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Someone in the group in front or behind wants to play music, and it annoys me, then I have zero issue with talking at the same decibel level as the trash in playing in your speaker.  If the you want to play music while I’m putting or on the tee box, don’t get butt hurt when I point out to my playing partners how trash your swing is and that any man who hits a ball that short is incapable of pleasuring his wife.  

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I’m genuinely curious how often people hear music “blaring from 2 holes over” because I can honestly say that I never have. Is that an actual problem or something that’s been made up on the internet?

Also I have this sneaking suspicion that a Venn diagram of folks who rant about how terrible music on the course is and folks who tell other golfers to “just deal with it” when they smoke nasty smelling cigars for 18 holes is just a giant circle. 

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Not a fan.. Just played with a group of five. Three carts (all good golfers ~ 10 hcps), three speakers playing different music. Trying to tee off was a sound explosion.

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I recently purchased a JBL Clip for my golf bag. I enjoy music on the course but I’m cognizant of those around me and I don’t play it loud. So clearly music on the course is fine by me. 😊

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Definitely anti-music, but I can deal with others enjoying it quietly. This might be crazy, but I wonder if listening to certain music can be considered using a training aid. I use a tempo metronome app for putting practice. Seems to me that specific music can be used similarly. Not a big deal for club tournaments, but maybe for state and national competitions?

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Not a fan of music on the course, mainly due to the fact that far too many play it loud enough to be heard from two fairways away, in many cases I've observed. Have played in a few groups where a person was playing music that only our group could hear, still wasn't a fan but at least it wasn't as obnoxious or overt as many. I love music as much as the next person, just not a fan on the course.

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14 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

I’m genuinely curious how often people hear music “blaring from 2 holes over” because I can honestly say that I never have. Is that an actual problem or something that’s been made up on the internet?

Also I have this sneaking suspicion that a Venn diagram of folks who rant about how terrible music on the course is and folks who tell other golfers to “just deal with it” when they smoke nasty smelling cigars for 18 holes is just a giant circle. 

Have music from well over 100 yards away on to many occasions to mention, which is at best incredibly rude and obnoxious. I like music as much as the next person, but not while I'm golfing.

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Generally hate it.  I want to hear the noises of the open air, and the thwack of a ball.  Particularly, I want hear cries of "Fore".

Music as an aid to swing rhythm is against the rules (Rule 4.3a (4)), but background music is allowed there.
My local federation bans personal audio completely on their "hard card".  But IMHO, if your broadcast device has your choice of music on it (cf LIV first tee), it might as well be considered personal!

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I am ok with Music on the course, but should not be too loud. Recreational golf go for it.

 

Anything competitive or for money, no music.

 

Always ask the group if music is ok before the round and ask what types.

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40 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

I’m genuinely curious how often people hear music “blaring from 2 holes over” because I can honestly say that I never have. Is that an actual problem or something that’s been made up on the internet?

Also I have this sneaking suspicion that a Venn diagram of folks who rant about how terrible music on the course is and folks who tell other golfers to “just deal with it” when they smoke nasty smelling cigars for 18 holes is just a giant circle. 

I find cigar smoke much more offensive then music on the course - seems like I'm always downwind and can't get away from it -  it affects my health and also my clothes end up smelling like s*&%.  And don't get me started on those that leave their cigar or cigarette butts on the tee or adjacent to the green. 

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33 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

I’m genuinely curious how often people hear music “blaring from 2 holes over” because I can honestly say that I never have. Is that an actual problem or something that’s been made up on the internet?

 

It hasn’t happened to me in my little corner of the world. The last time I heard loud music was in California in the summer on a busy course that I play when I’m in town. I remember hearing it from two different groups at different times. I remember one of them as a foursome with two carts. I get it—they’re having a friendly outing together.

 

Both times I wasn’t playing, so it didn’t distract me on a shot. Both times they were on a different hole than me (not two holes over), but yeah, it happens, and yeah, as usual it takes a couple of bad apples to ruin it for the rest of us. 😉

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 At times music on the course is a great thing. Agree with others about respecting other peoples wishes, volume, etc. Like most things in life- don't be a jerk about it lol 

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Bluetooth speakers on the course are the worst thing to happen to golf since cigars. imo.

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I prefer the silence of nature. I have no problem if someone wants to play tunes, my problem is when I am 4 holes away and I feel like I am in a concert. Just no respectful to the people around them. 
 

Quick story - playing a round a group behind us is playing music real loud. Guy in one cart is hollering to another guy (who is playing the music) if he picked up his club. My partner is attempting to tee off. Each time he addressed the ball, the first guy screams to the music guy if he picked up his club. After 4x, my partner steps back and shouts at music guy, asking if he picked up other guys club. Finally got an answer, however music continued to play loudly. Oh well, more important things to get upset about!

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maybe there should be a rule that you can only listen to music when you walk? 

 

that way it goes with you when you're looking for your ball OB... 😆

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On 7/9/2023 at 5:22 PM, Ron Folkinga said:

What are your thoughts about music while playing golf? I've played about four or five rounds with a guy I ran into last summer. He is a friend of a friend who I had met once before but didn't know at all. He insists on bringing a speaker and installing it on the cart and playing 70's rock all day long while playing. The first few times it didn't bother me too much but I still wasn't wild about it. The last couple of times it really started bugging me and affecting my game. For the record we're both in our 60's and I love music. I have a nice stereo set up at home and love listening to good music. I like a lot of different genres and I do listen to some oldies once in a while. But four and half hours of listening to 70's rock just doesn't do it for me. The last time we played we were on the first tee and on came Bob Segar's "Old Time Rock and Roll." I just couldn't take it any more and asked him politely if we could just cut the music this time. He seemed somewhat offended even though he insisted he wasn't. He replied that he would agree "this one time." He's never asked if music bothers anyone and if anyone so much as makes a peep while he's on the tee box he has no problem turning around and giving them a dirty look. 

What do you think, pro music or no music?

 

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I do not mind music playing.  There are times I even play music.  It is a nice distraction for my mind so I not thinking about my golf game.  Other golfers do have to be mindful to those around them and need to respect one's wish.  A regular guy I play with, he asked to turn it down and I kindly and respectfully sis his request.  Another guy explained why he does not like music playing, because it reminded him of bad ex's and causes him to start playing bad.  We were like ok.  People who like playing music have to be mindful that we need to be quiet and not everyone like noises.  I learned to deal with it from my dad always talking with his golf buddies while I was hitting, but God forbid I made a sound when he was hitting.

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I am also a music lover but loud rock music doesn't belong pn a golf course.  It messes up your rhythm.  Because of the rhythm of a golf swing. Waltzes work better.

He should use ear buds like the pros.

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I'm not a fan of music on the golf course.  I find it very distracting.  I've played electric guitar since a kid and absolutely love classic rock, southern rock and some mild metal (think Van Halen, Ozzy, etc).  I can't take it on the golf course because I can't concentrate.  I know whatever song is playing, and the lyrics and guitar parts start dancing through my mind instead of what I'm trying to do.  I can compromise if it is at a low level and not in my cart.  Also, do not pull up next to me if I am hitting a shot.  Greenside it doesn't much matter.  I don't buy the "I can't wear earbuds cuz I won't hear FORE."  That's just a silly excuse.  I play with guys half deaf all the time. I guess they shouldn't be allowed to play (sarc)?  Also, I can talk to guys on the range that are practicing with earbuds.  I'm pretty sure if I yelled at them they would hear me.   It's a little narcissistic.  Kinda like the guys that drive with music blasting out of their cars so everyone else can enjoy their taste in music.  They don't want to wear earbuds because it isn't about hearing the music, it is about sharing the music.  If it's about sharing then if it makes someone uncomfortable then it should be off.  That is courtesy.

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On 7/9/2023 at 10:57 PM, Ben Joest said:

I shouldn’t be able to hear your music 3 fairways over.

I am personally not a fan of music via speaker while on the course, but have no issues if other people do it as long as the above comment is true. Loud music in turn demands loud talking and no body is a fan of that.

Music can have a calming effect and help take negative thoughts and overthinking out of the swing. I usually have one earbud in when I am hitting into my net in the garage and occasionally while out on the course by myself.

I use golf to create camaraderie with my playing partners, talk about the work week, catch-up with someone I haven’t played with in a while. I find playing music can interfere with that aspect a bit. 

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I walk 95% of the rounds I play.  I find the sound of gas powered carts while I am playing can be more disruptive than my music, though I don't play it so it can be heard two holes away.  That is simply incredibly selfish, obnoxious and annoying.

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On 7/9/2023 at 11:22 PM, Ron Folkinga said:

What are your thoughts about music while playing golf? I've played about four or five rounds with a guy I ran into last summer. He is a friend of a friend who I had met once before but didn't know at all. He insists on bringing a speaker and installing it on the cart and playing 70's rock all day long while playing. The first few times it didn't bother me too much but I still wasn't wild about it. The last couple of times it really started bugging me and affecting my game. For the record we're both in our 60's and I love music. I have a nice stereo set up at home and love listening to good music. I like a lot of different genres and I do listen to some oldies once in a while. But four and half hours of listening to 70's rock just doesn't do it for me. The last time we played we were on the first tee and on came Bob Segar's "Old Time Rock and Roll." I just couldn't take it any more and asked him politely if we could just cut the music this time. He seemed somewhat offended even though he insisted he wasn't. He replied that he would agree "this one time." He's never asked if music bothers anyone and if anyone so much as makes a peep while he's on the tee box he has no problem turning around and giving them a dirty look. 

What do you think, pro music or no music?

It is part of the legend of golf to be quiet and respectful while others focus on their shot.  If it was me, I probably would not play with him again or I would kindly inform him that I noticed that the music/noise affected my play and therefore would prefer to play without it. I have also recently noticed at my club a recent phenomenon whereby if someone misses their shot they yell or scream out (this is more something the Asians at my club do), and for example if you are in the middle of your stroke and  you hear this loud scream out, you are startled and it affects you. So my view would be no music on the golf course.  I go there for the game, camaraderie and some exercise, not for music and anxiety. 

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I play a lot of golf with strangers on weekend because I work at the club.  I can't make a morning time on weekends but can pick up.

I am very pro music.  I think it needs to be one sound not dueling carts.  I play a combo of Motown and soft rock via pandora.  

I always ask first and if anyone seems put off I just pop on ear piece in and listen privately.  One ear for the group and I can pause the music with a touch in my ear.

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