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Golf courses from the start of this virus had made available one cart per player. Now some courses are forcing players to double up again. Last I heard, we are still under the threat of this pandemic. The courses are telling the players that they are running short of carts when in fact they are not. At one course I had to pay an extra cart fee in order to ride by myself. At the end of my round I noticed that there were plenty of carts on hand and hardly anyone on the course or waiting to play. Today, I had an early start time and was being forced to ride with my playing partner, not family or a close associate. It seems like its about complacency and/or course economics. I recommend that players call before booking their tee-times tp check on their cart policy.

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I have no issue with no rakes because 70% of players don't know how to properly rake. The flag is a preference, I've had 5 or 6 putts stay out because a flag wasn't in properly. There is the sound of the ball going in the cup that I miss most. Place of place has slowed in my opinion because of more new players. Its golf, I love it no matter what.....

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If you're not going to maintain the sand traps, then get rid of them and replace with grass. But then lower the price of the round. But we know that won't happen either. Pace of play is not the issue because the longer you're on the course the more beer get sold by the club. So sad but true.

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Unfortunately some golf courses have let the condition of their track go down hill. Greens not cut regularly, fairways shaggy and tee boxes ripped to shreds with broken tees everywhere. There is no “Covid” excuse. Courses are rammed with eager golfers. Money is coming in. There are fewer maintenance tasks (ball washers, flag changes, sand traps, food service and sand traps). A lot of courses need a wake up call!

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While not raking bunkers has helped quicken play, having all 4 golfers ready to play proves it should not take 4 hours to play a round of golf. I only hope that Head pros get rid of their target times of over 4 hours and put a reasonable time of 3.5 hours or less. Leave pins in unless it is really windy and the flag shadow impacts short putts.

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I don't get all the comments about eliminating bunker rakes. How easy do you want this game to be? I say return the rakes and USE THEM! What next? 6" holes on every course?

One rider per cart should be permanent. That alone speeds up the game. And how much wear and tear on the course can that cause versus zigzagging back and forth across the course from Player 1's ball to Player 2's ball and back again.

Pin in? You bet. If it's good enough for the PGA it's good enough for everyday players.

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I'm personally enjoying the "new" style of golf. Although here in Michigan as probably most parts of the country there's more people playing due to being unemployed I presume. Flags in for me are great and I liked it when they changed the rule for that and have been with it in since. I'm ok with the bunkers not having rakes too,..preferred lie seems to be working great. Pace of play has been outstanding,..haven't played a round in over 4 hours all year.

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Personally, not much has changed golf-wise since the pandemic hit. Social distancing is really only required on the tee box and perhaps on the green. Other than that, since we are not professionals, our own shots appear to create some social distancing. Pace of play during the pandemic has been great. All rounds are well under 4 hours now, with 3.5 being the norm. Since everyone gets their own cart, you just drive to your ball and play ready-golf. We still have rakes in our bunkers which some people don't use. I get it. Since the rules regarding leaving the flag stick in were changed earlier this year, I don't view leaving it in as part of the pandemic to be a game changer. The one major change appears to be helping each other out with clubs left on the green while the last person putts. We used to pick up clubs for our partners to help speed things up. Now, you just worry about your own clubs. That's my take. I play 3 rounds a week, year round. Love it!

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Overall faster play is a huge plus. But I would tend to disagree on WHY the POP is better.

-Golf courses spacing their tee times better and not as many courses allowing 5somes has made a huge difference.

-I do not see the no rake thing as much of a speeding up POP issue. I say that because probably 1/4 of all players did not use them when they were present and a good % of those that did use them did a mediocre job at raking.

-Flags in definitely assists somewhat.

The 2 biggest changes for the better???

1-Single player carts are the single biggest change for the better on POP.

2-Something I notice big time is that many on course services are not being offered with COVID protocols. The weekend drunks who used to take 10 minutes getting their beers for the rest of the round are no longer being allowed to hold up the entire course behind them in doing so.

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Love the faster play and single carts! Speeds up the day ! It’s too bad we can’t visit more after the round as most clubhouses are too crowded. Leaving pins in with apparatus for popping ball out of cup is nice as is no raking in the traps. Only problem is trap lies can be a bummer if not raked!
All in all golf has been great and shorter time to go around pleases the family!