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19 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

2:45, 9 holes.  And it's still friggin' hot.

Ugh. That's why I play early. 3:30 for 18 and we were behind two foursomes.

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3 minutes ago, billchao said:

Ugh. That's why I play early. 3:30 for 18 and we were behind two foursomes.

Nice. I'm going to guess if I played at 7, it still would have been around 2:30, maybe 2:15. 

At Bethpage, if your tee time is 6:30, you have to show up at 5:30. No way Jose.

Cannot escape from slow play here. Its tentacles are everywhere.

I'm kind of getting tired of the lack of variety of courses here. We should play before the season ends, maybe Neshanic?

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2 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

Nice. I'm going to guess if I played at 7, it still would have been around 2:30, maybe 2:15. 

At Bethpage, if your tee time is 6:30, you have to show up at 5:30. No way Jose.

Cannot escape from slow play here. Its tentacles are everywhere.

Should have come out my way then.

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1 minute ago, billchao said:

Should have come out my way then.

Yeah, let's play before the season ends. 

I'm experiencing Groundhog Day with the Bethpage courses, and don't want to play Black, that's a bear.

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Played 18 at my muni in 2:47.  Two groups let us play through on the front nine.  On the back nine, mostly clear sailing. While on the 13th green, we saw a group of five carts on the 17th tee.  We finished the 17th hole as they finished teeing off on the 18th tee.

Wind whistling through the leaves made it feel and sound like early fall, despite the temp of 87.

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My tee time was 2:24. My garage door closed at 6:39. We were in a foursome today, with split tees. The course is 25 minutes or so from home.

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I thought it was too hot for any sane person to be out there yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately a foursome of time assassins jumped the tenth tee on me since no starter was on duty. So-and-so's weren't letting me through and played at an awful pace.

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4 hours ago, David in FL said:

There are few things in life better than the spontaneous emergency 9!  :-)

I wouldn't know. If I played an emergency 9, it would be because I had to leave in the middle of my round due to an emergency.

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4:35 for 18. First 9 in 2:50 😡 and second in 1:45 after we finally played through this group on 8th.

The thing is this group got the 2nd tee time of the day at 7:05. At one point back up was 4 foursomes waiting on 7th including us. To the course's credit the owner himself came out and forced the group to play best ball rest of the day to keep pace. They were all over the course so not a bad thing. Still a 5+ hour round for quite a few early bird groups behind us that couldn't play through that are used to getting through in 3.5 max. Sorry I love and welcome beginners but some seem to have no understanding of pace. That just kills.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, GolfLug said:

4:35 for 18. First 9 in 2:50 😡 and second in 1:45 after we finally played through this group on 8th.

The thing is this group got the 2nd tee time of the day at 7:05. At one point back up was 4 foursomes waiting on 7th including us. To the course's credit the owner himself came out and forced the group to play best ball rest of the day to keep pace. They were all over the course so not a bad thing. Still a 5+ hour round for quite a few early bird groups behind us that couldn't play through that are used to getting through in 3.5 max. Sorry I love and welcome beginners but some seem to have no understanding of pace. That just kills.

Full discretion: I dodged a bullet on Labor Day.

I booked a tee time as a single for 6:30, the first tee time of the day, which means it was already booked by a two or threesome. I arrived at 6:00 and checked in at the pro shop, where one gentleman was asking if I had the first tee time and if I'd be willing to swap with his group. They had the second tee time and apparently are well known to play as a foursome in under three hours. I told him I was fine with that, but I don't know who I'm paired up with so he'd have to ask them. I know some people can be sensitive about the whole first tee time thing.

I went out to check in with the starter and told him I was happy to let the second group went out first if the rest of my group was ok with it. They had not arrived yet as far as I knew. I saw the gentleman walking around talking to everyone around the range and practice green, presumably looking for the threesome that was part of my group. I started to chip a few balls on the practice green to warm up.

Eventually it got to 6:20, past the time you're supposed to check in, and the group had not checked in yet. I told the starter to let the second group go. They teed off at about 6:25. So my group is supposed to be on deck and I'm the only one there. By now the 6:50 group is getting antsy because the 6:40 group teed off and nobody was following them. The starter got on the horn to call the 6:30 group. Twice. Nobody responded. Another gentleman who I had been talking to offered to play with me. He had walked on as a single and the starter placed him with the 7:00 tee time.

So the two of us are standing at the starter shack and it's about 6:35. The 6:50 group teed off. I'm honestly not sure if the starter let them go or they just took it upon themselves to go because nobody was on the tee and the first group was clear. They were already on the green by this time. The starter got on the horn again, calling for the 6:30 group. At this point a gentleman walked up and said it was his time but the rest of his group had not arrived yet or wasn't ready or something. He had been at the course when I arrived and was on the practice green 15' away from the starter shack the entire time we were all standing around wondering what was going on, but apparently didn't feel like he needed to bring any of this up 15 minutes prior when he was supposed to check in (Tthe course rules actually say check in 20 minutes ahead of your tee time, so he should have checked in 25 minutes ago at this point).

So the guy tells the starter, "We're not ready yet, let another group go."

Hold on a second. His group is 15 minutes late so just let other people go and we'll tee off at 7:00? That's not ok with me, because I'm attached to his group. And I told him so. His response was, "I'm not late, it's not my fault."

You're kidding, right? You didn't think you needed to tell the starter that your group was late and now you're willing to give up your time slot even though I'm attached to it? The starter could have let me go out with the other single at 6:30 had we all known this information at the time. I said a few words to the guy and gave him a piece of my mind. Nothing bad, just rather blunt. At this point the other single (who is a regular) tells the starter we're just going to go ahead as a twosome and he agreed.

So we teed off at 6:50, two groups after I should have started. I noticed after we hit our 2nd shot on the opening par 5 that the original 6:30 threesome had finally come together and made it to the tee. They were still on the 1st fairway by the time we reached the 2nd green. Around the 6th hole I noticed the group behind us was a different threesome who must have passed them. So it ended up working out pretty well for me because apparently the original threesome I was supposed to play with was slooooooow.

The 6:40 group was true to their word. They were arriving at the 17th tee when I got to the 13th tee. Those guys were fast. My twosome ended up playing in 3:30 behind the foursome in front of us. We didn't need them to let us through and we weren't trying to push them (and at one point, we were close enough to them to tell them so). We just ended up hitting extra chips and putts between holes. Slowing down a tad benefits my game, anyway.

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36 minutes ago, billchao said:

Full discretion: I dodged a bullet on Labor Day.

So it ended up working out pretty well for me because apparently the original threesome I was supposed to play with was slooooooow.

The 6:40 group was true to their word. They were arriving at the 17th tee when I got to the 13th tee. Those guys were fast. My twosome ended up playing in 3:30 behind the foursome in front of us. We didn't need them to let us through and we weren't trying to push them (and at one point, we were close enough to them to tell them so). We just ended up hitting extra chips and putts between holes. Slowing down a tad benefits my game, anyway.

Golf gods looking out for you.. :-).

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It was hot here on labor day as well and I decided to pass on my 7:12 tee time and play later in the day. I took a 12:10 tee time and since it was so hot, I chose to ride in a cart. The guy I got paired up with used a cart with a handicap flag so we rode right up next to the greens. Very odd for me. We got pretty jammed up behind a 4 some that thought "ready golf" was just a way to get out of the gate. They see sawed all over and frequently when we were getting ready to hit, suddenly drive back towards the tee. So irritating. Played crappy but still trying to figure out the punched greens.

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