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The front 9 at Northwood is over 3,400yds, and the back 9 is quite technical. I always just assumed that 71 is about right, it's probably on the cusp between 71 and 72, Monifieth and Montrose have the same setup (3 x par 3, 13 x par 4, 2 x par 5), and are about 100 yards longer, and they get an extra shot on the SSS. Although completely unscientific, I find it a lot easier to play to my handicap when I play in Scotland, last week I was at Monifieth and Pitlochry, played 5 competitions, 3 buffer zones and 2 x 0.2 cuts.

What you said on another topic last night struck a chord with me, I think it would be a lot easier to get to scratch playing up in Scotland than where I am currently.

Club membership at Gleneagles is around £200 more than the 7 day(3 course +range ) membership. Typically the CSS rises to around 73/74 on the Kings/ Queens and can be 77/78 on the Ryder cup course. Many members of Murrayshall played at Gleneagles, almost to a man their handicap was too low by virtue of playing at Gleneagles.

I don't live in the area anymore, but I used to be a member at Murrayshall http://www.murrayshall.co.uk/golf/membership_prices.asp as a country member £200 for two excellent courses and a decent range with free balls is an absolute snip.

King James V1 is another decent course around Perth.

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The front 9 at Northwood is over 3,400yds, and the back 9 is quite technical. I always just assumed that 71 is about right, it's probably on the cusp between 71 and 72, Monifieth and Montrose have the same setup (3 x par 3, 13 x par 4, 2 x par 5), and are about 100 yards longer, and they get an extra shot on the SSS. Although completely unscientific, I find it a lot easier to play to my handicap when I play in Scotland, last week I was at Monifieth and Pitlochry, played 5 competitions, 3 buffer zones and 2 x 0.2 cuts.

What you said on another topic last night struck a chord with me, I think it would be a lot easier to get to scratch playing up in Scotland than where I am currently.

I used to find that Open Competitions almost always had a higher CSS than member's medals at the same courses. For example, Forfar has a SSS of 69, and was 69 virtually every week for the members comps, but Opens were almost always a shot (sometimes two) higher, no doubt due to a large number of non-members not knowing the course.

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Club membership at Gleneagles is around £200 more than the 7 day(3 course +range ) membership. Typically the CSS rises to around 73/74 on the Kings/ Queens and can be 77/78 on the Ryder cup course. Many members of Murrayshall played at Gleneagles, almost to a man their handicap was too low by virtue of playing at Gleneagles.

I don't live in the area anymore, but I used to be a member at Murrayshall http://www.murrayshall.co.uk/golf/membership_prices.asp as a country member £200 for two excellent courses and a decent range with free balls is an absolute snip.

King James V1 is another decent course around Perth.

I know some of the greenkeepers at Murrayshall, and played in their 18 hole open last year. I'm not massively keen on it, much prefer King James, which I visited when I was up last week. They have done a lot of work on drainage over the past couple of years and although being on an island actually now drains better than Murrayshall, whose greens and bunkers appear to be constantly flooded this year (judging by my mates photos on twitter most mornings).

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I used to find that Open Competitions almost always had a higher CSS than member's medals at the same courses. For example, Forfar has a SSS of 69, and was 69 virtually every week for the members comps, but Opens were almost always a shot (sometimes two) higher, no doubt due to a large number of non-members not knowing the course.

Yeah, a few years ago they brought in separate CSSs for home and away competitors, as long as there are at least 20 home and 20 away players. Generally the away CSS is a shot higher. It's also worth considering that for Opens the greens are generally shaved and there are some sucker pins, as well as the tees normally being right back. I did a 1,000 mile round trip in each of the last 2 years specifically to play in the Forfar 36 hole open, 2010 it was cancelled due to flooding, 2011 it was abandoned after 1 round due to gales. Gave it a miss this year, couldn't stand another wasted weekend of travelling.

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Club membership at Gleneagles is around £200 more than the 7 day(3 course +range ) membership. Typically the CSS rises to around 73/74 on the Kings/ Queens and can be 77/78 on the Ryder cup course. Many members of Murrayshall played at Gleneagles, almost to a man their handicap was too low by virtue of playing at Gleneagles.

I don't live in the area anymore, but I used to be a member at Murrayshall http://www.murraysha...ship_prices.asp as a country member £200 for two excellent courses and a decent range with free balls is an absolute snip.

King James V1 is another decent course around Perth.

I played there a few years back, do you still have to cross a railway bridge to get to the course??laugh.gif

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Yeah, a few years ago they brought in separate CSSs for home and away competitors, as long as there are at least 20 home and 20 away players. Generally the away CSS is a shot higher. It's also worth considering that for Opens the greens are generally shaved and there are some sucker pins, as well as the tees normally being right back. I did a 1,000 mile round trip in each of the last 2 years specifically to play in the Forfar 36 hole open, 2010 it was cancelled due to flooding, 2011 it was abandoned after 1 round due to gales. Gave it a miss this year, couldn't stand another wasted weekend of travelling.

Played forfar about a month ago, great course, lovely layout and great condition.

Im a member at lanark, greens are usually as good as you'll get anywhere besides a links course but this year they've been quite poor and there were even 2 winter greens on during the week!!!

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Yeah, a few years ago they brought in separate CSSs for home and away competitors, as long as there are at least 20 home and 20 away players. Generally the away CSS is a shot higher. It's also worth considering that for Opens the greens are generally shaved and there are some sucker pins, as well as the tees normally being right back. I did a 1,000 mile round trip in each of the last 2 years specifically to play in the Forfar 36 hole open, 2010 it was cancelled due to flooding, 2011 it was abandoned after 1 round due to gales. Gave it a miss this year, couldn't stand another wasted weekend of travelling.

I "fondly" remember playing in the Angus County 36 Hole Strokeplay at Kirrie a good few years back. It hadn't rained for about a week and the green were down to the bone. The greenkeeper put the pins on 5, 9, 10 and 11 in absolutely ridiculous positions. Throw in a fair bit of wind and the place was almost unplayable (if you've ever played it, you'll know what i mean).

We had guys off +1 and +2 failing to break 80 in both rounds. It was fucking horrendous stuff and the course was shite. You could barely get a Pro V1 to bite. It took the greens a good few weeks to recover. I shot a soul destroying 82 in my first round and teed up the second 18 with a yellow Pinaccle Distance, such was my respect for the place at the time.

I was a member at Forfar last year, but the greens were fucking woeful. Hung the clubs up (again) for this season. May try it again next year.

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I played there a few years back, do you still have to cross a railway bridge to get to the course??laugh.gif

At king James,yes over the bridge and onto the island! I love the fact it's on moncrieff island, it's character building.

Given the golfing "lows" I've had over the years, I can picture myself lying on the tracks after letting a 5 hole lead slip during the club championship!

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Played the Wednesday medal last night and managed to come away with a Gross 77 (77-12=65) - going level par from the 11th which I'm particularly happy with.

CSS was 70 when I left the club last night though expect it will be lowered to 69 so should be due either a 1.0 or a 0.8 cut, taking handicap to 10.6 / 10.8 and remaining on course to get down to 10 by the end of the season.

Only thing being, I'm away for 3 and a half weeks in August and am going to miss 7 medals so need to get the scores in before I go!

We had our championship qualifying yesterday and I managed to follow up my net 65 (CSS: 70) on Wednesday with a 75 - 11 = 65 (CSS: 69) to qualify in the top 20.

Apparently because I've posted a few low scores recently I've also been given a general play handicap adjustment so have been cut to 8.3 which I wasn't expecting at all.

Gonna be tough to get down from hereonin - especially since I was playing off 12 on Wednesday - but pretty happy to have exceeded my end of season target so early.

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Now that I know I'm going to be in Edinburgh for the forseeable future I'm looking to join a golf club somewhere. Any suggestions would be welcome. I'm looking for somewhere reasonably priced but quite happy to pay a bit of a premium for a good standard of course.

Going to be based just off Leith Walk but got the car so don't mind a travel. Any suggestions appreciated!

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Its a small world- i work in the pro-shop! Dalmillings alright, i would say its in better condition that Belisle and Seafield at the moment. The greens are superb although the fairways are a wee bit scraggy but other than that, its spot on.

Haven't joined this year due to caddying at Turnberry most weekends, so not able to play in the medals etc. Yes I agree with you reguarding it being in good condition compared to Seafield and Bellisle. I always find that people are quick to put Dalmilling down and snub it for other courses in the area, but I've always found it to be more enjoyable than Seafield for example. The most talented greenkeepers seem to find their way there and are then picked up by the more prestegious courses. That explains why the greens are in good nick, the guy thats greenkeeper there at the moment is apparently doing a great job....which means he'll be away elsewhere next season haha.

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We had our championship qualifying yesterday and I managed to follow up my net 65 (CSS: 70) on Wednesday with a 75 - 11 = 65 (CSS: 69) to qualify in the top 20.

Apparently because I've posted a few low scores recently I've also been given a general play handicap adjustment so have been cut to 8.3 which I wasn't expecting at all.

Gonna be tough to get down from hereonin - especially since I was playing off 12 on Wednesday - but pretty happy to have exceeded my end of season target so early.

Good shooting mate!

Was mentioning a few days ago that my short game and iron play was in good shape but my driving was letting me down so, to try and solve it, I went out to the so called 'range' and hit 100+ drives - really thinking about what I was doing and finally got it sorted.

Really looking forward to hitting some of the courses in Ireland now as my game is in great shape.

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We had our championship qualifying yesterday and I managed to follow up my net 65 (CSS: 70) on Wednesday with a 75 - 11 = 65 (CSS: 69) to qualify in the top 20.

Apparently because I've posted a few low scores recently I've also been given a general play handicap adjustment so have been cut to 8.3 which I wasn't expecting at all.

Gonna be tough to get down from hereonin - especially since I was playing off 12 on Wednesday - but pretty happy to have exceeded my end of season target so early.

Excellent going.

Well done.

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I went out today with a friend of mine. Made use of the half decent morning we had with fairly mild conditions.

Went through the front 9 (Par 34) with 42 and again, fairly chuffed with it all in general. I really have no idea and shouldn't try to even attempt anaylise it but ball striking 90% of the time feels great with the odd duff. Driving seems to be improved, we played an open parkland today which was fairly forgiving so was a good chance to try out that.

I really need to work on my sand games though, I took 3 in the sand (the only bunker I landed in all day) and do not feel good when faced with this type of shot.

Back 9 (Par 34) and went through in 44.

Going to plug away and get right into bunker practise. Work out a better average on club distance. I'm ok at this but still at times I tend to use a club too short and often miss a green by 10 yards on the par 3s. If I can work hard on this and get my arse out on the range, I have strong hopes to get another few shots off my average scores.

I've been dreaming of new clubs but at the same time I'm not sure I want to tempt fate as I'm using 15 year old pinseekers, along with a £6 driver/putter from Donnay and a 3 wood that I think must be at least 20 years old.

Hope the rumours of a jet stream movement to give us a summer after all are true and we golfers can all get out in some sunny conditions in the next few weeks.

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I'm playing a Scratch Open at Highgate on Friday.

Highgate is the closest course to Central London, at 5.03 miles from Charing Cross (the place from where all measurements in London are taken).

It is the tightest course I have ever played, and is a brilliant track. The greens are tiny and you have to be very accurate. Having said that, it still measures over 6,000 yards. However, you are never more than 550 yards from the clubhouse.

I'll post up my result on Friday night, I was 18th last year, top 6 get prizes, so hopefully I can do a bit better this year.

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Now that I know I'm going to be in Edinburgh for the forseeable future I'm looking to join a golf club somewhere. Any suggestions would be welcome. I'm looking for somewhere reasonably priced but quite happy to pay a bit of a premium for a good standard of course.

Going to be based just off Leith Walk but got the car so don't mind a travel. Any suggestions appreciated!

Royal Musselburgh, or Duddingston are the most obvious shouts. Both are very good courses.

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I went out today with a friend of mine. Made use of the half decent morning we had with fairly mild conditions.

Went through the front 9 (Par 34) with 42 and again, fairly chuffed with it all in general. I really have no idea and shouldn't try to even attempt anaylise it but ball striking 90% of the time feels great with the odd duff. Driving seems to be improved, we played an open parkland today which was fairly forgiving so was a good chance to try out that.

I really need to work on my sand games though, I took 3 in the sand (the only bunker I landed in all day) and do not feel good when faced with this type of shot.

Back 9 (Par 34) and went through in 44.

Going to plug away and get right into bunker practise. Work out a better average on club distance. I'm ok at this but still at times I tend to use a club too short and often miss a green by 10 yards on the par 3s. If I can work hard on this and get my arse out on the range, I have strong hopes to get another few shots off my average scores.

I've been dreaming of new clubs but at the same time I'm not sure I want to tempt fate as I'm using 15 year old pinseekers, along with a £6 driver/putter from Donnay and a 3 wood that I think must be at least 20 years old.

Hope the rumours of a jet stream movement to give us a summer after all are true and we golfers can all get out in some sunny conditions in the next few weeks.

If you are looking for some good clubs for cheap prices, take a look on Ebay. I bought my driver, 3 wood and putter of it and it was all under £100. Good clubs too.

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Good luck Midtable in your tournament. That course looks fantastic- very narrow it looks from the scorecard and those greens look very tight.

Cheers Forza for the heads up. I'm away to have a scoop over there. Although part of me isn't sure if I should do anything as overall I'm happy with the way things are going but the greedy bugger in me thinks that maybe with something like you have, I'll get a bit longer and also try out graphites as I play with steel.

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Think I agree with you on that. I used to play at crail, now play at gog magog in Cambridge. Two courses, one was a regional open qualifying course until recently and the other hosts a major amateur event each year (Donald and Westwood both won it in the past). I got down to 8 a few weeks ago, but I think at crail I'd easily be a few strokes less. There are a lot of easy pars and birdie chances at crail on a calm day.

Doesn't help that I've had three doses of the shanks this year, and I couldn't do anything last night - no flexibility in my back :s

The front 9 at Northwood is over 3,400yds, and the back 9 is quite technical. I always just assumed that 71 is about right, it's probably on the cusp between 71 and 72, Monifieth and Montrose have the same setup (3 x par 3, 13 x par 4, 2 x par 5), and are about 100 yards longer, and they get an extra shot on the SSS. Although completely unscientific, I find it a lot easier to play to my handicap when I play in Scotland, last week I was at Monifieth and Pitlochry, played 5 competitions, 3 buffer zones and 2 x 0.2 cuts.

What you said on another topic last night struck a chord with me, I think it would be a lot easier to get to scratch playing up in Scotland than where I am currently.

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