Originally Posted by Big C
Originally Posted by 14ledo81
@whatwoodtigerdo , to me the whole debate boils down to this:
Do you feel it is all right to cut in front of somebody in line (after you have lost your place)?
If someone cut in front of you, how would you feel?
Here is my question. Assuming that you are taking longer than expected to grab your mid-round snacks and refreshments (whether it's due to an understaffed restaurant, some guy in your group needing to take a dump, whatever), how is letting the group coming off of the ninth green play jump ahead of you different than letting a faster group play through at any other juncture on the course?
If I let a faster group play through my foursome, I don't assume that I have lost my place on the course, nor would I if I suggested that the group behind us go ahead and tee of on 10. If it's a packed muni, it likely that we are all going to catch up with the groups in front of us within a few holes anyway, so there is no harm done to the groups behind.
If it's a packed muni, why are you not keeping up in the first place, so that there would be any reason to let someone play through? And if you are keeping up, and the following groups are bumping along right behind you, then by taking too long at the turn you are simply making a bad situation worse by squeezing in where there is no room to squeeze. I guarantee you that those players you just cut in front of are going to be pissed at you. They've been waiting on every shot the entire front nine, and now you appear out of nowhere to clog up the 10th hole even worse. I know I'd be hopping mad.
On a busy course, you keep your place without undue delay, or you take the chance of a long wait to get back on.
Originally Posted by CarlSpackler
I would say this, talk to the starter and let him know that your friend unwisely chose Taco Bell for breakfast and might be a while or whatever the situation. Most starters I know are reasonable people.
If it was me as the starter, I'd tell him that the rest of the group should go ahead and play, and if they get too far out, we'll run him out in a cart when he has taken care of his problem. It wouldn't be the first time that I drove a player out to catch up with his group. Still no reason to hold up the course.