I found a source of some of the slow play at my club yesterday. The club rules are that on weekends, you must have tee times up until 1:00 PM and you must use a cart, but starting at 1:00, only members of the club who want to walk can start then. Non-Members cannot walk and must use a cart.
They have a daily money game that always reserves quite a few of the tee-times around noon. This is nothing new, they've been doing it for as long as I can remember and it's a daily thing. We know that typically the walkers are going to get held up eventually by the guys playing in the game. Yesterday there were only 16 players in the game, so by 1:00 they were long gone and we walked the front 9 in 1hr 11min. When we were coming up on #9, there was a twosome behind us, but we were on the green when they hit the tee box, so we figured that eventually they'd catch up to us and we'd let them play through, noone was within sight behind them.
We didn't go to the clubhouse, and went straight to the 10th tee, where there was a group from the game on #10, including one of my walking partner's father. I looked at him and asked "They started at noon, what are they doing on #10?"... Before he could answer, another group of 4 in carts (from the game) pulled up on the 10th tee box. So now there's two groups on 10 waiting to tee off on this short Par 3. One of the guys in my group knows all of them through his father, and they tell him that they only have 3 holes left to finish out the game, 10, 11 and 12. They had skipped these holes because of traffic earlier. Much to my dismay, he told them to go ahead and play through.
We had the same thing happen on #13. "Hey man, we just have 13 and 14 to finish up" and this time they skipped through 13 to get ahead of us and tee off on 14 and then came back and played 13. I finally said something to my playing partner who knew them, asking why he would let them just play through when he knew they were jumping around. He said if he didn't, then he would have to hear it from his dad for the rest of the day. So there was a small altercation between me and the group from the game, since he wouldn't say something.
Today, the Pro and I are going to have a nice long talk again........ Just a couple weeks ago, because of other members complaining, there's a new sign that says "No Starting Your Round on #10 unless instructed to by the Pro Shop", which is a direct result of things this game was doing that were inconveniencing other golfers. He's going to have to have another talk with them, because them playing holes in random order and just skipping around the course as they see fit. I'm pretty livid about it still this morning.
After all that, I still finished the round in 3:40.......