Re: Pace of Play
Funny you should mention that. It was always one of my dad's ( 1937 Tri-Cities Caddy Champion) important concepts when he was showing me the game. His rule was to try not to hold up the group behind you. I'm actually working on a system that will decrease the 18 hole playing time of the average foursome by 30 minutes without having to play any faster. It's called "10 rules for 10 Seconds" and my theory is that by using only one of the rules a group will save the 1/2 hour. Plan on getting a local course to let me out on a cart with a stopwatch to test it.
Couple of years back I was playing with a pickup group at the local muni ( Rumored to be a Donald Ross design but has Robert Trent Jones features with elevated tees and multi tiered greens. $18 for 18 holes). Anyway, one player would take 6 beautiful practice swings and then dub his shot about 40 yards. 6 swings and a dub every time. I suggested that he might do better by taking only one practice swing then hit the ball. He balked at first but finally relented. Made a beautiful, fluid practice stroke and then dubbed his shot for 40 yards again. "See" he said, "It didn't help" I replied, "Yeah, but it was a whole lot quicker."
A little Robert Trent Jones story for you. He went to Cornell where he created his own course of study for golf course design. After graduating. in 1937 or 38 I believe, one of his first designs was Midvale CC here in Rochester. Well, the stock market tanked and he was never paid for his work. At the time, only the government was sure to pay it's bills so he proceeded to design a goodly number of public courses here in Upstate NY. All built with a limited use of earth moving machinery. I've played them all.
Edited by wooley12 - 4/28/11 at 12:53pm