Golf - classic or dud

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i'm not sure if i want to know whether ILx chat transcripts are real or not. ah, mystery.

i hit golf balls this week. i have more natural ability at it than most other things that involve hitting balls. fun. and v. satisfying when you actually get it up in the air and far away. though i usually don't get quite as much distance as others. dunno if that's a strength thing or a technique thing (or the stella i had?). not too much exercise if you're just driving, though.

(we never heard of Africa in America, btw. TS: chatty, bubbleheaded non-news v. snide content.)

gabbneb (gabbneb), Saturday, 19 July 2003 15:52 (sixteen years ago) link

doesn't Tolkien say that one of Bilbo Baggins's ancestors was the inventor of golf?

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Saturday, 19 July 2003 15:52 (sixteen years ago) link

dud for land and water-use issues alone. have any of you been to Arizona? it's fucking horrifying.

g--ff c-nn-n (gcannon), Saturday, 19 July 2003 16:09 (sixteen years ago) link

as an AZ resident I can attest to that and then some

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Saturday, 19 July 2003 16:20 (sixteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
wentworth.

I've started playing again recently too and my handicaps gone down from a 14 to about an 11/10 - played ardeer and carded an 84 (an unecessary 7 [!!!], and three unecessary 6s) but shoulda been a 79. that is playing to handicap I guess (it was 14) but I reckon markers would have given me the 7 and 6s as 5s (taking into account the rest of my card.)

I love golf.

soft hands!

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 27 May 2004 15:22 (fifteen years ago) link

talk about golf.

do you like it? do you play? are you watching wentworth? will you play golf with me?

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 27 May 2004 15:27 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd love to play some golf! But I need to work on my 1) putting 2) short game and 3) long game. And by "work on" I mean "gain even minimal competency."

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Thursday, 27 May 2004 15:56 (fifteen years ago) link

I used to, I wasn't very good though. I will play when I'm older again. I like to watch golf obviously, and clearly I am a fan of it. I own 2 golf sweaters.

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 27 May 2004 15:57 (fifteen years ago) link

I need to work on my golf sweaters!

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 27 May 2004 16:06 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
having just vanquished my slice i must say super classic. as for it not being "strenuous" i sort of disagree.

ryan (ryan), Sunday, 26 June 2005 03:38 (fourteen years ago) link

so fkn classic

let's play golf

c/n (Cozen), Monday, 27 June 2005 21:54 (fourteen years ago) link

I would gladly play golf with all of you. I'm not very good. I had lessons when I was about 13.

I'm bad and dirty and going to hell (nordicskilla), Monday, 27 June 2005 21:59 (fourteen years ago) link

I've been really really wanting to play recently. I have to make do with Hot Shots on the PS2. An ILX golf thing would be great. Ronan can come.

I'm bad and dirty and going to hell (nordicskilla), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:00 (fourteen years ago) link

I would love to play golf with ronan.

c/n (Cozen), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:00 (fourteen years ago) link

on E.

c/n (Cozen), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:00 (fourteen years ago) link

rex the dog can caddy.

c/n (Cozen), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:00 (fourteen years ago) link

just wait for the vitalic remix.

c/n (Cozen), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Golf FAP. It can only end in hideous disaster.

Yay!

Ally C (Ally C), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:06 (fourteen years ago) link

I hit the ball like I'm skipping stones. Still, the guy I used to go to the range with would bring a box of Franzia with him, so Classic.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:06 (fourteen years ago) link

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Gear! (Ill Cajun Gunsmith) (Gear!), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:07 (fourteen years ago) link

you can get mizuno t-zoid irons at around £100 on ebay nowadays!

c/n (Cozen), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:09 (fourteen years ago) link

[xpost to Gear!]

ahem:
http://sports.yahoo.golfserv.com/apps/courses/profile.asp?Crs=14815

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I broke 80, once, a couple of years ago. Now I'm down to playing once a year.

9-hole courses: dud.
18-hole courses where one of the hole designs is repeated a half-dozen times: dud.
Lots of changes in elevation: classic.

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:43 (fourteen years ago) link

can someone here, once and for all, explain what a "links" course is and how it differs from other courses, without resorting to mysticism?

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:55 (fourteen years ago) link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Links_course

Golf is classic so long as you're playing well...

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 27 June 2005 22:58 (fourteen years ago) link

haha. ok uh as I understand it tracer - it's traditionally courses by the sea but that's not the definition. I think the definition lies in the type of soil that the grass lies in: it's a mix of sand and earth, which gives it a very hard, dry consistency (hard to divot, balls 'fly' off the face more) (y'know cs if you take a bigger divot you get more spin and more scoop and balls fly softer and higher and with more backspin.) they are monumentally hard to play because you have less control over the ball (less backspin, see above) and they are all moundy and bumpy, the ones I've played. I come from 'links country', just off troon, in scotland.

c/n (Cozen), Monday, 27 June 2005 23:00 (fourteen years ago) link

gygax otm

c/n (Cozen), Monday, 27 June 2005 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

yay! gygax thank you for the link but i very specifically asked for "someone here"

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 27 June 2005 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

links courses are classic obv cause they make the best of the bad bunch: the soil by the sea is preternaturally so bad and so unwieldy for golfer but it's such a nice area to play golf in, golfers just make do. they are really windy too.

I think "links" golf has something to do with those weird golf course where the 18th green is also the 1st green, the 2nd also the 17th &c. (like uh st andrew's?) hence the name "links", but I'm not entirely sure.

where does the name "links" come from?

c/n (Cozen), Monday, 27 June 2005 23:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I played Lake Shastina a few years ago and the nines were sort of separated half-woodland and half-links. It's right next to Mt. Shasta so there was a steady 25-mph wind coming down off the mountain that made the back nine some of the funnest, toughest golf I've ever played.

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Monday, 27 June 2005 23:15 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I wish I was golfing today.

Felix Leiter (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:28 (fourteen years ago) link

i play occasionally. of course, i don't belong or fit in, but it's fun. i've gotten pretty good.

ai lien (kold_krush), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:31 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah ILX golf would be good, plus a round at what golfer's affectionately call "the 19th hole", (a public refreshment facility)

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 14 July 2005 09:01 (fourteen years ago) link

They have crazy golf in Maidenhead.

Peter Stringbender (PJ Miller), Thursday, 14 July 2005 09:05 (fourteen years ago) link

crazy golf is where it's at.

g-kit (g-kit), Thursday, 14 July 2005 11:54 (fourteen years ago) link

I've been reading The Wicked Game by Howard Sounes. It's a really good book. Sounes traces the careers of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods, and it's neat to see how the lines intersect. (I just reached the part where Nicklaus wins the 1986 Masters, and a ten-year old Tiger Woods pins the Golden Bear's records clippings to his bedroom wall.)

No punches are spared for the PGA's awful racist history, and yet, I still want to play at Augusta. And I don't even golf!

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Thursday, 14 July 2005 13:17 (fourteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
I don't really have a problem w/ golf

the "culture" surrounding it can seem quite exclusive and overdefined in a boring and elitist way but I don't assume all golfers/people who play golf fall into that trap but, since it is the way, they probably always have to compromise to it, a little, which is offputting

I don't mind watching it on the telly but wouldn't choose to, really. I have been to a tournament or so and the day was OK but not for the golf, so much. like any sport I don't really like to watch (a lot of which I (would probably) quite enjoy playing, for fun), I might watch the final day or so, if there's nothing else to do/friends are watching it

my problem is talking about golf

I cannot stand people talking about golf

not talking about a tournament, if it's on, but, I'm sure, I wouldn't be interested in that either

people talking about their own games, especially to people who haven't invited it or expressed any interest

and loudly

one of the most boring things

(he (the person that prompted this) also talks about money and, probably, cars (another two of the most boring things))

(I used to play golf, btw, and was a member at my local club (years ago))

(crazy golf and pitch & putt are, of course, classic)

RJG (RJG), Monday, 10 July 2006 07:37 (thirteen years ago) link

(he is also sexist (jokingly, he probably thinks) and pretty stupid)

RJG (RJG), Monday, 10 July 2006 07:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Gracia-Woods might be a great match later today..

xyzzzz__ (jdesouza), Sunday, 23 July 2006 09:57 (twelve years ago) link

Garcia, I meant.

xyzzzz__ (jdesouza), Sunday, 23 July 2006 10:02 (twelve years ago) link

Garcia hasn't got his game round the greens up to shape and Woods is remote controlling the ball. The nearest challeneger is Els but he has just dropped a shot.

oh the inevitability of it all!

xyzzzz__ (jdesouza), Sunday, 23 July 2006 14:12 (twelve years ago) link

The ABC guys are bringing up a good point about accuracy being more important than distance, at least in this tournament, and that Tiger should consider keeping the 1-iron in his bag. I kind of don't like the Vijay Singh school of thought that driving accuracy is not so important, and that the deep rough is not so much a hazard if you only have a wedge to the green. That didn't even get him to the weekend this time.

Whitman Mayonnaise (Rock Hardy), Sunday, 23 July 2006 16:20 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah the diff between the open and the US majors is distance, the wind can play more of a role (not enough this w/end tho') and maybe more bunkers over here so accuracy is even more important.

Woods' playing ws brually clinical and as much as I wanted to see a close finish it didn't matter in the end. DiMarco played v well, great put for par (on the 15th, i think) to stay in touch. Only one winner tho'.

xyzzzz__ (jdesouza), Sunday, 23 July 2006 18:12 (twelve years ago) link

There was a lot of people giving it the 'get in the hole' nonsense. I don't care enough about golf to care that much, but it really is annoying, boorish and bollocks, really.

Dave B (daveb), Sunday, 23 July 2006 21:02 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...
Woods has never won a major from behind...first time for everything?

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 8 April 2007 21:18 (twelve years ago) link

Just revived as he ws about to go onto the 13th (par 5) - he's got an eagle - joint 2nd.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 8 April 2007 21:30 (twelve years ago) link

Some great stuff - Woods just pars after getting into trouble in the 15th, then Rose (who looked a bit out of it) suddenly finds himself one behind. The leader (Zach Johnson) is getting nervous.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 8 April 2007 22:06 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

What a finish this year - poor Harrington :-(

And Lineker interviewing Romero in Spanish...

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 22 July 2007 17:06 (eleven years ago) link

poor Harrington? Poor Sergio more like (ahem choke ahem)

Porkpie, Sunday, 22 July 2007 17:52 (eleven years ago) link

Golf is classic for golf shorts, mini-golf, and a slight high school reputation for badassery earned for accidentally knocking someone's teeth out with a golf club, but everyone assuming you did it on purpose because the victim was a douche.

Golf is not classic for golf courses and the haughty, smug culture.

The Reverend, Sunday, 22 July 2007 18:32 (eleven years ago) link

spiethery going on right now. birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie

oscar bravo, Friday, 19 July 2019 09:56 (yesterday) link

trying to ignore the fact that jb holmes is leading. couldn't abide either he or matt kuchar winning.

rahm greenside in 2 shots with a lie so good he could putt it, walks off with a 7. no wind good scores.

oscar bravo, Friday, 19 July 2019 10:05 (yesterday) link

Westwood on -7 is it

xyzzzz__, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:38 (yesterday) link

he's going to do this to us again isn't he

dynamicinterface, Friday, 19 July 2019 16:09 (yesterday) link

Rory on +6 fuck knows why he hasn't thrown a sickie

xyzzzz__, Friday, 19 July 2019 16:22 (yesterday) link

some dude with massive glasses is leading now. i will root for him

imago, Friday, 19 July 2019 17:09 (yesterday) link


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