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Rudy Giuliani wants
to make golf ‘simpler’

New York Post, by Ian Mohr

Original Article

Posted By:KarenJ1, 9/3/2014 10:53:02 AM

Rudy Giuliani has plans to change golf. The former mayor, a strategic adviser to the PGA, says he wants to make the game “simpler” by shortening rounds to 12 holes. “We have to make it simpler and easier. Let’s shorten the course and make playing 12 holes instead of 18 holes the norm,” Giuliani declared in a Hamptons magazine cover story with golfer Raymond Floyd. “I’ve played tennis for 20 years, and I’ve never played five sets like the pros do,” he explained. “I’ll play three sets with my pals. So why play 18 holes? That’s what pros do to win tournaments.” Giuliani

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Doesn´t he have anything better to do? I´m not a golfer, but I´m sure those of us here that are will have comments about his proposal. Here´s the link to the Hamptons Magazine piece: http://tinyurl.com/l4q22kv

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/3/2014 10:57:47 AM     (No. 9991793)

Maybe get rid of the sand traps and water hazards?

Put the balls on long elastic string to make them easier to retrieve?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 9/3/2014 10:59:01 AM     (No. 9991797)

Stupid! There´s 18 holes on a course! Stick to what you know Rudy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 9/3/2014 11:01:22 AM     (No. 9991803)

Good idea. You can´t start play on an 18 hole course after work and finish. A lot of public courses are going under, this could be a way to reinvigorate the sport among us hackers. 9 hole courses are usually too short.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Taylor1066, 9/3/2014 11:02:42 AM     (No. 9991804)

St. Andrews preserve us!

If you want to play golf in a shorter time, play 9 holes!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: californiadude, 9/3/2014 11:04:27 AM     (No. 9991807)

Basketball: Change hoop heigth to 11 ft. or 10.5 ft. and a minimum one Caucasian on the court from each team.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: shamrock, 9/3/2014 11:06:17 AM     (No. 9991812)

How about a mandatory 27 holes, that will thin out the whiners. There are lots of games, if 9 or 18 holes are too much, how about gin rummy or horseshoes. Leave us alone Rudi.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: velox, 9/3/2014 11:06:33 AM     (No. 9991813)

There is a move on to make golf simpler to play and not so time consuming.
Even Jack is in on the act.
I almost never played 18 holes anyway and usually opted for 9 holes. I quit the game because it took so much time.
My suggestion is to make any putt within 20 feet a gimme. Or better yet, call any ball on the green "good enough"

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Reply 8 - Posted by: gagolfer, 9/3/2014 11:08:21 AM     (No. 9991814)

Then play only 12 holes, Rudy. No one forces you to play 18. He probably wants to just give his score without mentioning he only played 12 holes instead of 18 to make himself sound like a better golfer than he is. Jerk.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 9/3/2014 11:11:44 AM     (No. 9991824)

Hire Carl Spackler to ´´enlarge´´ the cups.

(hint: Caddyshack)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Italiano, 9/3/2014 11:11:56 AM     (No. 9991825)

What did you expect from a tennis player?

If you want to quit after 12, quit. If you want to concede 3-foot putts, go ahead. If you want to foot-wedge or throw it out of the woods or rough, fine.

Just don´t call it golf.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: 4poster, 9/3/2014 11:17:40 AM     (No. 9991834)

Hay Rudy, you leave the tennis court whenever you want to. You can do that at the golf course, too.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: 67cj5, 9/3/2014 11:19:01 AM     (No. 9991836)

At an average of two beers per hole I can rarely complete 9 much less 18! Shorten it to 3, it will save money on beer and I will still be able to walk of the course without assistance.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: trapper, 9/3/2014 11:29:01 AM     (No. 9991848)

The problem with modern golf isn´t 18 holes. It´s every little public course being lengthened to 7,000 yards, with island greens, 220 yard carries over water, $200 green fees, bag drops, valet parking, mandatory carts, walking prohibited, 5 irons with a "7" engraved on the bottom, drivers the size of melons, and former politician tennis players thinking they can "fix" it.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hazymac, 9/3/2014 11:31:08 AM     (No. 9991849)

Stick to your areas of competency, Rudy. And if you play, may I suggest a trip to an "executive" course? And if you buy a house that borders on a ritzy country club, do you want to hear that the course is missing six holes?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: smcchk, 9/3/2014 11:37:20 AM     (No. 9991862)

It is not a bad idea. How many folks do you hear say they don´t have the time to play golf? That includes my husband, who had a 1 handicap in his prime. Golf participation is dwindling, do youngsters even play it anymore? Quitting after 12 sounds just like that, "quitting." But making an official 12 hole round would be attractive to lots of folks. Then there could be 9-,12- or 18-hole options.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Grommit, 9/3/2014 11:52:02 AM     (No. 9991881)

It would allow Obama to spend more time being president.

Naah

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mickturn, 9/3/2014 12:03:48 PM     (No. 9991896)

It´s not about 18 holes it´s about getting away from the wife for some ´man time´ (sorry girls, it´s the truth). Some use it to get away from the office to make deals on the 9th green (the clubhouse lunch break).

Pack some liquor/beer and enjoy.

Sheesh, you would think Rudy would have gotten it by now.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 9/3/2014 12:22:43 PM     (No. 9991918)

Rudy, golf would be simpler if so many developers were not obsessed with construction of "championship" layouts characterized by severe greens and holes tightly guarded by hazards. These courses contribute to slow play and generally humiliate 14-20 handicappers who are the life blood of the game. In contrast, many Arnold Palmer designs present an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all ability levels.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Newtsche, 9/3/2014 12:28:55 PM     (No. 9991934)

Here´s an idea -- When holes are cut on greens and the surrounding area is pulled up, flatten it!!!!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: peebster, 9/3/2014 12:36:57 PM     (No. 9991959)

12? Golfers want to play 18, then have a drink or lunch and go back out for 18 more. We wake at 40 a.m. to drive to a favorite course, we spend stupid money on the stuff to make our game better. We take lessons, we go to the range, we putt for quarters with friends while waiting for our time. You want to make it simpler, then follow #13´s advice.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 9/3/2014 12:48:10 PM     (No. 9991988)

Is one allowed a 2nd post? I don´t think "time" has much to do with it at all. A 4some can play 9 holes in 2 hours and 18 in 4 hours. That´s less than a Saturday morning or afternoon. I think those that complain that golf takes too much time is because they really don´t want to exert themselves and would rather be watching a sport and not participating. Time doesn´t seem to be a problem going to a football game, a NASCAR race, or out hunting for the day. Golf is just a hard game to master and takes some practice and effort.

And yes, Junior golf is very popular where we are.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Sliver of Truth, 9/3/2014 12:53:07 PM     (No. 9991998)

So play 9 holes and call it a day. The nonsense people come up with is mind boggling.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: KingBubo, 9/3/2014 12:59:08 PM     (No. 9992014)

I am suprised Rudy didn´t suggest playing between 9 and 11 holes.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: pinger, 9/3/2014 1:29:18 PM     (No. 9992055)

Hey, Rude. If you want it to be really simple, why not make golf only ONE hole. And make the hole a foot in diameter. Then everyone gets a trophy!!! If you don´t think golf is a simple enough game then go bowling. Rudy, go back to politicking...please.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 9/3/2014 1:40:30 PM     (No. 9992076)

Golf is declining in interest among the upcoming generation.
Rudy´s ideas won´t help.

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