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PThomas

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astroturf on TOC?
« on: March 09, 2005, 09:34:05 AM »
that astroturf picture on another thread reminded me of this:  is one still required to hit from portable pieces of the stuff on TOC during the winter?

haven't been there yet, and as badly as I want to play there, I don't think I could bring myself to do that
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Robert Kimball

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Re:astroturf on TOC?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2005, 09:43:53 AM »
If memory serves me, I believe they required portable mats in the months before the 2000 Open. Obviously to save the turf from "duffer diviots."

Tyler Kearns

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Re:astroturf on TOC?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2005, 09:56:24 AM »
Paul,

Fairway mats in use at the Old Course until March 31/05. I do not think it relates to the Open Championship being held there in the summer - but is an annual rule to allow the turf to recuperate during the winter months.

TK

A.G._Crockett

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Re:astroturf on TOC?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2005, 10:05:52 AM »
I played TOC in June of 1984, just a month or so before the Open was held there.  At that time, they asked that golfers play everything off tees in the fairway.  I was playing with three Scots, and they didn't once tee the ball up in the fairway; I was scared NOT to.
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Brian_Gracely

Re:astroturf on TOC?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2005, 10:26:00 AM »
I played Prestwick once in January and they had a similar policy...(a) play shots from the fairway with a tee, or (b) pull your ball to the nearest patch of grass off the fairway.  

Sean_A

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Re:astroturf on TOC?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2005, 03:11:35 PM »
Pennard requires mats in the winter.  I usually play from the wings unless I am chipping or need extra spin.  Jeepers, it is amazing how much spin I can get with a TOPFLITE off the mats!

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Sean
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Matt_Ward

Re:astroturf on TOC?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2005, 03:42:51 PM »
Just a quick question for those "in the know." Does TOC charge a lesser fee given the astroturf gimmick for the winter months.

Also -- does the facility ever use temporary greens during that time frame?

Thanks ... ;)

Sean_A

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Re:astroturf on TOC?
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2005, 05:04:06 PM »
Matt

In the winter you can play TOC for ~60.  It is fairly limited because of course closings, but easliy booked for the time of your choice if you plan ahead.  The other courses are much cheaper as well.  The Links Trust runs deals in conjunction with B&Bs, hotels etc.  

I think the first winter I was up there the price was ~150 for three days golf and B&B-including TOC.  The next time we went I skipped TOC because of the mats.  Two rounds on the new and one on the Jubilee plus B&B was ~$125.  

Ciao

Sean
New plays planned for 2023: Cardigan, St David's City, Clyne, Panmure, Kinghorn, Harrogate, West Byfleet, North Foreland & Ladybank

ForkaB

Re:astroturf on TOC?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2005, 12:12:10 PM »
Matt

When I was there a few weeks ago, they had a temporary green for the 11th (not a bad one, over by the 12th tee).  they will also often put pins in the winter in silly places such as the very front or very back of greens (i.e. on the false front of the 17th).

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