My rant of the day

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By BMaddigan

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    Played our men's league last night, and due to other commitments, this was the first time on my home course in a week. The greens were cut down, and they were fast. I have no problem with that. My beef is with the greens keeper and his placement of the pins. I hit several good putts last night, with good pace and good line, and nothing went in. The reason being, several of the pins were sitting on crowns on the green. Like I said, I have no issue with fast greens: You pick your line and strike the ball and don't decelerate. I have no issue with tough pins. Again it's men's night, it is not supposed to be a cake walk. All I am asking is that is if one hits a good putt it should have a chance of going in. I don't think this is a problem with just my course, green's keepers feel they need to protect their course and prevent people from scoring. Drives me crazy sometimes.

  2. Darius V
    Barrie, ON

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    Hey Bob... I often have a feeling that they guys setting the pins have no idea about what they are doing. We all have our concept of what a good pin placement should be. In my opinion, a green can be broken down into 4 primary quadrants. I feel the pin should be accessible from at least two of those quadrants. I hate it when you have fast greens and the pin is sitting just over the edge of a ledge. If you are coming at it from the top side, if you miss the hole it will go a long way by regardless of the speed of the putt !
    I feel your pain :)
  3. Dino J
    Burnaby, BC

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    BMaddigan said:

    Played our men's league last night, and due to other commitments, this was the first time on my home course in a week. The greens were cut down, and they were fast. I have no problem with that. My beef is with the greens keeper and his placement of the pins. I hit several good putts last night, with good pace and good line, and nothing went in. The reason being, several of the pins were sitting on crowns on the green. Like I said, I have no issue with fast greens: You pick your line and strike the ball and don't decelerate. I have no issue with tough pins. Again it's men's night, it is not supposed to be a cake walk. All I am asking is that is if one hits a good putt it should have a chance of going in. I don't think this is a problem with just my course, green's keepers feel they need to protect their course and prevent people from scoring. Drives me crazy sometimes.

    I can appreciate your frustration! I once played a course, recreationally speaking, with a friend of mine and we were out just before a local professional golf tour event was schedule to start going out. Incidentally, it was the same golf tour that both PGA professionals Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor both played in before they moved on to the PGA.

    Well, the local course superintendent was responsible for course setup for the event and he had nearly every single pin located on a "spine" or "saddle" of a hump or undulation. Depending on the steepness of the slope, etc. it could be an exercise in futility. Our group had several four-putts in that round, myself included.

    Regardless, the local tour organizer was ballistic at the set-up. He had some local Canadian Tour pros in the event and a few of them were four putting too!

    In any event, one thing can be said -- the course played the same way for everyone given that the weather and temperatures stayed pretty consistent throughout the day.

    I have always been a big believer that when setting up the course for a tournament or club championship or even just a "Men's league", that 6 of the pins should be "get-able" and not too difficult to putt towards, another 6 should be medium difficult and the remaining 6 should be more difficult - whether it be in terms of pin location on the green as it sets up from fairway approach shots to where the hole is in terms of putting. This way tends to be a more fair test of golf IMHO.
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    I am glad it is not just my course. They other thing these guys should remember is that golfers drink more after making birdies, rather than bogies.

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