Golf

Letter | Some slow-play solutions for golf enthusiasts

June 24, 2014 

I never knew a golfer who quit playing because of slow play. Complain? Yes. Quit? No.

The golf industry could ask the 650,000 male golfers who quit golf why they quit. Their responses should provide a quick answer most of the questions proposed by the GPS Survey.

Slow-play solutions:

1. Make golf a three-hour sport. At the end of three hours the round is over. Go home. The limit could be set at four hours or any time limit desired by the PGA, or other organization that sets the rules. Baseball and tennis could also consider setting time limits for their games.

2. Convert all PGA courses to slow-play courses to be used by beginners, handicapped players and other slow players. These courses would have wide and short fairways, no sand traps, and no water hazards. PGA could purchase or build other courses and modify them for slow play when there is sufficient demand. All other golf courses would remain as they are.

Occasional slow play is a part of golf. Enjoy the game, complain, and play golf as long as you are physically able.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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