Whaql1I can't describe how much of an issue this is in college golf. Some rounds are 6 hours!!!! Anything that speeds up the game is good for me. Great read, thanks Chris.Wow! I had no idea it had become that bad in the college ranks. It sounds like a lot of "over-reading" in the short game and putts. They need to enforce the penalties - that's the only way to get their attention.
That was almost the norm, I remember standing on a par three with 4 groups once.
That happens quite a bit, Devin. There are 2 holes at our home course that really get backed up and the worst part is that they are holes 2 and 3. 2 is a par 4 with woods right, OB left, and a bunker in the middle of the fairway (about 230-240 to carry it but it psychs players out), guys have a hard time finding the fairway. Not to mention the green is huge so guys are 3 wiggiling often as well. Hole 3 is a narrow par 3 with water right and it takes guys forever to hit the shot. Easily there will be 3-4 groups on 2 tee, one in the fairway, one on the green, 2-3 groups on 3 tee and 1 group on 3 green. This past year we put 15 minutes between tee times and that helped but it was still backed up.
Fred, the problem is that there is no one around to enforce penalties. The coaches are driving around but for the most part the guys are on their own. Big issue in D3 golf. This past weekend I came up on a group looking for a ball in the rough, my first question was "How long have you been looking?" Response: "Like 10 minutes!" You only get 5 minutes to look for a ball!! Things like that really take up time. Not to mention that IMO college players in general are slow: taking too long to hit, overreading putts, searching for the exact distance, all kinds of stuff. It's hard to watch sometimes.