Originally Posted by selfinflicted
This is a good thread and I wanted to share some of my thoughts.
As to the original question about the pros and supers being aware? Yes they are. Four hours for a 4-some to comfortably complete 18 holes is the norm. The problem is closely related to the etiquette and courtesy normally associated with this sport.
I started playing at 9 yrs old. My dad and uncle taught me etiquette and courtesy. The other members of their generation, at our club, also mentored each following generation. That is what is missing to day when many start playing at 29 years of age. We have to educate the populace on how to play more efficiently.
The USGA instituted a Double Bogey Rule for equitable stroke control. If you can't improve on that, put it in your pocket.
When your ball leaves the Fairway, mark it so you have a more narrow area to search. And, play a provisional ball!
Be thinking about your shot, so when it is your turn, you will be better prepared to play.
If you are not ready when it is your turn, ask another player to go ahead.
When you take more than one club up to the green when evaluating your next shot, leave them on a convenient path back to the cart.
Park the cart so that it is convenient to travel to next shot or hole.
Pick up clubs for another member in the group, if you are closer.
Be ready to tend or take the flag out if it is not your turn.
Be ready to put the flag back in if you have already finished the hole.
Throwing clubs....Not productive, and slows play. You have to go pick it up idiot!!!!
My personal pet peeve... No Cell Phones!!! Turn them off!! If the call is that important, maybe you should still be at the office!!!
Your golf club is limited as to what they can do. Understand maintaining a course is expensive, so they have every incentive for the rounds to flow through the course. However, here are a few things they can do.
Allow no group bigger than a four-some.
GPS's in the carts, so players are not looking for yardages.
The roughs should not be so high so as to hide the golf ball.
Starters should be instructed on how to educate and encourage efficient play.
Mulligans and "Do-Overs" are a "NO NO!!"
Golf is meant to be challenging to say the least. It is to be a time spent with friends, family and fellow competitors. Above all... Golf is everything that life should be. Everyone plays by the same rules. The corner-stones are: Honor, integrity, ethics and courtesy.