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mrcaddie heads to Bethpage IRL

Sat, Jun 10 2017 12:11 PM by YancyCan. 42 replies.
  • mrcaddie United States
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    Mon, May 1 2017 10:08 AM

    Sorry guys, been under the weather the last few days so here are my closing thoughts on our trip.

    The first thing you notice as you pull in is all the cars, we arrived at about 9:30 and there appeared to be a couple of hundred cars already and this was on a Thursday...I can't imagine what it looks like on a weekend.

    Next we had to sign in and pay and this place isn't like your local course where you just walk into the pro shop and pay. This place had this special section where there were two lines...one for players with a reservation and another for those that didn't. Luckily we had a reservation so we got through there pretty quickly. The weird part is the people you're giving your money to are sitting behind glass partitions that appeared to be two inches thick...it reminded me of a horse track or a casino.

    We then had an hour or so to kill so we hit the driving range, or what I'll call the "iron range", yep we went to the driving range where you're not allowed to hit your driver. The driving range was pretty small and has a weird set up, you hit from an elevated position down into this giant bowl and you could see why a driver wasn't allowed as there was a fence about 250yrds out and a road just on the other side of the fence.

    Next we were off to play some golf and all I can say is the course was beautiful, it is really hard to believe that this is a public golf course. The fairways were plush and the greens were perfect.

    After the round was over we hit the pro shop and bought some gifts. Unfortunately Lou had to take off soon thereafter, but Erik, David and I hung around for a couple of drinks. We also had time to check out the clubhouse which is covered with all kinds of memorabilia. As stated in a previous post, the hallways of the place reminded me of "The Shining".

    In closing, Lou, Erik and I are definitely going to do this again and we hope Fuzzygazz can join us on the next trip as he wasn't able to join us this time. Also, I extend an open invitation to mystry78 to join us next time which might be this Fall at this course Fox Hopyard, and I only suggest this course as this is where we wanted to play last year but on the date we picked they were having a big tournament that day so we chose someplace else to play. Anyone else out there that wants to get together and play...we're are certainly open to suggestions, Fox Hopyard isn't a done deal.

    Here are a couple of pics from inside the clubhouse at Bethpage-

     

     

     

    That's it folks.

    MC

    PS- Bubbs, I hope you play golf IRL because you have a gift coming your way.

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  • bubbsboy United Kingdom
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    Mon, May 1 2017 10:39 AM

    Fantastic write up mate and those pics look great. Lot of history flowing through the place by the looks of it.

    That driving range seems strange i must admit as you would think a course of that stature would need one but i suppose when you see pros warming up they generally in another open field, not really a range how we know it.

    As per message mate, thanks so much and i will post the pic on here.

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  • alanti Australia
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    Thu, May 11 2017 1:57 AM

    amateur4sure:

    Cheers Wayne you beauty mate..... 

    Thanks so much for sharing this Epic experience. Top stuff Bro

    +100

    A truly sensational read, and epitomises why this is a great game.....a game made up of some top people that sadly we will often not meet in real life, but the type of people you know you could have a beer or a coffee and talk for hours.

    I have only met one person from WGT.....played a roud of golf and pretty much solved all the worlds problems when we were at the 19th..........sadly....in the cold light of day  (in other words...being sober) they were a little flawed!

    Great photos and Bethpage and is somewhere I would have loved to have played....any of the courses (but I would happily carry my clubs to play BPG Black lol.)

    Sadly, these days, would I play them well? Hell no, my game has gone south,,,,but as alosso pointed out.....better value per shot ratio and unless you lose a ball......more than 120 shots a ball......

    I have played a couple of the WGT in real life.....but well before I discovered this game....and was one reason I started playing this game.

    Thanks for the great read Wayne.

     

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  • alcaucin Spain
    9,041 Posts
    Sat, May 13 2017 5:52 AM

    mrcaddie:

    OK, here we go guys... with a quick backstory first-

    A couple of years ago a few members of the Deviations CC ( lvietri, fuzzygazz & beachedmulligan) were getting together to play IRL and they asked me to join them, which I did. We played at Casperkill Golf Club in upstate NY and we all got along great and had lots of fun.

    Last year we decided to do it again, but BM had moved away, so we invited my friend/co-worker eingmund to join us and this time we played at Great River Golf Club in Connecticut and once again we had a blast.

    We all wanted to get together again and this year we decided on Bethpage. We quickly realized that as much as we'd like to play the Black course, we didn't really feel like carrying our bags all over that course (as they don't allow golf carts) so we settled on the Red course ( for those of you that don't know, Bethpage is a New York State Public Park consisting of five courses- Black, Red, Blue, Yellow & Green) and the Red course is supposed to be the second most difficult course next to Black. Unfortunately Fuzzy wasn't able to join us this year so Lou (lvietri) asked his friend David to join us as he was just 20 mins from the course.

    So, we had an 11:08 tee time and we all had to be checked in one hour prior to our tee time or our reservation would be canceled. Lou made it there first and had breakfast in the clubhouse in this room-

    This picture doesn't do it justice, but it was pretty impressive. The halls of the clubhouse reminded me of something out of the movie "The Shining".

    Erik (eingmund) and I showed up next after getting lost in a funeral procession, but we made it. David showed up shortly thereafter and we checked in and then we all hit the driving range before we had to tee off.

    We then teed off about 20 mins early and all I can say is WE HAD A BLAST! There was a heavy fog as we teed off but it seemed to burn off at the turn and the sun came out. David played great golf and Lou was a close second. I hit my drives like there was no tomorrow but my short game failed me and unfortunately Erik was just having a bad day. David won the day!

    The whole place was incredible to look at and the fairways and greens were perfect, it was amazing!! I would definitely play there again with these guys!

    Here are a few pics of our day-

    Here is a shot from the clubhouse overlooking Black #1

    Here is a shot from behind the 18th green from the clubhouse looking out to the tee box. Off to the left is the Red course #1 and off to the right is the Black course #1.

    Here is a tribute to A.W. Tillinghast the original course designer and Rees Jones. A.W. Tillinghast originally designed the course and Rees Jones redesigned it to welcome the first US Open at a public golf course.

    and here we are

    (L to R) David, Lou, Erik & MC

    I'm exhausted, I'll fill you in on more details this weekend.

    MC

    PS- I'll be sending out a gift from the Bethpage pro shop to someone that responds to this post.

    Got ya PM Mr  C...

    who's that ugly guy in the pink hat ?

     

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  • bubbsboy United Kingdom
    6,815 Posts
    Mon, May 15 2017 2:45 AM

    Well Wayne, after days of us chatting and tracking it got here from over the pond my friend.

    To think this was in BPB gift shop and now is in windy old North East of England. ;-)

    To have something from that course is quite something, a treasure i would never have a chance to have.

    Hoping to be back on the course soon and lets hope its my new lucky marker.

    Thanks a lot Caddie .......Santa came early

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  • drmoose United States
    3,286 Posts
    Mon, May 15 2017 4:07 AM

    Wellser, now, that is just too cool fer school, an' that's all I gots to say.

    Doc :)

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  • bubbsboy United Kingdom
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    Mon, May 15 2017 4:49 AM

    Sure is........and its even got Mrcaddie himself on it ;-)

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  • amateur4sure United Kingdom
    1,759 Posts
    Mon, May 15 2017 10:29 AM

    Absolutely awesome Wayne, That say`s it all my friend...!

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  • mrcaddie United States
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    Mon, May 15 2017 3:45 PM

    bubbsboy:

    To have something from that course is quite something, a treasure i would never have a chance to have.

    Hoping to be back on the course soon and lets hope its my new lucky marker.

    Thanks a lot Caddie

    Bubbs,

    You're very welcome Bubbs...it was my pleasure.

    You know, you might be on to something with the lucky marker thing because I actually bought that same marker for myself and last Thursday I clipped it on my hat and played a quick nine after work with some co-workers and I did something I have never done in all the years I've been playing golf.

    On the third hole, from about 10-15 yards off the green, I chipped up and BANG...the ball hits the pin and drops right into the cup!!! But wait, it gets better...two holes later on the fifth...I did the exact same thing again!!! Two chip-ins in nine holes, I've never done that before.

    So, I hope it brings you the same luck when you get back out on the golf course that I got while wearing it, but if it doesn't...it should make for a heck of a conversation piece with your golfing buddies.

    All the best Bubbs.

    MC

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  • opyeuclid United States
    6,022 Posts
    Mon, May 15 2017 3:58 PM

    A good thing happened here in WGT land once more .

    Thank  you 

    OPY

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