Handicap cards to alleviate slow play? Ridiculous
A reader wrote in with a suggestion for fixing slow play, saying the U.S. should go the European route by requiring valid handicap cards before getting on a golf course. That way, the reasoning goes, U.S. golfers would be forced to play from the appropriate tees. Also, did you know some European countries require golfers to TAKE A TEST before they can play?
I say, both ideas are beyond absurd. Golf already has a well-deserved reputation as an elitist sport, and this would make it more so. Can you imagine Americans being told they have to take a test and show some stupid, official card just to get on?
This is America, we don’t need no stinking cards. This is a democracy, for god’s sake, not some effete, spoiled, socialist European country. We don’t have royalty here and we don’t need any more bureaucracy.
And hey, if a mid-handicapper wants to try it from the back tees, as I’ve done on many occasion (without slowing things down, I might add), we don’t need any fool telling us we can’t. Just because the Europeans do it doesn’t mean we should do it. Europeans have had a ton of bad ideas. That doesn’t mean we have to copy them.
What’s next, requiring Americans to wear those ridiculous nut-huggers on beaches? Using meters instead of yards, like god intended? I hate these European wannabes.
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1. European countries are not significantly any more socialist than ours.
2. National economic policies are to golf as color is to the aerodynamic qualities of elephants.
3. European golf courses are free to set their own rules just like golf courses here in the good ol' USA.
Did you intend to persuade anyone to your point of view?
... not sure if public and "munis" have these "niceties" as a general rule but in absence of a starter or a ranger, the desk man in the pro shop should direct (those whom he has not seen before) to the appropriate tees.
In addition, he could politely point out that the basic rules of etiquette are printed on the back side of the score card and request that they be read and obeyed.
I doubt the local muni could hire enough rangers to keep things flowing smoothly, but the mid-ranged public courses sure could.
"Carding" someone for a course or set of tees would work only on private courses. Even then, this is no guarantee that play will speed up. Remeber, it takes Tiger about 5 hours to finish a round, and this is probably on the faster end of things for those guys...
HIT IT.......FIND IT....HIT IT AGAIN....AND SO ON ......AND SO ON.....AND SO ON.....
So take your 20 Handicap and play from the tips. Just play with some pace.
but reading his comments I get sick of
the way he thinks he can write about
other people or countries doing their own
The USA do have a President, some other
countries in Europe do have a King or Queen.
The USA, a very young "nation", have
still to learn a lot.
They have the power, they need the brains.
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