My 2012 Golf Page
|Earliest Start Ever
This year was an early start for the golf season. It was the first time I ever played here in March. On the first day of spring as a matter of fact, I drove down International 2000 on the border in Lacolle. The temperature that day was a record high 27 degrees Celsius. Did not play very well but the conditions we not that good as the course was very wet. Nevertheless, with the late end last year on Dec 5th it made only a 105 day gap with no golf. For a chart of first and last games of the my seasons since 1998, click here.
Groupe Beaudet B-52
This year our regular foursome has a new
member, Paddy Dore. Back in December, Groupe Beaudet, had a great
offer. For $480 including tax, you could play almost all its courses
for 'free' on 52 preselected days. Pre-selected by Beaudet. That
same pass is available now for $575. Paddy, along with Mike and Mike
bought one pass each and that will be our foursome for much of the
year. The dates are scattered around the season and started on April
20th. So far we have play 4 free dates, all with weather than we
normally would have stayed away from the course. It should be a good
year and our price per round should definitely be under $20 when we
are finished with it. On the days that are not included, a 20%
discount off the regular fee is in effect. At the end of the year, I
will report on how many games we played under the B-52 umbrella.
New RCGA Handicap Rules
The RCGA introduced new rules for
handicap calculation that came into effect on March 1, 2012. I am
not a real big fan of golf handicap in the first place mainly
because it can lead to
sandbagging but also because it put
everyone on an even playing field for betting. If you play for money
and are better than someone, you should win. If you want to make the
odds 50% on each side, why bother with golf? Just go flip a coin
somewhere with your opponent.
In my opinion, shooting a 7 on a par 3 should not be counted for a decent golfer with a 12 handicap for example. Anyway, I will stick to betting with my fellow single digit golfers and play best man wins.
As I have mentioned in my
golf pages many times, every time I go out to play golf my ultimate
goal is to break 10. Last year (2011) was a banner year for me as I
achieved my goal 39% of the time. I am 0 for 4 this year and it
doesn't quite feel right yet. People say that only 20% of golfers
break 100 but that is not true. The National Golf Institute actually
states that 55% of golfers have shot less than 100. If you look at
USGA stats, over 25% of people have official handicap index under 10
which means that avid golfers definitely break 80. However, I would
have to estimate that only 10% of golfers have an official USGA
handicap. I keep a chart of my under 80 games.
Click here if you are interested.