Originally Posted by Kieran123
No, the solution is for everyone to hurry up.
Ahh, the PERFECT solution and you are exactly right. I tend to play behind the 4 guys playing from the tips on the final round of the US Open. None of whom are in contention, or capable of breaking 100 from the back tees. When this happens, I locate the pro shop number on the score card, pull out the cell phone, call and ask for a ranger to visit the group. Works every time.
In all fairness to the topic, I grew up on golf with a teaching professional dad. I learned about golf, etiquette, and played hundreds of rounds with a guy who shot 75 or better until the day he passed. Here are a couple of examples where 'playing through' makes no sense.
Few weeks back I'm playing in a 4-some with my wife and another couple. Two 20-somethings come up on us fairly quickly. We had already teed off on a hole and we GLADLY allowed them to play through. Both hit bombs and were gone in minutes. We caught them at the next tee. They were trying to play through the group who was in front of us, but unsuccessfully. The course came to a grinding halt, with us getting to know the two guys better and better on each tee box until we finished the round.
Playing on vacation in FL. The old codgers behind us were starting to hit into the wife and me on two consecutive holes. I drove back and explained to one cart that we're playing as fast as we can go and that there are two foursomes in front of us. His response? "There's no way in hell four should be playing faster than two," (referring to me and my wife) and that we should speed up.
We get to the next tee box and roaring up and AROUND us is the foursome behind us. The group in front of us was just driving off the tee box! I go up and politely said, 'sorry fellas, you're not playing through today.' They took off and went to another hole, I guess.
The pace of golf almost everywhere I play in NE Ohio is 3.5 - 4.5 hours. 3.5 is a nice leisurely pace where we're not waiting to tee off on most holes and not waiting long in the fairway. More importantly, we're not holding anyone up, either. At 4.5 hours, we're waiting minutes on most every tee and waiting in most fairways. Golf becomes painful AFTER the 4.5 hour mark. You lose any rhythm for the game, concentration is gone, bad swings start to rule and an overall bad round ensues. It's just part of the game. I RARELY see 'playing through' or allowing others to 'play through' as a solution to pace of play anywhere, anytime.