A foursome should be able to complete a round of golf, while walking, in 4 hours. This is possible for any level of player - beginner to advanced - if you incorporate the following guidelines into your round.
In fact in Scotland, where the game of golf originated, they normally take less time to play a round, and would consider anything more than 4 hours an affront to the way the game should be played.
Why? Because following a tradition now of some 500 years, they like to play as much golf as their limited leisure time permits them; taking 6 hours to play a round that should take 4 or less means, over the course of let's say a year, 50% less golf. If you love to play golf, that of course is not acceptable!
These guidelines are not about rushing or foregoing preparing properly for each shot. They are however about anticipating your next shot, doing your preparation when at all possible while your playing partners are playing their next one, and then being aware when you can go and executing promptly.
You will also find that enjoy your round more when you play this way: it keeps your "head in the game" by not only being aware of what you are doing, but what is going on around you. Plus you can gain positive momentum as there is much less time in between shots.
However, at first you have be aware of these pace of play guidelines and then consciously remind yourself to use them while on the course. After a few rounds the will become "habit" and will be naturally incorporated into your game.
While you are learning them, you may want to print this page out so you can refer to these guidelines while on the course!
Follow these simple guidelines and always be thinking about how you can play a little faster each hole and you'll enjoy your golf anywhere in the world! Plus groups behind you will be able to play faster.
Remember, your place on the golf course is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you!?