I get your comment about hitting 30 yds short on a second or third shot, but you also need to address the guys on the green having a hissy fit when it happens. I know when I can't reach the green so I will take a shot when I am ready. I generally play alone and I've had groups try to rip my head off for dropping the ball 25 yds from the green because I was "too f!3$&ing close!" After a few times of that happening you'll forgive me if I just don't want to put up with someone else's BS when I've taken a day off to play!
Things that I feel contribute to slow pace of play at typical public courses... 1.) Playing from too far back. If you want to play the tips you need to keep a certain handicap and show it to the starter before going back to that tee box. In some countries they don't even let you on the course without a handicap card. We need to adopt this policy or a similar policy. 2.) Par 5's. Joe Top Flite will hit his driver 210 yards off the tee. He'll then wait for the green to clear when he's 230 yards away. He finally hits after they're off the green and rolls his ball up 30 yards short of the green. Not sure what can be done about this problem but I'm sure there must be something. 3.) Halfway houses/beverage carts. I know this won't sit well with some people but I say get rid of them both. How many times do you play a fairly quick front nine and then get to the 10th tee and there's 2 foursomes there stuffing their faces with hot dogs? Seriously, you can't go 4 hours without eating? If you need to eat, bring a granola bar or some crackers or trail mix or something with you. Would you really rather spend 11 bucks for a hot dog and a gatorade? But I know courses will never get rid of halfway houses because it's a good money-maker for them. And they won't let better pace of play interfere with making more money. 4.) Tee time intervals. Some courses separate tee times by as little as 7 minutes. That's ridiculous. After all 4 guys in the group hit 2 shots apiece with their first-tee mulligans they are taking 5 minutes to get off the tee. After 7 minutes, they are still in the fairway hitting shots and picking up their other tee shots. You're on the tee behind them and waiting already. Your round hasn't even started yet and it's already backed up. Again, this is so courses can maximize their profits so it's another thing that will never change. 5.) Lack of ESC. Post a sign on the first tee that says a triple bogey or double par or whatever max will be strictly enforced. Pick the damn thing up already. This ties in with reason #1 about having handicaps. People who keep handicaps understand ESC and they know what their own ESC number is. People who don't have handicaps generally have no concept of this idea and will hack away at it 12 or 13 times if they need to. 6.) Lazy cart riders. I'm not calling people who ride lazy. I'm calling out the ones who drive to one ball and sit in the cart while that guy gets out and hits. Then he gets back in and they drive to the other guy's ball --- 15 yards away! Park it where you can both get out and go hit. Unfortunately none of these things are a result of a trickle down effect from televised golf. The PGA Tour can do all they want to try and speed things up but it won't do anything to change these 6 things.
My thoughts exactly. Either the group ahead will be mad or the group behind will be. You just can't win. Seems like golf courses now days are full of people just looking for a reason to be mad about something.
That said, the last thing I want when I am burning a vacation day is a group behind me pushing me when I am not being slow. Most of the time I'm alone. Kinda hard to slow down the pace of play by myself. But I have played on days where an approach shot landed on the green about the same time my hand left the flag stick. I want to maintain the pace but at least let me clear the green. I refuse to be pushed when I am not causing a problem. I'm not the best player in the world as it is but I can't enjoy myself when I have to play in a hard hat!