...for missing the hole. Then I noticed that hole 3, which is close, only had a threesome. If I join them, I get a two throw penalty for starting on the wrong hole and/or in the wrong group, saving two strokes. Clever, right?
Not so much. Intentionally misplaying a hole to your advantage can get you disqualified. Any throws played with the wrong starting group are disregarded. You need to find your assigned group.