Originally Posted by emmarose
i'm gonna assume you're really asking this... so here goes: it is different because 1) you're playing a tournament. 2) everyone starts at the same time. 3) the groups consist of 4 or less... so you are not stuck behind a group of 5 or 6 or 8 or... 4) it's a tournament. people are aware of speed of play and are not drinking, gabbing (well, one would hope), answering their phones/texting or otherwise lollygagging.
it's just different, yo.
What if 18 groups of people showed up all at once to play at a course, in a non-tournament situation? Would it really make more sense for EVERYONE to wait for their turn at #1, while the rest of the course was sitting empty? Of course not, that'd be silly and a waste of a lot of people's time.
(And for the record, if I was playing with a group of 5 or 6 or 8, god forbid, I probably wouldn't
jump into the middle of a course. But I don't like playing in groups of more than three.)