I've been taking my nephew, who is 12, to the course pretty frequently lately. Over the past few days, I've even been able to take one of his friends. And in his summer junior-league that he plays on Mondays, I caddied for him yesterday.
Now on Sunday the course was pretty slow, so we all had a great time for the first 14 hole or so just goofing off. It was a blast. But over the last four holes, the mid-day rush caught up to us. Now, fortunately, our round was almost done.
I try to cement into these kids' heads that they are allowed to take their time when they are shooting. But in between shots, they need to hurry up.
Now the interesting thing was on the round I caddied on Monday, I was still trying to instill this aspect of the game into my nephew and his friend, and it was pretty obvious that the other parent that was accompanying the group was getting annoyed by my constant insistence that they abide by the rules and keep up the pace of play even though it was a junior league with only kids playing. An example is that I don't let them trade clubs because, even though they aren't keeping score at this point, the inevitable end result is that one of the kids is on one side of the fairway without the club he needs because it is in his friends bag.
Now I'm always throwing compliments their way even when they have sub-par shots. I'm not coaching during the league becuase I figure that is their chance to have some fun. I don't coach my nephew when his friends are with for the same reason. I coach him when we are playing as a twosome or when we are on the driving range. But when it comes to pace of play, I think that's ALWAYS important even when it is only kids being held up behind us.
So what are the thoughts here? Am I being too hard on them? SHould I let them share clubs (for instance) when they aren't keeping score? I guess I keep on going back to when I was 12. Perhaps I wasn't the most considerate golfer at age 12, but I knew that there were some things (like sharing clubs) that simply weren't allowed.