Good management practices can assist with pace of play and enhance the enjoyment of golfers.
Keeping Pace: Tip Tips for Committee’s
Increasing the number of players per group increases round times.
Try to avoid mixing two-balls and three-balls in amongst four-balls.
Consider restricting certain forms of play, e.g. four-balls, to certain times and/or days.
Accurately assess the course: how long should it take a two-ball, a three-ball and a four-ball to play the course?
Establish achievable pace of play targets.
Starting Intervals and Gaps
While there is a temptation to get as many groups on the course as possible, this will have a negative impact on pace of play and, potentially, a long-term impact on your business.
Encourage players to play from tees that suit their ability. Pace of play will improve and players will enjoy their golf more.
Advise players of the time that should be taken to play the course, i.e. the pace of play targets.
Politely remind players of their responsibilities with regard to pace of play
If you employ course marshals they should be active and should politely encourage players to catch up with the group in front if they have fallen behind. Action must be taken promptly when gaps appear.
Pace of play – Committee Responsibilities
Very few golfers would admit to being slow players but we can all do our bit to play a little bit faster. For example, use your time wisely so when it is your turn you are ready to play and consider shortening your pre-shot routine.
Good management practices can assist with pace of play and enhance the enjoyment of golfers. For example, do not overload the course by using short starting intervals and encourage players to play from tees that suit their ability.
When setting up the golf course, one of the most important things to do is to think about who is going to be playing the course, i.e. what is the level of ability for the majority of golfers playing the course.