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Traminator

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Thank you. Already had my golf mates questioning its validity because as the cups are upside down the hole is only an inch or so deep so they say it doesn’t count as a full hole in one as the ball didn‘t drop the required distance!
Lol miserable gits, they're just pulling your leg but quote Rule 13-2c:

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Thank you. Already had my golf mates questioning its validity because as the cups are upside down the hole is only an inch or so deep so they say it doesn’t count as a full hole in one as the ball didn‘t drop the required distance!
the ball is considered holed if any part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green, even if not lodged against the flagstick.

Which will be of no help if it wasn't in a comp - but who cares, it's a hole in one.
 

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I am well aware of the rules, this is the current situation. I would check the R&A website as well.

https://www.congu.co.uk/guidance-on-qualifying-scores-during-the-covid-19-restrictions/
And this goes with the above

England Golf
Hole and Holed

• The hole liner (sometimes referred to as the hole ‘cup’) is to be set in a way that means that all of the ball cannot be below the surface of the putting green, so the ball is considered holed if any part of it is below the surface of the putting green
• To minimise the need to lift the ball from the hole, it is recommended that the Committee provides that a ball is holed with the next stroke if it is within 12 inches of the hole (which is just over the length of a standard putter grip). This does not prevent a player in match play conceding a stroke that is outside this length
• The Committee may decide to have the hole liner sitting above the surface of the green and treat a ball as holed if it strikes the liner Note: Consult the relevant handicapping authority on whether scores using any of the above provisions are acceptable for handicapping purposes -

https://www.congu.co.uk/guidance-on-qualifying-scores-duringthe-covid-19-restrictions/
 
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...and...it was magic. 'Millionaires' golf - with most of the time only me and my partner on each hole. Course (and greens) is superb condition. Birdied our 1st :) and one under my h/cap front none. Back nine a fair bit messier - but I expected that. Nothing terrible. And lovely sunny warm day.

Looking forward to tomorrow. 2 rounds in two days - whatever next. And as I've got 9 holes on Friday my wife is telling me that I can't complain. I wasn't today - though she did say that she was a bit worried that I'd come through the door miserable - and she was so pleased I was smiling :)
 

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Played the front nine today. Managed 14 points which I could easily do prior to lockdown. Lost a ball and didn't score on our par 3 6th which is still my nemesis hole even after break. Missed the green on the short 8th and an ugly three putt on the 9th to drop points but driver much better as was distance although I swapped from Chrome Soft to AD333 and so no surprise there. Greens a tad quicker it felt.

Looking forward to booking an 18 Wednesday afternoon and off on Friday so will get rounds in every day over the bank holiday (if I can get a time). Our Whatsapp group have even arranged a knockout to run over 18 holes and a plate for those losing in the first round. £5 a head (I am sure we'll find a way to organise payment electronically). Prize money will be £100 to winner of the cup, £30 to runner up in the cup and £30 to winner of the plate. Should be a bit of fun
 

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Just back from Newport, first day of play in Wales today. Opening tee shot was a good as can hit. No warm up , out of the car and off! No idea how. Beautiful day, course in great nick, round in 2 hours 20 without hurrying!!

...but drove home thinking that it wasn't that great playing on your own! Hope the Welsh Senedd get their thinking heads on soon
 

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So I played today for the first time in 5110 days, approximately (14 years).

In that time I've been to the range, maybe 30 times, but today I played the local 12 hole short course. Par 43 and around 2000yards (shhh, its a start).

I shot 48... Including a birdie and An Eagle on what can only be described as a 'dubious' par 5 :D I'd have had another birdie if the flag was out too, drained one right into the pole and it bounced it out the cup.

I'm made up, I was pretty wayward off the tee but once I got within 50 yards I discovered my short game (which was always my strong suit) hasn't left me, chipped and putted like a dream.

Beginners (returners) luck I'm sure, but I'm back and I can't wait to play again :)
 
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So I played today for the first time in 5110 days, approximately (14 years).

In that time I've been to the range, maybe 30 times, but today I played the local 12 hole short course. Par 43 and around 2000yards (shhh, its a start).

I shot 48... Including a birdie and An Eagle on what can only be described as a 'dubious' par 5 :D I'd have had another birdie if the flag was out too, drained one right into the pole and it bounced it out the cup.

I'm made up, I was pretty wayward off the tee but once I got within 50 yards I discovered my short game (which was always my strong suit) hasn't left me, chipped and putted like a dream.

Beginners (returners) luck I'm sure, but I'm back and I can't wait to play again :)
Welcome back.
 

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Living in Wales, this was the first day of play for us. My wife and I played 18 holes, and it was fantastic. Didn't think of coronavirus or any other bollocks for the whole round. I scored 28 points and my better half scored 32! The greens were very difficult. The grass was pretty long, but they were burnt, so it looked quick but played slow. Rock hard as well. I have a high ball flight, but if I hit a green inevitably I bounced through. Fairways were fine, and well. Rough was not as long as I expected, and was fairly mown.
There was a wooden insert in all of the cups so the ball only dropped an inch or so.
Our tee time spacing is 12 minutes. Initially i thought this was too long, but our half way house is open taking card payments only, which wasn't too slick. There were 3 groups milling about at the shack at times. Down to 10 minutes would make that worse, but I expect to be told to reduce that time next week. Getting a slot is a bit of a nightmare. I have set up casual booking for midnight 2 days in advance, and all slots are being filled inside 15 minutes. The board have asked me to move the opening time to 8PM. It will be messy. 56 slots available for hundreds of golfers, and a slot is only a 1 ball unless you play with a housemate. We shall see what happens. Presently the first booking is 0800, because we wanted the pro in attendance. We might have to look at that and open earlier with an element of trust.
Playing again Wednesday afternoon. Cant wait.
 

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Apologies if my points have been covered , i have read most of the thread but may have missed some . My first round today started off very good , as good as anything i have played for a while , BUT , at the turn i started to fail , i was dragging my self around , fatigue set in , concentration gone and couldnt hit a thing , i packed in at 14 , all i can think is that 13 weeks furloughed and lockdown has impacted on my fitness more than i realised , and i am never one to play less than 18 normally ,i never "pop for a quick 9" , looks like i may have to break myself in slowly.
May have already been covered but our course had a nice little gadget in the holes , full depth cups with a plastic "bobbin" round the flag pole , once the ball is in the hole use your club to pull the bobbin up the pole and it flips your ball out , good for the current virus precautions but must be a god send for those who have back or mobility issues and find retrieving balls out of the cup difficult.
 

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Lost 3 balls on the first 3 holes, genuinely worried I’d run out, thinned, fatted, skyed, pulled, sliced, topped...you name it, I did it. But I birdied the last and as my first round since before lockdown, it feels great to be back! Roll on Friday!
 

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Have played 3 rounds of 18 and lost in all three playing matchplay - I was 2 over gross , 1 over gross and 1 under gross 😂😂😂😂

Hitting the new driver and 3 wood like a dream and getting at least ten yards more out of it
 

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Played first 9 holes today. Started with a bad hook and cocked up the recovery and blobbed the first - not a promising start, but to be expected with no range warm up. Played better after that and got 15 points and hit both par 3 greens in one. If I had hit my first putts harder And got closer to the hole would have saved about 3-4 shots. A pleasing round and looking forward to the next one, hopefully a full 18
 
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