Originally Posted by mad max
Fine for the sake of this argument I will agree that you only cost each group 5 minutes. I don't agree but lets say you are correct.
You play through 6 groups of 4 costing them 5 minutes each. The total time that cost other golfers is 6x4x5= 120 minutes. I doubt that you playing through 6 groups will save two hours on your round but even if it does the net time saved for golfers on the course is still zero. It just gives me the impression that you think your time is more valuable then everyone else.
Yep, thought this exact same thing.
I've also been trying to think it through in my head and I am convincing myself that it does actually accumulate. If I'm the last foursome and it's now my turn to hit and we let you play through, its not just going to take you 5 minutes because until you catch up to the next group you are only playing at their pace. So, right there, you are slowing me down by the amount of time it take a foursome to play that hole (I realize you'll putt faster, so not quite the same). So let's say 14 minutes for the foursome ... but be generous and round down to 10 because you are putting faster.
Now you race to the next tee to catch them just as it's their turn to hit and repeat the process. The second group is still sitting on the 2nd tee waiting on you waiting on the 3rd group on the second green when my group rolls up. Remember, we are already 10 minutes or so behind our pace, and now we are standing on the next tee with the group that is supposed to be in the fairway getting ready to hit their approaches. But they can't yet because you're still there. They would have been where you are, which means we'd still wait a couple of minutes, but now instead we wait those same couple of minutes for you and another 7 or so on top of that for them.
My math tells me that we are just teeing off of the second hole (since you caught us) roughly 20 minutes or so later (10 minutes extra while you played 1, 2 or 3 minutes extra while you played 2, then 7 or 8 minutes extra while group 2 played 2) than we would have.
Certainly my math could be off, but it seems logical to me, and that sounds awfully cumulative as well.
Originally Posted by SCfanatic35
Not sure if it has been answered, but I still want to know why a course would let a single go off when the course is packed?
Remember when we played Belmont on a Saturday, I believe, and we got to 17 and 10/11/12 area was jammed? It's possible that an hour behind them it slowed down, so theoretically, a single could get off, but he shouldn't be surprised when he catches up to the crowd. Plus, usually in situations like that you ask in the pro shop about the crowds and you'll get warned, so their should be no surprises or expectations when you see the crowds. Practice chipping on the tee boxes, play extra shots if there is nobody behind you, skip ahead, quit and go home, whatever. You have a million options ... just don't expect one of them to be that a "wall of foursomes" will let you play through consecutively. That's plain silly.