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Old 04-13-2015, 02:47 PM
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Playing Through Etiquette

I often play by myself and play much quicker than most people/groups ahead of me. I frequently run into situations where I get to the next teepad and another group is still teeing off, or just waiting for me while I walk to the pad so they can allow me to play through.

The problem with this is that I hate playing through. I avoid playing tournaments or events because I don't like people (other than friends) watching me throw... I just don't throw as well when people watch. I would be ok with simply waiting at the teepad, or even hanging out between the last basket and the teepad, but often times a group will hold up at a teepad for even a few minutes because they see me playing solo behind them. I feel like I have to play through in these situations because when players wait for me I feel like it would be rude of me to tell them I do not want to play-through after they had waited for me to finish the previous hole.

What is even worse is when people tee-off, walk down the fairway to their disc, and THEN they wave you through as you get to the tee-pad. This happened to me this last weekend as a group waved me through while they were approaching their tee shot. I didn't want to play through, but they waved twice...so I obliged and tee'd off. As I hurried to my tee shot, the group threw their 2nd shots! They proceeded to play the hole at the same time as me, and this made me so frustrated that I walked off the course after that hole, the 14th hole (and I was having a record day).

My question is, what is proper play-through etiquette? How do I avoid having to play through when playing solo? I know most people are trying to be nice, but I don't enjoy playing through at all, and I don't enjoy it even more when I am waved through while the group is in the middle of the hole.
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:56 PM
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When they ask you to play through, just say "thanks but actually I'll just skip this hole", then walk ahead to the next one and tee off before they get there.
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:57 PM
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seriously? Go buy 18 baskets and some private land and play alone. If you can't deal with someone looking at you stay off the course. I don't play well under pressure either but when I play through I usually just chuck it down and plan on the next tee being more private... OR just slow my game down.
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:57 PM
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They're not just doing it for you, it's for them as well.

When I'm playing with a group, we hate having anyone behind us. If we feel like we are holding someone up, we'll wait at the tee to let that person through. Even if you're being super patient, it sucks to feel the eyes on your back waiting for you to hole out so they can tee off.

And when you don't play through, the group ahead is feeling that urgency on all of the remaining holes, rather than you feeling it on just one hole.

Also, it's not uncommon to play through by actually playing the hole with the group ahead of you. They'll tee off, and then let you throw your tee shot. Everyone holes out together, and then they let you go ahead on the next tee. It's a way to let you play through without making you feel like you're holding them up on that hole.

If you really want to avoid having to ever play through a slow group, you'll have to just skip holes when you can. That or build your own private course.
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:01 PM
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Sounds like you have the reverse problem as most regarding etiquette goes....it is usually people throwing in on groups, forcing their way through, being rude/demanding, etc that are the breaches etiquette.

I suppose you have the option of politely telling them that you do not want to play through and for them to go first. That is a problem as it will make for a slow round for you....and you'll be in a real pickle if another group comes up on you while you are waiting.

The only other option is to play through. You could joke that you are practicing throwing opposite handed for the round, so they will have no reason to think anything, or you could just not throw and run down the fairway and get to the next tee quickly.
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:07 PM
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:09 PM
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Sounds like you have the reverse problem as most regarding etiquette goes....it is usually people throwing in on groups, forcing their way through, being rude/demanding, etc that are the breaches etiquette.

I suppose you have the option of politely telling them that you do not want to play through and for them to go first. That is a problem as it will make for a slow round for you....and you'll be in a real pickle if another group comes up on you while you are waiting.

The only other option is to play through. You could joke that you are practicing throwing opposite handed for the round, so they will have no reason to think anything, or you could just not throw and run down the fairway and get to the next tee quickly.
I usually have a joking comment about how bad I suck. Something like... "Are you sure you want me to play through, I'll probably throw it into one of these trees..."

And to the people commenting above about buying land and 18 baskets, or staying off the course... uncalled for.... I am glad people around here are more polite than you.
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:18 PM
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And to the people commenting above about buying land and 18 baskets, or staying off the course... uncalled for.... I am glad people around here are more polite than you.
I run into groups/let others play through all the time. If someone I let play through stormed off the course I would be embarrassed for him. I'm not being rude, those actions are childish.
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:22 PM
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I run into groups/let others play through all the time. If someone I let play through stormed off the course I would be embarrassed for him. I'm not being rude, those actions are childish.
Your comments are childish and again not called for. Your not "letting me play through", your forcing me to play through. I could be the rude one and just sit at the previous basket while you wait for me at the teepad...
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:25 PM
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I like solo rounds, mostly because I don't like people... ahh, talking constantly.


__You got to pace yourself... try and stay as far behind the group ahead of you as possible.
__Try to time things so that you don't arrive at any tee while a group is on the tee or in the fairway.
__Let the group ahead get to the next tee and start playing before you tee off.
__Throw a second tee shot. Play the worst throw.
__Practice a a few putts after you hole out.
__You are going to have to play through sometimes, just go with it, but pick up your approach shot and don't waste time by putting out. Move briskly on to the next tee.
__If you get caught on a tee from a group playing behind you, let them play through and give them
plenty of time to get off the hole and to the next tee.
__ It's tough to get an undisturbed solo round, but there are other people phobic golfers and you
can try buddying up with another solo player. Helpful on crowded courses where solo play is just
going to be a sprint playing through groups on every other tee.
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