The R & A have issued guidelines in the “Rules of Golf” to combat Slow Play. Extracts from these rules are detailed below:

The Basics

  • Keep up with the group in front
  • If you lose a hole, call the group behind you through
  • Be ready to play your shot when it is your turn
  • Leave the green promptly

How players can help to minimise round times:

  • Be aware of your position with regard to the group in front.
  • Do not concern yourself with the group behind; the fact that you are not holding them up is irrelevant as it is your group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front.
  • If you feel that your group is falling behind, advise the other players in your group.
  • If your group is behind, try to catch up quickly.
  • If you lose a clear hole and are delaying the group behind, or if there is no group in front of you and you are delaying the group behind, invite the group behind to play through.
  • Do not wait until it is your turn to play before putting your glove on.
  • Do not wait until it is your turn to play before calculating your yardage and selecting your club.
  • Look at your own line of putt while the other players in the group look at theirs (within the bounds of normal etiquette).
  • At the green, position your bags so as to allow quick movement off the green to the next tee.
  • Move off the green as soon as all players in your group have holed out
  • Mark score cards at or on the way to the next tee. If you have the honour, consider marking the score card after you have teed off.
  • Play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost outside a hazard or out of bounds.
  • If you keep up with the group in front, you cannot be accused of slow play.

Time a game should take around Brancepeth

For “normal golf” it is important for the Committee to set targets for round times. As we know, there is not a “one size fits all” model for round times but it is important that the targets are achievable without being too soft.

Rounds should take no longer than the following:

Two-Balls 3 hrs 10 mins
Three-Balls 3 hrs 30 mins
Four-Balls 3 hrs 50 mins

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