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@275 you really hit the nail on the head golfers need to wake up and enjoy playing golf not copy Pros, 3 hour enjoyable weekend golf is easily attainable.
this is an interesting idea, but is the thought to provide a faster alternative to the game (at professional levels) being driven by a sponsor who is not necessarily looking to increase the number of players of the sport generally but rather increase the number of people seeing his brand on the TV? I haven't seen the stats, but my cricket club hasn't had a big increase in players since T20
My course is a par 70 and has been used many times as a regional qualifier for the open, so it isn't wide, short or easy. My regular group of 6 , we play 2x3balls, all play to a better than average standard, although none of us behaves like "pros" and we quickly and efficiently get round the course. We all try to keep perspective about golf, it is only a game and best we ever play for is a quid.
My sons took up golf (I don't play) & found it so difficult because of the attitude of the (old) members that 1 gave up. Increasing player nos requires clubs to be welcoming, inclusive & not push young players away through limits on when they play, or not understanding that a youngster playing off low handicap will be faster than them because they hit the ball to the right places and walk faster!
Once the course is full of 4 balls you won't get round in 3 hours.The first course I ever played was a municipal course, we had the 1st tee time on the 1st tee and it still took 5 hours, why? Because the pro sent players off the the 1st 15th and 10th all at first light.I've played 2 hour rounds many times, but that's with nobody else on the course.You will never get pros round in 3 hours
At our golf club most slow players emulate the people on tv my brother and I with no delays get round in 3 to 3 1/2 hours but when we follow the "pros" who stroll up to their ball look down the fairway take 3/4 practice swings step back then re approach the ball and finally play a shot then it is 5 hours plus!
@268..silverhooker...A Saturday round is possible in around 3 hours. That must be a short, flat and wide open golf course !!
When a course is full you only need one slow player to make problems.To speed the pros game up first you would need more time between tee off.Otherwise everytime there's an issue with the crowd, a lost ball, out of bounds it would impact on the time.Also allowing groups to play through causes its own problems, amateur or pro, not an easy one.
Chasdo. Excellent !
bantamben250used get all my stuff thru wiziwig, now checked for cricfree and am now back watching sport for free!
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