One of the really cool things about living in Thailand is being able to play cheap golf on really good courses. The one I played on today requires a caddy. Something I could NEVER afford in the US.
My caddy thought it was important to enforce "strict rules of golf", something that I am uncomfortable with that makes golf a game of rules instead of just hitting a ball around a course. OK, to tell you the truth, I am much more comfortable with the "friendly rules of golf" that is, allowing for mulligans, better hits, etc. Case in point, one a par 3, I made a par 3. She put me down for 5. I asked about it and she said, "you put one in water, two strokes". In Vinita or Sapulpa, OK, playing with my dad or my friends, it would have been a 3. (and with hearty congratulations all around!)
Needless to say, I shot a very poor game today. I guess there is something to carrying your own clubs and keeping your own score. I might have broken "100" had I been keeping my OWN score!