Originally Posted by KG_MCDGC
One of the things I love about Disc Golf is all the different type of people the game brings to the Course.
With that said; Do you remember the first time you played? How long after you started playing did you learn the nuances of etiquette? Who taught you about etiquette (I'm assuming not many of us Disc Golfers showed up at the Course the first time and had etiquette down and in the forethought of our round)?
I'm not trying to devalue your frustration; I definitely know what it's like to sneak in a quick round (working full-time, father of 3, with one on the way, and the Oly-to-Shelton thing) and be pressed for time. I would not have a problem speaking up and asking to play through. 9 times out of 10 this is going to result in a chorus of "yeah"s and "sure"s. The rest of the time I suggest grace. Yeah, grace. That thing where you let it be and skip a hole or start taking your time playing the hole your on, because "what's the point? I'm going to have to wait for them to hole-out." Someone who asks to play through is not an "ass", IMO. But then again, does it really matter that someone thinks that you're an "ass", even if it's just for a little while (or how ever long it takes for you to hole out!)? Recently, I thought about walking up the gravel service road and starting at one of the back (holes 15-18) just to give some space between groups. Nobody likes to feel rushed, especially during a "casual" round.
I see what you're saying, none of these groups were full of newbies though. The group of 10 I beat to the second tee, and the group of 7 let me through right away. I think I've always known the etiquette of playing through and other unwritten rules just because I grew up playing ball golf, not all have that at the start I know. That being said, most people realize that when it's taking you and your buddies 15 minutes per hole and there is a single person behind you...let them go on through. As far as etiquette in the disc golf world, this seems pretty basic. I suppose some people never play by themselves though and don't have this experience from the single's point of view.
I always try to have "grace" while playing by myself. I know it's a basically people doing me a favor to let me through. I always play two discs, not throw up
on people, slow down, do some extra putts when I'm behind a group of 2-5. I guess when I see I'm behind a group of 8-9 I get anxious and agitated and don't want to do the extra throws because I know it will take my whole bag.
I just sit behind and watch and hope someone will be nice enough to say "go ahead."
I do often start on other holes, it's good practice for tournaments anyway, or skip sometimes... but after you do it the last 5 rounds you've gone you sometimes just wanna play a full, normal round.