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Long story short. The group infront of us today was deathly slow. The group behind us very impatient. Twice these dicks drove their ball into us in the middle of the fairway the second landing a foot from me. What would you do? What should I have done?


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Call the pro shop and have them get the group in front of you to move it or call you through.


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24 minutes ago, Blueberry_Squishie said:

Call the pro shop and have them get the group in front of you to move it or call you through.

I was more concerned about the 200mph golf ball that almost killed me. 

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Had a similar situation on Tuesday. We were stuck behind a few groups and twice on the back 9 the group behind hit into us, the second of which came far too close for comfort as I was walking off the green. I didn't confront them about it but I did make sure to stop and flip them the bird to let them know. Didn't happen again.

Long story short. The group infront of us today was deathly slow. The group behind us very impatient. Twice these dicks drove their ball into us in the middle of the fairway the second landing a foot from me. What would you do? What should I have done?


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1 hour ago, StrawberryShortCake said:

Long story short. The group infront of us today was deathly slow. The group behind us very impatient. Twice these dicks drove their ball into us in the middle of the fairway the second landing a foot from me. What would you do? What should I have done?

Been on both sides of this one.

I’ve hit into groups that either I didn’t see, or thought I couldn’t reach and hit my drive 30 yards further than usual. Best one was on a 315 yard par 4, and I smashed it by my standards. Ended up hitting the flagstick while the other group was putting. I always go and apologize when that happens. 
 

Typically if a group hits into us once, I wave at them. If it happens more than once I’ll go and chat with them. I’ve been hit into even after our chat, and I had to get the pro shop involved because it’s dangerous. 
 

Occasionally in the men’s league I play in, one of the guys will hit up on the group ahead. In good fun the ball gets teed up where it lies. Sometimes on a beer bottle or other prop. 

 

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12 hours ago, Blueberry_Squishie said:

Call the pro shop and have them get the group in front of you to move it or call you through.

Agreed with calling the Pro shop, also I would probably have talked to the group behind and explain what was going on, at times you do not see that the group ahead of you is also being held up, It sucks to me seeing people held up in the tee behind, as much as it sucks to be stuck behind someone else.

I did shoot my drive by someone's cart a couple weeks back, to be fair, they took forever for them to hit their balls from the fairway, the 4 people ahead of us had driven in the woods and had to pitch it to the fairway, and I thought I was in the clear, but one of them decided to drive back and take drop where they had been shooting their 3rd and lost it again to the woods in the left. It was a blind corner from the tee box. Needless to say they picked up my ball. It was a brand new ProV1X.

My playing partner and I explained to the guy behind that we were also held up by the group in front of us, so we waited for him and joined up for the rest of round.

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The first time I'd wave and if close to each other just say something like "hey, this isn't us, even if you pass us you will be held up in front"

If they did it again, I'd see what kind of ball it is.  If it's good I'd pocket it, if not then I'd take a wedge and hit it back towards them. 

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I have had this happened numerous times over the years I have been playing. 99% of the time it was due to slowness/backup of group/s in front. Over the last few years I would drive my cart and/or walk back to group behind and tell them the situation (group in front is slow) and to let my group finish and at the next tee box they can play through. Caveat if I have three and the impatient or fast playing group behind is a twosome, I ask if they would like to join. Sometimes that works.

That approach has always worked for me. Sometimes the group behind me will accept the offer and sometimes they lay back.

In my group if everyone is playing from fairway I prefer to finish the hole and then let group behind pass from tee box. Only if I am off the fairway do I let them pass midway through hole.

And I do mention it to the pro shop people and/or course marshal (if any). Some courses do a horrible service between tee off time spacing and yes some groups are abysmally slow. Not a comfortable position to be in.

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First time I typically look back at them with hands raised in a what the heck. And i didn't mean heck! 

Second time, they know what they did, so I stomp the ball into the ground or drive over it with the cart.

Third time either I pick up their ball or if I can tell they are doing it on purpose, I hit the ball back at them, then call the pro shop. Only had to do that once in 30 years.

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16 hours ago, StrawberryShortCake said:

Long story short. The group infront of us today was deathly slow. The group behind us very impatient. Twice these dicks drove their ball into us in the middle of the fairway the second landing a foot from me. What would you do? What should I have done?

I give folks the benefit of doubt figuring perhaps they did not see us or perhaps got an "on the screws" shot not expecting it to go that far - it happens.  Hopefully they apologized for doing so.  Quite frankly, I don't care how slow things get or how frustrated someone gets - hitting into the group in front, on purpose, is stupid.  Holler at them to get going, etc., but hitting into a group is akin to the tailgater -  feeling safe in the confines of their car.  I'll generally let the first time slide but if a group does it a second time, the not so friendly side of me emerges. 

Regarding the group in front, I presume they had real estate open ahead of them?  If so, I usually don't say anything for a hole or two but if it continues, ask them to please speed up play or let us play through.  Most times these situations can be resolved w/o getting a bunch of folks all hot under the collar... but every once in awhile some just lack common sense, courtesy, or both.

Ultimately that's the benefit of having good, competent, course marshals.  

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43 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

I give folks the benefit of doubt figuring perhaps they did not see us or perhaps got an "on the screws" shot not expecting it to go that far - it happens.  Hopefully they apologized for doing so.  Quite frankly, I don't care how slow things get or how frustrated someone gets - hitting into the group in front, on purpose, is stupid.  Holler at them to get going, etc., but hitting into a group is akin to the tailgater -  feeling safe in the confines of their car.  I'll generally let the first time slide but if a group does it a second time, the not so friendly side of me emerges. 

Regarding the group in front, I presume they had real estate open ahead of them?  If so, I usually don't say anything for a hole or two but if it continues, ask them to please speed up play or let us play through.  Most times these situations can be resolved w/o getting a bunch of folks all hot under the collar... but every once in awhile some just lack common sense, courtesy, or both.

Ultimately that's the benefit of having good, competent, course marshals.  

Normally I would ask them to play through, but my home course has a no play through rule because of COVID. Its a pretty silly rule because we don't have to get close to play thorugh.


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First time I give them the benefit of the doubt as I have been on the teebox before where it is hard to tell if you are good or not, you wait and wait and finally they start moving up and then you just catch one that goes 300. Oops. First time, lift the arms up and look back at them. If it happens again you throw the ball back. Third time you pocket the ball and tell the cart lady that our buddies behind us are going to pick up this round of drinks.

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8 minutes ago, scooterhd2 said:

First time I give them the benefit of the doubt as I have been on the teebox before where it is hard to tell if you are good or not, you wait and wait and finally they start moving up and then you just catch one that goes 300. Oops. First time, lift the arms up and look back at them. If it happens again you throw the ball back. Third time you pocket the ball and tell the cart lady that our buddies behind us are going to pick up this round of drinks.

Love that idea haha

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A few years back had a guy hit into us on 2 consecutive holes. This was summertime so course was busy. There was no getting around it. Just gonna be a little bit slower. So he hits into us on the 17th. At first i think its my ball because I hit a leaky 5 iron into the rough on a long dogleg par 5, so I had been looking for literally less than a minute, thats how fast they were hitting after us. I dont take long to look either. If i cant find it in a couple quick passes I hit another. The group ahead of us was still on the green, too.
I chock it up to a good blind shot and maybe he didnt see us around the corner, whatever, but I did give him a friendly wave when they were driving up just to let them know, we were still there.
So last hole is a par 4, basically straight so no chance they dont see us. Also I am playing with my 70 year old father. We are on the green finishing up, walking off and this guy hits a line drive straight towards my father. It hits with some heat on it, bounces and as my father turns to avoid a front hit it tags him in the calf. I could tell it hurt and at that point i was hot. I dont lose my cool often but I walked down the fairway towards this jerk, putter in hand and told him what I thought at that moment.
I really wasnt interested in a physical fight so just for good measure I threw in that my father was a civil litigation lawyer, ( he's not) just in case the guy was really an ass and wanted to prove it. He didn't. He was maybe slightly scared, and made the excuse that he skulled it, but I bet, or at least hope he didnt do it again.

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Depends on where you were playing. If this was at Victoria GC in Melbourne, I would tell the Pro Shop as we passed by going to 10 and advise them of the situation. They would generally do two things.

1. Send someone to tell the group in front that they were on a slow play warning.

2. Advise the group behind that they are also on a dangerous play warning that could result in them being suspended.

At the course where we now play, slow play is normal and as it is a public course there is virtually nothing the pro shop can do. We generally do not tee off until the group in front is on the green, that way we do not have to wait to play our next shots.


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All situational to me... first time give them benefit of doubt but wave like hey you came close, second time wait and say something, if it happens again either throw it or hit it OB in the woods where they arent finding it. There is NO excuse for hitting into someone a 3rd time.

It happens when you hit up on someone, sometimes you hit the shot you never thought, but at least acknowledge it and be careful next time. I did it last week, I was 270 out on a par 5, 2nd shot, used my 4 iron, hit it 250. I hit my drives 260-270, just absolutely got a hold of it. Drove right up to them and apologized, made sure they were well out of play before any more shots. Also had the group behind us hit in to us and they apologized and made sure the same so I was ok with them. 

The calling the pro shop at my local course is like talking to a wall, they wont do anything at all.

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Good stuff here.

for me 1st time sh!t happens and would definitly give them the benefit of doubt. Quick wave hey careful we are here.

2nd time Really depends on how they reacted on the 1st one too. You can pick up even 200 yards away on a “insert expletive” Person. If that’s the case that ball is getting launched back at them.

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3 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

Good stuff here.

for me 1st time sh!t happens and would definitly give them the benefit of doubt. Quick wave hey careful we are here.

2nd time Really depends on how they reacted on the 1st one too. You can pick up even 200 yards away on a “insert expletive” Person. If that’s the case that ball is getting launched back at them.

Actual footage of Mark walking out to ball hit into us:

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it’s a tough situation for sure. You want to get your point across but don’t want to be a d*** either. 

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4 minutes ago, B.Boston said:

Actual footage of Mark walking out to ball hit into us:

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it’s a tough situation for sure. You want to get your point across but don’t want to be a d*** either. 

Aholes need to be treated like such lol. Totally fine to get hit jnto even a few times just depend on how they are about to. 😂

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