- August 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm #39371pat foremanParticipant
Just FYI: practice rounds are not allowed after the start of the Tourney. I won my flight back in 2013 and left my course thursday and headed over to the Dye course (because they offered a good deal to world am Contestants) I was checking in Thursday afternoon and mentioned to the pro I would be back tommorrow, he then told me I could not play if I was competing Friday morning. Reason I bring it up is because I know alot of guys that play a practice round for the course they are playing the next day. If they catch ya it is auto DQ. Just FYIAugust 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm #39376Rick KimbrellParticipant
Comes up EVERY YEAR. Catching people playing before the Finals on Friday is one thing. Try to catch say 500 people out of 3000 doing it on any other day of the week…well that would be a monumental task for the Tournament Committee. I don’t do it because I have played every course except 1, in the WA rota and will have it in before the tournament starts this year if the weather holds. But, many many people do. But, playing the Dye course on Thursday before the Final on Friday if you made the Finals…yep, would imagine you would get DQ’d. In case anyone is interested…read Rule 7-1b.August 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm #39396Aaron EllisParticipant
Think the biggest reason for this ruling is to keep people from potentially seeing where flag positions may be marked for future rounds, because otherwise it seems silly that you cant go putt on the course during a tournament, but can practice on it the day prior to the tournament starting! But I cant imagine people actually want to go play an extra 18 holes after spending 5-6 hours on the course for the tournament round, usually Im tired and ready for something to eat/drink!August 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm #39400Harry (The Hack) RadleyParticipant
In addition to this I feel there is not much need for a practice round with all the technology we have. Lazer range finders to give you distances to the flag and sky caddies to show you the lay of the land. It makes me laugh to see high handicappers spending all that money on measuring equipment then when they get to their ball spending another 5 mins determining the wind direction and when club they want to chunk next. Heaven forbid, many of them dont need a sky caddy, they need a COMPASSAugust 17, 2017 at 3:22 pm #39402Scott PorterParticipant
I agree with you Harry, most of the courses at the beach do not have that many blind shot holes that a practice round would give you any actionable insight into how to play them.August 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm #39416Rick KimbrellParticipant
No longer in the rotation but 1 of only 2 that I have recommended people go play at least once before the tournament if they drew it…Diamond Back. A couple of my buddies did not heed my advice and admitted later it was a mistake not playing it beforehand.
the other course, again not in the WA rotation, Leopards Chase.August 18, 2017 at 1:28 pm #39454Aaron EllisParticipant
Rick id definitely agree about Diamond Back, it has quite a few holes where everything isn’t so straight forward and you think you may be in a good spot and aren’t!
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