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So today I was playing alone, but I kept catching the two in front up.  There was nobody ahead of them for at least four holes.

i kept waiting on the tee and on the fairway. Trying to keep my momentum going by taking practice swings, it was hard going!

not once despite standing by them at the tee a few times, did they offer me to play thru.  It got me quite agitated inside, disturbing my swing a few times.

i know I was alone but another player caught me up so I asked him to join me, to try and give them a hint. They still didn't budge.

what are your thoughts, what would you have done on both sides? Would you have said play thru if you were them, would you have asked if you were me, and later us?

this went in for nearly 17 holes!

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There is WAAAAAY too much focusing on who is behind and how many players there are.  And for those clubs that cling to the "singles have no standing" nonsense I fully expect them to be consistent in t

I have skipped ahead before (when possible), and then come back to hit the missed hole.

At our course, it's well understood by everyone that singles have no standing whatsoever. We won't let singles go through...period. But when somebody else joins you, now it's a different ball game. If

I've never been shy about asking to play through.   Maybe they weren't aware of etiquette.  

They seemed like they knew, just being stubborn, one even turned their back on me at one of the tees!  I wasn't sure if its a thing to do, ask to play through.

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If there was no one in front of them and you were on the tee at the same time, I'd have just asked to play through. Worst they will say is no, and if that's the case and there is no one behind you just stay at the green a bit longer hitting different chips/putts or play two balls like a worst ball scramble with yourself which will add a bit more time to play the hole and stop the waiting. 

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If there was no one in front of them and you were on the tee at the same time, I'd have just asked to play through. Worst they will say is no, and if that's the case and there is no one behind you just stay at the green a bit longer hitting different chips/putts or play two balls like a worst ball scramble with yourself which will add a bit more time to play the hole and stop the waiting. 

Cheers, yea i took a couple of practice putts.  The guy behind caught me up so he joined me, as I offered.  He said he'd been watching them himself.  I won't be so quiet next time, and ask!

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Not the easiest thing to do on my course, I think they were trying to force me to skip holes, but I wanted to play the full array.. I need the practice. :-)

I recall doing this once where the course made a bit of a loop.  After (clearly) waiting on the pair, for 4 holes, with no suggestion to play through, I skipped ahead.  They were moving so slow, I played the (ahead) hole and caught back up in less than two.  They didn't look to pleased when I just simply drove around them on the home I had already played.

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I recall doing this once where the course made a bit of a loop.  After (clearly) waiting on the pair, for 4 holes, with no suggestion to play through, I skipped ahead.  They were moving so slow, I played the (ahead) hole and caught back up in less than two.  They didn't look to pleased when I just simply drove around them on the home I had already played.

Haha I can imagine their faces!

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I would have let you play through without asking.  They should have.  I would have asked and if they declined I's tell them I was going to call the clubhouse to bring out a ranger.  They were aholes.  I don't worry what aholes think.

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I would have let you play through without asking.  They should have.  I would have asked and if they declined I's tell them I was going to call the clubhouse to bring out a ranger.  They were aholes.  I don't worry what aholes think.

Defo had an attitude thats for sure, I was agitated the most after one turned his back to me knowing I was there at the tee too.

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You should have asked them to let you play through. Most folks will let you if asked nicely. 

Myself I never want to play through...lol I have actually refused a few times when offered to play through. Of course I never try to rush those in front of me either. Pretty easy for me to adjust to what ever pace of play is going on during a round. 

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This does happen sometimes the best thing you can do is play the hole you just played again or wait for them to to off and because you know they are super slow just skip ahead when they are looking for their bad tee shots.

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At our course, it's well understood by everyone that singles have no standing whatsoever. We won't let singles go through...period. But when somebody else joins you, now it's a different ball game. If you're a 2-some, and they're a 2-some, and they're clearly holding you up, I wouldn't be shy at all about asking to go through, especially if they've got 2 or 3 holes open in front of them. If you ask them, and they blow you off, I'd be calling the pro shop for them to get a marshal out there. 

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At our course, it's well understood by everyone that singles have no standing whatsoever. We won't let singles go through...period. But when somebody else joins you, now it's a different ball game. If you're a 2-some, and they're a 2-some, and they're clearly holding you up, I wouldn't be shy at all about asking to go through, especially if they've got 2 or 3 holes open in front of them. If you ask them, and they blow you off, I'd be calling the pro shop for them to get a marshal out there. 

I agree with the above.

While the USGA has changed the etiquette section to give standing to a single as a "group", when I go on a course as a single I consider myself as having no standing and have no expectation that anyone or group will allow me to play through.  Many times people do suggest I play through and that is nice.  I don't ask, however, unless/until I am a part of an actual group of 2-4, and then only when clearly the hold-up is the group in front.

As to the two questions, how you handled it was fine.  Joining with the other single was an excellent idea and if the two slow players continued to hold things up, you both should have expected some consideration and been allowed to play through the slower group.  Speak up next time.

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