We have all been there. You see a group a few holes in front of you. Maybe it is a party group. Maybe they are playing doubles. Maybe it is a group of DBs. You know you are going to catch them and you are hoping they will be cool and let you play through. There are a number of situations that could confront you once you catch that group:
You catch the group early in the round, on the front nine, and they walk off the tee-pad one minute after you show up, obviously slower than you are. This happened to me this morning. A group stopped on hole 5 at Shady Oaks golf course to smoke some pot. My partner and I show up at the tee and 30 seconds later they pack up and walk off even though one of their discs was only 50 feet a way, we were a twosome, they had a foursome, all reasons we should play through.
Do you say something as they walk away? Do you mention it on the next tee? Do you give it a couple holes hoping they will catch on? Do you deal with an obnoxiously slow round?
I usually give it one hole. If the second time I catch the group on the tee, they don’t let us play through, I ask, politely. The rule should be that you don’t want to compound the situation. You also don’t want to ruin the enjoy-ability of the round for your golfing partners, the group in front of you, or the group behind you. If you have to wait, you have to wait. I have seen this situation go terribly wrong.
The worst case I’ve seen was from a group of regulars at Shady Oaks that cursed out a family group of new golfers for being slow and not letting them play through. The regulars did not wait to speak with them like gentlemen on the tee. Instead, they volleyed curses from 200 hundred feet away at the family group that included a couple young kids. Bad for the image of disc golf.
I saw something similar from a DB at the Rocklin course where two DBs caught me, a single, and asked if we could finish the round together. We were already on the back nine. I agreed. The next hole we caught a foursome and it seemed clear to me that the course was full and we would wait a little on each hole; this is part of golf, accept it or play earlier in the day. My new DB partners drove on the group in front of them.
Never drive on a group, particularly not in anger.
There was quickly an exchange of curses and a fight almost broke out. Do fights almost break out on ball golf courses due to golf issues? They do not. You get banned for such behavior. I quickly apologized to the forward group, stated in front of my new partners that I disagreed with the drives and left the course.
I took a stand. I refused to participate with DBs and I let them know how I felt about their actions. Sometimes it is required. Sometimes it is your responsibility. Playing through is hard enough on your focus and your score so do it responsibly, and remember:
Don’t be the douche bag on the course today.
Categories: Disc Golf Etiquette