Frank and Valerie,
Thank you for allowing us to comment on the subject of golf carts and their effect on the game. This is a discussion with many pros and cons but mostly cons in my opinion. People who don’t know how to play golf in carts contribute to slow play, they don’t speed it up.
My question is not about carts but the length of golf course we play.
I have a 9.4 handicap, I am 58 years old and believe that I am playing the wrong set of tees (6,650 yards) influenced in part by my playing partners (who all have handicaps of 15 or less). They don’t understand that we would enjoy our game more if we moved up to the 6,300 yard markers.
How do I persuade them to move up?
First let me thank you for your comments and yes, the cart issue has drawn many comments – very considered — from our viewers as you have noticed. Sharing your comments creates a forum with a lively exchange and in the long run, is good for the game.
Regarding the set of tees you are playing, I suggest that you challenge your friends to a match from the 6,300 yard tees. You may even consider this an experiment to see how it may affect the speed of play and also the overall enjoyment. This may result in all of you persuading the rest of the club to move up.
Valerie (+2 handicap) and I (5.2) recently played about twelve rounds on a course of 6,100 yards long from the back tees (challenging because of the daily changes in wind) and enjoyed every round very much.
We were using clubs not often taken from the bag and it allowed us to hone our game. Most importantly we enjoyed the experience and when playing a two ball we were often able to play in less than 3 hours WALKING.
If anyone has any other suggestions for Mark regarding how to persuade his playing partners to move up, please share them below.
Mark, please let us know how the experiment goes. I am sure it will help you and your playing partners enjoy your game more.