In casual play, etiquette trumps all - that's why it is Section 1 in the rule book. Even the USGA acknowledges that good etiquette is as important to the overall game as the rules are. Respect for the course and for the other players on the course is at the top of every player's responsibility, regardless of whether it's casual golf or serious competition.
If what you do outside of the necessary actions of playing the game bothers or degrades the experience for another, then you are in the wrong, and it really doesn't matter if the course allows it.
You would think...
....but then the question becomes, at least for our somewhat tangential discussion, who's being discourteous? The individual who wants to join another group but also insists that they abide by his preferences, or the group who has no objection to a stranger joining them, but does not wish to change their own style of play in doing so and only expects that the stranger will accept the manner in which the remainder of the group chooses to play?
Was really hoping Baltusrol would challenge these players this week but players taking what's supposed to be a pretty tough course apart so far. Of course weather has something to do with that. But was hoping to see a little more carnage.
Btw, the early Thursday/late Friday draw shot almost 3 strokes better than the other side of the draw. So definitely a bit of luck went into the tee times and draws.
Not just this thread. How about life in general?
Since you quoted me, I'll reply to this.
Apparently we both agree it isn't a "majority rules" issue. What we apparently disagree on is whether the rules of golf trump the rules of the golf course. I don't think they do except in tournament play.
Even if you and I abide by the rules, casual golfers usually do not. Even league play has bastardized the ROG. So if you're going to enforce Decision 14-3/17 during casual play, wouldn't other breaches in rules or etiquette (ones that effect others) need to be enforced? I think the rules argument is weak. The etiquette argument is much stronger. Unfortunately, even in the short time I've been playing I've seen an erosion of etiquette.
You act as if it would be the end of the world if you had to turn off your music for a round. Is it really that important to you? Is it really that hard to live without tunes for 4 hours?
I often don't even have my phone with me on the course, and if I do it's turned off and put away in my bag. I sure as heck will never, ever, play any music, audible or not, when I'm on the golf course. I tend to be rather grateful that I grew up in a less technological era, and I am able, and even prefer in some activities to go old school and enjoy the ambient sounds around me, be they sounds of nature or the less soothing, often cacophonous clatter of modern civilization.
For golf it should be the former. Golf is an inherently relaxed pastime in a more or less natural setting. The sounds of nature should as much as possible supersede or take precedence over anything else. I don't need or want your idea of "good" music (which might well agree with mine, but that isn't guaranteed) to be abrading my auditory nerves. If you can hear it, the odds are very good that someone outside of your group can too.