Pace of play for 3 balls in Medals and Majors
As you are aware the 2019 season is upon us with the April monthly medal taking place tomorrow. Pace of play has constantly been raised as an issue over the past couple of seasons so just a couple of reminders:
You may have noticed two clocks on the course, one at Hope Hut and another at the Halfway House. Timings have been undertaken over the last year during Medal and Major play to determine the average pace of play for the front nine holes. This research has determined an average pace of play of 1.55 hrs to reach the Halfway House. As a result, the clock at the Halfway House clock has been set 1.55 hrs slow. When you reach the Halfway House please check the clock. It should mirror your tee off time. Should it read later than your tee off time you are behind the expected pace of play.
Should you be delayed for any reason (looking for a ball etc.) and fall a hole behind the group in front please recognise this may cause a knock-on effect and hold up the rest of the field. As such please be mindful and be ready to let the group behind you play through.
On reaching the 9th green please make the Halfway House staff aware of your requirements before putting out so that they can prepare your order in readiness for you.
Please do not stop at the Halfway House unnecessarily and be ready to tee off on the 10th as soon as the group in front are out of reach.
Players who have finished the 18th and wish to use the Halfway House please be patient and let those still playing go first.
Where you think a ball may be lost or in doubt please play a provisional ball and announce it as a provisional ball on the tee. (Simply saying I’ll take another one is not good enough. If done so, that ball becomes the ball in play!).
Don’t forget the rules now permit “ready golf”. You don’t have to wait for the person with the honours or the person furthest away to play first. For example, don’t wait for a player playing out of a bunker to rake it before taking your putt etc. BUT PLEASE BE AWARE OF EACH OTHER AND PERSONAL SAFETY RISKS.
Remember you can now leave the flagstick in when you are putting on the putting green.
Be ready to play your next shot and leave your bag suitably placed for a quick exit when leaving each green.
Please refrain from using mobile phones other than to get yardage information or in emergency situations (I.e. don’t make calls, send texts, look at football scores, records shot information etc.).
A 3 ball competition should take no longer than 4 hours. By being mindful of these few things you can make a real difference to help the pace of play and make the competition enjoyable for all concerned.
Should you have other suggestions on how the pace of play can be improved please let the Competitions Committee know.
All the best for a fruitful season and hope the golfing gods smile on you!
The Competitions Committee