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Quote from: George Pazin on September 26, 2005, 10:07:30 AMThat's more like my wife's dream top twenty. As for playing Oakmont on a regular basis, one of the other posters on this board made a similar comment after playing Oakmont for the first time - it was too hard for him to want to be a member. However, after having a few more cracks at it, he has changed his opinion.And I reserve the right to change my opinion again after Friday. I enjoy having fun when I play golf and sometimes if it is too hard it isn't fun. But the more I've played and seen Oakmont, the more I'm convinced it is fun as well as hard. Oakmont challanges you on every shot, but you can play it without losing a ball (assuming you have a decent caddie.) Some other courses where you can lose a golf ball on every shot are not fun, just hard. A friend of mine who is a 12 handicap lost three golf balls on three consecutive tee shots a few days ago at a course. That is not fun. You don't want to sit around reloading all day and if a course is very difficult and penalizes you in that manner, I don't consider it great.If you can find it and hit it, but be suitably punished for the mistake it is great. Oakmont is that kind of course as Cary's description of his round implies. He (and I) might not be good enough to shoot a great score there, but we can still play it and give it a great effort without feeling like we just reloading until we get it right.
That's more like my wife's dream top twenty. As for playing Oakmont on a regular basis, one of the other posters on this board made a similar comment after playing Oakmont for the first time - it was too hard for him to want to be a member. However, after having a few more cracks at it, he has changed his opinion.
Peter Hereid,What do you think is the average handicap of the membership at Oakmont ?
TH -I understand you have never been to Pittsburgh, but you have heard of Fox Chapel and Laurel Valley? Both pretty decent courses in their own right. I had the option to play those courses a few years ago while I was staying at Oakmont, and I said no way, I playing Oakmont again. That's how good and fun it is.As for Winged Foot West, it is my favorite Tillinghast (SFGC is a close second), but I would play Oakmont 6 out of 10 times versus Winged Foot West. Now if we are talking Merion, it would be 5 and 5.