today I went to play at my favorite 9 hole course. The course has a special before 7AM for the early birds, and for $10 it's a great 2 hour walk in the park. This morning, I arrived around 6:25 with no tee time, and noticed the first tee had a 2 some teeing off, and a single behind them. I arrived and the single asked if I wanted to join him, to which I politely declined. The 2 some in front of them appeared to be decent golfers that knew there way around the course.
So my friend the single proceeds to tee up his ball on the back tee. His first tee shot is a push slice OB, his second is a sky ball that barely makes it to the front of the fairway. His second shot skitters on the ground leaving him around 230 out from the green. He proceeds to wait for the group in front of him to clear the green. The shot that followed wasn't terrible, I was too far away to see how far it went, but I am reasonably certain that it didn't come anywhere near the green.
The next hole, he hits 2 shots to the dog leg, which is 225 from the green, and he waits again.
On the 4th hole, he joined up with the group in front of him, and when I saw them from the green, he had moved up to the middle tee box. So my question is, how do you tell somebody not in your group that they have don't need to wait for the green to clear outside of 200 yards. Or how do you tell them that they have no business playing the back tee boxes. When we play amoungst friends, I have this same arguement. I know that it is a macho thing, but I believe that if you can't break bogey golf (90 on a par 72) you should play the closer tee box. The golf courses are designed to be playable by everybody on the course.
What did the other group say to him for him to move forward? This course is a muni, so it isn't well "rangered" and as a result, I feel that the people who play it regularly should help to maintain pace of play. I am not afraid to say something to somebody, but I want to do it in such a way without sounding rude or inconsiderate, but at the same time, when I can walk the course when nobody is in front of me in an hour 20, to have to play a 2 hour + round means that something should be said to keep this person moving along.