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Friday July 5, 2019 4:49 PM
I grew up playing where the only yardage indicators where the 100, 150 and 200 posts on each side of the fairway parallel to each other.

Now days I'm lucky to even see 150 yardage posts.

I miss them, do you?

I miss being able to take a quick glance at the posts, quick glace at the pin (red front, white middle and blue back) and have a great approximation as the yards I need to hit. I respect that many other golfers want precise yardage with GPS and Rangefinders. But for those of us that like to play off feel and a quick routine in deciding yardage the preciseness is not required.

I'm about halfway between the 100 and 150 yardage markers to a middle pin. Grab my 9-iron, make a good swing, go. The real work to hitting great iron shots in on the range knowing how far you hit your clubs. Knowing if I get into a 9-iron it goes 140 but lay off it a bit and it goes 120. Stock 9-iron 130.
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Friday July 5, 2019 10:25 PM
I'm not a fan of those 150 yard poles in the middle of the fairway (hit one dead center on a short par 5, ended up over 200 yards away). I still see lots of courses with fairway stones and fewer with the sprinkler markers (except Grizzly Ranch, who has a 76 yard sprinkler marker in the trees to the right of the path on 9). Palm Valley planted small palms on both side of the fairways at 150. I would love to see courses do something similar, especially if they can incorporate their name (branding!).
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Friday July 5, 2019 10:25 PM
What you described John is exactly what my home course had when I learned to play golf as a teenager back in the 1970's.

That course had really small greens, about the size at Pebble Beach. Most were no more than 5-8 yards different from a front to middle pin, then another 5-8 yards to a back pin.

WAY before GPS or range finders, I practiced my pace and got to where I was consistently 49-51 paces between the different 50 yard markers. It was actually a skill that saved strokes much like reading putts.

I felt like I had an advantage over many I played with/against because I got it down to where my yardages were pretty accurate, while many others would just ball park it.

Now a guy pulls out a laser and with no work or calculations in about 3 seconds he gets that it is 182 to the pin. I miss the challenge of pacing it off and knowing that it was 174 to the middle and eye balling a back pin and knowing I needed to add 8 to get that same 182. I too miss the yardage marker days.
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The goal is long and straight! But on the many times I cannot seem to hit them straight, I at least want to hit them long!
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Saturday July 6, 2019 3:08 AM
Don't look back, never look back, and if you do close your eyes.
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Saturday July 6, 2019 10:42 AM
I don't drive a 70's car nor ride a steel frame bike and I don't use a persimmons driver (though it wouldn't hurt my driving any). My point is technology has evolved and I embrace it. Using a range finder to me is like sending an email versus snail mail. Both will get the job done, just one is much faster through the use of technology.

It helps the pace of play and I actually think the PGA/LPGA should utilize range finders. The caddies are spot on with yardage the old school way by carefully pacing off every inch and knowing how far each rock/tree/bush is through their yardage books. Let's pick up the pace and let them shoot the yardage.

Here's a quick stat for you to consider: 115 rounds a year, 88 shots per round (minus 36 for putts) that's 6000 shots (rounded up). 3 seconds per shot to get yardage is 5 hours. Now add in another 30 seconds per shot to pace and...... you have just added 50 HOURS of time just to get yardage for the year!!!

I challenge anyone who isn't retired to justify the extra amount of time it takes to pace vs. a rangefinder.

Golf is challenging enough (IMO).
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Saturday July 6, 2019 12:28 PM
Alex, that's what I just said.
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Saturday July 6, 2019 1:14 PM
No, but I do usually aim at those white/black fairway posts at Black Gold, The Crossings and San Juan Hills off the tees.

100/150/200 yardage markers in the middle of the fairways are still very common on the courses I play. Tijeras Creek and The Crossings at Carlsbad also have yardages often stamped on the sprinkler heads. TC has front/middle/back yardages on them, Crossings just to the middle, if I recall correctly. Stakes probably slow down the maintenance crews.

I really like the GPS units, as it helps on hazard distances. With my game, its more about course management/hazard avoidance than sticking it on the pin from the fairway at a particular yardage!
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Sunday July 7, 2019 8:23 AM
QUOTED  I'm not a fan of those 150 yard poles in the middle of the fairway (hit one dead center on a short par 5, ended up over 200 yards away).

Personally I don't like the "candy canes" in the middle. I like the thin stakes on either side of the fairway. Red, White and Blue.

QUOTED  Don't look back, never look back, and if you do close your eyes.

Not looking back. All for advances. But why get rid of something that is still helpful to some of us?

QUOTED  Here's a quick stat for you to consider: 115 rounds a year, 88 shots per round (minus 36 for putts) that's 6000 shots (rounded up). 3 seconds per shot to get yardage is 5 hours. Now add in another 30 seconds per shot to pace and...... you have just added 50 HOURS of time just to get yardage for the year!!!

I agree. Pacing takes time. Looking for a sprinkler head with yards takes time. Glancing a distance between markers for a casual golfer and picking a club saves time. You'll notice when we play if a course has stake markers I'm not asking for yardage, LOL. Its not my routine to carry a rangefinder or GPS. And I don't want to make it my routine. Why add to my routine? I don't want to get that technical out there. If the golf course provides free GPS on the carts, I'll use it because I can take a quick a glance at it and pick my club.
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Sunday July 7, 2019 11:04 AM
Funny? Growing up, the yardage markers were the small (growing larger over time) Cypress tress, located at 150 yards from the green. You will still find them on some of the older courses in S CA (many courses have removed them, or they died, necessitating removal). I like the Blue, White, Red small domed discs in the fairways. I do like a 150 pole in fairways, on courses I am not familiar with (also can be used as guiding pole). I am not a fan of using a GPS device, for the reason it takes time and I might lose it? Of course I like a GPS in the carts. But I just recently purchased the Voice Caddie (got a great deal at $60 online) which clips to your hat or belt. While it only gives you yardage to the hole (from wherever you are standing on the hole), that is sufficient for me. I know which club I can or cannot hit from various yardages, from many years of playing.
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Sunday July 7, 2019 11:16 AM
I do agree that the having the red/white/blue markers on the side is handy. Even with a range finder it's nice. There are times when my cart partner is off to one side and I'm on the other. Knowing an approximate distance with the markers allows me to grab two clubs and the range finder while heading off for my walk.

Seeing other posts about how courses use trees and rocks to mark the yardage, I'm curious if other courses have gone to this style of concealment markings and we haven't noticed? I usually don't worry about it because I use the rangefinder, but now I'm going to start paying more attention.
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