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Charge By The Hour For Golf - I'd like to see this happen!

Charge By The Hour For Golf – I’d like to see this happen!

Charge By The Hour For Golf – I’d like to see this happen!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I am so tired of hearing some players say, “I’ll take all the time I want to golf. I’ve paid the full price, and I don’t wish to hurry.”

We each are entitled to enjoy the game at a pace that is not overly slow…. slow meaning a round that takes over 4 hours, 30 minutes, and sometimes up to 5 and 6 (ouch!) hours. I once played Pasatiempo in California.  It took us 6 hours to play.  I will never go back!

While some players are not ready to hit their shot, they play from tee boxes that are too long for them, they spend over 5 minutes looking for lost balls, and they take several practice swings…. the rest of us wait. And wait some more. Muscles start to cool down, limbs stiffen up, and patience grows thin.

Charge By The Hour For Golf - I'd like to see this happen!

This is the type of golfer you don’t want to have on the course!

Most of us like a moderately paced round where each player is always ready to hit his/her shot, and we aren’t meandering as a group to the other player’s balls.

We enjoy forward movement but still have time for a little friendly conversation. Upon approaching the green, we are already reading the line of our putts, and we putt without making others wait as we walk around the green, plumb bob, etc.

You know you are playing too slow when you reach a new hole, and the group of golfers ahead are leaving the green or are nowhere to be seen. If you won’t speed up and you won’t let the group behind you through, I would like to see a penalty fee assessed.

Upon checking in at the Pro Shop, everyone should be informed that the expected length of time for 18 holes is 4 hours and 15 minutes maximum.

Your receipt should include a policy of assessing 10% of the original green fees for every 15 minutes (or part thereof) you finish over that time! In other words, charge by the hour.  You are paying for 4.5 hours on the course.  If you dally longer, you have to pay more!  The first group to lag behind pays the penalty as long as the next groups play in a timely fashion.

There are plaques near the first holes of most courses in Scotland and Ireland that say, “Expected pace of play to be 3 hours 50 minutes. Please respect your fellow players.

I do not think golfers need to ‘hurry’ to play just over 4 hours. But, it will get them thinking about being prepared and being ready to play when it’s their shot, and overall, they should enjoy the game more.

Source: Mel Sole

Pictures: U.S. Army   Secret in the Dirt

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A Radical Solution for Slow Play - What would you do?

A Radical Solution for Slow Play – What would you do?

A Radical Solution for Slow Play – What would you do?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

How many people hate slow play? Put up your hand. OK, you can all put down your hands now. (everyone put up their hand).  

So tell me, if everybody hates slow play, why do we put up with it the weekend after the weekend?  Is some golf course owner gutsy enough to take on the ideas of Sam Adams?  Via progolfnow.com, Sam has some interesting ideas on how to get courses to speed up play.  Leave your comments below and tell me what you think!

Based on the 1,467,285,471 articles and debates out there on social media and in magazine articles slow play is apparently perceived to be the biggest problems in the golf industry today.

Well I have news for you. I’ve been playing golf for 50+ years and it hasn’t changed, because no one has the cojones to really do anything about it.

Here are my two simple solutions.

Number one is what I call the “Designated Sniper Rule”. This is my most favorite and the most effective. You only have to implement it a few times before the word gets around. I have included a short video to illustrate it.

Now I realize that this option can get you into some trouble with law enforcement because they take a dim view of this sort of thing, but I think that good old southern term, “he needed killin’,” is all that should be required for a defense.

For those wimpy courses that are not ready to implement my option number one, I have a second option. It does, however, require course owners to actually grow a pair in order to implement it also

To see Sam Adams’ Second Solution, click here.

Source: Pro Golf Now  Sam Adams

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“While We're Young” not for Henrik Stenson at Bay Hill!

“While We’re Young” not for Henrik Stenson at Bay Hill!

“While We’re Young” not for Henrik Stenson at Bay Hill!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Henrik Stenson blames Tour officials for rushing him at Bay Hill.

 

“While We're Young” not for Henrik Stenson at Bay Hill!

Stenson was not a happy camper after the final round at Bay Hill!

Henrik Stenson’s stellar putting in the first three rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational put him in a two-shot lead entering the final round on March 22, ’15.

On the 15th hole, Stenson stumbled with a putt and dropped a shot. At the same hole, he and playing competitor Morgan Hoffman were put on the clock for the second time by PGA Tour rules officials. Stenson said that he rushed his reads down the stretch to avoid falling further behind. The critical three-putts on holes 15 and 16 were the difference between winning and losing by a shot.

Stenson said he realizes they have times to consider, but if one or two minutes on the broadcast are going to make it or break it, they need to have more leeway with it. He also said the players should be able to have 5 extra seconds to not rush their routines.

With the huge Pace of Play controversy recently, citing that slow golf is hurting the game, it’s interesting that this story occurred at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Course.

Arnie spearheaded the “while we’re young” slogans and signs campaign a couple of years ago to encourage players to play faster.

How do you feel about this? Should Tour Players not be put on the clock, or should they set an example for the rest of us by playing within an acceptable time frame?

Source: Rosemary Sole

Pictures: Tour Pro Golf Clubs    Keith Allison

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