Pet Peeves in Golf

This post may rub some people the wrong way.   I want to start out by saying that angering people is not the point of this!  These are just my hair-brained opinions.  So don’t take them too seriously.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s get into some of my pet peeves in golf.  I consider myself somewhat quirky regarding certain things.  Golf is definitely one of those areas.  I will say that while these are pet peeves, but most of them don’t ruin a round of golf or make me not want to play with someone.  Here we go.

  1. Slow play – This is my absolute, biggest pet peeve.  I understand it on the PGA Tour where they are playing for millions of dollars, but when the guy at your local course is reading putts from four angles my blood gets boiling.  I am not so crazy that I don’t want any talking and need to play in 2.5 hours (although I won’t complain), but I do like to play in 4 hours.  The easiest way to do this is to be ready when it is your turn.  Do that and you will keep it moving.
  2. Using “golf” as a verb – This one will probably put some people off.  It doesn’t bother me to much when other people do it, but I don’t like to do it myself.  It just sounds weird to me.  Oh well, I said I was quirky.
  3. Not repairing ball marks – This one is infuriating.  It takes two seconds to fix and makes a world of difference to course conditions.  That being said, take a minute to learn how to do it right.
  4. Tee times poorly spaced – This one contributes to slow play as much as anything.  I know it is seen as a revenue issue, but it gets me when tee times are 8 minutes apart and people are waiting on every tee regardless of how fast people play.

That’s all I have for now.  Let me know if I missed some or if I ticked you off!  Hope everyone is doing well.  Happy Easter!


10 thoughts on “Pet Peeves in Golf

  1. Jimmy

    You have definitely hit the high lights. I would add one thing is someone always checking their yardage with a range finder when they already know what club to play. We could go on and on! But, we want to remain relaxed. 😉


  2. justadad55

    Jimmy, you have most definitely hit the right chords with me on the four that you listed (especially the “golf” as a verb. IT IS NOT A VERB!). I would like to add one that plays right into the slow play, and that is… Having to go back and count your strokes while still standing on the green after having putted out. Putt out, head to the next tee, and THEN figure out your score! Or, better yet, keep track as you go, and if it is too high, just take an 8 and move on. If its that high, you are probably on the losing end of whatever bet is on the table anyway. Keep it up Jimmy! We’ll see you out there.

  3. Jimmy,

    I think slow play would be at the top of my list as well. There are a lot of factors that can contribute to it, but most are pretty simply if everyone (including golf courses) did their little part to keep things moving.


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