I got this email in yesterday… Thought I’d post it, unedited.

On a recent trip to the USA I was fortunate enough to secure a game at the Black Course on Sunday 15th November. I was given a tee time at 12.42 pm. After paying for for my round I made my way to the practice range to warm up and was informed that the average time for a round on the black course was 5 1/2 hours and that there was no way that I was going to complete my round. I was told that I would most likely get to the 14th hole before darkness set in. After taking 3 hours to play the front 9 we finally played the 14th in darkness then made our way back to the club-house. Despite the slowness of the round I was enjoying the challenge of the course. My playing partners, all New Yorkers, were not hackers and I play of a handicap of 9 but we had to wait an eternity on each tee before we could play our shots. I write to express my amazement the the club can sell a round of golf knowing that it will be impossible to complete the round at that time of the year. Coming from Australia I had no idea when I made the booking that it would be dark at 4.40pm. I am the Vice Captain and Board Member at Concord Golf Club in Sydney, one of Sydney’s leading golf clubs, and I know that we would be prohibited from selling something that we could not deliver. I would have thought that the club should not be selling tee times after 11.30 am, at the latest, at that time of the year. I realizie that there is nothing that can be done now but thought that I should register my complaint as I felt short-changed at the end of the day and it spoiled what should have been a very pleasant experience.

Yours Sincerely, GB

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