Originally Posted by newtogolf
Depends on the course layout. My old course had a few holes that had a 1/4 mile to a 1/3 mile walk between them. The course would always back up at these holes because of the time it took slower walkers to get to the hole was equal to that of a normal paced group playing the previous hole.
What killed caddies was the cost and fact you still had to walk. Carts are $20 per 18 hole round at my current club, caddies are $80 + tip.
Cases such as this are a little bizarre. Makes you wonder what the developer or architect was thinking. Part of that maybe reflects the marriage of housing developments and golf. They were probably leaving room for house lots and a road in there and never sold it. If you read up on the USGA Pace of Play formula, it does recognize that this is the one area - green to next tee - where carts have advantage over walkers. Otherwise, at least according to the USGA, there is no inherent speed benefit to carts vs. walkers. The formula even recognizes that if you are dealing with cart-path only, such policy adds 15 percent time to a round.
As to caddies cost. Yes, that has gotten a little out of hand at some courses, but so few courses have them, it has become more a resort/high end thing. I am talking about the kids looping at the local muni type program. The number of golfers in the country has stagnated (shrank in some cases, we might pick up a million golfers a year, but slightly more than a million die or leave the game). What has increased substantially is the time for the average round of golf. As such, courses have to charge more (because they now can fit fewer players on the course in a given day), and that pushes more people away. There are a few other stats that shows the game is contracting (at least in terms of play). I just find there is a strong correlation between the emergence of the golf cart/death of caddie programs and these negatives.