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3 minutes ago, chippa13 said:

Nah. Most of the courses around here have plenty of adjoining holes where you're going to hear all kinds of loud conversations and the like from other fairways, tees, and greens. The only difference is if its my group then I can participate. I'll keep quiet if paired with strangers when they're hitting but any round where it is a group of my friends, one would be hard pressed to get silence at any point in the round.

I have no problem blocking out distractions from other groups.  But I admit do not do it well in the case of noise from my own.  I guess I feel that I deserve the same level of politeness that I give others in my group. 

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I love me some music on the course. 
My regular playing partner likes it a touch too loud. 
 

If we are paired up with strangers I always ask if they mind some tunes. 
 

I think there is a fine line of being respectful and being obnoxious.  I always have my finger on the volume ready to adjust it if we cross paths with other groups. 
 

There is something very satisfying to me about hitting a shot with a good song playing in the background. 
 

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On 5/12/2021 at 11:33 PM, chippa13 said:

I guess I don't understand what is so mentally crippling about hitting a golf ball.

I was taught (shown by example from the older guys I golfed with) that talking quietly on the tee box is pretty fine unless someone specifically requests not.  What you want to avoid is sudden, loud noises...laughter, practice swings, opening a beverage can, whatever.  But, putting requires absolute silence.

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I find it aggravating but unfortunately the can of worms is opened and it is only going to become more prevalent.  It does vary from course to course.  On courses that are more spread out it is less of a problem but the course I played at last year is one with every green and tee box right next to each other with a lot of parallel fairways so it was normal to hear multiple groups playing music at the same time.  I only lasted one year at that club.

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I'm an anti-music guy, but I've resigned myself to the fact that the cart has left the barn on the issue of music in casual rounds.

 

The trend I find really disturbing is the guys that are now wanting to play music during events and tournaments.  Have our attention spans really gotten that short?

 

 

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On 5/21/2021 at 4:34 PM, fat_boy_jimmy said:

If you're playing music on the course then you're as common as muck, classless.

By chance have you ever been to a PGA Tour practice round? Lots of music blasting out of bags.  Way too many to refer to all of them as classless. And these guys are preparing to try and win a tournament and keep food on the table not just break 100 on a Friday afternoon. 

 

Being able to block out nonsense, or anything else needed, is a quality trait to have, and it sounds like something more on here need to work on. Golf is not a game of silence. Granted there are manners to be had, but it's not a game of silence.  If it were we'd play it in a library and there would be no barking dogs, cars honking, truck engines, music, talking, lawn mowers, weed eaters and anything else that comes with being outside in the elements.  

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34 minutes ago, bazinky said:

I'm an anti-music guy, but I've resigned myself to the fact that the cart has left the barn on the issue of music in casual rounds.

 

The trend I find really disturbing is the guys that are now wanting to play music during events and tournaments.  Have our attention spans really gotten that short?

 

 

The answer to your last question is yes. No doubt about it.  Our societies attention span is close to zero. Observe the kids, observe the adults, observe the news, observe driving (by people of all ages and walks of life) observe politricks, observe the decline of baseball by kids and parents for a sport like lacrosse. We have little to no attention span anymore. Times have indeed changed. 

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12 hours ago, PoolPond said:

By chance have you ever been to a PGA Tour practice round? Lots of music blasting out of bags.  Way too many to refer to all of them as classless. And these guys are preparing to try and win a tournament and keep food on the table not just break 100 on a Friday afternoon. 

 

Being able to block out nonsense, or anything else needed, is a quality trait to have, and it sounds like something more on here need to work on. Golf is not a game of silence. Granted there are manners to be had, but it's not a game of silence.  If it were we'd play it in a library and there would be no barking dogs, cars honking, truck engines, music, talking, lawn mowers, weed eaters and anything else that comes with being outside in the elements.  

Good to know…then you won’t mind me talking when you’re hitting off the tee?  The other noises you mentioned are just life.  Talking while someone in your group is playing is just rude and very poor golf etiquette.

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On 3/22/2021 at 6:48 PM, tatertot said:

New? Here in the Midwest, we've put up with it for the last few years. Some hate it, some love it. Most who love it think only they can hear it.


 

I think it’s definitely gotten way more common in the last 2 years.  We have a couple of regulars now blasting it all the time.  If I can hear it 3 holes away, it might be a bit loud.

 

funny part is, one guy plays the same playlist all the time.  I know it’s him without even looking, it’s all Vietnam era classic rock. NOTHING else ever.

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On 5/26/2021 at 12:47 PM, PoolPond said:

By chance have you ever been to a PGA Tour practice round? Lots of music blasting out of bags.  Way too many to refer to all of them as classless. And these guys are preparing to try and win a tournament and keep food on the table not just break 100 on a Friday afternoon. 

 

Being able to block out nonsense, or anything else needed, is a quality trait to have, and it sounds like something more on here need to work on. Golf is not a game of silence. Granted there are manners to be had, but it's not a game of silence.  If it were we'd play it in a library and there would be no barking dogs, cars honking, truck engines, music, talking, lawn mowers, weed eaters and anything else that comes with being outside in the elements.  


 

wait a minute though, those same guys aren’t shooting a “score” on those practice days, they are learning lines, checking green books and reads, and specifically seeking out as much of the trouble and course design as they can.    They aren’t concentrating to shoot a score.  There’s a big difference.

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For the first time in my life, a guy I was playing with today started playing music. Pretty quietly, yes, but music nonetheless.

 

And I'd never thought I'd find myself in this boat, but I kinda didn't hate it. At all. It was pretty relaxing.

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1 hour ago, MaineMariner said:

For the first time in my life, a guy I was playing with today started playing music. Pretty quietly, yes, but music nonetheless.

 

And I'd never thought I'd find myself in this boat, but I kinda didn't hate it. At all. It was pretty relaxing.


you were lucky they were playing something you kinda liked.  It stinks when they aren’t 

 

I tend to be indifferent if the volume is reasonable.  But the problem is not the guys with a reasonable volume, none of us hear those guys!  It’s the obnoxious volume guys that we are probably talking about more.

 

And maybe  that stupid speaker that yells the yardages out (wingman or something).  That thing is dumb.

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Since turning over the business to my kids and being semi retired, I have gotten to play about 100 days "on the road" around the U.S. for the past 2 years. Plus another 80 rounds at home.

 

I'd guess less than 20% (or less than 1 in 5) of the time I hear music in a cart on the course, or play with a person who has music.

 

Are some of you noticing music more than 50% of the time when you play?

 

I'm in the group of players who aren't bothered by music or conversations while I swing, but my handicap has always bounced between 12-16, so lets face it - I suck but enjoy it...

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17 hours ago, Par Be A Joke said:

Since turning over the business to my kids and being semi retired, I have gotten to play about 100 days "on the road" around the U.S. for the past 2 years. Plus another 80 rounds at home.

 

I'd guess less than 20% (or less than 1 in 5) of the time I hear music in a cart on the course, or play with a person who has music.

 

Are some of you noticing music more than 50% of the time when you play?

 

I'm in the group of players who aren't bothered by music or conversations while I swing, but my handicap has always bounced between 12-16, so lets face it - I suck but enjoy it...


 

I’ve noticed that the time of day matters.

 

in the morning before say 12, I don’t hear music often.  In the afternoon, 50% might be a reasonable guess.  That’s on our main course anyway.

 

and for many that are saying they “ask” before the round, which one of us really wants to be the jerk that says “no, we hate music, don’t play it”.  10 years ago none of us had to answer that question, because no one did it.  
 

BUT, even if I say I don’t mind, that doesn’t mean I expect you to play it at a volume that I can hear it. But it seems like once I say yes, all bets are off and the volume becomes the Wild West.  

 

 

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6 hours ago, clinkinfo said:


 

I’ve noticed that the time of day matters.

 

in the morning before say 12, I don’t hear music often.  In the afternoon, 50% might be a reasonable guess.  That’s on our main course anyway.

 

and for many that are saying they “ask” before the round, which one of us really wants to be the jerk that says “no, we hate music, don’t play it”.  10 years ago none of us had to answer that question, because no one did it.  
 

BUT, even if I say I don’t mind, that doesn’t mean I expect you to play it at a volume that I can hear it. But it seems like once I say yes, all bets are off and the volume becomes the Wild West.  

 

 

And my experience lately has been if I say it’s ok at a low volume they tend to test it as the round goes on.  Raising the volume to see what the breaking point is for those that don’t want it. 

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I believe playing music on the golf course is disrespectful to the game. The sound of a well struck shot is what a player should want to hear.

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Myself and our group rock the tunes.   If that's disrespectful, I'll gladly disrespect the hell out of the game, I love having music on the course and love seeing some of the stuffiness go away. 

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7 hours ago, MountainKing said:

Myself and our group rock the tunes.   If that's disrespectful, I'll gladly disrespect the hell out of the game, I love having music on the course and love seeing some of the stuffiness go away. 

As long as it’s only your group that can hear your tunes have at it.  But there is no reason others should be subjected to your noise.

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So I am on the green of the 9th and the cartpath from another 9 owes past this green alongside the clubhouse deck.

I hear the “music” from carts when they are about 60 yards away on the path. I stop getting ready to putt, turn around and here are 2 carts travelling, one playing the most go-awful whining country, the other full metal, both at the same volume and driving about 3 yards apart.

 

My thought was there is no limit to human stupidity.

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18 hours ago, Quasimoto said:

So I am on the green of the 9th and the cartpath from another 9 owes past this green alongside the clubhouse deck.

I hear the “music” from carts when they are about 60 yards away on the path. I stop getting ready to putt, turn around and here are 2 carts travelling, one playing the most go-awful whining country, the other full metal, both at the same volume and driving about 3 yards apart.

 

My thought was there is no limit to human stupidity.

 

I'm the heavy metal guy, although you'd never hear my music, I generally turn it up so it can only be heard in and  around my cart.  Most of the time it can't be heard on the tee box (unless the cart path is right up next to the box) or greens when we're away from the cart.  While I love my music on the course, I do agree that the rest of the course doesn't need to hear it, and I don't need to hear theirs.

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12 hours ago, MountainKing said:

 

I'm the heavy metal guy, although you'd never hear my music, I generally turn it up so it can only be heard in and  around my cart. 

 Says every person who plays music...

 

No offense intended, but it's the same old song. (pardon the pun)

 

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On 7/3/2021 at 2:36 PM, MountainKing said:

 

I'm the heavy metal guy, although you'd never hear my music, I generally turn it up so it can only be heard in and  around my cart.  Most of the time it can't be heard on the tee box (unless the cart path is right up next to the box) or greens when we're away from the cart.  While I love my music on the course, I do agree that the rest of the course doesn't need to hear it, and I don't need to hear theirs.

While I appreciate the effort I gotta say……the tee box is at least 30-50 feet from the cart path typically.  So the music is spilling out louder than you think.   Also,  heavy metal quietly is an oxymoron.

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