PROPOSALS FOR SPEEDING UP THE RATE OF PLAY – Greg Phillips

It should be clear that these proposals are not aimed to get at anybody but to increase the potential enjoyment of all players. Much of this is common sense and already part of most player’s way of playing.

A typical 3ball could be round in 3hours 36 minutes if they spent 9 minutes on par 3s,12 minutes on par4s and 15 minutes on par5s.

FOR PLAYERS:

  1. We propose to play READY GOLF, you play when it is safe to do so, regardless of the traditional order of play. The aim is to keep close to the match in front rather than gauging your progress on the group behind. It is the responsibility of all players to be mindful of the pace of their group.
  2. Work out your next shot as you approach your ball and take your practice swings while you are waiting not over the ball.
  3. ALWAYS PARK BUGGIES/TROLLEYS ON THE EXIT SIDE OF THE GREEN. If you need a chip or a pitch take your putter with you.
  4. On the green don’t wait for the bunker to be raked but play on. If near the hole (3 feet) put out rather than marking and waiting. The first to put out takes charge of the flag.
  5. Move off the green straight away, marking cards at the next tee.
  6. Play a provisional ball if there is ANY doubt, we all know where the trouble areas are. Others should play before joining the search. The proposal is to have only three minutes to search/play the next shot.
  7. If you can’t score then pick up, unless it is a qualifying round.

Recommendations for the Course

This will need negotiations with the ground staff!

1.The first cut of the rough should be short enough always to allow for the ball to be seen/found.

  1. Greens should be smooth and true rather than fast and firm.
  2. The ground around trees and shrubs should be maintained at a decent level. Being near or in trees is penalty enough without losing the ball.