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Rulebook: Can We All Just Get Around?
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April 27, 2017
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Ever wonder why it takes around 4.5 hours to play a round of golf? There’s actually a pretty simple mathematical reason for it. The USGA says that the handicap of the average golfer is 15. That means that the average golfer is likely to shoot 90 over 18 holes, or “bogey” golf. Now, let’s take that number and multiply it by the average time that a golfer takes to play a stroke when it’s his, or her turn to play. That number is generally around 40 seconds. This gives us a result of 3,600 seconds (1 hour) of actual play per round, per golfer. Now, courses generally put groups of 4 out on the course, plus travel time between holes and shots… You see where I’m going with this.

This 4.5 hour number is an “average”, meaning that some of us play more quickly than this, and some of us play more slowly than this. For all the banging around, and yelling and screaming we do about slow play, we always seem to end up back at this “magical” number. It is what it is, and that’s what it is… Or is it?

I’m going to go out on a…

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