Golf is meant to be relaxing, enjoyable and challenging all at the same time. Walking the links, I generally have a feeling of zen as I enjoy my surroundings. I always have a calm feeling of tranquility that leaves me wanting more at the end of each round.
Unfortunately, my ‘happy place’ is shattered sometimes and it is frustrating because, sometimes, there is just no reason for it. As a quick player, I rarely get caught when playing, but now and then it happens.
I generally get caught by a pair in a cart or a single that is motoring around the course. If there is no one in front, we wait on the next tee and let them go through. This is the nature of golf sometimes and I understand the need to let the players continue on with their game.
However, these are not the times that cause my frustration. My challenge occurs when the group behind plays up only to see that the course is ‘backed up’ because there are groups ahead.
If this situation happens to me, I slow my game down and fill in time by focusing on course management or reading my putts just a bit longer. My intent is to slow down just a bit to maintain a two swing distance from the group in front. That way, I am not playing into their group and everyone can enjoy their round.
My challenge occurs when the group behind continues to hit up into our group. They never quite reach us, but their ball come to rest about 20 yards behind. They rush up to their ball, stand their, stare, and wait to hit. As soon as we hit the fringe of the green, they play up so we hear their ball land just behind us.
Now, technically they are not doing anything wrong, but I mean come on! Their actions cause me to continually look over my shoulder because I am worried that they might miss calculate and actually hit into our group. I am constantly looking over my shoulder and it takes me out of my game.
I realize that this is my challenge and something I need to work on, but golf etiquette suggests that the group behind should back off just a bit and give us our playing space. As I said before, it happens rarely, but when it does, it causes me grief.
Does this situation bother you? Does it happen to you?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on your links!