The 2015 season may have drawn to a close, but we golfers are always looking forward to the next opening. Do you find yourself thinking about your performance from last season and seeking ways during this “down time” of how to improve your game for 2016? We thought we would share a few pointers on how to increase your speed of play.
St. Eugene’s expected pace of play is 4:20 minutes or less. Please be ready to play at all times, pick up if you are out of the hole and putt continuously when appropriate. It is common knowledge that slow play detracts from the enjoyment of the game. Whilst players are not expected to ‘run’ around the course, they should be aware that there are others on the course at the same time and therefore, should act with common sense and courtesy towards those players. If your group is approached by a club employee about pace of play, please do whatever is necessary to keep up with the group in front of you.
A group’s position is in relation to the group in front, not the group behind.
The following are some helpful tips to improve speed of play.
1. Move between shots at a quick pace.
2. Play the appropriate tee boxes.
3. Keep practice swings and pre-shot routines to a minimum.
4. On the putting green, putt out whenever possible.
5. Play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost outside a hazard or out of bounds.
6. At the green, position your bag on the way to the next tee.
7. Move off the green as soon as all players in the group have holed out.
8. Mark the score card on the next tee while others are teeing off.
9. Keep an eye on where your partner’s ball goes in case he/she needs help with locating it.
10. Be ready to play as soon as it is your turn (i.e. put a glove on, select a club and calculate yardage while waiting to play).