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Whats the etiquette at the turn?


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#1 Matthew817

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:55 AM

Trying to figure the protocol at the turn.

Whats the protocol for when my GF and I do not stop for a bathroom break/Food and the group in front of us does? Or if we do not stop and a group of four jumps in-front of us after they stopped at the turn.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:58 AM

For me, if the tee box is clear and the other group isn't coming up on it, it's yours. Why slow up pace of play any further by waiting for the other group to show up?
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:44 AM

View Postthaar, on 19 June 2017 - 08:58 AM, said:

For me, if the tee box is clear and the other group isn't coming up on it, it's yours. Why slow up pace of play any further by waiting for the other group to show up?

Just did this last weekend. Foursome in front of us stopped for food. I was playing match play with a buddy (twosome).

We said good-good on #9 so we could get ahead of them at the turn. Never looked back.

The foursome had no interest in waving us up and we were able to turn a 4:30 round into a 3:30 round with one savvy move.

If you're just stopping for a quick bathroom break or grab a drink, have the rest of your group head to the tee to display your intentions.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 06:42 PM

View Postthaar, on 19 June 2017 - 08:58 AM, said:

For me, if the tee box is clear and the other group isn't coming up on it, it's yours. Why slow up pace of play any further by waiting for the other group to show up?

I agree. If the tee box is open then it's clear sailing!

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 06:51 PM

It depends on how busy it is. If they just popped inside and they are going to wait for you when you're in the fairway because you ran into the group ahead then that is really rude. If the course is dead and you're going to fly ahead then it's all good.

So yeah, if you cut ahead of me and I wound up waiting for you I'd be pissed. This is a touchy subject, you don't really want to treat it as a universal rule where you just say "well the tee box was open!" when those guys catch you on the 11th tee and want to know why you cut them off.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:10 PM

My view (old school) - you don't buy your spot on the course.  If you arrive at the 10th tee and it's open with nobody in the fairway, play on without hesitation or worry.  The group that stopped will have to find their way back on the course.
Many courses have signs that say just that - stop for food, you lose your place on the tee and will have to fit back in when space is available.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:57 PM

Tee off at 10 unless you know the group that was in front is about to come back to the course. There is no point in waiting for people taking a lunch break, or playing only nine.

Edited by Fade, 19 June 2017 - 07:57 PM.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:10 PM

Never assume, just follow this simple rule.  If the group left their clubs or cart on the 10th tee they will be back hopefully in short order.  Kind of like marking the territory.  If there is no equipment or no one around, the tee is all yours.  Sometimes folks play nine and leave.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:25 PM

View Postrogolf, on 19 June 2017 - 07:10 PM, said:

My view (old school) - you don't buy your spot on the course.  If you arrive at the 10th tee and it's open with nobody in the fairway, play on without hesitation or worry.  The group that stopped will have to find their way back on the course.
Many courses have signs that say just that - stop for food, you lose your place on the tee and will have to fit back in when space is available.
Exactly, and don't assume that after you eat you can just tee off on ten anytime you want.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:41 PM

View Posttheebdk, on 19 June 2017 - 08:10 PM, said:

Never assume, just follow this simple rule.  If the group left their clubs or cart on the 10th tee they will be back hopefully in short order.  Kind of like marking the territory.  If there is no equipment or no one around, the tee is all yours.  Sometimes folks play nine and leave.

Leaving clubs on the 10th tee means nothing - if the players aren't there and there's nobody on the 10th fairway, they've forfeited their position - play on!
If there's an issue, let the group that stopped call the golf shop for sympathy!

Edited by rogolf, 19 June 2017 - 08:44 PM.


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Posted 20 June 2017 - 08:22 AM

View Postrogolf, on 19 June 2017 - 07:10 PM, said:

My view (old school) - you don't buy your spot on the course.  If you arrive at the 10th tee and it's open with nobody in the fairway, play on without hesitation or worry.  The group that stopped will have to find their way back on the course.
Many courses have signs that say just that - stop for food, you lose your place on the tee and will have to fit back in when space is available.

I think I would be comfortable following this rule.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 12:30 PM

View Postrogolf, on 19 June 2017 - 08:41 PM, said:

View Posttheebdk, on 19 June 2017 - 08:10 PM, said:

Never assume, just follow this simple rule.  If the group left their clubs or cart on the 10th tee they will be back hopefully in short order.  Kind of like marking the territory.  If there is no equipment or no one around, the tee is all yours.  Sometimes folks play nine and leave.

Leaving clubs on the 10th tee means nothing - if the players aren't there and there's nobody on the 10th fairway, they've forfeited their position - play on!
If there's an issue, let the group that stopped call the golf shop for sympathy!

How about if they stop by the restroom after the 7th. You going to take the 8th tee in front of them?

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 12:56 PM

View Postrogolf, on 19 June 2017 - 08:41 PM, said:

View Posttheebdk, on 19 June 2017 - 08:10 PM, said:

Never assume, just follow this simple rule.  If the group left their clubs or cart on the 10th tee they will be back hopefully in short order.  Kind of like marking the territory.  If there is no equipment or no one around, the tee is all yours.  Sometimes folks play nine and leave.

Leaving clubs on the 10th tee means nothing - if the players aren't there and there's nobody on the 10th fairway, they've forfeited their position - play on!
If there's an issue, let the group that stopped call the golf shop for sympathy!

If you're setting to tee off right when the group in front of you gets to the 10th tee after a quick bathroom break and/or refreshing beverages and buying a snack to take with them then you've jumped ahead and that is frowned upon. If they don't turn up and the group ahead of them is long gone then have at it.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:09 PM

View PostThrillhouse, on 19 June 2017 - 06:51 PM, said:

It depends on how busy it is. If they just popped inside and they are going to wait for you when you're in the fairway because you ran into the group ahead then that is really rude. If the course is dead and you're going to fly ahead then it's all good.

So yeah, if you cut ahead of me and I wound up waiting for you I'd be pissed. This is a touchy subject, you don't really want to treat it as a universal rule where you just say "well the tee box was open!" when those guys catch you on the 11th tee and want to know why you cut them off.

I agree with this. If you are a faster group and there is no one in front of the group ahead of you and they want to stop at the clubhouse, you can always ask nicely and make your case to play through. Passing with no word is rude either way.
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Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:12 PM

How do groups get overtaken at the turn, when they have a par 3 (or equivalent) head-start on the following group as they leave the 9th green?


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Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:19 PM

View PostKyGolf, on 20 June 2017 - 12:30 PM, said:

View Postrogolf, on 19 June 2017 - 08:41 PM, said:

View Posttheebdk, on 19 June 2017 - 08:10 PM, said:

Never assume, just follow this simple rule.  If the group left their clubs or cart on the 10th tee they will be back hopefully in short order.  Kind of like marking the territory.  If there is no equipment or no one around, the tee is all yours.  Sometimes folks play nine and leave.

Leaving clubs on the 10th tee means nothing - if the players aren't there and there's nobody on the 10th fairway, they've forfeited their position - play on!
If there's an issue, let the group that stopped call the golf shop for sympathy!

How about if they stop by the restroom after the 7th. You going to take the 8th tee in front of them?

If the box is open, fairway is clear and the group in front is sword fighting in the outhouse you bet I'm teeing off. It's called playing through.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 02:20 PM

View PostFade, on 20 June 2017 - 01:12 PM, said:

How do groups get overtaken at the turn, when they have a par 3 (or equivalent) head-start on the following group as they leave the 9th green?

It isn't hard at all. All it takes is a bathroom stop and a possible large line at the concession to refill a beverage or two.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 02:55 PM

I can count on one hand the number of times I have stopped at the turn.

Carry water and/or a small snack with you.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 03:04 PM

Hooray for you. How would you like the plaque to read?

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:50 PM

I can just imagine the group behind you sprinting to the 10th tee while you're taking a leak or buying a beverage.  Sounds like a confrontation is about to take place.  Next thing you know ... the group behind you will be playing through your group while you are buying beverages from the cart person.

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 06:58 AM

View PostKyGolf, on 20 June 2017 - 12:30 PM, said:

View Postrogolf, on 19 June 2017 - 08:41 PM, said:

View Posttheebdk, on 19 June 2017 - 08:10 PM, said:

Never assume, just follow this simple rule.  If the group left their clubs or cart on the 10th tee they will be back hopefully in short order.  Kind of like marking the territory.  If there is no equipment or no one around, the tee is all yours.  Sometimes folks play nine and leave.

Leaving clubs on the 10th tee means nothing - if the players aren't there and there's nobody on the 10th fairway, they've forfeited their position - play on!
If there's an issue, let the group that stopped call the golf shop for sympathy!

How about if they stop by the restroom after the 7th. You going to take the 8th tee in front of them?



if they are all camping in the bathroom and nobody is on the tee... yep.... fire away and gone....  why wait ?  


now im not talking about hurrying up to "jump" ahead...but if its a single or pair and they both have the mornng trots and arent anywhere to be seen at the outhouse.. why would i park at the crapper and bird dog them until they come out ?
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Posted 23 June 2017 - 07:34 AM

View Postdouble_d, on 20 June 2017 - 02:55 PM, said:

I can count on one hand the number of times I have stopped at the turn.

Carry water and/or a small snack with you.


Exactly.  And i do so for the purpose of not having to stop so if stuck behind a slow group you can get ahead and away.
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Posted 23 June 2017 - 09:11 AM

I think it is fair game to play the 10th hole if the group is still at the clubhouse. Especially if I have been waiting on every freaking short for the slow group!
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Posted 24 June 2017 - 03:22 PM

If all of the below are true....
10th tee box is open.
The fairway is clear so you can hit as soon as you get there.
The group you were following is not driving up behind you now

Hit away and keep playing.  
But, if there is a chance that before your group all tees off the other group will be waiting behind you...you should not be hitting.
Basically, you group has to be ready to get up and hit and not be screwing around taking their time.

Have had occasions where the guys we were following did arrive before our last guy had hit.  I told them, 'Sorry, did not know if y'all were done or not.  Go ahead and hit but know that we have balls out in the fairway already."  Most times, but not always, they will tell you to go ahead and other times they will get up and hit and you are still following them.  I am ok with it either way.

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 10:05 AM

If the box is unoccupied it is fair game.


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 10:14 AM

Common sense should prevail

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:40 PM

If you're confidant you will be out of their way, when they get to the tee, go ahead.  If you are going to make them wait on you, you're in the wrong and causing unnecessary conflict.

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