Pairs on golf course (2-somes)

I work as a Marshall. During busy times (weekends) Starters are required to pair-up 2somes and singles, why do so many players who know this want to play alone or as a 2-some. Please give answers. 

Thanks

Mitch

First of all, I just love playing golf by myself, so I don't feel compelled to invite other people every time that I want to play (which is often a spur of the moment kind of thing). If it's busy I don't mind being paired up, I've had really enjoyable rounds playing with people I don't know. Most of the people that I know that play golf are very busy people, so most of the times that I do want to be social it's either 2 or 3 guys. It's not that I don't want to play in a 4 some, I just don't have very many golf buddies.

I can't speak for others, but whether the course staff is inconvenienced because they 'have to' pair me up simply does not occur to me, it is not a factor in deciding whether to play or not. When I call to book as a single I leave it up to the pro to pair me up. If they offer me a tee time, I assume that it's OK to play. It never occurred to me that this might be a problem, are you suggesting that it is?

I have to admit, I'm one of those guys that when he hear's he has to be paired up with someone, thinks "oh crap, maybe if I hurry up I'll be able to get out on my own, or maybe if we're lucky they'll let us out without him"

Honestly, I've met some great people while playing golf and for the most part I've had good experiences meeting and playing with new people. But it's kind of like when you go to see a movie and then the person at the front says, "guess what, we're going to have you sitting next to your wife and then want you take this other person in with you so they can watch the movie too". For the most part things work out, but your secretly annoyed the whole time because you were planning on it just being a comfortable time with your wife. When I go out to play with my brothers, it's a time to bond again and we like to joke around. Not everyone likes playing our style of golf because we play fast and don't mind if we're all putting together at the same time to speed things along. 

I think I confused myself, did I just compare my brothers to my wife? :)

Ultimate foursome...no question,  playing with my two brothers and my dad. My father is in Brazil for three years, cant wait until he gets back to complete our foursome again. Until then, I'll try and be more willing to accept another "member" of the family to join our brotherly threesome

Wow, now this is really starting to sound weird, 

-T

Luckily I play on a smaller municipal course, and can play with whoever I want.  I personally would rather play with people who I know, preferably friends or family members.  Sometimes it will be busy though and I 'll hop in with another single.  I actually enjoy this sometimes because it gives me a chance to meet new people and test my game.

It's usually better to play with another single vs being the 4th with a 3 some.  The 3 some is probably preoccupied with their golf match.  Usually the other single is out for a relaxing game of golf.

I usually prefer to play with people I know well. 

This is one of the primary reasons I play golf on early Friday morning (besides the fact that my schedule is so whacked on Saturdays and Sundays that playing is almost impossible).   Some days it is nice to have the course to yourself to try new things - generally the rule is I hit the shot that counts (even if I may mishit it) and then may take a practice shot afterward. 

The problem occurs when players do not want to be paired up.

The game of golf is social and I enjoy being paired up with people...it is a lot of fun meeting new friends...

I play two of courses as a single a couple times a week. One has 27 holes and I know the starters well so they often times work it so I play alone and almost always it works out but if its slow playing I will ask the group behind to join. The other course has 18 holes and no matter what (slow or packed) I am always paired with other players, sometimes 3-4 singles in a group. They will make a single wait 5-10 minutes so you can play with another player or 2 to keep pace of play similar among all groups. I can't say what one I like more but either approach wont keep me from playing. 

Chris92009

The game of golf is social and I enjoy being paired up with people...it is a lot of fun meeting new friends...

You said it Chris. Golf is more fun with friends.  That said I'd rather not wait for others to show up if the course is wide open in front of me. if the place is packed or even slightly busy I'd rather play with new friends than wait by myself.

I think it completely depends on the course, and probably mostly on how the conversation goes when you get paired up when you don't want to be paired up. For reasons that are nobody's business but my own, I might want to play by myself. If I am given a tee time as a single, I expect to be let onto the course without any problem. If the starter is a nice guy about it though I might be willing to pair up even when I was looking forward to a couple of hours of solitude.

Of course I know that at certain times the course will be packed, and it is just not fun to stand around waiting for my next shot, so I try to avoid those times, and I always ask if it's going to be busy when I book a tee time. What I often do is try to see if they will let me play the back 9 early in the morning. 

My point is that if you book a single, and you give them a choice to be paired up, and they decline, you HAVE to let them play solo without being unpleasant about it. I think it is INCREDIBLY rude to then make an issue out of it. If the course doesn't want to let singles or pairs play (which is of course a choice that any course is allowed make), they should simply not give them a tee time.

Trevor A

I play two of courses as a single a couple times a week. One has 27 holes and I know the starters well so they often times work it so I play alone and almost always it works out but if its slow playing I will ask the group behind to join. The other course has 18 holes and no matter what (slow or packed) I am always paired with other players, sometimes 3-4 singles in a group. They will make a single wait 5-10 minutes so you can play with another player or 2 to keep pace of play similar among all groups. I can't say what one I like more but either approach wont keep me from playing. 

I actually asked the person behind me one time to join up because there was a single ahead of me that was so SLOW.  Turned out to be a reasonable game of golf.

On the military courses, especially in Hawaii, you have no choice but to be paired with 2-3 players and one of the exec courses  in SD just about always sends out foursomes. 

Being paired up can be a bomb or bust.  I'll still go out and play golf regardless. 

Daniel R

First of all, I just love playing golf by myself, so I don't feel compelled to invite other people every time that I want to play (which is often a spur of the moment kind of thing). If it's busy I don't mind being paired up, I've had really enjoyable rounds playing with people I don't know. Most of the people that I know that play golf are very busy people, so most of the times that I do want to be social it's either 2 or 3 guys. It's not that I don't want to play in a 4 some, I just don't have very many golf buddies.

I can't speak for others, but whether the course staff is inconvenienced because they 'have to' pair me up simply does not occur to me, it is not a factor in deciding whether to play or not. When I call to book as a single I leave it up to the pro to pair me up. If they offer me a tee time, I assume that it's OK to play. It never occurred to me that this might be a problem, are you suggesting that it is?

I play a lot of golf by myself. I find it very relaxing and peaceful, but I also enjoy getting paired up with people. I guess I just enjoy golfing in general. As long as I get out and it's around in less than 4 1/2 hours I'm happy guy. Heck, I even be happy with a 5 1/2 hour round if I knew I'd hit every fairway.

Having worked both as a starter and a marshal, I think I understand what mitch is getting at.  Your job as a starter is to get people onto the course in a manner that ensures both smooth play and a reasonable pace.  When multiple twosomes are booked, but not paired by the pro shop, it makes sense to send them out as foursomes instead of consecutive twosomes--more people on the course in the same space of time=more revenue for the course.  As a marshal, you try to keep players moving at a good pace, to make the game more enjoyable for everyone.  If a twosome is stuck between a bunch of foursomes, it is often an uncomfortable pace for the twosome.  Many complain repeatedly to the marshal about "slow" play because they are continually waiting for the four golfers in front of them.  This most often happens, in my experience, when two golfers refuse to be paired with anyone else.  I found most of the people I ended up playing golf with on a regular basis by just going to the course and being paired with someone.  Doesn't always work out, but you meet some very interesting people and can make lasting friendships that you would not otherwise have.

Thank you. You are correct.

Yeah I can imagine  it's quite frustrating when a pair complains about slow play when they don't want to pair up. Not being a Marshall I can only speculate how annoying that must be. 

Let me ask you though... If my pair has a 8 am tee time, and another pair has a 8:10 tee time, and the 4 some behind them show up early, even though THEY have a 8:20 tee time, do you still pair the 2 somes up? Would you do that even if you're running on schedule? I would have no problem making them wait for their tee time.