MileHighClub, on 20 December 2012 - 10:08 AM, said:
Dire Wolf, on 20 December 2012 - 10:06 AM, said:
SOONERMAGIC, on 18 December 2012 - 01:02 PM, said:
You would have thought we were on a running forum reading all the time trial analysis here.
Its golf folks, enjoy yourselves, if you need to play sub 3hr rounds to enjoy yourself its probably time to find another hobby.
Nevermind that the Rules of Golf and USGA address pace of play and "slow play" as well as the "spirit of the game" in considering other players. (bold italics added)
Pace of Play
Play at Good Pace and Keep Up
Players should play at a good pace. The Committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow.
It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through.
Be Ready to Play
Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near the putting green, they should leave their bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.
So if your idea of "enjoy yourself" is a breach of this golf etiquette, who needs to leave the game?
Well done. If your post converts even just one slow player then it was so worth it.
I dont recall ever saying that a quicker group should not be able to play through. So your post is irrelevant.
I also play a lot of USGA quals/competitive golf. Pace of play is something I am very familiar with. If you hate playing long rounds wait until you are playing a 4:45hr Open Qualifier where everyone in your group takes their time with every shot (they have a 4:15 min guideline for most qualifiers). They all count, some people are there for score, some for the fresh air. If you are there for the fresh air, relax, I will wave you through or wait on the next hole. If you want to stand in the fairway with your hands on your hips like a damn diva and b*tch and moan the whole time we are putting, you can bet your tail Ill make you wait just to watch you squirm. However if you are polite, and pull to the green and ask to play through, or just sit tight and let us finish the hole without acting like an impatient 16yr old girl waiting on her boyfriend to text, you will be granted a very polite wave, and play though.
While I am not saying your pace of play is right, nor mine, I am only saying that you should enjoy yourself and not be a tool in the fairway behind a slow group. I dont mind a group wanting to play though, just let me finish the hole without the melodrama. If you cant handle yourself when a group ahead of you is playing slower than yourself, you should seek professional help.
disclaimer: I am all for a quick round/hitting the course after work before sundown, but when I cant finish because of pace of play I dont let it ruin my round, I just leave after 9 and be grateful Im in the position to even pick up the stix and play the game. Im sure there are plenty of people out there who would love to have complaints such as "its too slow out here on the golf course today". You could work for Foxconn?
Fast Players Guide...
Just dont be one of these guys:
* Hand on the hips, constant comments guy....
* Guy who is in a hurry to shoot 104, pace of play might be contributing to your play
* Guy who acts like he understands pace of play when the course if packed and he wants to play through every group. You paid for the tee time when on a busy day, so deal with it. (Its full, Im not letting you play through just so you can be a donkey to the next group)