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chevis 05-03-2021 02:10 PM

non-tournament player playing during tournament
 
any thoughts about playing a round when a tournament is happening?

i have made plans to be in billings this saturday, but found there is a tournament at diamond x. not sure when i'll be through there again, so i really want to play the course. going to try to get in during their lunch, but 1hr unlikely enough.
no rule against it
"hey, can i play through real quick?"
"we're playing a tournament here. go somewhere else."

biscoe 05-03-2021 02:41 PM

Whether there is a rule against it is up to the land owner. Some allow courses to be closed for events, some do not.

Moose33 05-03-2021 02:43 PM

If the park isn’t closed or the course reserved they may not be able to kick you off, but I wouldn’t count on the players letting you play through.

I used to try and play the same course that hosted a league but I couldn’t make it for the start, and I seldom got to play through and was constantly being made feel unwelcome.

Wouldn’t try it these days as crowded as courses are even in non-event times.

_MTL_ 05-03-2021 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chevis (Post 3715367)
any thoughts about playing a round when a tournament is happening?

i have made plans to be in billings this saturday, but found there is a tournament at diamond x. not sure when i'll be through there again, so i really want to play the course. going to try to get in during their lunch, but 1hr unlikely enough.
no rule against it
"hey, can i play through real quick?"
"we're playing a tournament here. go somewhere else."

IMHO, it's pretty rude and it astonishes me that it happens in our sport.

Would you play 21 during a basketball game thrown by the parks?
Would you play catch in the outfield during a softball game?
Would you kick field goals during a football game?
Would you putt on a green during a golf tournament?

DatRedDude 05-03-2021 02:45 PM

For public courses that aren't closed during the event then the parK is just as much yours as it is theirs. Keep in mind the tourney players wont' go out of their way to let you play thru and would be more of a headache than anything. I would avoid at all cost. Private courses i would think would be closed for all events.

JuanA 05-03-2021 02:48 PM

I bagged a course during a lunch break at a tournament once. They were all really cool about it. We played up until the start of the next round, and then just kept pace with the group ahead of us.

It should be noted though that the course wasn't full for this tournament, so finding ourselves in an empty spot and keeping pace with the group ahead was pretty easy. Might not be the same for a full field. Good luck.

BillFleming 05-03-2021 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chevis (Post 3715367)
. going to try to get in during their lunch, but 1hr unlikely enough.

Ask the TD how they will be starting the 'after lunch' round. Will it be tee times or shotgun? If it is tee time, you shouldn't have an issue as the players would be following you. A shotgun start would be an issue as you would be playing on a hole where tournament players are trying to play.

Anyways....talk to the TD. Let the TD know what you want to do and why. I'd bet they would be willing to work with you....maybe even let you know when the last card finishes (shotgun) or tees off (tee times) so you could get started. Ask if the TD has any concerns with you playing the course between rounds. For example, alternate baskets are taped up so they don't get used...don't use them. "This" (some feature) is set up for the tournament, please don't disturb it.

Ryan P. 05-03-2021 02:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chevis (Post 3715367)
any thoughts about playing a round when a tournament is happening?

i have made plans to be in billings this saturday, but found there is a tournament at diamond x. not sure when i'll be through there again, so i really want to play the course. going to try to get in during their lunch, but 1hr unlikely enough.
no rule against it
"hey, can i play through real quick?"
"we're playing a tournament here. go somewhere else."

I'd highly suggest not doing so. Figure out a way to play another course, or at a time when players aren't on the course. It seems like a shotgun start, so if you think you absolutely need to play despite everyone's advice here, get there 30 minutes before the round ends, warm up, and be on the first tee as soon as the group finishes on that hole. get off the course before the 2 minute warning.

BogeyNoMore 05-03-2021 02:53 PM

Although I've successfully played a couple of casual rounds during a tournament, I try to avoid doing so like the plague.

Honestly, it comes down to whether (or not) the event has locked up exclusive rights for the course that day. Assuming they have haven't, it can be done, but it can be a delicate, slow, and tedious situation.

If you decide to give it a go, expect to get the stinkeye a few times.

Quote:

Originally Posted by _MTL_ (Post 3715385)
IMHO, it's pretty rude and it astonishes me that it happens in our sport.

Would you play 21 during a basketball game thrown by the parks?
Would you play catch in the outfield during a softball game?
Would you kick field goals during a football game?
Would you putt on a green during a golf tournament?

He makes some great points. If WE don't respect our game, asking pedestrians and dog walkers to, seems rather disingenuous.

DavidSauls 05-03-2021 02:58 PM

Just.....don't.

Well, ask the TD about the schedule and pace. Perhaps there'll be a chance. There will probably be more available time after the final round, than at lunch, but you never know.

Otherwise, expect to be unwelcome, and for the tournament players not to let you play through (which just backs things up). And even if you don't play through, your presence, like a ghost card, slows down everyone, and you'll be playing a 3-4 hour solo round.

I used to advise players walking up on tournament days that they'd be much happier going elsewhere, than trying to force their way in.


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