Something not related to the previous experience.
Today I played at one of the local public golf course, not my favorite but because one of the guys wants to play there so we joined up.
This golf course is notorious for slow play. Typical on a par 71, 6300-5700 yards ( front and the back tee ) takes 4 1/2 to 5 hours and weekends expecting near 6 hours round. Lots of trees. tall matured trees lined the fairway and water + bunkers.
Anyway, we were following the lady's day groups for the front nine. On Thursday the ladies play 9 holes and Tuesday for 18 holes. We were the 3rd group after the blocked tee time for Ladies. The first group following the ladies were fast players, but the group in front of us were very, very slow. It comprised of a 2-some riding the golf cart and one lady using the push cart and one other single carrying his bag.
I knew it would be a bad golf day on the first tee when I saw the group in front of us teed off. The best golfer in the group was this senior lady whom advanced her tee shot about 180 yards from the forward tee.
The single golfer sliced it to the right side ( whom played from the back tee ) the 2-some teed off from the middle tee , about 50 yards, then took them another 5 shots to reach the first green of a par 4 .
Not going anywhere because the ladies groups ahead were not really moving fast. Took almost 3 hours to get out the front nine.
It pains me to watch the 2-some , shuffle to their golf ball then shuffle back to their golf carts. They couldn't see where their golf balls landed so the other two had to point and direct from other side of the fairway.
Literally, the shuffle between the golf balls and the golf cart became longer and longer to complete.
I honestly don't believe anyone could enjoy this kind of golf experience.
On the back nine the lady and the other single golfer left the 2-some to join others ahead. Field Marshall okay the move so the group ahead of ours became a 2-some. We called the Field Marshall over to ask if there is anyway we could pass this 2 -some. The Marshall said " did you watch these two walk" ? " They could hardly walk between the golf ball and the golf cart" !
I answered, yes, but it shouldn't take more than 25 minutes to play one hole, since we have no visual of any group behind us, could we pass the 2 -some ? we have a good excuse since we were 4 and the 2-some were playing slower than our 4-some with at least 1 1/2 holes open ahead of them.
Anyhow, the two gentlemen were not pleased when asked on a par 3 tee to let us play through. One continued to hit his tee shot which landed about 35 yards forward. Ignoring the Marshall's request of letting us play through. So, we had to wait until they got to the green then the Marshall stopped their play to let us get on the green. I could see one of the 2-some was not happy and argued with the Marshall.
We teed off then went to the green and picked up our balls to continue to the next tee box.
For certain I would not enjoy playing golf if one day I could not advance the golf ball beyond 150 yards.
This made me more aware of how unusal the 81 years old I played with several weeks ago whom could drive over 265 yards.