While current conditions can make golf slower than normal the committee wish to remind players of the need to keep the game moving. A system to monitor how long a round takes will shortly be put in place; not to punish golfers but simply bring attention to how long a given round is taking – as a general rule 4 hours should be the target. Some tips to assist if your group is staring to fall behind are below.
Ready Golf – Improving the Pace of Play
On the Tee
- There is no honour. The first player to each tee who is READY hits off
- If waiting on the group in front, shorter hitters should tee off first, as long as it is safe to do so
On the Fairway
- The first player READY plays their shot, regardless of distance to the green, as long as it is safe to do so
- If possible, play your shot before helping another look for a lost ball
On the Green
- The first player READY indicates to the other players that he/she will putt first, and holes out first as long as he/she is not interfering with another player’s line. A ball should rarely be marked more than once
- When the flag is removed from the hole, it should be laid on the green so that all players can prepare to putt
- Leave your bag/cart to the side of the green, NOT in front of the green
- Plan your shot and select your club while approaching the ball
- When in doubt that you will find your ball, hit a provisional
Each group must MAINTAIN THEIR PLACE IN THE FIELD. Your place is directly behind the group in front not in front of the group behind.