Slow Play

In Scotland, golfers never take longer than three hours to play a round.

Whenever the grillroom conversation turns to slow play, American golf's most vexing problem, someone invariably pipes up with this chestnut. In fact, a foursome of Scots in a four-ball match average about four hours a round, according to Hamish Gray, chief executive of the Scottish Golf Union. That's the recommended pace of play posted at many U.S. golf courses. The difference is the Scots really do play in four hours, whereas at most U.S. courses it's the impossible dream.