Pace of Play Policy
- A round of golf is meant to be played at a prompt pace. Each player should recognise that his or her pace of play is likely to affect how long it will take other players to play their round, including both those in the player’s own group and those in following groups. This policy has been established in accordance with the rules of Golf (Rule 5.6b) and is underpinned by the following:
a) All players (not just the lowest marker) are responsible for the pace of play of their group
b) All players must keep up with the group in front
c) All players are required to be on the 1st tee 5 minutes prior to your allocated tee time
d) 2 hours and 10 minutes is the desired maximum time for a group to complete 9 holes
- If a group is observed falling behind more than a hole behind the group in front and fails to recover their place in the field, the following consequences may apply as directed by the Match Committee:
a) On the first occasion each player will be sent an email or letter advising the player of his or her first official warning for slow play and issuing of a yellow card.
b) On the second occasion in a four-week period the player/s will be issued with a red card and restricted to being able to only book into one of the last two tee times of the afternoon fields for the following month of competition.
c. Repeated issuing of red cards to the same member may require meeting with the Match Committee.
STRATEGIES TO ACHIEVING A GOOD PACE OF PLAY
Strategies to assist players in achieving a good pace of play include:
- Check-in at the Pro Shop at least 15 minutes prior to your tee time.
- KEEP UP WITH THE GROUP IN FRONT OF YOU.
- The position of the group behind you is irrelevant.
- Play “Ready Golf” – if it can be done safely, the person who is ready to hit, even if they are further up the fairway, providing it is safe to do so. On the tee, shorter hitters hit first.
- Play a provisional ball if there is some doubt to where your ball finished.
- The maximum time permitted to look for a ball is 3 minutes.
- Line up your putt and get set to putt while other players are putting without breach of etiquette.
- Putt out whenever possible instead of marking your ball for short putts (except in matchplay).
- In other than Stroke Competitions, pick up your ball when you cannot score.
- If you lose a ball and/or fall behind, play your next few shots as soon as it is safe to do so.
- If you wish to tee off in the first 6 groups of the morning, you should complete your round in 3 hours and 55 minutes or less.
- Player finish times and gaps to the group in front will be monitored electronically.
- Remember to start on time, keep up with the group in front and catch up if your group falls behind.