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58 minutes ago, DrvFrShow said:

I can't wait for the state to open up full again so people go back to work and the courses aren't as crowded.

That's the key takeaway here...

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Sometimes I think golf needs a "DELAY OF GAME: 10 YARD PENALTY" flag to be thrown. "Sorry, Bud. You're teeing off back there now."

New study finds slow walkers four times more likely to die from COVID-19: study  

Let’s be clear about something, too: “ready golf” is not what makes for fast play. You can play perfectly “honors” golf more quickly than another group plays “ready golf.” Walk quickly.

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2 hours ago, DrvFrShow said:

 I can't wait for the state to open up full again so people go back to work and the courses aren't as crowded.

I've been working primarily from home since the pandemic began and I haven't found the time to play as much golf as before the pandemic.  I need to get on these people's schedule. :-$

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2 hours ago, DrvFrShow said:

they had enough and wanted to split off and play ahead. Fine, but it just slowed the course down even more because we had to wait for them to wait for the group in front etc

I understand wanting to get away from the complainers but overall it hurt those behind you.

Good part is you could hit into them and tell them to pick up the pace since they were now holding you up.😜

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3 hours ago, Sandy Lie said:

Played #8 today in 2:40.  Just a twosome in carts. Played through a Resort Foursome.  Could have played a bit faster but my friend who is 70 can’t seem to find his ball much anymore.  I’ve become his fore caddie!  LOL!  Age has its own handicap on the course.

Just missed you by a few days, we played #8 on Sunday a week ago, during the afternoon members times.  The first 9 wasn't bad, but we played too quick, and ran into the last few groups waiting to begin their round in the double-tee system.  Ah well, it was golf.

22 hours ago, Billy Z said:

Our 4some just played this saturday in 4 hours. I never, ever, expect to play under 4 hours on a saturday. I'll take 4-4:15 any day the course has a good amount of people on it. This 3-3.5 hour round is only for those who don't have anybody infront of them. It's impossible on most days when teeing off other than the first group or two.

I think a major part of the slow play discussion is personal preference and local custom.  In some parts of the world a walking fourball playing in 3-1/2 hours is normal, 4 is really slow.  In others, getting done in 4-12 is pretty quick.  The one critical thing is to be able to adapt, to speed up play to meet the local standard, or to accept slower play when its unavoidable.  If you can't walk 18 holes in 3:30, don't go to Scotland, if you can't stand taking 4:30 to play don't go to most golf resorts in the US.  And I mean the generic "you", not any particular person.

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For the most part, golfers are at the mercy of the slowest group on the course. Yes, they can be passed, but not by the majority. It really has to be a totally concerted effort by all players on the course, and that is difficult. Personally, if I could count on a round lasting 4 hours flat, I would be very pleased.

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