Single play etiquette

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By Joshua B

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  1. Joshua B
    Connecticut

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    Good afternoon fellow team titleist-ers and happy upcoming birthday 'Merica! Just wanted to get everyone's opinion on a topic near and dear to me...especially since as i post this I've fallen victim to it. What is your views on a single tee time. Shouldn't do it at all, or if ok with it should 3 and 4somes allow you to play through? I am blessed to sometimes have a weekday off, which my 4somes dont have the ability to play so I call up to see if it is ok to go as a single. I'll typically pair up with some great people and share stories...but as in the case now the group in front doesnt want me pairing with them and will not let me play through. I was always taught to let faster groups through or pair up...not let the poor single sit in his cart for 15 mins after every shot. Let me know what you all think.

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  2. Tyler H
    Appleton, WI

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    Per the USGA and Rules and Decisions:
    "Priority on the Course
    Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by a group's pace of play. Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round. The term "group" includes a single player."

    www.usga.org/.../rules-and-decisions.html

    Unfortunately many still are under the impression that a single has no standing on the golf course. It is frustrating, but when this happens to me I take the time to play 2 balls (as long as I am not holding up the group behind me) or will take the opportunity to hit a few extra chips or putts after finishing a hole.

    TH
  3. Jerry M
    Dallas, TX

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    I certainly believe in letting faster groups play thru regardless of the number of people. I usually walk and if a single in a cart catches up to me, I give them the option of playing thru or joining me. What upsets is when a single in a cart is driving all over the course looking for an open slot.
  4. David T
    Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

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    I play as a single all the time and since we can’t post scores for those rounds anymore I just skip ahead. I’ll give the group ahead of me a hole or two to let me play through and then I just pass em by.
  5. John B
    Kenmore, NY

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    The only rule I break - I still post when I play alone because I don't cheat and putt everything out which often doesn't happen playing in a group. Plus the GHIN system tells me how many rounds I play each season and what my stroke average was.
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    I have a membership at a local course, and I try and go out early when I'm going to be be playing alone, my goal is to be out before the morning tee times get booked (usually I'm good if before 8). Most of the time when I do come up one groups of 3 and 4 they let me play through, if they don't I will either just start practicing, and hit 3-4 balls into every green from different distances and with different clubs, if I am in a hurry I have, on occasion, skipped the hole they are on and just passed them.
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    As a walker and sometimes single enjoying a midweek afternoon round, if I come up upon a group who won't allow me to play through or if I don't even want to bother them and their flow, I'll jump ahead and play a few holes, and later circle back to cover the holes I skipped. I might be in violation of etiquette but the way I see it, if I'm not holding anyone else up and they aren't holding me up, aren't we all a little better off?

    Enjoy the ride,
    Roger
  8. Rooster
    West Wareham, MA

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    Seems like every round my golf partner and I are caught up by a single in a cart. The 2 of us walk. My partner is 64 and I am 55 and had my right hip replaced 5 months ago. We usually play 18 in under 3 1/2 hours. If we see that the single appears to be thoughtful of us and is not hitting up on us. We will find a way to let them pass. We always offer to let them join us. Most of the time they are out there playing what I call speed golf. They don't really care about disrupting others out there. When I am a single I stay behind the group in front. I stay busy walking a little slower along the edges finding balls. When asked to hit through I hurry by. If asked to join I always do. This way I meet new people and enjoy the company.
  9. Tom B
    Northborough, MA

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    Yes it used to say that a single has no standing. We'll always let a single, a twosome or any group that is playing faster always go through.........As long there is a place to go. If there's a foursome in front of us, and then in front of them, and there's no place to go, then sorry..... stop and smell the roses. If each group tried to step aside and let a single go through it would delay the entire course. I also think that if you're a twosome, threesome and have room for another one or two that are playing along, then invite them to join you. This is golf folks, where you're supposed to meet others and share your passion for the game. It doesn't mean you have to move in with them, but share the experience, and at least the round, please. Put yourself in their place, and maybe they're trying to meet folks to share a foursome with.
  10. Elson C
    Southgate

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    Personally, I dont mind single player tee times
    I do it especially when my game is a little down and I need to take some time to work on some things, first light tee times are my favorites since a lot of people don't want to be on the course at 5:30, 6:00 am.
    When playing on a 2 some or "foursome", a word that I have come to understand it can be misleading when you are talking about golf on a non-golf environment, but that is a story for another day.
    I always convey with my playing partners and wave the faster player or group thru.
    It is just good manners in my opinion.
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    Joshua,

    As a player that usually is a single I like the idea that a single can get a tee time. If the course is a busy one, I don't have a problem with them putting me with a 2 some or three some to keep the flow going. If I go out as a single I'm usually early in the morning when things are not so full so I don't find too many groups in front of me. If I do catch up to a group that's slower, I will never hit into them but I will keep pressure on them by sitting in the fairway making sure that they see me. Most of the time after a hole or two they will wave me through and I will do so briskly. If they don't wave me up, I will just skip a hole and get in front of them. I am not thrilled with the idea that a group won't wave me through just because there may be more groups in front of them. My feeling is that they should let me by and let me worry about getting the next group to do the same. To me it is very frustrating to be sitting in the fairway or on the tee and watch the group in front take forever to play a hole.
    Fairways and greens to all.

    Mark F
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    If I am playing as a single then I will hit some practice chips after finishing a hole. If I am not holding up anyone then I will chip onto the green, if folks are in back of me then I sometimes chip onto the tee from rough around the area.
  13. No'l
    Palmdale, CA

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    Yes, definitely let the faster group and even a single go by- as it should be. Yes, I did think that a single had no place for the longest time, but only as a guide as listed as an etiquette, and I don't remember when that changed.

    Also, if there aren't anywhere to go, we may or may not invite the single to join our group. Most the times, we've got something going in a complete group of four. But otherwise if we have the room, why not.
  14. NoleInSC
    Columbia, SC

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    Most groups will allow me to play through as a single. Otherwise I just wait. I’ll drop another ball and play it or practice putting as long as I am not holding up anybody behind me.
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    I go as a single Quite a bit here in FL during the summer as the course is kind of empty until the snowbirds return in the late Fall. Most will let you thru as long as there are not other groups in front of them. I'll try to hang back a little an let the hole open up in front of me unless I get pushed from behind. Then you have to hit the gas and stay bumper to bumper.

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