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post #55 of 71

I have to agree with @BuckeyeNut on this one; when players go out in the morning, they often take the option to play again if it becomes available. Slow play doubly screws those players because it packs the course for the second 18 in addition to spoiling their first. And of course, they pay the most money so it becomes a really poor value for them. 

 

As far as level of play, I don't really judge. If you can keep a decent pace and you want to pay the extra money I don't begrudge you. Most players I meet aren't low handicaps but most know how to navigate the course and be considerate to others. When someone is an outsider we know it based on their pace of play.

 

I prefer to play in the afternoon because it's always easy to find open holes as a single or pair no matter where the players are. I sometimes have to play guerrilla golf but pay a lot less for the privilege.

post #56 of 71
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Tow switch?


It's usually under the seat in electric carts.  Used to tow the carts...  The cart has no power at all when the tow switch is flipped... :no:

 

What do you mean I can't play through?...  Oh, that sucks, looks like your cart went dead... guys i'm just going to play through while they bring you a new one....    NEVER -

 

and if you play that joke on your group, don't forget and drive off without flipping it back...

post #57 of 71
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That's fine with me....

 

Groups that can't play in under 4hrs don't belong on the golf course where I play before 8am.........     If your group falls behind, you will likely be steamrolled if followed by regulars.    Please be sure not to play Stone Canyon early..that's for damn sure! 

 

There is a different standard of play for early morning golf.............You need to keep up with the early fast groups, or get off the course..IMO

Rofl, you might be hard pressed to keep up with me even with the difference in our handicaps. I can do 45 holes in 6 1/2 hours and that's even taking time to look for balls while I wait occasionally on people in front of me and stopping to grab refreshments after the first 18. When I did play in foursomes we were also faster players, typically right behind those in front of us. You strike me as the type of person who honks if someone doesn't move within 0.5 seconds when the light turns green because they are holding you up, haha. 

post #58 of 71
@BuckeyeNut Where did you live in Ohio and what clubs did you join if you don't mind me asking?
post #59 of 71

People complain about the decline of golf then complain about new players holding them up. which way do you want it. only the good experienced players on the course and a continued decline, or showing some patience with the newbies so they stick with it?

post #60 of 71
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People complain about the decline of golf then complain about new players holding them up. which way do you want it. only the good experienced players on the course and a continued decline, or showing some patience with the newbies so they stick with it?


What typically holds up a golf course isn't a new player or someone who hacks it around a bit. Players who are playing slowly do. What I observe is people standing around socializing while someone in their group is putting and line up their putt after that player has finished. Ready golf... it's not just for seasoned players.

;-) 

post #61 of 71

Ready golf is the key. I learned this pretty early on and my guys have generally finished in good time regardless of how awful we played.

 

Most of the time, beginners are problematic when 1) No one experienced is with them and they don't understand the concept of "ready golf", 2) three complete newbies are playing in the same foursome (it's just going to be a lot of strokes regardless) or 3) people refuse to give up the search for a lost golf ball.

post #62 of 71
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What typically holds up a golf course isn't a new player or someone who hacks it around a bit. Players who are playing slowly do. What I observe is people standing around socializing while someone in their group is putting and line up their putt after that player has finished. Ready golf... it's not just for seasoned players.

;-) 

This is what I've found to be the most true. I've seen beginners who can play the course in a three-hour round just because they don't mess around. They talk when they walk, then hit the ball, then keep walking. 

 

I think the biggest reason that beginners are usually slow is that they don't realize they have to walk to their own ball. They always walk up next to whoever is hitting at the moment to watch them versus going directly to their ball and hitting it when they can. This is especially prevalent around the green. I've gone to putt while I was waiting for a beginner (who was still out) to chip again since they thinned it over the green, and they stopped right next to me while I was going through the routine so they could watch. I do appreciate the gesture of being very still during the swing, but during a casual round pace of play is a larger concern to me.

post #63 of 71
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Originally Posted by mcanadiens View Post

Ready golf is the key. I learned this pretty early on and my guys have generally finished in good time regardless of how awful we played.

Most of the time, beginners are problematic when 1) No one experienced is with them and they don't understand the concept of "ready golf", 2) three complete newbies are playing in the same foursome (it's just going to be a lot of strokes regardless) or 3) people refuse to give up the search for a lost golf ball.

Yep.

We had a course here that wouldn't allow women to play before 11 am on Saturdays. You could imagine how well that went over. The course "justified" it based on slow play. So the women said there are men out there early who are slow. Under this pressure, the course then instituted a rule that all players that went out early had to have a time on file. They had to be able to complete a round in 4:15 or they couldn't play early. That allowed faster women to play. I think they finally dropped any conditions because the slow geezers stopped paying their memberships. What can you do?
post #64 of 71
I hate slow play and it always seems to happen in the morning. I've seen women who can keep up but definantly a lot who can't. It's not so much about ability but them being aware of what is going on. Played a private course yesterday and were stuck behind a group that played exact order of play, and none if their shots went more than 50 yards. Then on the green they tended the pin for everybody to read and putt then wentto read there own. In the bunkers they took 5 min to rake and they walked slow through the green. I think the best way to combat slow play is to either give these people their own cart or make them walk. Walking is much better for people who aren't very good, dosnt slow anyone down. I like to go out around 5 where I can walk 18 in easily under 3 hours
post #65 of 71
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post


At 7am, that round took at least 1.5 hours longer than a leisurely round should have. Its inconsiderate and/or ignorant people that are driving people away from this game.

And yes, the course is to blame if they don't aggressively manage pace of play. That's a little tougher with the first groups out, but they need to be told in no uncertain terms that they're setting the pace for the day and that they're expected to be quick, or they lose the privilege of the early time and can play later.

Golf need not be a "long" game. If you want to commune with nature, and take 5+ hours doing so, go fish. At least you won't ruin the day for others.

I wholeheartedly agree!!! I "volunteer" one day a week as a ranger at a local course in exchange for free golf, (all I can play), and the policy is politely but strictly enforced to not allow slow players to hold up other golfers. They will be asked to pick up the pace or let others play through to keep things moving at a decent pace. 

 

God Bless!!! Ray

post #66 of 71
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Originally Posted by Rewster66 View Post

I wholeheartedly agree!!! I "volunteer" one day a week as a ranger at a local course in exchange for free golf, (all I can play), and the policy is politely but strictly enforced to not allow slow players to hold up other golfers. They will be asked to pick up the pace or let others play through to keep things moving at a decent pace. 

God Bless!!! Ray

What do you do if they do not pick up the pace? Can you tell them to pick up and leave the course?
post #67 of 71
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Originally Posted by CarlSpackler View Post
 


What typically holds up a golf course isn't a new player or someone who hacks it around a bit. Players who are playing slowly do. What I observe is people standing around socializing while someone in their group is putting and line up their putt after that player has finished. Ready golf... it's not just for seasoned players.

;-) 

I do agree that thee is a difference between being patient with a newbie and people not showing good manors on the course. but sometimes ready golf has to be taught, I was lucky that my dad took me out when i was young and had the patience to teach me. there's lots of little things that speed up a round that someone new would never think of even though its considered common sense to some that have been playing a while.

post #68 of 71

Working at a busy course were used to about 4.5 hour rounds on weekends, but a 5 hour round at 7 AM is pretty dang awful.  Our early bird groups are typically finishing in 3-3.5 hours. 

post #69 of 71
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Originally Posted by Jeremie Boop View Post
 

Rofl, you might be hard pressed to keep up with me even with the difference in our handicaps. I can do 45 holes in 6 1/2 hours and that's even taking time to look for balls while I wait occasionally on people in front of me and stopping to grab refreshments after the first 18. When I did play in foursomes we were also faster players, typically right behind those in front of us. You strike me as the type of person who honks if someone doesn't move within 0.5 seconds when the light turns green because they are holding you up, haha. 

I don't care if you need 120 strokes to complete a round.................so long as you can maintain pace, it's all good!   Jeremie Boop.......you'd be welcome in my group anytime!!!   My venting was meant towards slow play..............you misunderstood the central point of my rant. 

 

I honestly enjoy playing with beginners too.........I really do.  It's about pace of play.......... that gets under my skin. 

post #70 of 71
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@BuckeyeNut Where did you live in Ohio and what clubs did you join if you don't mind me asking?

Sorry Mr. Spackler....I didn't notice your post until now.  I lived in the Columbus metro area.......Pickerington to be exact.  I see you live in the Dayton area...this is one of the few areas in Ohio I have never played!!   I've played well over 100 Ohio courses. (maybe closer to 150 than 100)

 

 

My first private membership was at "The Willows" in Groveport.  I joined because my sister-in-laws 'in-law' had a membership there and he sold me on the benefits of private golf...LOL. This club no longer exists....... It may be a public course now, but I'm not sure because I moved away 15+ years ago.  They had flooding issues, and I only played this course 1yr.

 

I was however sold on private golf.......I then joined "High Lands GC" in Pataskala. (no flood problems on this high ground!) I had a lot of fun there!!  I was a member for about 4yrs and only quit due to re-locating out of state.  Neither were high-end courses...just fun places to play.  Both were lesser courses compared to where I play now, but we had fun there.

  For the past 15yrs since relocating, I have opted to purchase annual passes at various upscale public courses.  I do miss some of the camaraderie from my private golf days, but I enjoy playing the big-tough courses more.   There are only 2 private courses close enough to seriously consider joining now, and neither measure up.     I suppose if one of them did measure up, it would probably cost too much!   For now....the upscale public membership is the best fit....... My golf game gets bloodied up plenty on the course, but I enjoy the challenge. 


Edited by BuckeyeNut - Today at 6:34 pm
post #71 of 71

I got around in 3 hours and 10 minutes today.  It was awesomeB-) 

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