Originally Posted by tmac20
I hate to sound sexist but another huge reason why amateur play is so slow is because slow groups, especially ladies, do not allow faster groups to play through. Only one time has a group of ladies let me play through as a twosome, and it's probably because there was a man in their group that convinced them. I'm not saying all ladies do this, but men tend to be more generous on this etiquette.
Unfortunately, I think courses burned themselves on this point, but let me start by saying, that yes that is a sexist comment ;). I marvel at courses hiring rangers who buzz around the course, and occasionally go up to a group and say "play faster" - like that 15 second interaction will get them to change a lifetime of bad habits. More often than not, that group gets stressed out, and now, they miss shots, and get more pissed and stressed. What a ranger can do, however, is catch up to a group and say "the group behind you is in a hurry, next tee I will have them hit and play through." Keep the course moving. At least, as a ranger, forecaddie, on those tough holes for a group. I absolutely agree that a major issue is that no one plays through any more, and courses and clubs need to start communicating when and how to do it. There is that nifty saying "your position is not in front of the group behind, but behind the group in front." That's cute, but it is different from the mantra many of us grew up with: "let faster groups through." Who cares if you are keeping up with that five-hour foursome in front of you. Let that twosome behind you through (so they can go through the group in front of you).
As to ladies. Bear mind that Little Old Lady Golf is played different from Big Old Man Golf. It might look slow, but since they are only hitting the ball 100 yards, they are never more than 100 yards from the group in front. Big Old Man Golf often has nearly a hole open in front of them because, heck, they are driving every par 4 even though they haven't seen fairway all day, right? Stereotypes cut all ways.