After reading the millionth thread on POP I want to ask some questions.
My thread my rules :-)
1) Not about the causes or individual solutions. I am looking at evidence based decisions.
2)Lets just talk data and see if we can make some different decisions
3)I know all the arguments about family demands and a faster paced society we now live in. But maybe golf will never be conducive to that type of life. So lets just save that for other threads.
4) Disclosure I am not at all a POP Nazi! I love being out in the sun playing golf. I seldom get annoyed when things are slow. Beats work any day.
So is there any objective data on really how long it takes to play a par 3/4/5 or maybe a minutes per yard metric? Has the USGA looked at this? If so then why not use it. If not that is the first step. Survey a huge sample of golfers of all abilities and find out the true answer.
Then, can we not rate a course based on a ton of factors? Length, rating, players (and by that I mean is this a course full of regulars or a resort course with many infrequent players) distance between holes, etc etc. Then we can decide what is or is not right for a given course. My home CC I expect 3 hours or just over. Poipu Bay in Kauai I would never expect it to go that fast. Hell I stop and take pictures next to the water just like everyone else. Maybe add a third descriptor to a course. Slope/rating/pace. And finally each course has an optimal T-Time frequency. Some need a 12 or 15 minute spacing others can handle a 9 minute spacing. Then adjust all of this ( t time spacing and POP) depending on the event. Full competitive stroke play tournaments vs everyday play vs men's league day.
Everyone just spouts off we need to play faster, play faster but I have not seen anything like what I am thinking about. But then again I am not in the golf business and maybe I would not have a clue.