SLOW PLAY SOLUTION
One of the biggest problems facing golf courses today, namely because it continues to cause losses in revenue due to fewer green fees collected from golfers, particularly on public and resort courses, is slow play; a problem we can also blame for impatient golfers hitting into players in the group ahead, with serious injuries sometimes resulting.
The poor examples set by PGA TOUR and LPGA players that take so much time preparing to putt, especially on undulating greens featuring subtle and severe breaks; reading notes from a memo-pad on the subtleties of break in the putting surface, marking the ball, looking at the line from various angles, re-marking the golf ball so its logo points in the direction the ball will start rolling before curving toward the hole, and, finally, maybe after plumb-bobbing to be certain of the break, jockeying their body and the putter into final positions.
The golf director of a Florida golf course, owned by a former client of mine, moved to upper Westchester County, New York, to work as head golf professional of a private club owned by Donald Trump.
When I asked Brian if he’d played with “The Donald” – by the way before he ran for President of the United States – and, if so, how did he play, Brian told me the man who now runs our country was a legitimate low handicap golfer; close to scratch, in fact.
Brian also made a point of saying it was great playing with Donald, because he does not dillydally over the ball, in preparing to hit a shot. He plays fast and hates slow play. So do I, as you know from some of my previous blogs, even going so far as to suggest golf courses take it upon themselves to make the holes bigger and square-shaped so that it’s easier to sink putts and, in turn, this will speed up play, considerably. I mean really, taking 5 and one-half hours to play eighteen holes, in a foursome, is ridiculous, considering outside America, particularly in Scotland, England, and Ireland, they play in around 3 hours, carrying their bags or pulling a hand-cart (trolley) instead of riding around in powered carts.
Even back then, according to Brian, The Donald, when in town, would show up and play alone, something I liked to do, too, particularly in the quiet of the afternoon when a member of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida or of Sara Bay in Sarasota, Florida.
Donald, you will be quick to say, can’t do that any longer. I thought the same thing, now that he is President of the United States. That was, until recently, when meeting a golfer from England, at a nine-hole Par-3 course in Florida.
The man told me that he’d heard that Donald was very interested in purchasing an 18th century house in England, with its own golf course.
It turns out the property the golfer spoke about is an eleven-bedroom three-story Georgian mansion, built in 1796 on a twenty-five acre estate, with the nine-hole golf course on twelve acres, featuring holes ranging in length from 95 to 180 yards.
What a place for Mr. President to play with the world’s big shots; such as Boris Johnson, and talk privately, with no-one listening in to his conversations.
Located in the village of Wootton, in Ulceby, Lincolnshire, England, this property is on the market for what seems a hard-to-believe bargain price of 1.5 million British Pounds Sterling.
Should President Trump purchase the property, and play golf on a beautiful English afternoon, he will not have to worry about a slow-play problem, going round the 9-hole course twice, in under two hours, before coming in for High Tea, consisting of a choice between elegantly prepared cucumber sandwiches or scones with Tiptree Jam and Devon Cream, with a pot of delicious tea to complement the fancy snack.
And, with the words of the great English humorist, P.G. Wodehouse in mind, the only disturbances The Donald would have to deal with are the roars of the butterflies in the adjacent meadow.