A Course Against Slow Play
By Kickntrue on 7/9/09
This takes some guts- and I like it. Tamarack Golf Club in New York Naperville, Illinois, will give you your money back if it's not a 4 1/2 hour round. Finally someone standing up a bit against slow play and taking the responsibility to do something from the course level. Now if we could just get it down to 4 hours...

Anyone know other clubs who do this? They should be 5 star rated on oobgolf by default.

Tamarack Golf Club

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Alan Ellis says:
Their website says they are near Chicago.
TimmyBede says:
Is this course in Oswego, NY or Naperville, IL?
Kickntrue says:
@everyone- it's the one in Illinois. This was a combo of my lack of checking and a mistake by Google. When I googled the NY Course - this webpage was listed and there was nothing on it obviously that made it the IL course versus the NY. at any rate- It's the IL course. Go there!
klangdon says:
Whats weird about it is that its rewarding slow play. Tell me if your not sitting close to that time your not going to slow down your own play just a little for the chance to play free. I think it backfires and has the opposite result.
JDoughMO says:
I'm guessing I would get pretty good at making my rounds last exactly 4 hours and 36 minutes.
falcon50driver says:
Something tells me that there will be course marshalls, at each green, with cattle prods. Giddyup there sport, that's good pick it up, move along now.
Nethmonkey says:
the site says you only get a voucher for 9 holes, not a refund
Virtuaframax says:
it also says its only on specific dates and times: you need to sign up to receive the offer. It's actually 10 minutes away from where i work...
Kickntrue says:
@the world ... of course there's a catch.
woobwoob says:
As long as they marshall the course properly and spread out the tee times to at least 8-9 minutes, there shouldn't be an issue with getting done in under 4.5 hours
tennesseeboy says:
When I played there it was in Illinois but that was in 2005 and things change.
raj kamruddin says:
I've played here on a Saturday. They dont allow walking, since it holds up others. They are very good about going around and getting people moving. I can see how Klangdon would think it rewards slow golfers, but, like I said... they make sure people get moving. The course is about 1 hour west of Chicago in Naperville. Good course.
ParHunter says:
Just out of curiosity, what do you consider a normal round, 4 hours, 5 hours?
I've never played in the US before but I've heard that 5 hour rounds can be quite common, is that true?
Here in England a normal round will take about 4 hours or less while walking the course, during a competition it can take 4.5 hours.
terpsno1 says:
I think the Walkers are slower argument is BS - Slow players are slow whether they walk or ride - Fast players are fast whether they walk or ride.
notyourdata says:
I would agree with terpsno1. At a course nearby me, I've had people in front of me with riding carts who played so poorly that I'd have to be waiting at almost every single shot. In some cases, walking (with a push cart) is actually faster than riding. Example: Cart path only rule.
DeepRough says:
11:40 tee time yesterday (a Thursday) at some public course. finished at 5pm...

Foursome in front of us, in carts...reading every putt like it was the Masters. That's what causes a 5 hour round.
beisenhauer says:
Dammit, I thought this was the Tamarack in O'Fallon, IL. Naperville's a long way from here.
jwilder78 says:
I've always hated old-fart marshals roving around the course to harass me and my buddies given the fact that there are so many factors that affect your pace of play, many of which you can't control. I do my best to play ready golf, and I play better, smoother, and most importantly, FASTER, when I don't have to deal with the pressure and annoyance of a marshal getting in the way. If there's one group that's singlehandedly bringing down the course, that's a different story, but usually I think the play goes best when the players do the policing themselves.
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