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Mike Reslie a.k.a. Reslie
Take it from Mike Reslie, if you ever get the opportunity to play Pebble Beach, spend the extra money to hire a caddie for the day. Otherwise, you'll regret it! Enjoy.

How old are you and what's your occupation?
I’m 55 years old. I am the Director of Federal Business Development for Intergraph Government Solutions Corporation.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
My Dad started me playing golf when I was 8 years old. He was a pretty good golfer, single digit handicapper, and he would take me with him and let me drop a ball in the fairway so I could take a couple of whacks with a cut down driver that he gave me. Then he would let me putt. Right now I carry a handicap of 11.6.

How often do you play?
I play every Saturday with the same group of guys since I moved to Warner Robins, GA in 1994. Whenever I have the chance I try to get out during the week and when I go on vacation I try to always take my clubs.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Last September my Wife and I took a trip to Edinburgh Scotland. I wanted to play St. Andrews but it wasn’t meant to be – but that’s another, long story. So I played a nice course just to the south of Edinburgh called Lothianburn Golf Course. It’s a very challenging course built on the side of a mountain. In fact, in the winter it’s a ski resort. Anyway, the course Captain (the pro) was kind enough to have one of their better players join me for the round to guide me around the course. I was playing with a set of rental clubs but not playing too bad. It was a typical Scottish golf day – windy, rainy and cold – but as we stepped onto the 18th tee the sun had come out. It was a par four, blind tee shot, down hill. I connected with the ball better than I had all day and as we came over the hill there was a ball on the green and I was sure it was my playing partner’s but it turned out to be mine. I had a 15 foot put for Eagle which I missed. But what I was most proud of was driving the green – that was a first.

What is your best golf memory?
In 1994 I went home to visit my Dad. He was 73 years old at the time – a retired Air Force veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He wasn’t doing well at all but he took me out to his home course in Vacaville, CA. Mostly he rode in the cart because he didn’t have the strength even to swing the club. So he rode with me for 18 holes and we talked. It was the last time we ever talked. About two months later his kidneys failed and he developed a heart infection. He passed on the 27th of November that year but I will always have that last round of golf.

What is your "home" course?
My home course is Pine Oaks Golf Course at Robins AFB, GA. I play from the members tees at about 6000 yards. It’s a challenging course with a slope of 125.

What ball do you play?
I actually play a variety of balls. My only rule is that I never pay more than $20 for a dozen. Right now I’m playing the Top-Flite Gamer Version 2. I can get it to stop on the green but I still get good distance. In the winter I usually switch to a Noodle for the softer feel.

Clubs?
Drivers: Callaway Diablo Edge
Fairway Woods: Callaway Diablo Octane
Hybrids: Callaway X-Hybrid
Irons: Callaway X-22
Wedges: Callaway Forged Chrome
Putters: Odyssey White Hot #2

Favorite pro?
Despite his problems I like Tiger. He brings excitement to the game. In his absence and not withstanding the number of young guns winning tournaments, it’s been pretty dull. Maybe Rory can bring back the magic.

Favorite course you've played?
Has to be Pebble Beach. A buddy of mine who was living in Montereysnagged a cancelled tee time. It was dream come true and I doubt that I’ll ever get to do it again.

Dream course you've yet to play?
Augusta National – of course – but I’ll settle for Pebble a second time.

Best round ever- and what course?
I shot a 75 at my home course.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
I would really like to improve theconsistency of my chipping. I don’t hit a lot of greens in regulation but every time I’ve scored low it’s been the close chips and the chips ins that did it. And every time I score high it’s because I can’t get the chips inside 10 feet.

Give me an example of a time your SkyCaddie saved you a stroke?
I can’t think of a specific example but I can say that having accurate distances on my approach shots has really improved my club selection.

Tell me a story.
As I mentioned I had the opportunity to play Pebble Beach. We got the last tee time of the day and I think we teed off around 3pm.

What I didn’t know was that when you play Pebble Beach you can choose between renting a cart (then $25) or hiring a caddy (then $45 plus tip). My buddy and I were both military and we didn’t make a lot of money. Since the cart was cheaper than the caddy and didn’t expect a tip we opted for the cart – big mistake.

As we found out, they don’t allow carts on the fairways at Pebble and the cart paths are a long way from the fairway so you actually end up walking more by taking a cart.

The twosome that we were paired with opted for the caddy – one caddy for two players.

Anyway, we decided to play from the tips which is about 7000 yards. The fairways are narrow and the rough is long so if you hit into the rough and you don’t have the strength of Tiger Woods all you can do is chip back into the fairway so you end up carrying half your clubs with you when you walk to the ball anyway.

About 10 holes in we wished we had hired a caddy. The beauty of a caddy is that not only do you walk less but these guys know all the breaks,bumps and subtleties of the greens. So on number 10 green my buddy is looking at a long put and he casually asks the caddy for advice on the break.

The caddy’s response, “Why don’t you ask your cart.” We all started laughing which broke the tension and from that point the caddy really loosened up. He began to tell stories about all the celebrity players he had caddied for and telling us who owned the houses that lined the fairways. He even began offering advice about the greens.

When we finished playing it was nearly dark, I shot a 106. I would have had fun had I shot a 206. This was absolutely the best day and best round of my life.

Thanks!

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[ comments ]
Enycee92104 says:
Good advice on the PB caddy, I was wondering if it would be worth it. Nice to read someone still liking Tiger and not downtalking him. Good read.
7/31/11
 
leslierose67 says:
As a former caddie at Pebble Beach I hope you compensated him for taking the time and effort to help you enjoy your round of golf. They don't make alot of money and it really makes them feel appreciated.
8/17/11
 
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