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Comment from: Doug S. [Visitor]
Interesting. I bet Hicken's wrong, though, when he says: “We lose money on it." The second part of his quote contradicts that, "... it keeps people coming back.”

There you have it.
06/30/05 @ 12:14
Comment from: JD [Visitor]
It is just my opinion but I think 12 minute intervals is excessive and probably doesn't help the pace just perception. Financial constraints make 12 minutes unreal at most courses.

I believe that pace of play would be best addressed by the golf clubs strictly enforcing the choice of tee boxes by handicap. Nothing is worse than watching a 25 handicapper slog it out from the tips cause "I paid an arm and a leg to play here and by god I'm going to see the whole course".

In Europe most courses require a valid handicap card before you can even play. If USA clubs REQUIRED golfers to play the tees most suited to their game as determined by handicap, pace of play would improve accordingly. I would put a flag on the carts identifying the proper tees for each group. Blue tees = blue flag etc.

No GHIN card?? Play the forward tees!

And as an intended consequence, more people would have VALID handicaps which means less sandbagging.
06/30/05 @ 13:32
Comment from: Shanks [Visitor]
On my trip to Scotland last year, every course of the 11 we played (all seaside links) advertised that a current handicap card was necessary. Fact is that we were only checked at St. Andrews Old Course. Regardless, we were never allowed to play other that the regular tees, even on the short courses. They are reserved for club competitions. You can ask for permission but you better have a very low handicap.
I don't know why JD thinks that his system would reduce sandbagging. Most of those guys only cheat by a couple of shots on the handicap so as not to be caught. I know some guys that cheat on their handicaps (don't we all) and they only turn in their worst scores. Some of them even make up bad scores to submit. Cheaters will always figure a way to cheat.
07/11/05 @ 12:49

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