Originally Posted by bplewis24
What annoys me is when some other single tees off a couple holes behind me, but is playing speed golf and eventually starts putting pressure on me to pick it up to the point that I end up either having to speed up and bump into the groups in front of me, pair up with the single, or allow him to play through (which may be an awkward for me to suggest as it implies I don't want to play with him). I still play at a reasonable pace for a single (probably a 3 hour round), but I don't get the need for a single to try and play 18 holes at a breakneck, 2 hour pace.
On behalf of myself and any other speed golfers you've run into, allow me to apologize if our actions are causing you annoyance.
In my defense, it's a lot easier to deal with waiting when you're in a group of two or more, than when you're by you're lonesome. It can get pretty boring if you don't happen to be in a mood to play 2 balls, practice chipping/putting, or otherwise take your time. So as I single I LOVE being able to get through in 2 hours when I can - it's a rare treat but sometimes if I hit this one particular course on the right day and time (usually mid-afternoon on a summer weekday) I might only come up on one or two groups and if they let me through, it's awesome.
You may be fine taking your time as a single when behind larger/slower groups (I often am as well, when I'm not in a hurry and/or I am in the mood to practice - and in those cases I try very hard not to make the group ahead feel rushed)... but please understand not everyone feels the same way. Sometimes it's kinda nice if we can get through the round early so we can do other things with our day. I don't expect every group to let me through with a smile, but by the same token I'm not going to dawdle just because I'm afraid the group ahead of me might feel rushed. If they feel they are, they can either speed up or let me through - and I guess my point is I think that principle applies whenever there's a slower group ahead of you with open space in front of them, whether you or the group ahead is a single or a foursome or anything in between.
I bet if you offered to let a single through who's playing fast enough to rush you, they will be happy you did not ask them to join up with you - they just want to get through. Consider doing that next time - I bet it will be a win-win for everybody.