I wholeheartedly disagree. Just because Joe Speedy and the Hot to Trots want to play race golf doesn't make that a requirement for the rest of the field, nor should we have to disrupt our game letting them play through just so they can stack up against the next fourball. He can play on off times or days, or he can adjust his pace to ours. Unless I'm being held up in front, I will play fast, and the guys I play with most often will play fast, and we (fourball) will finish in around 4 hours, give or take a few minutes. As mentioned earlier, if the course sets a pace policy, and I'm well ahead of that pace, then sorry Joe. IF he's nice, and IF the course is open for 2 or 3 holes in front of me, then I'll consider it. If there is no more than a hole open ahead, and my group is about to close that gap, then even if there is still another opening 2 groups farther on, he is just going to have to adjust to the rest of us. I see no reason why 3 or 4 groups have to adjust to his abnormally fast pace.
Your philosophy applies only to a wide open course with very few players, a condition I almost never see.
Was that you in front of me on the way home this evening? I guess we can agree to disagree. :)
Trust me, if you are pushing me on the road, then you are driving crazy. Is it your contention that on a 2 lane road with no passing possible that anyone in your way is supposed to pull over and stop to let you by (or speed up and risk a citation), regardless of whether he is already doing or exceeding the speed limit? If so then you are the one with issues, not him.
That's essentially what you are asking others to do on the golf course, and it's equally discourteous. The point is that you need to use your head and some common sense when considering whether it makes sense to let another group play through. A twosome coming up on a fourball with and open course ahead, then absolutely yes, I'd let them through. Same scenario but with 4 groups in front of me before there is any gap in the flow, then no, I'm not going to let them slow things down any further than they already are.
Courtesy doesn't only apply to the fastest group. Proper courtesy may be more appropriately applied to the greater number, sometimes at the expense of the few. Lincoln still had it right "You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."
Edited by Fourputt - 11/27/12 at 9:04am