Talk about slow play. Lion's Municipal Golf Course in Austin, Tx. The starters need a serious lesson on flow control and bandwidth. The average player there is older and slower, too. It took 5 hours yesterday to play 13 holes and then I just quit and walked it back because I didn't want to wait another 2 to finish the next 5 holes. Get some people started on the back 9 first, get some marshalls jumping on people for playing slowly, or get out of the way for some student housing already.
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MK: Slow. Just terribly slow. Even if you look at junior golf, you see them playing six-hour rounds and taught by their expensive teacher to be deliberate and line everything up both ways. It’s sad. It’s almost the ruination of golf. I know people would say it’s too expensive. That’s been true for 50 years, and it’s not all expensive. And it’s time-consuming, but you don’t have to play 18. So those two have alternatives. But the slow part . . . I was at a friend’s golf course in Romeoville, Ill., yesterday, and I was leaving just as whole bunch of juniors were going to the range. There was one group of about 10 eighth- and ninth-graders, all boys, with a male coach, and they were on the green, and they weren’t doing anything. They were just talking. Not terrible, but I contrast that with what they would be doing in baseball, basketball, soccer. I thought it was characteristic of a slow approach to a slow game.
For what it's worth, I had today off and played by myself at the local muni with next to nobody around. I hacked up a 97 (which is bad even for me) and got around in 3:15. Now, I did probably kill approx 5 min looking for balls in the leaves. If I were any good, I'd have another 10 minutes or so due to fewer strokes. So ... The best I think I could possibly due under the most ideal circumstances might be about 3 hours.
+1. My golf course called me the other day to ask if I want to move my Saturday 10:30 tee time to 9:30 to play ahead of 44 player tournament. I said, "hell yeah." The last time I've got stuck behind a tournament (mess), one player hit 4 provisions on #1 hole (3 with driver and the last one with iron, 5 tee shots total). And two more players in the same group hit provisions. It took more than 10 minutes for the group to leave the tee box. The starter offered me to jump to #7 ahead of the tournament and come back to #1 later. I was only too happy to oblige. From #7 to #18, I had the course to myself and played at 3+ hour round pace. When I came back to #1, it was still backed up (due to the earlier said tournament). We decided to break for lunch and finished the remaining holes afterward. It was a 7 hour round with lunch in between but we avoided the agony of waiting for 10 minutes for each tee box to clear.
I guess I am in the minority on this topic. Slow play is no big deal for me, although I agree anything over 5 hours can be a bit much. If I am not held up, me and my trolley can do (7000 yards/4 miles) 18 holes in about 3 1/2 hours. When I go to the course, I always look at the parking lot and figure what the playing time might be. A crowded parking lots means a longer than normal round. I've been warned before I lay down my money. One of the reasons I don't mind slow play is because I won't let it effect my game. Slow play should not be used as an excuse for a poor score. A good pre-shot routine takes care of slow play being the cause of a poor score. My pre-shot routine takes between 30, and 45 seconds from start to ball impact. Between shots, I am just relaxing, and taking in the sights. Another reason for slow play is over crowded courses. Again, I don't think this is a bad thing because the more golfers using the course, the less my green fees will/should be. I have seen bottle necks at the turn (10th hole) because of folks using the rest room, and/or visiting the 19th for food and beverages. They lose their spot in line so to speak. If 4, or 5 groups finish up at the 19th, and show up on the 10th tee at the same time, it will take a while to get things rolling again. Too me slow play is just another part of the game of golf that the golfer needs to deal with regards to their own score.