Originally Posted by turtleback
You've just proved the point. Somewhere ahead of you there was a 4-some playing at a 4.75 pace who could have played faster. If they played at 4:00 then the group behind them could have played in 4:00. And the group behind THEM could have pl ayed in 4:00. Etc. . If you can play in 4 hours then all the other 4-somes can as well. If you all play at a 4:00 pace then everyone finishes in 4:00.
Lol, yes. I'm not suggesting it's physically impossible to play 18 holes in under 4 hours. I would have no problems finishing in well under 4 hours if there wasn't groups holding me up. What I'm saying is that it's quite unlikely to find any courses in this area ("in my neck of the woods") where you are going to find a round of golf where you aren't going to be held up by other players, and where you can finish in under 4 hours. It just doesn't happen here.
I'm 34 years old, am a former college basketball player, and in good shape. I do a very good job of keeping the ball in play, and am actually a fast golfer. I don't take much time pacing off yardage, taking multiple practice swings, reading putts, or changing clubs. I have no issue finishing a round in under 4 hours, IF I'm not being held up by a slow moving, over-crowded golf course.
I envy those of you who can finish in under 4 hours. I usually have to get to work after my round. I don't have 5+ hours to spend on the golf course. Unfortunately, in this town, 90% of the golfers are on vacation, and have no where to be. And they play golf LIKE they have no where to be.