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February 25th, 2011, 09:01 AM
January 9th, 2009
My favorite is when someone just has to know what the "par" is on a particular hole before teeing off, cause it determines how they play the hole i.e. how risky they have to be. I have seen this happen many times. In tournaments. A lot of times this occurs on a hole that has traditionally been "called" a par 3 cause that was the only option when the course went in but now some TDs change the hole par for a tournament. One example from down here where this happens all the time is on the long hole at Timber (the hole formerly known as #17). Invariably when we get to the tee someone says,
"$h^& does anyone know if they called this a 3 or a 4 today?"
"Uh not sure. I don't think it matters really, there are gonna be more 4's than 3's for sure."
Momentary silence, mostly blank stare (presumably thinking about the "doesn't matter" part).
"Crap, does the scorecard say?"
"Well I'm just gonna assume its a 3 then, and bomb my drive down past the pole." Throw OB.
"Well I gotta keep this bogey free round growing." Throw OB
Then when the hole is done, the icing on the cake (as far as comedic value goes):
"Man that better be a par 4."
This scene has played out a lot in tournament groups in my experience. Other holes where I remember similar conversations (Milo hole 1 of 27, Trojan regular hole 5, Hornings Meadow horseshoe hole...)
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