My fiancé and I had a chance to play 9 holes after work this past Saturday. It was a beautiful, warm, slightly breezy spring day; perfect for golf. After warming up on the first hole, we were hitting straight and playing great. We played well for four holes. On hole 5, we had to wait for a foursome of two adults and two children to finish teeing off.
Then we had to wait for them to drive around the fairway and the tree line to find their balls, wait for the adults to show the kids how to swing correctly, and wait for them to drive back to the last hole in search of a pitching wedge. By this time, our groove was gone. When we were finally able to tee off, we both hit bad and it was hard to re-focus. After our second shot, we had to wait for the adults to teach the children how to get out of the sand trap and how to aim and putt. We continued to wait for them for the rest of the game. It was excruciating.
Pace of play people! Let smaller or faster groups play through. Rake the bunkers after you exit them. Keep the carts on the paths when directed. Cover your divots. The place to teach others is not on the fairway when there are golfers behind you waiting to play. The golf etiquette outline that is affixed to most golf carts and posted in many pro shops are not suggestions, they are expectations. Golf etiquette helps make the game of golf enjoyable for everyone. Wouldn’t you agree?