Despite the recent slight decrease in the number of golf players, this ratio is still much higher than the average percentage of golf players in Europe.
Golf is sometimes a bit funky on public courses as it is not rare to see golfers driving golf carts while drinking beer...golf is for everyone here, it's a relaxing hobby which is less competitive than in Europe where you can have two competitions in the same week-end ! I have tried to find local competitions on local public courses and I can tell you it's really complicated...
Because of this lack of competitions on public courses, every golf player has to upload his score on a system after each round played. This process is of course only for those who wants to maintain an official golf index which is not always the common practice in the US !
As the public courses are open to everyone, the pace of play is sometimes slow, very slow... long discussions and slow play brings up the time spent on a golf course to the maximum (un)acceptable level... sometimes 5 and an half hours or 6 hours spent out there... insane ! I had to leave the golf course once after three hours spent for barely 9 holes... this was nerve racking!
(Copyrights: USGA website)
Pace of play became such a big issue that the US Golf Association released a national campaign called “While we are young” to speed up the pace of play including a few key recommendations to pledge:
a) "Give it forward tee a try"
...don't consider yourself as a Superhero...that's right we see too many average players playing from the back tees...
b) "Embrace opportunities to play 9 holes".
...Yes, but where ?
c) Play "ready golf".
...honestly, I would really love to !
OK, you have to be very dedicated to play golf on pubIic courses here and find solutions to play this great game but trust me it's still possible !