Originally Posted by saltman
When you compare recreational amateur golf to other professional sports is loses all credibility. What you and I do on Saturday on a golf course is recreational golf, save for tournament play. Calling people learning the game cheaters is bush league. I am not talking about blatent single digit handicap players cheating. I am talking about weekend warriors that have never played a round of competitive tournament golf in their life. Again, playing someone who has an artificially low handicap because they are largely ignorant of the rules only helps you. I can't remember the last time I lost money on the golf course. When it comes to playing for money, I politely help my opponents understand the rules as situations arise. As one would expect it generally turns their 90 into 100. I don't run around calling them cheats, but rather beginners.
You sure play different tracks that I do then. For one thing, even most beginners know that they have to add a penalty stroke when taking relief from a water hazard. So that doesn't change anything in their scores, only in the correctness of the drop if they want my counsel.
Out of bounds? They have probably never taken the stroke and distance penalty, but then half of the members on this forum, regardless of handicap do not play that correctly either. I'll teach them about the provisional ball if that scenario comes up, but it's up to them to take it to heart or not. However, most courses I play don't have out of bounds on every hole, so it's not a big factor in scoring or in time lost. I hate such courses (I see them as poorly designed, aimed purely at maximizing some developer's bottom line and to Hell with the golfers who are stuck playing there), so I don't play them if I have any option.
In any event, your assertion on their scoring is highly inflated from most of my experience. But then, I mostly play with golfers, including relative beginners, who are actually interested in playing the game as it's intended, not as you seem to prefer that they play.