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Old 09-23-2015, 08:20 PM
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The USDGC Crew (the worker bees in setting up the course) is almost done setting the top ropes and the bottom string as long as we can avoid the predicted rain (Thursday AM looks OK, the afternoon looks wetter). Still more refinements to be done, but we are ahead of where we've been the past 5 years.

If you are practicing or just wanting to play the course with the OB defined, there are 2 things. First--do not step ON the top rope (step over it); offenders will be punished to 5 days of slinging mulch next year. Second--there may still be worker bees on the course doing more refinements, we generally recognize players descending on our work area and stand aside to critique your throws and usually wave players through to take a breather; just don't throw onto us unless we wave you through; offenders may find their disc grip locked into the lake.

Paramount, respect the course and the workers.
Hellz yeah Tom! I'm looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labor!
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:12 PM
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CJ--

Play smart and avoid the OBs/bunkers (bomber shots often find them as do others). Pars are smart in the performance flight; 7s and 8s (quite possible) are not. Enjoy the experience. Say hi to the old gray-haired fossil spotting on hole 9 (me).
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:10 PM
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Played the course today and it appeared the right bunker on 1 was pretty small, left wasn't flagged. The right bunker on 2 was along the fence on right about ten feet out. Seemed to only affect righty rollers or lefties.
3) seemed tighter
4) left ob seemed tighter but right straight route was cleared more
6) bunker wasn't in yet but they were working on it when I came to 16
7) new pad behind old so 12 feet longer. Old pad has several cracks
8) they putting in a new pad about 30 feet back and to the left, tree about 10 off pad in middle. A lot of trees has been lost on thus drive. They said they were still waiting for approval
9) drive more open and able to drive it further. Smaller green but more depth
12) less ob on drive
Everything else seemed the same except maybe straight shot on 16 seemed more open

Course is looking good
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Old 09-25-2015, 01:44 AM
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Played the course today and it appeared the right bunker on 1 was pretty small, left wasn't flagged. The right bunker on 2 was along the fence on right about ten feet out. Seemed to only affect righty rollers or lefties.
3) seemed tighter
4) left ob seemed tighter but right straight route was cleared more
6) bunker wasn't in yet but they were working on it when I came to 16
7) new pad behind old so 12 feet longer. Old pad has several cracks
8) they putting in a new pad about 30 feet back and to the left, tree about 10 off pad in middle. A lot of trees has been lost on thus drive. They said they were still waiting for approval
9) drive more open and able to drive it further. Smaller green but more depth
12) less ob on drive
Everything else seemed the same except maybe straight shot on 16 seemed more open

Course is looking good
So now that you've seen it in person, who's game does it favor?
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:33 AM
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I don't think it has changed enough to knock out any of the usual suspects. Most if not all have a flick and controlled distance game. I see a lot more flicks for the third shot on 5.
Also less rollers on 2 because of hazard. They lost a tree on left side which would make the roller too easy
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:41 AM
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I played most of Gold Wednesday. There were ropes on most holes. Some work was going on. We saw new pins going in. JohnE was there. Ran into Tom12003 stringing ropes. Thanks to all doing great work out there and for stopping to let us play through.

After Ledgestone and all the ropes there I think the favorites will be Simon & McBeth.
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:48 AM
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Ugh. All this media rights crap is so cart before the horse it's not even funny.

More content = better. We are way to early in this game to start restricting media rights for people who are willing to film
I have mixed feelings about this as I have always had free reign to follow any group of my choosing to produce a quality film. Last year was the first time they started requiring media passes to be able to follow a group & film on the course. I was able to get a pass pretty easily as I had been there before & filmed without incident for many years!
But this year, looking at the options available to me as a solo independent video guy I will probably be relegated to the sidelines (spectator area only). Fighting my way through the spectator area to produce a quality film will be difficult if not impossible depending on the shot/crowd/etc. I would rather be right behind the players filming as normal. Not 40 feet away standing behind people, shooting from a bad angle!
On the other hand I understand how if left un-checked it could get out of hand. Anybody with a video-camera (or cell phone?) could be right behind the players & that could get pretty crowded, noisy & distracting.
I'm not sure what I'll do this year. I've always looked forward to shooting this event as it is so close to home. I know people who cant make it to the event enjoy all the video that is posted up. A lot of independents are filming the later cards who never get the exposure of the top card!
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:50 AM
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After Ledgestone and all the ropes there I think the favorites will be Simon & McBeth.
Ropes at Ledgestone??? I don't remember any ropes

Anyways, I look forward to playing the tournament this year. I have watched enough videos and studied the caddy guide to get a strategy going. Good luck to anyone else playing!
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Old 09-27-2015, 07:27 PM
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But this year, looking at the options available to me as a solo independent video guy I will probably be relegated to the sidelines (spectator area only). Fighting my way through the spectator area to produce a quality film will be difficult if not impossible depending on the shot/crowd/etc. I would rather be right behind the players filming as normal. Not 40 feet away standing behind people, shooting from a bad angle!
I really hope you can get a media pass, your filming from previous years has been much appreciated! I loved seeing the McBeth eagle on 5 and the rest of his round.
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:11 PM
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I have mixed feelings about this as I have always had free reign to follow any group of my choosing to produce a quality film. Last year was the first time they started requiring media passes to be able to follow a group & film on the course. I was able to get a pass pretty easily as I had been there before & filmed without incident for many years!
But this year, looking at the options available to me as a solo independent video guy I will probably be relegated to the sidelines (spectator area only). Fighting my way through the spectator area to produce a quality film will be difficult if not impossible depending on the shot/crowd/etc. I would rather be right behind the players filming as normal. Not 40 feet away standing behind people, shooting from a bad angle!
On the other hand I understand how if left un-checked it could get out of hand. Anybody with a video-camera (or cell phone?) could be right behind the players & that could get pretty crowded, noisy & distracting.
I'm not sure what I'll do this year. I've always looked forward to shooting this event as it is so close to home. I know people who cant make it to the event enjoy all the video that is posted up. A lot of independents are filming the later cards who never get the exposure of the top card!
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I really hope you can get a media pass, your filming from previous years has been much appreciated! I loved seeing the McBeth eagle on 5 and the rest of his round.
I want to second this.
I've told you before that I'm a big fan of your USDGC work.

You have to do what is best for you, but I'm hoping (with a lot of others) that you stick it out and film.
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