I have started playing more so I follow the rules. I think if you only get to play a few times a year you should play to enjoy it however. Mulligans, one for every nine, and some improvement of lie. No sense in trying to play an unplayable lie.
I agree with this, if you only play a few times a year, you expect to only play a few times a year forever...and you aren't very competitive (half joke).
If you want to get better at the game, Ken Schall told me once a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away), you can only improve your game if you play the ball as it lies (from a divot, buried in long rough, from under low hanging branches, etc). If you play like this, one day you're going to be playing with a stranger, boss, etc. and be in a position to pull that shot off. If you can, a good impression can be made.
One thing I forgot as far as "my rules"...don't practice on the golf course. That's why we have ranges.
We had a special tournament called the Cheap Beer Invitational.
1. BYOB....but must be below $4 a case (in 1990) so probably $7-$8 now. (Think Olympia, Miester Brau, etc)
2. For every beer you drink you deduct two strokes from your score.
3. If you can start and finish one beer per hole for all 18 holes you lose a bonus 5 strokes.
4. Player is DQ'd if vomits or passes out on the course or can't leave it under their own power.
5. Low net score wins.
Two ways to win, really.
a. Be a good player, shoot 75, drink 5 beers and net out at 65.
b. Shoot 102, drink 19 beers, subtract additional 5 bonus points and net out a 59.
Not sure it's been done the first way, but I've witnessed the second way. Wasn't pretty but he got it done.
1. No wood tee litter allowed. Pick it up.
2. No smoking the wheels or samoking the course with the gas golf cart.
3. No hiting on the young still-in-school beer lady.
4. No laying on through unless you are good.
5. Found golf balls belong to our group.
6. Do not play in lightning.
CFH HMagic bball season.
Let my fred's Four Horsemen ride.
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