I've posted a few rants on my blog relative to pace of play, or the lack thereof. It's perhaps my pet peeve numero uno about the game, or it is after the cyberblowjobs certain networks and "reporters" appear dead-set intent on administering to Tiger and Augusta National as often as possible. You know, it ain't rocket science. Peter Kostis has a (as usual) good opinion piece in the new issue of GOLF, lamenting the love affair with uber-hard golf courses and how it has screwed up the game, including pace of play. I agree with him across the board but do want to take a tiny bit of exception to the difficulty thing. I played Troon North Pinnacle in Scottsdale last week. Certainly one of the best courses in creation and if you're going yard, one of the most brutal. We got around as a foursome, with playing abilities from about 6-7 up to 15, in 3:30 minutes. I think that is pretty impressive. We had plenty of balls head over the foul lines, but with the logical desert-lateral local rule and simply paying attention, we verily raced around. We still had plenty of time for needles and jokes, enjoying the stunning scenery, but we got around. And the next day another foursome I was in played the front nine at Raven-Phoenix in 1:20. Granted Raven is pretty open, but still. I'm sick and tired of the lip service the so-called stewards are giving to this most critical problem while they whack all over with an absurd obsession with anchoring. (BTW, did anyone catch David Fay's comments this weekend relative to why the USGA didn't get worked up by anchoring during his tenure?) Cost is a problem, but I'd gladly pay more to play more quickly. It's hard for clubs to enforce this simply because they don't understand the problem. Now some operations, like American Golf Corp, care NOT at all about pace of play or how unenjoyable of a round its patrons might face. AGC is all about getting as many players off the first tee, regardless how many might actually make it through 18. Most club rely on volunteer marshals to not enforce pace rules. It needs to be monetized. Private clubs also can use peer pressure if the committee has the balls in the first place. Oh, and men are by far the bigger malefactors in this regard than women. There are guys I know with whom I now refuse to play. I like 'em, they're good Joes, but I don't want to spend 5:30 hour chunks of my life out on the course with them, or anyone. OK, there's my third recent rant.