Chilli9880, on 21 November 2012 - 08:23 AM, said:
nbg352, on 20 November 2012 - 06:50 PM, said:
Chilli9880, on 20 November 2012 - 02:14 PM, said:
I honestly feel that you can't compare slow play on the TOUR to slow play at your course. Slow play on TOUR is mostly discussing options, too many practice swings, unable to pull the trigger, they are playing for millions and thousands of dollars!! I'd take a little more time to make a decision, but once you do pull the trigger. Now slow play at your course, how much of it is age, gender, personality involved. A big thing I've noticed at a bunch of courses... the rough is getting longer... they aren't mowing as much I feel because of the cost of gas. How many times in your past couple rounds has your group had to stop so you all can find a golf ball that you know can't be more than a couple yards from the fairway. I recently played a 3 ½ hour 9-hole round because a half dozen times we had to stop to look for golf balls that were just off the fairway. That ridiculous, I went and told the clubhouse that. We weren't at Oakmont! Sure, some guys probably have no business playing a ProV1 or Hex Black, but when they know their ball isn't far from the fairway, I'd take some time to stop and look for it. Balls are over $3 a pop now! I play with a big group of guys and yes, some of them need to shut up and watch the golf ball on the tee box or some could cut short their green reading routine. But I honestly believe that the TOUR slow play and the recreational slow play are two different problems.
3 1/2 hours for 9 holes? And you're okay with that? And you only had to look for 1/2 doz. balls? Let's see....5 minutes for each ball = 30 minutes of search time. So it took 3 hours to play a 9 hole round of golf, not counting search time?
You boys should be ashamed! And next time, use cheap, losable balls at this time of year!
First, it wasn't 5 minutes per ball. Second, No, I'm not ok with it. And third, I'm certainly not going to stand on the first tee box and tell someone what they should and should not be playing. But it's also not solely the golfers fault or within our group specifically because there were tee boxes we were waiting on and I'm sure the group in front of us was having the same problem. There is Mr. 20 handicapper who just bought a sleeve of balls for $12 in the pro shop, hits his shot just off the fairway, not OB, not into the woods, not 20 yards from the fairway, and has to spend multiple minutes looking for his ball. All I'm saying is, that there are many factors into slow play and making the golf course easier would certainly help.
So, did it take 3.5 hours for 9 holes b/c you let 10 groups play through?
You could've taken a putter off the tee and gotten through faster, you'd keep it in the fairway, too.
Seriously, though, the 3.5 hours is an exaggeration, right? 7 hours for 18? It's enough to make Kevin Na and Ben Crane antsy.
At that point, you shouldn't have to stand on a tee and say anything to anyone. There should be a marshal to do that. AND the marshal should WANT to do that b/c it's bad for business. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would look at a 3.5 hour 9 and say "I'm never playing this place again."