Biggest pet peeves on the golf course | A Quick Nine

By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
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No matter how long you've played golf -- a couple of months, or several decades -- surely you've come to find that there are certain things that downright annoy you on the course. Things like cellphone talkers, club throwers, bad scorekeepers and more.

They're golf pet peeves. We all have them.

Here's one of mine: the semi-regular, 20-handicap playing partner who has made millions as an insurance broker -- and must be great with numbers, right? -- but can't seem to count past five when it comes to tallying up his score on a given hole. Buddy, I literally just saw you hit at least eight shots -- not including however many you hit from the trees -- and you're telling me you made a five!

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We're not alone, folks. To prove it, we posed this question to the 191,000+ strong in Facebook Nation (Join the masses by liking here): Is there a specific and common behavior on the course you'd like to wish away?

As a matter of fact, it turns out, there are many. Here are your best responses.

9. The "Do you think I can hit yet?" guy. This is the person who is far from a long hitter. Next thing you know, he's got 300+ yards left for his second shot into a par 5 with the group ahead on the green. He declares to his playing partners, "I should probably wait until they're off the green." For what?

Facebook fan quotes:

"I love the guy that hits 200 yards off the tee... Then waits for the green (250 yards away) to clear before he takes hid next shot and jams up the entire course." -- Brett Mariner

"The old guys that wait 250+ out for the green at a par 5 to clear, KNOWING that they could never reach it. Worm-burn that 3-wood 140 yards like we all KNOW you will, and move on." -- Greyson Flowers

"The men who won't play it forward or who wait for the group ahead to get about 350 off the tee then hit it about 225. Park the egos, guys." -- Rita Aguilar

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8. The "Where's the beverage cart?" guy. Let's cut to the chase here -- golf is meant to be fun and relaxing. In most cases, you're there to unwind. We get that. But is it necessary to down as many beers as holes you play? Feel free to have some drinks, but can you at least pay a little attention to your playing partners who are there for the golf?

Facebook fan quotes:

"People who concentrate on the beer more than the golf. I don't mind drinking and playing. But be ready to hit when it's your turn." -- Danny Teague

"The 'The beer cart is slow' guy." -- Rob MacNett

"Drinker who is drunk long before the front nine is even done." -- Rick Smith

7. The "Since I'm not playing well, I'm not talking to anybody in the group/or I'm going to complain about everything" guy. This is one of my personal favorite golf course pet peeves. It's not the end of the world that you're not going to shoot the course record in your Sunday morning league, pal. It's never happened before, so why did you think it would happen today? Relax.

Facebook fan quotes:

"The 'I'll shut down and stop talking to you when I'm playing bad' guy... Dude turns a casual, friendly round into four hours of silent awkwardness." -- Jason Newsome

"Aggressive golfers who expect every shot to be perfect. It effects your game poorly and kills the vibe for others. I know right away if I block, pull, etc. Just shake your head. Take a correct swing and get off the tee box. Nobody wants to hear about what you did wrong before they are teeing up." -- Thomas Lavin

"Any kind of childish temperamental behavior; club throwing, slamming the ground, excessive swearing, blaming, shutting down." -- Bill Coe

6. The "Leave the green messy" guy. This is the person who refuses to fix their ball mark on the green. The person who thinks spitting their sunflower seeds, tapping the ashes off their cigarettes or cigars, or expectorates their smokeless tobacco on the green is actually helping the superintendent with some special kind of fertilizer. It's gross. Even Jason Dufner wouldn't do that!

Facebook fan quotes:

"Fix your ball marks on the green! Geez!" -- Brian Hicks

"The 'sunflower seed on the green spitter' guy and the 'cigarette butts left all over the course' guy... pigs." -- John Boutet

"Sunflower seed shells on the green!" -- Linda Kawaguchi

"Spitting on the greens is a No No! Please don't spit where everyone's ball has to roll." -- Stephen Shreeve

"Not knocking sand off shoes after coming out if green side bunker. So there are foot prints across the green." -- Scott Fleischer

"'Golfers' who don't know how to walk on a green, leaving drag marks from their shoes because they are too lazy to pick up their feet, along with not repairing ball marks on the greens." -- Tom Groome

"Not fixing ball marks and people dragging their feet on the greens. Also the guy who complains about ball marks but never fixes any." -- Jason Borowski

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5. The "Member who acts like he owns the course" guy. As you'll see, we even have a course superintendent weighing in on this one. The point we're getting at here is that your membership -- no matter how much you paid for it -- does not mean you have a free pass to follow your own set of rules. You spent $15,000 this year for a course membership? Business must be going well. Congratulations. But, you still have to follow the same rules as the person who just spent $100 on greens fees to play your course. Treat others the way you'd like to be treated and treat your golf course the way you'd like others to treat it.

Facebook fan quotes:

"I am a course superintendent and my beef is with the members who think they own the course and won't obey any rules. Such as: NO CARTS IN FAIRWAYS. Especially when they're wet from rain. And not repairing ball marks on my new greens! The public non-members obey all the above usually. Members of all courses -- have some respect." -- John Gwyn

"Those who don't fix ball marks, replace divots, or drive the cart wherever they want, including as close to the green as humanly possible. Yet these will be the first people to complain about course conditions." -- Seth Zipay

4. The "One second... let me count up my strokes" guy. I mentioned this one in the opening and I'm glad to see I'm not alone. Let's call it what it is -- cheating. New rule: If you've hit so many shots on a given hole that you've lost track, just pick it up and take an "X." 

Facebook fan quotes:

"The one that has to stand on the green and replay the hole to count his strokes." -- Doug Hart

"The behavior I dislike is cheating in High School golf! As one athlete said to my son when he questioned his score on a hole 'don't worry about it, everyone cheats.' SAD! My boys have worked hard to get to this level and then have to play with fake scorers. Parents should stop pushing their kids to win no matter the cost. Golf is a game of ethics!" -- Tammy Fones-Smock

"People who shave strokes with a straight face!" -- Robert de Venecia

"People who give themselves 3+ foot putts and the 'I had a 6' golfer who in reality had a 7 or 8." -- Dan Gilbert

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3. The "Oblivious to the open holes in front of us and the people on our tail" guy. Why do people have such a hard time admitting to themselves that they're tedious or slow on the golf course? Has anyone ever had a good time knowing they're holding people up? I sure don't take any pleasure in it. In fact, when I'm stuck in a slow group, I'm downright antsy and I can't enjoy the golf. I always speak up. You should do the same. If your group is slow and behind, let the folks on your tail play through. Not only is it the right thing today, but also it likely says on your scorecard, "Let faster groups play through."

Facebook fan quotes:

"This is great! Mine would be the foursome of hackers that won't let you through even though there are two of you and you waited for them on every set of shots for like three holes!" -- Josh Ash

"Bad golfers can play easily in four hours (picking up if you have to). I have only been golfing 10 years and I am 69 years old. I walk the course carrying my bag. I have never held anyone up on the course (and I have never had to pick up). The very odd time that I am slower than the group in front, I have let people through (maybe a dozen times). Even as a new golfer I have had groups behind me walk up and thank me for our pace of play." -- Bill Coe

"Impatient players behind us or stallers in front of us." -- Peg Leslie

2. The "Cellphone talker" guy. Aren't you on the course for a little peace and quiet? You know, to get away from it all for a while? Why then must you constantly be on or checking your cellphone?

Facebook fan quotes:

"Cellphone talker. Are you playing golf, or making everyone else deal with your work?" -- Cary Hendrix

"Cell phones. If you think you're that important, go back to the office and spare us." -- Steve O. Campbell

"Definitely cell phone use." -- Phillip Werner

"Those annoying rich dads that talk on their ear piece during mine and everyone else's shots. And then the kid crying after a 7." -- Ryan Kent Jr.

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1. The "Good Lord, they're pairing a woman up with us" guy. The outrage! I think we've all been in a situation, where someone in your twosome or threesome sees that the starter has added a lady to fill out your group. You hear the groans, or at least feel the displeasure. Moments after tee off -- and it almost never fails -- while the tough guys are looking for their golf balls in the woods, the lady is kindly waiting to hit her shot from the middle of the fairway. Guys, let's get over ourselves, OK?

Facebook fan quotes:

"I'd like to be rid of the eye roll when men get paired with me. That 'crap, it's a girl' look. But I have to admit that I love the second look 'crap, it's a good girl!'" -- Shaun Albrektsen Eldridge

"A player with no respect or courtesy for his playing partners." -- Rhys Walton

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