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For whatever reason it's not always easy to get out there at the same time as the guys I'd like to play with, so I usually go out as a single, which I don't mind.  I can usually go with the flow and either keep to myself or chat it up with whoever I'm playing with.  As far as playing from a set of tees, I usually just go with whatever might have been decided before I showed up to the first tee.  However, there have been times when the people I played with wanted to play the tips, which I would go along with, but most of the time these guys shouldn't be playing from that far back, so usually at the turn, I'll suggest moving up.

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I play about 90% of my rounds as a single. No major issues. Sometimes, you get paired up with a couple who really doesn't want a 3rd wheel... or a bunch of friends who are deep into the hustle and really don't want an interloper. Which is fine. Then I usually tee off ahead of them on #2, and go on my merry way as they tend to play slower the larger the bets are... (and besides, they usually aren't that good anyway). On a trip (Europe for example) where 99% of my rounds are as a single, I've never had a problem. Most other golfers are very generous, especially if they don't speak English, or if I speak their native language. Some terms and golf-isms transcend language barriers! 

I had an issue once at Pasatiempo where a foursome wouldn't let me play through until we got to 18 (Was on them from #11 on). I was more upset because I had a plane to catch after the round. Otherwise it is what it is. Enjoy the walk!

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Most of my golf is played as a single, sometimes paired with someone else. When I'm out there on my own, it's peaceful and quiet. I do wish I had some more regular rounds with other people though. I try to drag family along, but it's not always easy to get schedules lined up. I also have a quarter set coming that'll make it easier to get one of my brothers out with me. I'm sure if I find a course to play regularly rather than jumping around from course to course each time out it'd be easier, but I have plenty of public courses around to try and only so much time to try them all.

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I play the majority of my golf as a single and walk. I don't have a problem playing with others, I just don't have a regular group since joining this club. Personally, I like playing by myself, I can concentrate better and enjoy the golf more. My overall golf has gotten better.

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I'm a young retiree and my wife doesn't play golf. I play on average 4 or 5 times a week of which 2 are as a single at my home club. I try to book a quiet time after the older members have played their daily roll up and before the early work finishers get to the course = 2-3pm. I like to get out behind a 3/4 ball with no one behind me, I will play the course with one ball but if I hit an errant shot play a 2nd. When I get to the green I will putt out. If I'm catching the group and they are going at an OK pace I will practise putt or chip on/around the green. If someone then appears behind me I will play normally which can put a bit of pressure on the group in front. I never ask to play thru but welcome being asked. 9 times out of 10 if there is space in front of the group they will offer me to play thru. As a single when the course is busy and pace is slow, I will tend to only play the front 9 and maybe go to the range but this is because I play all the time.

When playing in Europe when on vacation it is quite common to get paired with other people. I really don't mind who I play with high, low, medium handicappers, men woman, old or young. They always have a story to tell and normally find that the 4 degrees of separation  applies. I play off 6 and I feel sometime others can be intimidated by this but I try always to put them at ease and within a couple of holes we are all relaxed and will share a beer at the end.  


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I played Saturday with three older folks.  They were terrible!  Every shot was 50-100 feet, even their putts!

They were great folks and a pleasure to hang with.  We had a good time on the course 😉

Enjoy the game, enjoy the people you’re with even if they aren’t very lovable.  None of us have learned to walk on water yet.

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Played with a single last night evening it was great we had a blast, that mostly how it goes when I am paired with someone .. I can’t ever remember playing with someone that was a jerk or anything like that

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I play mostly as a single but every once in a while my club has some outing and I play elsewhere. For the most part I haven't run into any jerks since I moved to TN about 15 years ago. But I ran into a few when I lived up north. One guy was so horrible to play with ( excessive cursing after every shot, lamming the clubs into theground or throwing his clubs further than he hit the ball, blaming the birds for being to loud). After 9 holes we told him to play ahead we had somebusiness calls to make. A hot dog later we got in behind the group behind us and enjoyed the rest of the round without him. Life is to short to deal with butt heads. 

Personally in 30 plus years of playing I only came across two that were unbearable.  So as mentioned my club has outings, this coming weekend is one of them. I go play as a single at a public course so I'll get paired up with someone. I'm also going to Myrtle Beach for a week and will go play as a single. I'm not worried most people that go there to play golf are golfers. 

If I'm the single in a group that is together I kind of go with the flow but at the same time stick to my game. If the young guns  want to play from the tips, I just say I don't have the length for that but I won't hold you up. I'll play up one set. If I'm playing with seniors and they play from the seniors tee I'll play with them. I'm old enough. The important thing is to be flexible, friendly, play within your limits and have fun. Most golfers are fun to be around and you can make some new golf buddies.


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I found a local course that doesn't get the most play and I bought a membership for several years now. I can get out early on Sat & Sun mornings by myself and move around at my own pace. The pro knows me and works with me so I can play, like last weekend there was an all day outing and he let go out before. Most of my life I've played the majority of the time alone. I don't mind, just avoid the busy hours.

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I used to play a lot as a single, my club wasn’t very busy during the week or after 1pm on the weekends, but I left that club a few years ago.

now I play with some of my buddies twice a month, I miss my rounds as a single when I could work on my game and enjoy the game.



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I'm about 50% single. Have a regular gang I play with on a Friday but do play a mid-week evening round on my own as the course is very quiet and I can bimble around at my own pace, try a few things without the worry of holding anyone up. 

If it's really quiet I try and spend 5  minutes on each green having a putt from different places, trying random putts, as we have seriously undulating/fast greens it's good to have more than 1 option when standing over the ball. 


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I play as a single a lot. I haven’t had any bad experiences. Every so often will get paired with someone who talks too much or brags about certain things but never seen anyone be disrespectful to the staff or the group.

I played a couple weeks ago with a guy that would announce he was on the tee so that there was silence amongst the group. He was a good golfer but don’t shatter any records that day. The guy I was riding with we just laughed when he would do it

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I have played as a single many times over the years. I have been below a 5 handicap for all of them. I have played with all kinds and really only remember a few truly bad experiences. The ONE that comes to mind was back in Memphis. I heard I was joining another single and we would go out as a twosome. Looking up and down the range, I was trying to figure out who. I see this one guy with his feet almost twice shoulder width apart, short backswing, Gary Player follow through (spins on front foot, back foot finishes ahead of front food with a little twirl). Hitting every shot 30 to 50 feet. I am thinking "just not HIM."

Yup, him. 1st hole, 420 yards from the back tees. He tries to come back there. I strongly encourage him to play the whites. He does. Takes him THIRTEEN shots to get to the green from about 350 yards. Never got better. He fortunately quit after 9. Only guy I have ever told them I didn't enjoy playing with them and told him to get some lessons and spend some time on the range to get competent before playing again. It would be better for him and everyone else. He was really THAT bad. I have been playing for 39 years and have played with all kinds. Never one like that. I bet he shot over 80 for 9.

99.9% of my rounds as a single have been great. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.

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I play a decent amount as a single, usually after work for a quick 9 and I'll get paired up with another single who's doing the same thing I am 🙂 I always make a point to introduce myself, tell them I'm a double digit cap, I'm gonna hit some bad shots, and most importantly I'm out there to have fun and relax after a long day sitting at a desk. Never had a problem.

I've also been paired up with singles who were fine to play with. There was only one instance a few years back when a single joined us on the first tee at a course my friend and I hadn't played before, and he let us know he was a former member and could give us all the lines and tell us where to avoid. At around hole 3 we realized he probably had been asked not to renew his membership when he was cursing loudly at the group in front of us, asking if they had a bet to, let's say, have relations with the other's wife if they won, etc. And not in a joking way - we thought he was going to run up and hit someone with his club. He also took my driver out of my bag to try it without asking me, and around hole 15 flubbed a chip and started slamming his wedge into the green and taking divots out of it. My buddy and I just looked at each other and drove off to report him at the clubhouse. 

So whenever I'm out as a single, I just think to myself "don't be like that guy" and I'm all good. 

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I play a fair amount as a single and get paired up regularly. It's pretty rare to get paired up with someone who is disrespectful or has poor etiquette.

One interesting observation that I have is that of the hundreds of rounds I've played the last few years, I don't ever remember getting paired up with someone who didn't fix their ball marks on the green. I find this strange because I currently play at a public course and there are always a lot of people not fixing their ball marks. I wonder how many people I play with only fix their ball marks because I fix mine?

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