Reading some of the slow play and other threads got me thinking about some of the bad experiences I've had on golf courses over the years. Obviously the type of golfers and the behavior you see is going to vary from course to course, and will usually reflect how nice of a course it is and what the greens fees run. Anyways I thought it would be interesting to hear some of the "nightmare" rounds stories from people.
For instance, I went with my father to Boyne Highlands on a golf package a couple summers back. For those of you not familiar with Boyne, it's a ski/golf resort in Northern Michigan with 11 courses under their management. Some very nice tracks and some that rank among the best in the country. Also Big Break was shot here several years back.
Anyways, we had booked two tee times for Saturday and after finishing up our morning round, and grabbing some lunch we headed out for the afternoon on the Donald Ross Memorial. That's when everything went to crap. We soon realized that there was a bachelor party or something going on, with several groups on the course and we happened to be in the middle of them. One group would make a large commotion (as if someone just sank a 50 footer) which caused another one of the groups to try to make a larger commotion. This carried on and on and we brought it to the rangers attention, who obviously did nothing. It got to a point that you could hear them throughout the course, which isn't easy in Northern Michigan golf courses. On top of that the pace of play was ungodly slow (which actually wasn't the bachelor party's fault, more on that later) Then the lead foursome began trying to mess with their buddies (not knowing we were between them apparently) and began doing things like dragging logs across the cart paths so we would have to stop and move them to get by. Again this behavior was falling on deaf ears with the Ranger.
Then 3:15 hours into our round I'm standing on the 11th tee, when I overhear the Ranger addressing the slow group in front holding everyone up. Addressing the ball, I get to hear a 3 minute rant full of expletives about how that particular player paid is *expletive* money and was going to do whatever *expletive* he wants. And so on and so forth. Felt bad for the ranger, who seemed to have no spine anyways, but I had never and have never heard such a profane rant on a course and such poor behavior. Anyways, we picked up our balls and decided to call it a day as it was completely unenjoyable. When we got to the clubhouse, we brought it up to them, and they said "We get a lot of that behavior in the afternoons on weekends because of the replays. So guys play a serious round in the morning then get drunk and go out in the afternoons." Apparently they just didn't care to address it? I emailed the resort after we got home and never got a response. Needless to say, I haven't been back to Boyne since, other than to play at Bay Harbor.
Obviously some behavior is relative to the course. What passes at a muni isn't (shouldn't) fly at an upscale facility. In my story, for what Boyne professes to be, an upscale golf destination, I couldn't believe the behavior they were allowing, or the pace of play, and the backlash given to their ranger. Anyone have any nightmare rounds, or similar experiences?