Originally Posted by David in FL
At a 4:00 POP, we're not talking "good" here, we're talking marginally acceptable. Whether someone knows that they're slow or not doesn't change the fact that they are. Perspective is meaningless when applied to an objective metric that is achievable. That's where education, coaching and training comes in, and the very first step in that process is to be very clear in setting reasonable expectations. Whether they agree with the "reasonableness" or not.....
And FWIW, none of my managers are gonna be adding any staff, if they're down that much. I may be replacing someone though.....
I think we agree on the principles, but we're not in agreement on some of your base assumptions that you use to build your argument. You're assuming the majority of golfers want to play in 3.5 hours, I contend the majority of golfers world wide don't care if their round lasts 4.5 hours. We here on TST are probably don't even represent 1% of the worlds golfers. We're more hardcore and dedicated to playing golf so it's no surprise we're more concerned about POP than the rest of the golfing population.
Semi-private and private country clubs have more dedicated golfers, it's a different mentality, at my club, we have pace of play guidelines (4 hour rounds), we enforce pace of play and threaten to suspend those that play too slow. We hold education seminars on pace of play and course orientations, but it's a completely different setting and circumstances than what you find on a public or muni course.
The guys I see on public courses are out there to get some fresh air, socialize with friends and play a casual round of golf. They have a few beers, smoke a few stogies and look at golf as an afternoon activity that is a break from the hustle and bustle of every day life. They barely want to hear the starters instructions no less sit through an education on pace of play techniques. They also don't fix their divots or ball marks, leave cigar ashes sitting on the green and flirt with the cart girls.
When a golfer plays multiple rounds of golf per week the time each round consumes becomes more important. When you only play a round or two per month or less, how long one round takes isn't all that important. It's like the guy that's driving with a purpose (work, practice, tee time, dinner reservations) is more likely to drive over the speed limit because they are trying to reach a destination where as the guy that is just out joy riding on a nice day doesn't care how long the ride takes.