Pace of Play requires constant vigilance. The Board would like everyone to consider the following:

  • The first few groups out can determine the pace of play for the entire field. If your group is slow, everyone after you is affected.
  • Each group that follows must keep up with the group ahead. If you are not, change the routine of your group. The team Captain should suggest the change if required to the group.
  • Play “ready golf” whenever safe to do so. Don’t use “honors” on the tee box if you are behind. Putt out whenever possible.
  • It is recommended that you make the stroke in no more than 40 seconds after you are (or should be) able to play without interference or distraction, and you should usually be able to play more quickly than that and are encouraged to do so. (It should have taken you about 40 seconds to read everything in this post up to this point)
  • If someone in your group is consistently playing slow make him aware in a nice way with possible suggestions to increase the pace. If the player is unable or unwilling to change please provide the Board the name of the player and the nature of the problem.

USGA Rule 5.6

  • Players should recognize that their pace of play affects others and they should play promptly throughout the round (such as by preparing in advance for each stroke and moving promptly between strokes and in going to the next tee),
  • A player should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds (and usually in less time) after the player is able to play without interference or distraction.
  • Committee Pace of Play Policy. To encourage and enforce prompt play, the Committee should adopt a Local Rule setting a Pace of Play Policy.  This Policy may set a maximum time to complete a round, a hole or series of holes and a stroke, and it may set penalties for not following the Policy.

The Board will be reviewing complaints from our members about slow play for the next couple of weeks.  If this continues to be a problem, then we may have to institute penalties associated with slow play infractions.

A round of golf should be completed within 4 hours and 15 minutes.  The time to complete a hole is listed on the top line of every Captains scorecard.