Slow Play Avoidance
If every person could play each hole just 20 seconds quicker, then we
could probably save half an hour in time, meaning everyone gets home
that little bit earlier.
Tips to avoid slow play
It is essential that everyone plays quickly, without delay and PICKS
THEIR BALL UP when they can no longer score any stableford
points on a hole. Know how many shots you have taken at all times, don't
finish the hole then add up your strokes. This is the easiest
and simplest way to speed things up.
It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If
it loses ground on the group in front and is delaying the group behind,
it must invite them to play through.
Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to do so.
When playing on or near the putting green, they should leave their bags
or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green
and towards the next tee. If you are not sure where the next tee is,
simply watch the group in front and see the direction they walk.
When the play of a hole has been completed, players should
immediately leave the putting green. You should not mark your scorecard
until you reach the next tee. If you are the first to play, mark the
card after you have teed-off.
If a player believes his ball may be lost or is out of bounds, to
save time, he should play a provisional ball. Players searching for a
ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through
as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found.
They should not search for five minutes before doing so.
Keep an extra ball in your pocket so you don't have to walk back to
your bag if you need to hit a provisional. When on the green, putt out
whenever possible instead of marking the ball. The first person that
putts out should tend and replace the pin for other players.
Watch other shots, as well as your own, to help pinpoint the position
of their ball and try to 'mark' the finishing position by using a nearby
tree or landmark.
If one of your partners has played from a bunker but is still further
away from the hole than you, offer to rake the bunker for him, so he can
play his next shot quickly.
Reserve giving instruction for the driving range, not on the course.
If you are one of the later starters, please shower and change as
quickly as possible. Don't spend 20 minutes chatting or making phone
calls before entering the showers.