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USGA “While We’re Young” Campaign features Arnold Palmer

| On the Course, Stars in Golf Carts | June 13, 2013

The USGA have launched a campaign to combat slow play on the nation’s golf courses. The campaign is called “While We’re Young”, which comes from a famous line in Caddyshack spoken by Rodney Dangerfield’s character.

The campaign consists of a number of ads during this week’s U.S Open featuring Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Clint Eastwood, Paula Creamer, Annika Sorenstam and Butch Harmon. The ad with Arnold, shown at the top of this page, shows ‘The King’ appearing menacingly from behind a refreshment cart.

“Pace of play is a big issue,” Woods said in a statement. “Rounds of golf take too long and no one enjoys it. ‘While we’re young’ is part of the golfing vocabulary, and Caddyshack is iconic in our sport. This campaign is lighthearted, but it also shows that we need to pick up the pace of play.”

There’s nothing like a nice cold beverage during a round of golf, but deciding between all the refreshing offerings can take a little while for a group of players. That’s not including the time that it takes the Lothario in the group to chat up the female server.

While this might add a few minutes to a round of golf we think the best idea is for everyone to drive a custom golf cart that’s been fitted with a few speed upgrades. Perhaps the speed limiters on the golf carts can be removed so they can be driven at a higher speed.

The USGA also have some tips on speeding up your play on the course, including this one for golf cart users:

When sharing a cart, use a buddy system.
Don’t wait in the cart while your cartmate hits and then drive to your ball. Get out and walk to your ball with a few clubs. Be ready to play when it is your turn and then let your cartmate pick you up. Or, drive to your ball after you drop your cartmate off and then pick him or her up after you hit.

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