27 October 2016
If golf is keeping you away from your family, just take them with you. Photo:
If golf is keeping you away from your family, just take them with you. Photo:

Does a round of golf take too long?

A wise guy once said golf is a good walk spoiled. 

But who has time for a good walk these days, let alone a round of golf?

For many players, a typical round takes too much time away from family or work, a survey by The R&A, the sport’s governing body outside the United States and Mexico, shows – though some might say that’s the whole idea.

And busy younger golfers find it especially hard to go the full 18 holes.

The R&A, based in St. Andrews, Scotland, received responses from 56,000 golfers in 122 countries. 

Those polled generally played two rounds of golf a week, making them fairly avid players.

Although 70 percent were largely happy with the duration of their rounds — each of which typically lasts three to four hours — 60 percent said they would like the game better if it took less time to play.

Of the golfers aged between 25 and 44 who said they were never happy with the pace of play, 21 percent said a round would have to take an hour-and-a-half or less for them to play more often.

Among the roughly 8,500 golfers in that age range who responded, 19 percent said they would like to play just nine holes.

The survey found that the two biggest factors preventing people from playing golf were work commitments (34 percent) and family commitments (29 percent).

Well, one way to feel better about this is to golf with your business associates, spouse and kids — not necessarily all at the same time.

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