The pace of play this year, even with an 8:00 a.m. tee time has been over 5 hours. On August 27, with a 10:30 tee time, it took 5 hours and 30 minutes to play.
The picture below is the backup on the 10th tee:
Management is placing the responsibility for the slow play on golfers in their 20s and 30s who are not schooled in the traditions of the game, are not accomplished golfers and who view golf as an outdoor recreational opportunity to drink with their friends.
While everyone in the golf industry is thrilled about the surge in rounds, up 13 percent since 1999, the question becomes how we make everyone cognizant that a four-hour round is a standard to which everyone should adhere to?
Do you think Troon Golf is at fault for not being more aggressive in communicating that standard and removing players from the course who do not comply? Or, are the golfers to blame for not being cognizant of their pace on this difficult golf course?
Please comment your thoughts on this dilemma. Thank you.