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  1. Use to play in all weather apart from snow. I remember my playing partner hitting a 9 iron into the green on a rather chilly morning. He might as well have been hitting onto concrete. The ball bounced at least 40 ft in the air, over the back of the green never to be seen again. I also remember a rather windy day, playing a short par 4 that was normally a 3 wood and a wedge or maybe a sand iron. I hit Driver, Driver, 3 wood and 8 iron. One of the par 5's in the opposite direction became a Driver, 9 iron hole rather than the Driver, 3 iron, 9 iron it usually was. Happy days!!
  2. I am trying to find a record/scorecard/image of the course layout while Close House was still owned by the University Hopefully something with the hole layout and lengths. I studied at Newcastle University in 1993/4 and was a member of their Golf Club. As members we had the luxury of being able to play Close House before the grounds and course were sold. And all for £35 a year. As I was doing an MSc, I also had the luxury of being able to play all summer as my course was from Sept to Sept. The grounds and some of the buildings at Close House were used as lecture rooms and the University playing fields. I remember you couldn't play golf on Wednesday afternoons during term time because in winter they played rugby on a number of fairways (the boot marks left after a scrum made for interesting preferred lies) and in summer you would be hitting a drive across their cricket pitches. The University course was basically the Filly Course with a few less bunkers
  3. A long time ago in a galaxy far far away there was the Kasco Win-D. A ball that was meant to be good in windy conditions. I lost count of how many rounds I played with the ball, certainly most of a full winter season. I eventually 'retired' the ball like a loved sportsman's jersey. I wouldn't be surprised if I still have it somewhere.
  4. I'm very happy that the BBC will get some live coverage of golf this year, I hoped they might get the Senior Open (really tough weather made for VERY interesting golf) but Sky got that as well. And I don't agree with tosser Martin Slumbers at the R&A saying that the BBC coverage is 'tired and outdated'. Having managed to watch some of the Open via a very handy streaming app on holiday in Menorca, the only thing that Sky seem to have over the BBC is some ball tracking thing that you can install on your mobile phone. I hate all the American commentators too, even Nick Faldo is better than most of the Sky lot and he's on the Golf Channel (also on the streaming app). However, there is still one big problem with golf coverage on the TV these days. It's boring (or most of it is anyway) Firstly, with all the cameras now covering all the holes, why is so much time spent on putting? It was boring watching Bernhard Langer spend 5 minutes lining up a putt in the 80's and it's still boring now. No wonder people think it's a boring sport when all you see on TV (when you do get to watch it) is bloody putting. And as for it being 'Live', the directors of the program determine what we actually see, not what is actually happening. I noticed it about 20 years ago watching some of the first Sky coverage of the Ryder Cup in the USA. We were watching in the pub because we couldn't (still can't) afford Sky Sports. As there was so much putting being shown, I started to predict the result of each putt with about 95% accuracy. My friends asked me how I was doing it; easy I said, long putt goes in, short putt misses. This is still the case (most of the time). It seems that the more cameras we have on the course, the less we actually see. Back in the day when they didn't have multiple cameras on each hole, we got to see a lot more of the lesser players (and I don't mean that disrespectfully). They had to fill the coverage with something, so we got Joe Bloggs from a club down the road who just scraped through qualifying topping a 3 wood into the deep rough. To me this was much more interesting than seeing McIlroy hit another perfect 97.33 yard wedge into the green. I've heard they are thinking about 'walk on music' like in Boxing and Darts. Is that what this great sport has become? Please TV people, remember the very old golfing adage 'Driving for show and putting for dough'. You need to review what golfers actually want to see, not what some director who has never even held a golf bat thinks is exciting coverage. OK, rant over. p.s. Peter Allis may be getting a little past it, but I love Ken Brown's on course stuff
  5. As I said, it was a long time ago (late 1980's) but I paid £35 to play morning and afternoon including lunch at Birkdale. An average municipal course would have been about £7 or £8 per round so maybe £11 to £14 per day. That made it about 3 to 4 times more expensive to play Birkdale than my local muni. I've just checked and the courses I would have normally have played (Sherdley Park, Beacon Park, Bootle, Kirkby, Bowring Park) range between £11.50 and £15 per round. Given the prices you have quoted above that is between 12 to 17 times the price of what my old courses are charging. To me this is extortionate. Even at £20 to £25 per round (which seems about average for a non municipal course) we are looking at 6 to 10 times the price. No wonder the number of people playing is down.
  6. As the title suggests, "Can you afford to play anywhere other than your home course?" I've recently started playing golf again after quite a long break and I'm totally horrified at how much it is to play some golf courses. I hail from St Helens in Lancashire, so access to some of the great Merseyside and Lancashire links courses was relatively easy. It may be quite a long time ago, but I've managed to play Birkdale, Hillside, Formby, Southport and Ainsdale, Southport Links and I never thought the price of 18 holes was beyond my pocket. However, I look at the price of some of the green fees and think I'M NOT PAYING THAT MUCH. I'd happily pay £50 or £60 to play on one of the special courses out there, but £160 for the Belfy, £175 for St Andrews. Another case of we'll charge what we can get away with not what the actual values is.
  7. The main Open site Third column "Daily Tickets" first bullet point, Championship Days from £65
  8. Mavisto

    WHY IS IT?

    I have NEVER lost or broken a club during a round of golf.
  9. Overpriced tickets and no golf on terrestrial TV. I can only see golf in the UK declining even further. I read an article on line that the viewing figures from last years Open, BBC2 highlights program got 4 times as many viewers as the main Sky program. Not a happy bunny.
  10. That's not really the point. It says on the main page, 'from £65'. But you cannot buy one at that price. It doesn't say that I had to buy one before the 1st June to get one at £65.
  11. I decided to have a look at how much it would be to watch some golf at the Open. Having said that, I can't go, but I was interested in the prices anyway. I went to the main ticket page on their website and it says quite clearly that daily tickets are (and I quote) 'Championship days from £65'. I thought that it's a bit pricey for standing around (it only cost that much for the whole week at the 1987 Ryder Cup). I click on the link which forwards me to the buy tickets page and guess what Championship Days Thursday 20 July 2017 Adult from: £75 Youth from: £35 Where does it say £65? Non of the days have advertised prices of £65. To me this is almost fraud. One advertised price on one page, and the actual price you pay on another. I thought that after Sky had bought the rights(and I don't like their american style coverage either) I thought you might have got better value. As you can tell this sort of stuff really winds me up.
  12. Gary Player was/still is a big fitness fanatic, but more yoga and flexibility than strength. I can understand bigger muscles being able to provide strength around joints but does that improve flexibility? I was also thinking of the magician that was Seve. You always got the feeling that given his swing he'd struggle with back and knees. On a slight aside, always got huge satisfaction from what my golf buddies and I called a Seve par. i.e the only time the ball was 'in regulation' was on the tee or in the hole
  13. I was thinking this morning after Rory McIlroy's announced recurrence of his rib injury, are modern clubs allowing professional players to get injured more easily. Woods, Poulter, McIlroy and others all having to take time off because of injuries. I know they swing it hard these days with club head speed in excess of 120mph, but I don't remember the likes of Nicklaus and Watson being injured (OK Jack had a hip replaced) and I can't imagine them taking it easy. Clubs are more forgiving than they were in the past; allowing the pros to swing harder and harder. Could this be a contributory factor in the number of injuries? You can build muscle to support joints and provide a stable base, but I'm thinking that once you have put your joints under too much strain, or in the case if Me McIlroy a fracture what are your options. Anyway, just a thought after seeing another golfer laid up from playing what used to be quite a sedate game.