Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to be noticing a lot more people pushing really fast pace of play in golf lately. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t like slow play on a golf course any more than the next guy, but it is starting to border on ridiculous. Let me give you some recent examples I experienced….
Not long ago I was playing with a foursome and it was one of those weekend rounds that was taking a little longer than it should, but it wasn’t real bad. We could see some groups backed up in front of us, but couldn’t see the exact reason for the slow play. But we just decided to relax and enjoy the golf for the day without letting it bug us.
All of a sudden this over eager beaver marshal rides up from behind us and starts chewing on us to speed up. You’ve seen the type before, a little badge and a golf cart goes straight to their head. Add in the fact that he was coming the wrong way on the golf course to start in on us when there were groups backed up in front of us and I thought I was going to have to pull one of my partners off of the guy.
After we corrected him, he just sort of huffed and said something to the effect of “Well just make sure you keep it moving” and roared off in a cloud of…..well not dust but maybe embarrassment and self importance.
This is typical of what I am seeing more and more of these days. And I have no problem with the marshal going to the front group that is a little slow and ASKING them to pick up the pace a little. But to harass and badger every foursome along the way is just ridiculous.
And the problem feeds one of my other pet peeves, golfers hitting into the group in front of them when play is slow. It is not only obnoxious and uncalled for, but dangerous. I have a good friend who is blind in one eye after getting hit by a golf shot.
This happened to us recently and, in this case, like most of the time, they were hitting into a group of golfers who ARE NOT the group causing the problem. It’s all I can do to not hit that golf ball that comes into our group out into the deep woods or out of bounds area to lose it.
Again, I believe that pace of play should be kept up, but with the rest of the world always going crazy, can’t we have a little peace on the golf course?