It's one thing if the course "squeezed" that single in, but if he happened to walk on when the course had a cancellation and there was no one else to pair him with, then he has the right to play alone in that tee spot if he so desires. It won't slow down the flow as much as a fourball would in the same slot, and no course I've ever played is going to refuse a green fee just to keep a single off the course. It would be different if they had squeezed him in where no starting time existed.
Who said anything about his "rights", I'm just talking about relief of congestion.
I agree with that (except the thing about the single vs fourball - if the entire course is squeezing, then it's still just the matter of 20 groups on the course vs 19 groups, no matter how big - since the 'initial' cause of the squeeze is likely a slow group that finished already). BUT.....even in your open single tee spot scenario, the flow can start to squeeze anyway. and if that single is coming up to a double that squeeze can still be relieved by combining into a single group - again 20 groups on a 18 hole course vs 19....
yes, he has the option to stay single (and the twosome a two some) but for the sake of keeping people from jamming up just a bit less, the 'smart' thing, considerate thing, would be to combine. Not really is issue in places where people are open and friendly. But it takes all kinds, I suppose.
as far as the course squeezing in 21 groups in a field that is already overfull with 20 (I'm just using 20 as an example)......that's bad management and not related to my point. but it's a good comment
I did make the stipulation that there was nobody else to pair him with. If the group in front of him was short, then that stipulation would not be valid.
Most courses don't allow that. Not only because of pace of play, but because it looks bad, makes other groups complain, and sets a precedent that they don't want to see. My home course will at times allow a 5 some to go out, but they have to agree up front to keep pace, and they all have to ride (3 carts). And the ranger will keep an eye on them - any deviation and someone has to drop out.
I've done it during busy times, and even though we kept up on pace with no problem, the two groups behind us both made a point of complaining about the "slow" fivesome in front of them. I played once as a five on a slow weekday and we finished in 3:55, even after catching a walking threesome on 16 and having to wait on them.
Edited by Fourputt - 6/24/14 at 2:12pm