why be polite (which I really would but...) they are not being polite to an entire golf course waiting behind them. They are being the opposite of polite. Slow players need to realize that being slow is being rude to the people behind you and saying to them their time is not as important as yours. 18 should never take more that 4 hours. OK, I'll give you 4 hours and 20 minutes but that's it. Just played last Friday at Scioto in Columbus OH. Several groups were ahead of us, we had 4 players 2 of which were 20+ caps and we finished in a smooth 3 hours and 30 minutes. No rushing whatsoever. Just a normal nice pace of play. Played again Yesterday at a different course in a different state. 4th of July, 4 players, 3 hours and 50 minutes. It does not take 4:20 to play 18 holes of golf. If it does either you or someone in your group is slow. (unless you are waiting on the goups in front of you all day)
It's funny, the golf digest article that was just published about slow play says that about 90% of players do not think they are slow. The time it takes to 18 holes many days would suggest otherwise. What it tells me is that slow people do not think they are slow. And if they are never told they are slow things will never change. I have always given a HUGE kudos to Sergio. Unlike Ben Crane, Jim Furyk and John Holmes, he was told he was slow and worked hard to change his ways. Those 3 could care less and they are killing the game, viewers and t.v. producers.
I did not realize "John Holmes" was a golfer. Seems like he did swing a club though!
Sorry, couldn't resist!