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"Pace of Play" as against "Speed for the Course"?

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One of my biggest hates on a golf course is being pressured from behind. That is players who hit shots before the group in front are clear and even hit tee shots before all the group in front have hit their 2nd shots.

Never mind how slow you think the group in front is, the question should be, how far are they behind the group in front of them and if it is not a clear hole, 'hold station', or simply put, 'don't pressurise them'.

A day out the other day was totally spoilt by a two ball who wanted to play quicker than everyone else out on the course. They were upset that we (a four ball, riding) were not quick enough for them, even though we were holding our position behind a three ball we had called through after a lost ball, who in turn were holding position behind our other four ball (again riding) and several other groups ahead.

Why do people act like this?

A Golf Course has a "Speed for the day" that can be a lot different from "Pace of Play".

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I always thought the idea of letting people play through was for when they were playing faster than the group in front (whether the faster group is a two ball, a four ball, or a singleton). Keeping up with the group in front is good for general pace of play overall but allowing people to play through if they are faster will probably be better in the long run as it'll cause you less hassle being away from people that are annoying :)

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On ‎04‎/‎11‎/‎2016 at 21:17, Brian T said:

I always thought the idea of letting people play through was for when they were playing faster than the group in front (whether the faster group is a two ball, a four ball, or a singleton). Keeping up with the group in front is good for general pace of play overall but allowing people to play through if they are faster will probably be better in the long run as it'll cause you less hassle being away from people that are annoying :)

It can't work like that Brian. That group that you say are playing faster will then have to fit into a space that isn't there, or should the whole course stand aside while this so called faster group play at there own pace?

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I agree with the logic, but if they are causing so much grief then sometimes it's just easier to let them past ... they usually won't go any further but you'll feel better about it and won't feel pressured again :)

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16 minutes ago, Brian T said:

I agree with the logic, but if they are causing so much grief then sometimes it's just easier to let them past ... they usually won't go any further but you'll feel better about it and won't feel pressured again :)

The only way this two ball were quicker than us was because they were hitting shots before it was SAFE to do so. The problem with that is that if they get away with it a few times they think its OK. Wait for the first player to be hit and see what happens.

I am not the sort of guy who would let them through and then give them some of there own medicine.

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