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  • in reply to: handicap verification #50750
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    I think there may be an issue with it though. I tried to verify and it says I’m not registered, even though I am. Time to call instead.

    in reply to: Is It the End of the World Am as we know it #50632
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    I kind of agree with most of your comments. I have not gone the last 2 years mostly due to Covid and not wanting to risk it. I am signed up this year but am really going as much to do some house hunting as well as play golf. In years past I looked at the WA as my guys week and didn’t care as much about the cost, but WOW everything costs so much more now. I used to fly in and rent a car, but no way am I gonna do that. Also, I always get a VRBO condo off the beach, but this year there are far fewer for rent. I got lucky this year as I am renting from a woman who I rented from previously and I got a place for half what I could find online.
    As for tournament cost. I agree. I don’t want most of the stuff in the gift bag. I’d be happy with just a shirt and gift certificate. I am not going to complain about course conditions in general, as I guess I’ve been lucky to get decent draws.
    I was extremely happy we are returning to shotgun starts. No way I would want to get a later tee time and have to play in the afternoon heat.

    in reply to: Flighted Skins Game Grande Dunes, Sunday 29 August #49614
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    Kevin, I sent you an email and I have had to cancel my entry into the game and the WA. How can I get my refund for this event?
    Please contact me at dacraig26@gmail.com

    in reply to: Bringing our own water to the course? #49364
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    Speaking from experience, I have always brought my own small cooler with me to the WA to every course. I usually have at least 2-3 bottles of Gatorade and water so I can hydrate in the 90+ temps throughout the day. I have never tried to hide it and have even asked at the course if it was ok and have never been told I could not have it. I suspect that if there is any issue it is more around bringing alcohol to the course and that is what they don’t want. Can you imagine the trouble they could face if someone had a medical emergency from heat exhaustion or stroke because they did not have fluids?

    in reply to: Flighted Skins Game Grande Dunes, Sunday 29 August #49309
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    Are there still openings for this?

    in reply to: Green Reading Devices & Apps #49258
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    Harry, I haven’t seen these new functions on any of the devices, but I’ll have to look. As for including in competition?????? I would hope and expect that these would be illegal. These should not be used. Just like the slope function on my laser range finder. I only use it when I’m playing a course I’ve never played before and not in competition. Every competition I enter it is usually stated in the rules that “slope function must be turned off”, so hopefully they will now also include and green reading applications.

    in reply to: Recommedations Golf Course #49257
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    I have a few up north that are also great courses. Glen Dornach is on the intercoastal and a great challenge. I also love the Thistle Club. Great clubhouse atmosphere and 3 nines gives some variety.

    in reply to: Hotels #49122
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    There are so many options. As Tommy said VRBO is always a good way to go, but since COVID there are a lot less VRBO offerings this year. A lot depends on where and what you want. If an ocean view is important then the options are limitless. I prefer staying central eg: near town and the convention center. For this I’ve stayed in Myrtlewood for several years. This works because you are close to the 19th hole and being central means you won’t have as long a drive to some of the courses. There is always one and sometimes 2 of your rounds will be in NC. If you are on the south side of MB that can be a Looooong drive. Typically you have at least 1 of your 4 courses north, at least 1 south and 1 central and the 4th, one of the above.

    in reply to: Play better at World Am because no “scar tissue”? #48916
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    Not me! I’m the complete opposite. I usually come in playing the best golf of the year. I will have just played in our club championship and multiple other local and club tournaments and am excited to bring my game to the WA. My mental scar tissue now seems to rear it’s head at the WA in the fact that I only play Bermuda and southern golf conditions this 1 week a year. Consequently, I get into my head with trying to figure out how to read and putt the greens and play out of that damn Bermuda rough when I get in it. Northern bent grass and southern Bermuda are definitely 2 different styles of golf and it’s hard for me to relearn and adjust every year.

    in reply to: 2021 Courses #48866
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    Scott, Thanks for the quick reply! I know how hard you and your team work to pull this off every year, and I’m hoping last year was a one off and can hopefully just be chalked up to one more COVID related issue. Can’t wait to come back this year and praying for the 19th hole to return. The only other problem I’m seeing so far this year is the severe deficit in VRBO offerings, as I usually go this route vs hotels.

    in reply to: SKINS in Flights #47960
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    I’ve run the skins the last 3 years for the flights at my courses and sympathize with the guys running them this year. Unfortunately I won’t be attending this year, but had a thought for the guys who do run them this year. I don’t know if it is feasable, but if Scott or someone on the WA staff were able to provide email addresses to the guys in the 2 flights at the courses, then maybe it would be possible for the skins guy to send an email to all players as soon as the flights are announced and maybe get the people who want to get in to at least commit that way. I would also absolutely require payment only for the whole week. That is always the most frustrating part I’ve ever had to deal with. The same guys only wanting to pay 1 day at a time. They never seem to understand that I’m a player too and would like to not have to spend an hour or more every day getting the day payers in.

    Have fun and see y’all next year.

    in reply to: Know it is only early February but #47135
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    I usually finalize my car rental a month or more before my arrival but have also found that if I check regularly the last week or so that I can get an even better rate. The beauty here is that I have a reservation, but if something cheaper comes up then I can get it. Also, I always try to be as friendly as possible when I get to the counter and quite often if I ask if they have any last minute deals or they have a premium upgrade I can get that at that time. Car rental companies will often have premium cars that they are happy to lease out so the popular lower tier cars are available, 2 years ago I had a Nissan Altima reserved and inquired if they had anything better they wanted to give me for the same price. Well they did even better than that. I got into a Cadillac for 7 days for $119 for the week. Never hurts to ask and be nice. Also, I use my Costco membership to shop Car rentals. They get the lowest rates I’ve found.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by Dale Craig.
    in reply to: 2020 registration #47111
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    I understand the low 12 rationale, but I think previous WA performance would/should also be brought into the equation. Seeing as I am a northern resident and really don’t get to play between mid October and at the earliest mid to late April. That leaves my active golf season about 5 months long. My northern h-cap has been in the 12+/- a few strokes for years. I usually am pretty good at playing around that cap range at the club I’ve been a member at for close to 40 years. The problem comes when I play unfamiliar courses and especially when I travel to the WA. I have never come close to playing to my perceived ability and consistently place in the bottom 10 in my flight. It sure would be nice if they considered past WA performance as an additional factor in assessing handicaps.
    I am seriously also considering not playing in the WA anymore. Aside from the camaraderie and friends I have made the golf aspect is just not fun anymore. I’d be better off just taking a week long golf vacation to some other destination. I will wait and see how the new World handicap system actually works out, but regardless I would still bring my handicap from last year and know that I won’t be competitive with it, because my age related maladies are not getting better and I’m certainly not, so why bother.

    in reply to: skin game #47022
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    Here is my take on it as someone who has run the skin game for the last 4 WA’s. This year I had really solid participation and had no skins on day 1. On day 2 with a day 1 carryover the pot reached $2720. 2 guys split that pot for $1360 each. 1 guy tipped me $160. The other guy took the money and barely thanked me and gave me nothing. This was pretty much the way it went. Some tip generously, some throw you a 20 and some don’t tip at all. All in all most guys thanked me and I even got applause on the last day from everyone. That meant as much as a tip. I like doing the skins game because I think it makes the week even more fun. It is a lot of work on my part to set up the sheets for 4 days, count and keep track of all the money, arrive early and stay late every day.

    in reply to: Pairings #46944
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    My 3rd round is supposed to be at Lockwood Folly, but on the app it says I’m at Arizona National. Guess I better get an airline ticket. 🙂

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