It is easy to see the distance, but are the fast golfers going to be any happier with their round taking 5 hours if they are behind a course full of poor to average golfers that are playing ready golf and doing the other things to improve pace of play.
As for the right tee boxes I'm 100% in agreement with you, but I don't know any males that will voluntarily play from the ladies or senior tees, which means the courses have to educate and/or enforce the behavior.
Honestly I don't see it. If someone is genuinely playing ready golf there's little chance to be slow even if they're playing bad. The slow people I see do really strange things on the course. Examples are everyone in the group looking for one errant ball at a time. In some instances not even in the order of how far out the balls could be. I've recently had people driving back towards me in carts after moving much further down the fairway. I've seen people park carts and walk 50+ yards away from them when it's not path only. I see people doing the Tin Cup thing, just saw this last weekend at my parents club. A member with 3 guests, several times two of them hit ball after ball. One guy hit 3 into a lake and then the tried to retrieve the balls. Just silly stuff.
I hate to admit this but here goes. Last night after playing some good golf I hit 2 OB on #9. The 3rd was no prize either but it was in play, in all it took me 11 freakin' strokes , counting penalties, to get it in the hole. It was real ugly. But I'll bet it didn't take me 5-6 minutes to complete the hole, I was alone. I still had to wait on the guy in front to clear the green. Had I been playing with others aside from having to hit 3 balls from the tee it wouldn't have delayed them much. Even if they'd done the same thing it wouldn't have added much to our time on that hole. What's it take, couple of seconds to hit a ball? I spent a little time looking on the outside chance one landed on the favorable side of the white stakes but as soon as I got to the area it didn't take much to determine not only is there OB there but a ditch. I walked maybe 10 yds through weeds before getting back into the cart and driving to the 3rd ball, there was no doubt the balls made it OB. The shots were so bad I had no idea that part of the course was even there. Good news was I still managed a 46 out of it, was sitting at 35 through 8.
I'm not suggesting guys move up that far. The people I'm referring to play all the way back when there two sets of mens tees in front of that. We have a couple of short par 4's. I get stuck behind guys playing the tips that can't hit it past the 150 marker on a 317 yd hole with a driver because 9 of 10 are big weak slices that go nowhere. It's BS.
Edited by Dave2512 - 6/1/13 at 2:35pm