DEBATE: Just how bad is slow play at your club? "It's CONTAGIOUS everywhere!"

Everywhere I go. Can't avoid it unless you stay home. It is the number one reason why I don't play anymore. 

Ben Smith's picture
Thu, 25 Nov 2021

DEBATE: Just how bad is slow play at your club? "It's CONTAGIOUS everywhere!"

Slow play will forever be the bane of amateur golf. 

There is nothing more infuriating than players on the golf course not doing simple things that could speed up their round and ensure we all can get round 18 holes before the sun has set at whatever time of year. 

As of this moment in the United Kingdom, the freezing cold mornings remind us that the dreaded winter is finally here. There will be a premium on tee times before 12.30pm to ensure those that want to play 18 holes can do so before the darkness. 

We opened up this issue to our readers over on our Facebook page - with 175,000 readers and growing - to ask them just how bad the issue is of slow play at their chosen clubs to see just how bad it is. 

The comments we had were interesting and it appears the pandemic has certainly shifted some peoples' attitudes to golf and life in general with comments such as: "As long as I'm round before the sun has set I don't care". 

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Here is a selection of the best comments we received: 

Main problem is people not letting you through when you catch them!

Too many new players from the ongoing pandemic don't know any etiquette about golf. 

Doesn't even come close to not repairing pitch marks. 

Slow play is contagious everywhere. 

If people stick to their designated tee time, it should run smoothly. 

Everywhere I go. Can't avoid it unless you stay home. It is the number one reason why I don't play anymore. 

No problem with slow play at all, I do have a problem with people not letting you through. 

I can't hit it straight. That's the bigger problem. 

Major, major issue. 

Every course and nobody will do anything about it. 

Used to annoy me but now don't really care, so long as I'm on the 18th green before it's dark. 

I notice too many badly managed tee times on weekends such as twos that should be paired with other twos. 

It's soul destroying. 

It's a massive issue but the culprits who are to blame for slow play just don't care. 

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