Sorry if someone has said this before (I wasn't going to read 11 full pages of posts)...
The misconception from slower players is that faster players are "in a hurry" and that they should be glad that they are on a golf course. The quote I hear all the time is "why do you look forward to playing golf on the weekend, only the rush through it." This may sound good in theory, but not reality.
Do people like standing in line 45 minutes for a ride at Disney, just b/c they are at Disney? Do people like waiting around Fri/Sat. night for table at dinner for 30-45 minutes, just because they are not at home eating a TV dinner?
I know that I am probably impatient by nature (ADD and type A personality), but I want to spend between 3 1/2 - 4 hours hitting golf balls...NOT pacing the fairway back and forth waiting for the local Kevin Na that takes 15 practice swings or the guy on the green that wants to back of a putt five times like Jim Furyk.
Ideally I could play two consecutive rounds in 6 hours and not have to wait around to hit. This will never be reality...just a dream. I want the spend the 4 hours specifically hitting balls. So I have to make accomidations by doing the following:
1) I never make a tee time later than 8:30 (slow players should play later in the day after the course is already "backed up"). I usually tee off between 6:30-7:30 if possible.
2) I pass groups that are not going at a least a four hour place. (If they can't take the hint, I'm not shy about calling the clubhouse or talking to the marshall) On occasion I will play a course where "foursomes have the priority" (who in the slow playing idot that made this rule!!!) I usually get my way one way or another - a) I pace the fairway back and forth to make the people uncomfortable for not letting me play through b) tell the marshall that a round of golf shouldn't take four hours and that I will complain to every member of the staff in the clubhouse when I get done c) sometimes I'll sit the fairway with my legs crossed looking impatient
I saw somewhere on here that someone was hitting into a slow group...I would never ever hit into a group under any circumstances. The closest I came to being rude was on the RTJ golf trail. We were a twosome and had intentions of playing 27 holes and then driving home 5 hours away. There was a foursome holding up the whole course on our second nine. We initially were playing at 4 1/2 hour pace for 27 holes and the foursome wouldn't let us play through. We timed their pace of play and it was at least 5 1/2 hours. So we skipped a hole and drove through the fairway beside them as they were addressing their ball. We didn't consider it any more rude than they were being the 50 other groups the rest of the day that were not going to tee off on time due to them.