We have quite a few Ross courses in my area, two in my hometown, Mill Creek North Course and South Course. Back in the day, for whatever reason, they decided to get rid of the big mounds behind the 5th green on the South course. They replaced them with a bunch of little humps that I called pimples! It looked nothing like a Ross course should look, and I screamed blue bloody murder!
Nothing happened for a while, and I kept screaming. I told them that they should promote the fact that Ross designed these courses! That they didn't understand what a treasure they possessed! Guess what? Nowadays that's all they do! "Mill Creek Golf Course, a Donald Ross design!" That appears on nearly everything they sell! I should have gone into marketing!
Well, the "pimples" disappeared but the mounds never returned. It's just flat behind that green now. There hasn't really been any redesign here either. This course was designed for play by the public. it was not designed like Pinehurst #2 or Seminole that could challenge the game's best from the tips. The Tour pros would rip this place to pieces, but it's good enough for who it's for!
I have to ask how they handle it at the one course I play at with 27 holes, but I’m inclined to agree with the starter here.
Delaying a group from beginning their round seems less disruptive than delaying a group in the middle of their round. If the group that started at 7:30 was the one that showed up to turn at 9:30 which the starter made you wait for, then yea I think that’s the right thing to do, given that’s their “allotted” time slot. If it was the 7:40 group and they showed up early I can see making them wait.