My view is that it makes total sense to ask when calling for a tee time what the handicaps of the players are. There should also be a box that asks u when u signup on golf now. Here comes a TL;DR but I'll provide cliffs.
I just played a 5 hour round and I always have fun playing golf but it could've been a lot better had I been paired up with people more my skill level.
I want to first say that I know that not all higher handicappers play slow and not all low handicappers play fast but I know that if u can at least make contact that u go faster than the guys who are teeing up 3 balls on every hole. My regular group is out of town and/or working so it was just me and I found a really nice course for a great price on Golfnow. (Bridlewood Golf Club fwiw) It rained a ton last night and I knew it would be cart-path only (it shouldn't have been as there wasnt 1 drop on fairways but whatever) so I decided I was going to walk for the 1st time in 5 years. I've been trying to get back into shape and walking when I play would be great for me.
This place had a starter tent & an old man who went through all the BS of the course and where OB was instead of doing what I think he should have been doing which is suggesting a tee box based on skill, tell everyone to play 1 ball tee to green as the practice range is for, in fact, practice, and to keep up with the group ahead.
I am always very nice and will help anyone in any way I can and this group actually tried my patience although I never let on. I walking had to wait on every single shot on them riding. One guy teed up 3 times on EVERY HOLE. He had a nasty slice & asked me for help. I showed him a few quick fixes but told him he needs to work on it on the range and get a lesson from a pro. These guys had no friggin clue where to park the cart and they would drive to 80 yds out, duff it to 70 yds, slice it to 30 yrds and then walk up to the green and have to go back and fetch the cart. We were passed twice and thankfully the course was slammed so people were expecting to wait but I let 2 groups go through and 2 others went around. I really, really despise slow play and again, you don't have to be good to be fast. There was so much more. I was chipping on 1 and this ding dong grabbed the stick after I hit it and it rolled over the hole. I don't know if it would've gone in but it would've been nice to have a chance. I politely told him to not grab pin like that when Im off the green so for rest of day he would stand right beside hole in his bright yellow shirt. I decided early on that this was going to be a great test and to just relax. They were all very nice guys so just enjoy the day.
Anyways, I think that a lot would be solved by having equal handicappers play together when they're walkups and starters/courses need to do much more due diligence in educating patrons.
I also want a camera on every green and every player has to sign in with a credit card. If u don't fix your ball mark plus 1 other on every green then u get fined $100 :)))))
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