When you visit your local public golf course for a round of golf, you want to do everything you can to ensure that the day is positive — regardless of your score. One potential issue that can discourage you is being stuck behind someone who isn't maintaining the proper pace of play. This could be a struggling golfer who is taking a number of shots per hole or a group of golfers who are busy conversing instead of hitting their balls in a timely manner. You might be tempted to blast your ball up near the group ahead of you to send a message that you're being slowed down, but this is an etiquette no-no. Instead, here are some better ways to deal with this problem.
Ask To Play Through
If you reach a point on the course that you're close to a golfer from the group in front of you, simply wait until it's a good time to talk and ask if the group would mind if you played through. Most golfers won't have a problem with this request — in fact, some may feel better not having other players nipping at their heels. If the consensus is reached that you'll play through, you can decide whether you'll take your shot right away or wait until the next tee box to move ahead.
Take A Breather
If there aren't any golfers immediately behind you, you can create some room between you and the group ahead of you by taking a short break. When you finish a hole, rest for a few minutes on the bench or grab a drink and stand in the shade. If you're golfing during the workday, take a moment to check your email on your smartphone. Waiting for a few minutes can allow the group ahead of you to move farther down the next fairway.
Speak To A Course Marshal
It's appropriate to bring up the pace of the group's play to a course marshal if you encounter one. At many public golf courses, marshals will circulate to ensure players are having a good time and respecting the rules of the course. When you share your concern, the marshal will have no trouble telling the group to either speed up or to let you pass. Some companies, like Chaska Town Course, know that this approach can be handy if you're timid and concerned about approaching the other golfers and asking if you can play through.