- August 2, 2022 at 6:35 am #50939Corey GatesParticipant
I said last year after playing Lions paw on Thursday that i was done with world am, we had a group of 7-8 guys every year until this year… 4 of us are giving it one more go but if we get put on a goat pasture like that again we’re done, especially after a price hike.August 2, 2022 at 6:59 am #50940Mike CheesemanParticipant
Corey ✅August 2, 2022 at 7:26 am #50941JOHN HERNDONParticipant
I played my final round at Lion’s Paw last year too and we all knew when we walked on the putting green that it was going to be a disaster. The course was a wreck. There were dead tree limbs, not branches, in the fairway. Windows were busted out of houses. The guard shack was boarded up like something you’d see in the middle of Detroit. The greens were burnt to dirt in a lot of places. There was dirt in the fairways where grass should normally be. The ponds look like something from Creepshow 2. My threesome that day just took it in and laughed our way through 18 holes. The consensus is that these courses have been this way for years now so why put them in the rotation? If they are that bad, and I posted pictures last year of what we played on, you can’t keep a straight face putting these courses in the mix and assigning paying players to these goat tracks. The price went up $100 this year and that’s fine but make responsible decisions for courses. We won’t play these courses at home if their conditions are this way so don’t stick us with them on a retreat of 4 days of fun and comradery, especially when people have complained repeatedly and we don’t get to cancel our tee time because of course conditions.August 2, 2022 at 9:42 am #50942Bruce FriendParticipant
I’ve been keeping my eye on reviews of the big cat courses knowing reviews are often misleading by individuals making posts I certainly don’t agree with many times going both ways negative and positive. However, most reviews have been more positive this year and I’m hopeful it is true they are attempting to make the courses playable.August 3, 2022 at 8:50 am #50949Alex GrebelParticipant
I totally agree that the Ocean Ridge Cat courses have been simply awful. I live in North Myrtle Beach now and will rarely if ever play a round up there. Not worth it with so many other good courses around.
However to set the record straight something you wrote about the guard house and some other houses there at Ocean Ridge, they had been damaged by a tornado that hit. I believe the guard house and other homes have all been repaired now. But the course conditions have nothing to do with the tornado (unfortunately).August 4, 2022 at 1:30 pm #50957David BakerParticipant
Good afternoon to all ladies and gentlemen. We are one day closer and I believe that we all are motivated and excited by the course draw. It is after that the excitement is dampened when you see a course that you played last year that was subpar. And yes, we all play the same course, but I don’t think that is a good way to explain away a subpar course. This a premier event, at least marketed that way by the WA. Parallels have been drawn about the business plan that the WA uses, it is a down week and the WA brings people that results in economic benefit to the community. It would seem to me, in my humble opinion, that good course conditions would result in a higher turn out. The first year I played we had 5,000 participants. The sandbagging was so bad that people quit coming, The WA has done a good job of cleaning that up and people are coming back. I think all arguments have merit but in my opinion the WA really doesn’t care about our opinions. We complain but keep coming back. Why is that? Well for me it is the people that I have met over the years. I have made many good friends with people I would never have met, if not for the WA. In that group I consider many of the WA people who are really good people. Jeff Monday and I had many disagreements about things but I consider him a great friend and genuinely good person. Bottom line I like coming to the WA subpar course or not.August 11, 2022 at 4:43 pm #51061john wolfParticipant
Poor Mike Morgan is quite clueless on a lot of his observations. If ya wanna know course conditions call the course. Don’t rely on an idiotAugust 11, 2022 at 8:14 pm #51063
@John Wolf…do you really think the golf course is going to tell you their course is in poor condition? They may tell you greens were punched couple of weeks ago or something like that but I can’t imagine they would tell you their course is full of bare spots in fairways, weeds growing out of their bunkers, several greens have dead spots on them…as was the case with some of the Big Cats courses last year and the year before.August 11, 2022 at 8:23 pm #51064
@John Wolf, forgot to mention…the reason I posted what I did above…from your post on another topic “The courses here operate on their own to make a profit.” Thus, why would they be truthful about their course conditions if they really do have course issues?
August 11, 2022 at 8:43 pm #51066JOHN HERNDONParticipant
- This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by Rick Kimbrell.
@John Wolf @Rick Kimbrell
John Wolf either works at one of these courses, for the World Am, or is connected somehow to it with that kind of response. Ask the course? Caledonia told me for 4 months off and on that their greens were coming in nicely before we got there in March to see 7 still struggling mightily. Golf courses aren’t going to tell you their course is in bad shape, especially the really good ones. Course concerns are an issue. Period. Some will be pristine and others will be community service maintained. I just hope mine this year is better than Lion’s Paw. That course was a tornado wrecked cow pasture.August 11, 2022 at 9:51 pm #51067Tony RobisonParticipant
I would think that from the bitching on here everyone plays Augusta National
Everyone in your flight is on the same court. STFU and just enjoy the week. We’ve all played dogs. But guess what I can have a good time on a cow pastureAugust 12, 2022 at 12:01 am #51068Harry (The Hack) RadleyParticipant
Well said Tony I work at a golf club 4 days a week and our course at the moment is below standard but still quite playable. You get these golfers who shop around for coupons and bargain basement prices then when at your course theybexpect to be playing a pristine Country Club. They then are the 1st ones to complain about it and bad mouth on message boards. lol. I mean every time I go to work At the club we all get together and say to ourselves how can we screw the golfers today let’s not water the fairways or mow the the greens. are you kidding me. we work our asses off to my make the course playable and we are limited by budget, staffing levels and mother nature plus our members do not pay the $12000 a year that other country clubs pay. My suggestion is if you don’t have anything nice to say STFUAugust 12, 2022 at 10:56 am #51071
@Harry STFU. Just kidding of course. See you in couple of weeks.August 12, 2022 at 11:05 am #51072Harry (The Hack) RadleyParticipant
It’s OK Rick it’s just that I work 5 days a week with my regular job and 4 days a week at the golf club so as you can see it doesn’t leave much time for myself in addition to this I have an injured arm and only played a handful of games all year so I guess that I am just a grumpy old man but things will be better in 2 weeks time as my son from Australia will be coming to play for the 1st time and I haven’t seen him in 20 years As long as I get 3 practice rounds in with him I don’t really care how I go in the tournament it’s going to be A-blastAugust 12, 2022 at 12:40 pm #51075
I do understand Harry. My body is pretty beat up right now too but it is what it is. Glad your son is coming. Sure you guys will have fun. I was hoping my son would make it this year but he seems too busy selling Tito’s Vodka to make it.
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