Does anyone remember the days when you could play a round of competition golf in under four hours?
Not just once in a while, but every week?I can, but it feels like a long time ago. As a junior me and the other aspiring professional golfers did it all the time. Occasionally, we’d even play in under four hours including downing a pie and a coke halfway round. I’d eat an Aero Bar as I walked down the 10th.
Like the persimmon wood the four-hour round is now a thing of the past. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve finished 18 holes only to hear my playing partners say, “Four and a half hours, not too bad at all”.
It’s no wonder clubhouses are now resembling furniture warehouses. Who has the time to play five hours of golf and then stick around for an hour or two waiting for competition presentations?
I’m hoping the new Australian golf handicapping changes will allow handicap contributing rounds to be played outside of competition times. I might then get a 3 hour round in – with a pie and coke thrown in.