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February 19, 2018
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‘Ready golf’ truly works

“Ready golf” is not about "running to the next tee while fellow competitors are still putting out."

“Ready golf” is being ready to play when it is your turn as well as playing your shot at times even when you are not away.

“Ready golf” is being prepared to play when you reach the tee … glove on, club in hand and strategy in mind.

“Ready golf” is assisting others looking for their ball, not standing in the fairway waiting to play.

“Ready golf” is continuous putting when you are comfortable with doing so.

Combine all of these elements and you will save at least 30 minutes a round. Believe it. We do it, and it works. 3½-hour rounds are the norm when “ready golf” is practiced.

Scott Yard
Downingtown, Pa.

(Yard coaches the boys and girls golf teams at Downington East High School.)

 

It takes a lot of green to make things green

It just kills me when people point to the cost of golf and what making golf “cheaper” might mean for growth of the game.


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I challenge any regular public golfer to guess within $100,000 what it costs to maintain a well-conditioned golf course. They won’t come close.

Golfers look around a course and see green, short grass and think, Well, I have this at home. A little water, some fertilizer, mow it – what’s the big deal? The big deal is that maintaining a golf course is a big deal. Thousands of man hours, expensive equipment to purchase or lease, and to maintain. Multiple types of grass that need extraordinary care by educated experts (GCSAA) to be playable, let alone beautiful. Grass seed, fertilizers, special chemicals that are environmentally and human friendly – and that’s just for starters. Bunker maintenance, water, cart fleet cost and maintenance, taxes, more water, electricity to charge carts and run the irrigation system, even more water – and maybe a tiny profit for the owner if he doesn’t have a mortgage (or two or three).

I don’t think there is a tougher business to make money at than a golf facility, and yet golfers think it should cost the same as bowling or a movie.

If you know a golf course owner, ask him to see his maintenance budget. I guarantee you’ll be shocked, and be far more appreciative of why you pay the posted green fee. 

Harvey Silverman
Redwood City, Calif.

(Silverman is a golf course marketing consultant and a co-founder of Quick.golf.)

 

Pace should be taught in junior golf

I agree 99 percent with reader Victor Huskey’s comments about slow play (“From the Morning inbox,” Feb. 16). 

As one who volunteers for many junior championships, I have witnessed the results of high school and college coaches advocating slow play (“don’t pull the trigger until you are ready”).

During the first two days of a four-day junior championship, we need to re-train these players about pace of play. Most get it. Those who don’t are penalized one or two shots and complain.

It’s not unreasonable to allow threesomes to finish 18 holes of stroke play on a traditional layout in 4½ hours. Those who conduct these championships spend a lot of time and effort setting the pace of play for 18 holes. The final results, whether they are 4:15 to 4:50, along with hole-by-hole times, are well thought out and given to the players in advance.

Mind you, these are championships with the best junior players. Juniors who are just learning the game may need more time, but even beginning players need to be taught pace of play. It’s an integral part of golf.

Chris Seyer
Crystal Lake, Ill.

 

Courtesy and respect

Golf is not a race. Learning how to play it with courtesy and sportsmanship is what the game is all about.

The problem with golf is the focus on prize money rather than how the game is played at the professional level.

Courtesy and respect. The lost generation has not an appreciation for the essence of the game. 

Daniel Cahill
Santa Ana, Calif.

 

Riviera stands out in West

Your point about the PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule making the Genesis Open the 15th event does force the guys to play more of the West Coast Swing, and they should anyway (“Tour’s West Swing regains its swagger,” Feb. 16). As you point out, iconic venues, mostly great weather, especially this year, and sponsors who deserve the best fields make these wonderful events.

Riviera is my favorite West Coast course. Shot makers and bombers can and have won there: Corey Pavin and Freddie Couples have won at Riviera. The word that strikes me there is par. It’s a good score on most holes; birdies are usually at a premium.

May the golfing gods be with you if you need that word par on 18 to win.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

 

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