NEhomer, on 12 June 2018 - 10:23 AM, said:
I believe you might be over-thinking this. If you want to play at 8am on Saturday morning, you know it's going to be busy so your group will go off about an hour after one member arrives. It's just not that difficult to plan.
I don't think I am. In fact, you can argue that there's not a ton of difference in theory between putting a ball in a queue vs. putting your name on a list (the way we do things now). After all, if you don't do either early enough, then your wait can be longer (or shorter, if you do get there soon enough) than you think. And that's the root of the problem here -- NOT being able to say that you'll go off in about an hour. Lately, we've been experiencing wait times much longer than that.
Also, as I suggested, I guess you could have a situation where your buddy puts his ball in the queue, then sends a group text to everyone saying, "Hey, there aren't many people here now. We're up in 10 minutes." That's not going to be helpful to the guy who is taking his daughter to soccer practice and can't get there for 45 minutes, right when a bunch of people have shown up so that you can't get out for another 35 minutes after that...
My buddy invited a fellow to our club last week. He's from a club that does tee times and he remarked how cool our way is and how much less stress there is about arrival times.
Sounds like the guest came to your club on a day when there weren't a lot of people there. When there aren't many people looking to tee off at the same time at my club, there's no problem, either.
Please don't misunderstand -- I AM looking for an easy solution that doesn't require over-thinking. I'm also trying to look out for unintended consequences. And maybe the solution will be one where there are still some compromises to be made.