the air most of the time you will be asked to join there group no one wants to play with a bad golfer because it bring your game down
then i play competitions at weekends were the groups tend to be more serious
Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:56 PM
I don't know where you guys play but the vast majority of my pairings have been positive experiences. After realizing that I should get just over myself, the upside of a good pairing is well worth the risk of a bad one.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 04:08 AM
Edited by chRisJ87 , 19 December 2011 - 04:06 PM.
Posted 21 December 2011 - 02:53 PM
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 11:02 PM
Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:39 PM
However, Columbus day I was paired with a traveling caddie who I had to run back to the club house after we putted out on ten because he had a serious accident in his pants.
Win some, lose some, but I will still happily play with anyone who wants to play with me, it is a great part of the game.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 12:05 AM
Posted 27 December 2011 - 06:36 PM
I'd like to think that I am pretty tolerant of others, and I really have no trouble helping others look for golf balls, as I find that to be common courtesy, but I will stop short of going into woods to help. If it's a self conscious thing, I can promise you my swing is hands down the goofiest thing you have ever seen, so that helps break the ice early on. I don't mind playing with strangers. And the line of "you can join us or play through" is one I use often if we have the space and a guy is behind us.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:04 PM
The best thing about being paired up is out-driving everybody, especially 10-handicap guys that insist on playing from the tips
Not letting faster players play through is one of my biggest pet peeves though, something that rangers should always take care of.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:07 PM
Now seven months later.....I am addicted and play more golf than anyone I know. I always appreciate the offer to join up with others. I sometimes decline just because I don't have the time to play foursome golf instead of by myself.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:29 PM
I wasn't always comfortable getting paired with strangers but over time I've gotten used to it and it is almost always enjoyable.
Most of it depends on how well you interact with others.
And...it is hard to have a bad disposition when it is 75F and sunny in January
Edited by Desert Golf, 20 January 2012 - 08:19 PM.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 07:54 PM
You can tell a lot about a person's character by playing just one round of golf with them.
This couldn't be more true. I admit, I am not the best in social situations, but on the course I am because I am confident about my game
The last round of the year here in '11, I walked onto the course on the last nice day we were going to have. The course was crowded. Starter puts me with 3 women who were ages 65+. They looked at me like I was the devil. I walked up and introduced myself and made a commment about the weather and how the week prior, me and my wife were on another course in the area and how we had seen a wild coyote running around. It helped to break the tension of me playing with them. I got to play my game, they played theirs.
I usually play in section events and tournaments around the area...fwiw. No reason for some guy to be a knob on the course.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:19 PM
If I'm in a 3 or 2some and see a single that is gaining on us...I'll invite them.
There are all kinds of people......some like company some don't.
I would imagine public players are more inviting.....on any busy public track you need to be paired up...unless you pay for open spots in a 4some.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:35 PM
Thats the great thing about golf, you can play with all walks of life, with all stories to share. Those who doesn't see that miss out imo.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:46 AM
Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:45 AM
You can tell a lot about a person's character by playing just one round of golf with them.
Hit the nail on the head. It amazes me how socially inept people can act.
I have no problem with someone declining to be paired up, who would rather play by themselves or in their own little group. With that being said, if you are a single and you are not in any "rush" to finish your round, I would recommend joining someone if they'll have you.
I got paired up with an older gentlemen a couple of months ago and got to play a round of golf with an amazing guy and real American hero. This guy was the belly gunner in a B-25 in World War II. There are fewer and fewer WWII veterens left in this world and to get to spend 4 hours hearing stories about his life was a great experience, and I could have just played through.
The town I live in is mostly retired older demographic and man do they have some great stories.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:37 PM
Yesterday was a nice morning so I went to the local haunt and seeing as they weren't busy, the starter said the group that's about to go off is a three and asks if I'm fine going off with them. "Absolutely".
There was no one in front of them for a couple holes that I could see as I'm walking up, and there were only 2 on the tee. I mentioned the starter paired me up with "your three" and they invited me to go off solo in front if I wanted because they were waiting on their third, and the 4th was a bit late and was going to "join them on the third."
I was on the 3rd hole, and turned around and noticed the "three" of them were just getting to the 1st green. On the 5th, I met up with another three that were happy to have me. Great group of gentlemen. In discussion, one was an ex Cubs pitcher (Before your time Tim D. if you're reading this!) and moved into the town I grew up in about a dozen years ago.
Looking back occasionally, the original threesome let another pair play through, and by the time we were on the 16th, the original threesome still don't have their 4th buddy as they approached the 11th. Musta been some night if he couldn't make it 2 hrs later!
Ok, fine. I have no problem if you decline, but just say no thanks. It's the lying that gets me sometimes. Don't go making stuff up thinking you're doing anyone a favor.
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