Originally Posted by bplewis24
I wonder what a marshal is realistically going to do in that situation? You can urge them to play faster, but if they can't speed it up, then what?
I played a nice resort course the other day that is the best marshaled course I've yet to play. It's a pricey course (with a Ritz Carlton and a St. Regis immediately adjacent to give you an idea), so they have jacked up rack rates, and 10 minute spaced tee times. The starter at the first tee gave us a five minute schpiel about how best to play the course and he even told us that we should look at our putts from both sides before playing because the greens are tricky. (That was a bit of an exaggeration ... they're not that tricky ;))
During the course of our round, we ran into a ranger (there were definitely more than one) at least 4 times, perhaps more. They were all super friendly, and they had extra water if you needed it, probably tees, ball mark repair tools, and mulch too, I imagine.
Pace was pretty good, where we never really waited for the group in front of us more than a minute or two, and there was never a group behind us waiting either. As we were teeing off on 9, I noticed that the group behind us were still on the 7th green. I sliced my drive on 9 into the 6th fairway, then when I approached, I realized there was nobody there. Just as I was preparing to hit, I heard/saw some carts driving up to the tee, then as I was walking up the hill back to my fairway, I realized that they never stopped driving and were passing behind me. I turned around and noticed 3 carts, one of them being the marshals, and they all three proceeded all the way to the 7th tee.
I have no idea exactly how it played out, but based on the "evidence" I saw, it looks like the marshal thought those guys were playing too slowly and made them skip the entire 6th hole to catch back up with the group ahead.
My dad and father-in-law played Pebble Beach earlier this year (jerks didn't invite me) and they got a forecaddie. They said that the pro shop will warn you, if you don't get caddies or a forecaddie, and choose to go it alone, if you fall behind you WILL be required to skip a hole as necessary to keep pace.