Hate slow play? GolfNow.com lets you book early tee times to play faster
I was one of several dozen reporters inside the exclusive clubhouse at Muirfield in Scotland fully expecting much of the conversation during the media day for the 2013 Open Championship to center on the club’s “no female members” policy.
That issue was defused days earlier during a media gathering with R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson (pictured above), leaving the press conference to veer toward the other glaring issue in the game: slow play.
“I think we have a big concern that the pace of play is affecting the game,” R&A Championship Committee Chairman Jim McArthur said. “It’s affecting club membership. It’s spoiling the enjoyment of the game for many people.”
Playing on a weekend often means a five-hour round. That’s just a given.
But there are ways to combat long rounds. Playing early is your best bet. Become a dew sweeper like me.
The first hour or so of tee times tend to trailblazer through the course in no time, setting the pace for that day’s rounds. There’s nobody to hold you up. Golfers who get out early can be back at the office in time for a full-day’s work or make it home in plenty of time for family activities or even the dreaded honey-do list.
Whenever I’m on a golf vacation with my family, I book the first tee time of the day. When I’m a single, I’m done in less than three hours (often around two, if the mowers aren’t holding me back). Even with a foursome, rounds tend to finish in 3 and 1/2 hours and last no more than four hours for sure.
People who complain they don’t have enough time for golf can’t use the excuse anymore. A new push by The Golf Channel’s GolfNow.com to “Play Fast” comes through promoting and selling early tee times (see “The Early Golfer Gets the Win”). Bookable tee times as early as 6 a.m. are now available online at courses around the country.
Golf at the extremes of the day – early in the morning and at twilight – tends to feel more secluded and quiet. The course is likely mostly empty. There’s a feeling of solitude that can’t be replicated. The wildlife tends to be more active. And now that spring is finally here, the temperatures are warm enough to come out early (or stay late).
Don’t let slow play get you down. Get up and go with GolfNow.com!
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