Golf Is Not Perfect

TurtleIf you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I love golf as much as anyone.  And not just playing it – I love golf for its honor, traditions and sportsmanship.

But golf isn’t perfect.  The National Golf Foundation recently found two things:  1) the number of rounds played has dropped significantly from its heyday in the 90’s (some believe golf is in crisis), and 2) ninety percent of people surveyed said slow play is the biggest factor spoiling their enjoyment of the game.   While surely there are other reasons for golf’s decline, these two things must be connected.  Slow pace of play is negatively affecting the game.

When Mr. Egger took me out for my first round of golf (way back in the olden days), he was adamant that we keep up with the group in front of us.  He said pace of play was more important than anything else, including how well I played. To play slowly would be inconsiderate to the players behind us.

And he was right.  Playing golf is like driving on a one-lane highway.  When the speed limit is 55 but the car in front of you is only doing 40, forcing you to only do 40, it’s not fun.

But so many players today don’t keep up with the group in front of them.  Are they all inconsiderate?  And if they are, are golfers the only people who’ve become inconsiderate or is it everyone?  I was sitting in my car literally pondering this question when a woman in a huge SUV parked next to me, flung open her door and dinged my car.  I’m inclined to think it’s not just golfers.

But we golfers need to take care of our sport.  My blog last week praised us for abiding by the rules even in the absence of rules officials.   It should be the same with pace of play.  It’s our responsibility to keep up with the group in front of us.



  1. Gino Hawley September 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Great blog post, Patty. This actually can apply to so many other things in life, as well. #courtesycounts

  2. Liz Tobin September 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    From your lips to the Golf Gods’ ears, Patty! You know it’s our EWGA mantra.

  3. Susan Pickering September 2, 2015 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Where are the golf police when you need them!

  4. Lisa Livermore September 3, 2015 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Very on point Patty…! This happens on tennis courts too. When the buzzer rings players should be exiting the courts, not still playing or chatting. A little courtesy goes a long way!

  5. Margaret September 3, 2015 at 12:22 am - Reply

    I think the majority of people are worried about who is coming up behind them, rather than who is in front. We should all be “forward thinkers”.

    • Patty Ellis September 3, 2015 at 8:00 am - Reply

      WELL SAID, MARGARET! Forward thinkers, I love it!

  6. Bobbie September 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    My biggest pet peeve is when the group in front stand on the green posting the hole scores on their card instead of getting off and doing it on the next hole!

  7. Barbara September 5, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply

    I think the problem is with the golf courses. It is not EWGA causing the problem, we know what we are doing. It is the fact that golf courses let uneducated golfers on the course because they need their money. Why they don’t put a Ranger on the first tee box and explain the rules like, keep up with the group in front of you, don’t shoot from the blue tees those are for pros–use the white…….

    • Patty Ellis September 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Good point Barbara! At private courses, members police themselves. If someone is slow, they’re reported. We public players have no recourse. So making sure players keep the pace is left up to the course, and most of them do a pretty bad job of it.

  8. Stephanie September 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    i swear that you and Steve were twins separated at birth… He has a lot to say about slow play and slow players!

  9. ray ban sunglasses outlet October 28, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    You’re just about right but what about the last one you posted not long ago that was slightly different? I believe you were right the first time.

    • Patty Ellis October 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      Hi… thanks for commenting! Which other one are you referring to? I hope I’m not being inconsistent!

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