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Wednesday May 8, 2019 8:54 AM
Really could use some feedback.

The GK Plays are priced very well, the goodies are incredible and the golf courses mostly fantastic. In addition GK gets the word out about the outings better than ever. However over the last 2 years, besides when they are priced extremely low (which is rare now days), participation has decreased significantly.

I switched the format from competitive GK Events to casual GK Plays with more/better prizes for a lot reasons that include, better pace of play, much more work/time for me to organize prior to the outing and execute on the day of, lower prices since there is an added costs with the added work I need to do, the opportunity to socialize much more after the outings for me rather than be stuck behind a computer inputting results, and others.

However participation is essential and I'll go back to a competitive format if that what it takes to bring our GK Community together on the golf course better. I will need volunteer help although to do GK Events if we go that route. When we first started doing GK Events GK'er The Big Dog would handle all the spreadsheets and flights. It was greatly appreciated. Without that help I don't think I could have done them.

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JohnnyGK
RE: GK Events instead of GK Plays? Time to switch?

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Wednesday May 8, 2019 9:07 AM
Or maybe a hybrid model?
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Wednesday May 8, 2019 9:30 AM
Some kind of hybrid could maybe work. In the NCGA member outings, they have and optional $5 buy in that pays out in gift cards based on handicapped net scores. Not everyone does it, but it gives an option for competitive players to play in some sort of defined format while giving non-competitive players a way to just play the course without the pressure of competing.

With the GK outings, I know some people miss the competitive formats while others do prefer the current casual play format.
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Alex326
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Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:06 AM
I'm in the either or boat. For me it's about the course and timing. Casual or competitive makes no difference. Like Matt and I were talking during our ocean view lunch on Monday, I'd really like to play Reflection Bay but timing may be tough. Trying to figure out some logistics to make it work. Same with Desert Willow, the timing just isn't there. Had it been Sunday I may have been able to swing it. Very bummed to miss it, but that's life. Changing the format on either wouldn't sway my desire to play.

I like Keith's suggestion of having the option to make it a competition for those who want it. I completely understand your point of view of the extra work that goes into changing it to a formal competitive outing. The questions is how many additional players will you get versus all the extra work you will have to put into it? I have a funny feeling you won't draw too many additional players but I could be wrong.
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leef2020
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Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:18 AM
My feedback is that the GK Plays are a great format and very much enjoy playing in them. Unfortunately, the majority of the ones scheduled over the past year or so have been/are much too far afield from Orange County, CA for me to attend...

Also, I would not be very interested in 'competing' with this bunch. ;-)
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mpisarski01
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Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:22 AM
I like both formats- I do love the competitive side of golf.

Here are a few Idea's to maybe incorporate into the Gk Plays/Events

Hole in one side pot - $2-5 a person- Pot rolls until hit. $2 per player per event or just a flat fee of $5 per person

Side pots for Closest to the Pin/ Long drive - $5

Golf Poker w/Handicap- 1 card for Par, 2 for Birdie, 3 for Eagle 4 for Albatross/ACE. Prizes for top hand(s)

I'd be glad to help score, deal, or be the banker.

[[Edited by mpisarski01 on Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:22 AM]]

[[Edited by mpisarski01 on Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:23 AM]]
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Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:37 AM
I don't have a handicap. Would I still be able to participate in the events?
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mpisarski01
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Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:59 AM
Of course
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Wednesday May 8, 2019 11:03 AM
For me it doesn't matter, I never shoot well enough in a GK format to ever be a threat of winning a competition. I have played both because of the people. But lately life has just got in the way. Kids, grandkids and a few health issues. BUT I will be signing up for Reflection Bay in June. I usually do the desert event in May, but this year it falls on my grand daughters birthday party. As much fun as a bounce castle is, I would rather be on the golf course.
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Wednesday May 8, 2019 11:08 AM
QUOTED  [Posted By sixpez on 05.08.2019 9:30 AM]
Some kind of hybrid could maybe work. In the NCGA member outings, they have and optional $5 buy in that pays out in gift cards based on handicapped net scores. Not everyone does it, but it gives an option for competitive players to play in some sort of defined format while giving non-competitive players a way to just play the course without the pressure of competing.

With the GK outings, I know some people miss the competitive formats while others do prefer the current casual play format.


I have not participated in a while, but just want to second this thought.
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