Golf takes too long to play.
The time it takes to play a round of golf is often cited as a primary reason the game isn’t more popular. “Playing golf has gone the way of the three-martini lunch,” declared a March MarketWatch story. An international survey commissioned in 2015 by Scotland’s R&A found that 60 percent of people who do play would like the game better if it took less time.
Yes, an 18-hole round usually averages four hours, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game in about the same amount of time as other leisurely pursuits — the gym, a movie, a couple of sets of tennis. Instead of 18 holes, just play nine. Go to a shorter executive or par3 course and be done in a couple of hours. Hitting a bucket of balls at a driving range, then spending a half-hour on the practice putting green, will do wonders for your game. Miniature golf might help your putting stroke. And for a fun night, some high-tech practice facilities include target games for all ages and skill levels using microchipped balls.