Mini Post: Home Course Advantage –
By Wayne Halm –
How much is Home Course Advantage worth? I’ve had some recent experience with this and I think it’s worth quite a lot – it is also quite dangerous.
For years Kauai Lagoons was my home course and I played there a couple of times a week. I got to know the course and more interestingly I got to know the shots. Now I realize that I wasn’t figuring out which clubs to use, I was just remembering which worked in the past. The danger of that came home to me when Kauai Lagoons started renovations.
I’ve joined a local golf group and have been playing less familiar courses. First time out I made a bunch of really poor choices and got spanked badly. The second time was better but still painful. The third time I was at least “in the hunt” as I started figuring out what shots I needed. Slowly I’m getting back to “playing golf” rather than just remembering.
It is easy to slip into the comfort zone provided by Home Course Advantage. Has it happened to you?
Playing in the golf group has helped with my 2016 goal of playing golf with 100 people I haven’t met. So far I’ve played with some great guys; Wendell Ishida, Larry Marugame, Milton Ouaka, and Ron Young. Also I’ve played with a couple of wonderful women, Wendy Akita and Gussie Schumacher. They are numbers 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34. Want to be in that number?
Come play golf with me.