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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommo21 View Post
    You would need to ask the R n A, but it does say irrespective of how many. Besides that, who would want to hold up a faster single player.
    The same people within golf clubs that believe that single players don't have a standing - there are still plenty of them around ( I had an argument with a fourball of seniors who believed I had no standing and they didn't have to let me through ) and there also still clubs that state that at their club a single player has no standing

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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Liverpoolphil View Post
    The same people within golf clubs that believe that single players don't have a standing - there are still plenty of them around ( I had an argument with a fourball of seniors who believed I had no standing and they didn't have to let me through ) and there also still clubs that state that at their club a single player has no standing
    Mine included. I don't play solo often but would never expect to be allowed to play through on a busy course. When it's quiet common sense prevails & we have often let singles through if there was nobody in front of us.

    I believe the wording of the R & A recommendation says "group" deliberately to exclude single players, it's not just careless wording.
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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maninblack4612 View Post
    Mine included. I don't play solo often but would never expect to be allowed to play through on a busy course. When it's quiet common sense prevails & we have often let singles through if there was nobody in front of us.

    I believe the wording of the R & A recommendation says "group" deliberately to exclude single players, it's not just careless wording.
    This is from the R&A - in the etiquette section of the rules...

    Priority on the Course
    Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by a group’s pace of play. Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round. The term “group” includes a single player.

    It should be remembered that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.

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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by FairwayDodger View Post
    This is from the R&A - in the etiquette section of the rules...

    Priority on the Course
    Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by a group’s pace of play. Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round. The term “group” includes a single player.

    It should be remembered that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.
    Fair enough. Didn't know that.
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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    I would wave him through straight away. Mainly because it benefits everyone - he doesn't want to be held up and we don't want to feel like we're holding anyone up and having to rush our shots.

    Wouldn't invite him to join us however, if I was in a 3 ball with two of my friends then having a stranger along with us would just change the dynamic somewhat. As I say, we'd happily wave him through anyway.
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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by virtuocity View Post
    Here's the scenario:

    You're in a 3 ball. There's a 4 ball ahead of you and while the course is busy, it's not crazy i.e. you don't have to wait for every shot.

    You finish the first hole. After driving off at the 2nd a solo player finishes putting out on the 1st and quickly approaches the second tee and is there as you and your two friends leave the tee box.

    Do you:

    a) invite the solo player to play through
    b) invite the solo player to join you
    c) both a and b
    d) keep your head down and ignore the solo player or say hello and walk on

    And why?
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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    As much as it pains me to say, we would offer a) only. (I say pains me to say, as if I was more sociable and kind of know that I should say b as well )

    More than happy to let people though, as slow play drives me nuts but wouldn't offer to join up or both, certainly d) is something I would never do and we fairly regularly often let one or two balls though in the evenings(when we are either a 3 or 4 ball), so that they can get a whole round in when we are only doing 14 or 16 holes for example.
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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    No group (irrespective of the number within that group) has the God given right to be called through if they are quicker or smaller than the group in front. Each case has to be judged on it's own merits depending on the situation on the course. In most cases it would be appropriate to call the single guy through but not always. Always the option to ask him/her to join you though if you are not playing in a competition etc.

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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    If he catches you on a tee or is on the adjacent green than ask if he wishes to play through or join you (if appropriate given your own circumstances). But his right to play through you is always there. Often singletons are happy fiddling about practicing and trying things out and are not bothered about playing through.
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    Re: Solo player behind you. What do you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by FairwayDodger View Post
    I always let solo players through at the first opportunity. Might invite him to join us depending on circumstances.

    However..... if I was the last group in a team match I wouldn't let him through.
    This is a good point. My thinking would be that any match has precedence over casual play - and a singleton can only ever be casual play. So a singleton catches the last group of a multi-group match - said singleton is basically stuck there and should be OK with that - understanding as they should that they shouldn't disrupt the match.
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    ...well from 10.0 to 9.4 this year would be nice.

    And last medal of the year (Oct) saw me play to handicap but CSS was +1 so that was me down 0.2 from 8.3 to 8.1

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