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Comment from: Bob [Visitor]
Jennifer,
Maybe the starter didn't put it as tactfully as he should have but if you play alot of golf in Hawaii, you just come to expect that. Alot of the Japan tourist (not all) are inexperience golfers. Not unusual for them to be playing the first round of golf in their life. Probably because it's so expensive to golf in Japan.
07/31/05 @ 15:02
Comment from: Jim Coulthard [Visitor]
I'm confused. Why would it be better to play behind rather than with a pair of slow golfers?
07/31/05 @ 22:24
Comment from: Jennifer Mario [Member] Email
Jim,
I think they were trying to keep the twosome a twosome so as not to slow up the course.

We did end up playing with the Japanese couple, really nice people and both experienced, fast golfers. The round was painfully slow anyway, unfortunately, because of the four (American) Ben Crane types in front of us--we had to wait on every shot.
07/31/05 @ 22:38
Comment from: Bill Yates [Visitor]
Jennifer,
What amazes me most is that the reservationist has as much as admitted that the management team of your favorite course has given up on finding a solution for slow play.

The truth is that it is not the players that are the major cause of "Slow Play," it is management's day-to-day practices that lead to overcrowding the course that stand at the root of the problem.

They and every other course could do something about slow play, they just don't know the real causes and therefore, won't easily find the real solutions.
08/01/05 @ 01:04
Comment from: pelesfire [Visitor]
As a local, I'm sorry you are offended by the pro shop's bigoted remarks. However, please understand that Bob touched upon the likely rationale. In Japan, the lack of courses and ridiculous prices to play a round makes it more likely than not that these golfers were playing on a real course for the first or second time in their lives.

We in the islands have all become accustomed to really, really slow Japanese players. It manifests itself both in their deliberate play and also in such time consuming actions as leaving their carts 100 yards behind or running back numerous times for different clubs. Painstakingly slow Putting (they have no concept of waving players on) alone can add an hour to a round. They are in no hurry to end what may be the first and only round of real golf they ever play.

Of course there are many exceptions to this well earned reputation, but overall a five to six hour round is not unusual?especially at a difficult course such as Koolau or Turtle Bay if the winds are howling.

Another factor is that there are many golf tour companies focusing exclusively on these japanese tourists so it is very often the case that there are several foursomes back to back bringing in hefty sums to these courses.

That said, given that they typically pay $150-$200 a round, it is easy to see why they're not in a hurry and management are very uneasy upsetting their endless gravy train.

Please don't think that racism or bigotry is rampant in Hawaii, based on these unfortunate comments by the desk worker. As you have probably seen during your visit, the islands truly represent the melting pot of america as on any given street or place there are likely dozens of nationalities living, working and thriving together. I happen to be mixed caucasian and my five main golfing buddies are a Japanese guy, a chinese/Italian girl, a Filipino malaysian guy, a Hawaiian girl and one guy who is at least six different nationalities?a poi dog as he likes to call himself.

That said, how long are you here? I'd love to give you some ideas on where to play.
08/01/05 @ 05:56
Comment from: Jennifer Mario [Member] Email
Aloha, Pelesfire--
No offense taken. It was just an unusual experience worth noting. I've definitely noticed how well people seem to get along out here. And my Japanese friend at home has told me about the difficulty of playing in Japan--most people learn on those six-story ranges, and never get a chance to play on an actual course.

So tell me about your ideas on where to play? Which courses would you say are worth the big bucks, which are overhyped, and which should be avoided altogether?
08/01/05 @ 12:05
Comment from: babahawaii [Visitor]
Japanese tourists flock to Hawaii for golf and many will take up to 6 hours to play a round. The condo I live in was built by a Japanese national and his friends would come for one night in the late '80s to play two rounds and fly home. The country club rates in Japan at the time were insane. I don't know if it has fallen. HCC (formerly HICC) was predominantly Japanese who flew in just to play.

The worst courses for slow play are Mililani, Pearl CC, and Hawaii Kai which all bus in loads of tourists.

If you notice, a lot of the upscale resort courses have tees about 150 yards from the hole and those are for the slowest of the slow players.

08/01/05 @ 22:06
Comment from: Arnie [Visitor]
The club at which I am a member has a large contingent of Japanese members, most of which are mid handicappers at best, and they don't play any slower or faster than anyone else. Sure, there are some that are slow, but it's not unique to the Japanese members. At our course and the other courses I tend to play here in NorCal, if I were forced to generalize about the biggest culprit of slow play, it's the 25-45 year old, testosterone filled white male mid to high handicapper. The guys who feel it is their right to study every shot, hold their finish until the ball has fully settled and reach a stable state with the earth's gravitational force, talk about the shot with their buddy, then slowly walk back to their cart, sit in it, pause then drive away. All the while knowing full well that your entire foursome is waiting to hit their shots and there's half a hole or more open in front of them.

08/03/05 @ 11:33
Comment from: Kaukaukane [Visitor]
What is "slow"? Here on Kauai we normally play a weekday morning round at the local muni at a little over 3-hours. For me anything over 4 Hrs 15 Mins is "slow". For the 6-hours players following each other, the play is normal. Moral of the story, play the neighbor island muni's but don't get offended by balls landing a few yards from you.
08/06/05 @ 11:43
Comment from: wallybygolly [Visitor]
hey speedy, land a ball in my back yard, and you're gonna get it back..if you can find it..
08/10/05 @ 08:56
Comment from: Tom [Visitor]
To me, it's about being subtle. I book tee-times for several golf courses. There are times when the courses are busy, and you have no choice who you are paired with.

However, I've learned to read golfers, mainly through their golfspeak. If I have a couple of men who talk the talk and otherwise appear to be players and want to play at 8:00 am. And I have Jane Dawdle and her friend going off at 8:00 am. I tell the men,"If you like you can join the Ms Dawdle twosome at 8:00, or I have an opening at 8:30 with the Yamaguchi twosome."

Beyond my booking duties, I feel I have an obligation to maximize the golfing experience of all my guests. While the majority aren't concerned with who they play with, there are others with preferences. I try to accommodate them all.
08/16/05 @ 13:30
Comment from: phil [Visitor]
off topic but...
we are going to hawaii next feb, probably to maui
where should we stay / play ?
p.s. we like to play in under 4 hours but will put up with a longer round as it gets us out of winter!
08/17/05 @ 09:23

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