I've been a member and golfer here for almost two years and see the constant complaints from members about slow play. On a current thread 41% of the members that voted see slow play as the biggest issue in golf, followed by unrepaired divots and spike marks (28%).
I got involved with golf for business, I "thought" it would be a great way to meet people, entertain customers that shared a common interest and spend some down time away from the grind of normal life. It's defined by many as a "recreational sport" but this obsession with slow play seems to contradict that.
For example, during my round yesterday, our playing partner was pushing us the entire time. His theory was a group of 3 should finish in 3.5 hours, which is about 12 minutes per hole. The first hole is a long tough hole and took us about 15 minutes, and he was stressed. It's a private course and in the 100* heat we had no one in front of us and no one behind us but he felt the pressure to move faster. He continued to push the pace and at the turn when we suggested we get something to drink and eat he about had a heart attack. "That will throw off our time, we can grab something and get back in the carts". Meanwhile we're looking all around and except for 3 ladies, 3 holes ahead of us, we couldn't see a person on the course.
When the round was over I was exhausted from the heat but also the stress to rush and meet his self imposed time of 3.5 hours. I don't get it, why are we taking something we enjoy and making it feel like a job? Seems we're slowly losing what made golf attractive to many people by trying to shoehorn it into our very over scheduled lives.