Originally Posted by Dave2512
I wouldn't play a course that was so inefficient. My experience is if one thing is poorly managed so is everything else. Still I never see the long wait scenarios being tossed around here. When I play later I'll snap some pics of the GPS alert to call ahead and the call box on the 8th tee at my home course. You can order anything on the restaurant menu and have it waiting for you by the time you spend 20-25 minutes finishing 8 and 9. If you want to fuss with eating a steak you can get it.
You obviously play at a much higher class of courses then I have access to.
I am in Vancouver BC and out of 40 or so courses in the area I can only say maybe two or three (Shuksan Golf Course in Washington and Big Sky Golf Course in Pemberton) have access to such a service in their carts. I'm sure there are more but I think they are still in the minority.
Even the private club that I belong to doesn't have GPS on their carts let alone a call in service.
I can also tell you the name of the course whereby the turn at nine is always plugged up on the weekend.
Both the Ridge and Canal courses at Northview Golf course in Surrey BC do not route back to the main club house at the turn. Instead there are small snack shacks where one can buy some food and drinks and visit the washroom.
On the weekends there is always a delay there and often there is two or three groups bunched up.
Generally it is not because of the food but rather access to the washrooms.
There is a golf course in Phoenix (Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia) that used to have a great outdoor snack bar (with bbq) right next to the 9th green. Smell of grilled onions as I head up the par 5 9th mmmmmmmmmmm. Now they have closed it and if you want some food at the 9 your need to drive quite a distance back to the club house.
Both are examples whereby the turn at the nine can exceed the 8 to 10 min interval and are issues caused by course design and not caused by the players.
The vast majority of the time if every group goes in for food or use the washrooms then there is no issues as they just line up behind the group ahead and there is no need for some to jump back into place. The issues arise if one of the group don't go for food or use the washrooms and they want to jump ahead.