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8 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Well, that mental image just ruined my Sunday morning, and my cup of coffee.

You laughed. Admit it. 

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Different countries may have different thoughts on this, I don't know. On every golf course I have ever played in the US, it is considered a big no-no to stop more than a few minutes between nines. He

Well, that mental image just ruined my Sunday morning, and my cup of coffee.

As others have said, if you take a break you create a gap between the group in front of you and those following you. When you try to return, you're trying to force your group between two groups where

On 5/21/2021 at 3:44 PM, Darkfrog said:

I have read that in some places, it is customary to stop at the turn for a meal. I think it might have been was Japan.

I've played golf in Japan and it is customary to stop at the turn to eat. In my case we had a sit down lunch that lasted 45 minutes. They told me 1.5 hours would not be unusual.

One of several things that I found different about golf in Japan Vs. golf in the US. 

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8 minutes ago, ssbn611 said:

I've played golf in Japan and it is customary to stop at the turn to eat. In my case we had a sit down lunch that lasted 45 minutes. They told me 1.5 hours would not be unusual.

One of several things that I found different about golf in Japan Vs. golf in the US. 

Yes - they'll do anything possible to spend as much time away from their families as possible. Imagine adding an hour and a half to your round of golf when you don't need to eat.

The idea of stopping for a meal after 9 holes is absurd. But I'm sure they think it's highly civilized. It's a "custom" that needs to disappear.

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17 minutes ago, ssbn611 said:

I've played golf in Japan and it is customary to stop at the turn to eat. In my case we had a sit down lunch that lasted 45 minutes. They told me 1.5 hours would not be unusual.

One of several things that I found different about golf in Japan Vs. golf in the US. 

That is a bit absurd, though on the golf course your turn on the tee is not guaranteed. 

For the most part, people stop in for something to get on the go, or something really quick. 

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I refill my water bottles, take a leak, and potentially grab a hot dog/burger/crackers that are ready to go at the turn to take with me.

Waiting and allowing groups behind you to play through while you eat only slows down the course for everybody. You are leaving the tee box open, but the group behind you cannot actually use that until they get there. There is no gap between the group behind you and the group 2 spots behind you. If you try to fit in between those two groups, there is no gap for you to fit into and you will slow down the entire course.

If you specifically have separate front and back nine tee times, with time allotted for a break between nines, then it is acceptable. Outside of that, food or other items at the turn are grab and go only.

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lot of courses in Oregon and Washington have the number for the restaurant on the 8th hole, you call ahead and order, pick it up between 9th and 10th. Not sure I have ever availed myself of the option but a few people IO have been matched up with have done so through the years

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Some people treat a round of golf like a trip to the dentist, others like a mini vacation. 

I’ve never understood the hurry-up-and-get-it-over-with mentality for a round of golf. If life is that busy, maybe a fella needs to look at his priorities. If your wife is chewing your  ass because you were “gone too long, again”, then maybe golf needs to go on the second shelf. 

Anywhoo........

As to the turn, grab a dog and a Coke. Eat it in the cart, picnic table, whatever. 

First world problems....

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On 5/24/2021 at 1:55 PM, ssbn611 said:

I've played golf in Japan and it is customary to stop at the turn to eat. In my case we had a sit down lunch that lasted 45 minutes. They told me 1.5 hours would not be unusual.

One of several things that I found different about golf in Japan Vs. golf in the US. 

I think that is typical in Asian countries.

I travel for business to Korea and Japan (not lately, of course), and entertain clients by treating them to a round of golf ($$$$).  They always stop at the nine to eat a full meal.

Here in the U.S., if you stop, you lose your place in line unless there is a backup.

Personally, I don't like to rest after nine.  Takes me out of my rhythm.  

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I have heard of the "stop for long lunch" tradition in Japan. 

I don't think in 31 years of playing golf that I have ever actually stopped to eat lunch at the turn. 

I've bought lunch-ish food, like hot dogs and sandwiches, which I eat in between shots. 

I've ordered drinks at various points in rounds 😉

You asked what's normal. If my experience is representative, most people would not like it, nor find it normal, to propose stopping in the middle of a round for lunch. I'm sure it happens some, but I'd be surprised if this was considered normal or routine anywhere in the USA. 

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