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TH - Why would you EVER identify yourself as a rater at a non-private golf course. It seems to me the only reason would be the hope of a free round. As for private clubs, I understand that the GD name gains you access where you might not be admitted otherwise, but I don't see how anyone can be totally unbiased when you are the "guest" of the course you are rating. It should be understood up front that you intend to pay a guest fee.That's why most restaurant critics do not identify themselves until AFTER they have eaten. Then they can report on the true experience the average customer will receive. My restauranteur friends tell me the only critics who identify themselves beforehand are the ones who are either trying to impress their companions or are fishing for a free meal.