Pace of Play

To ensure both competition and social rounds are played in a length of time which makes golf more enjoyable for everyone, players should play at a good pace.

Yarra Yarra Golf Club has established pace of play guidelines that all players should follow:

  • 4 hours 15 minutes (including an 8 minute break at the Café after 9 holes) to complete an 18 hole Stableford or Par competition round in a four player group.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes (including an 8 minute break at the Café after 9 holes) to complete an 18 hole Stroke or Match Play competition round in a four player group.
  • The lowest marker in the group is responsible for the group’s pace of play.
  • If a group loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should call the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.
  • Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should call the faster moving group to play through.

How Players Can Minimise Round Times

  • Be aware of your position with regard to the group in front and keep up with that group.
  • Play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost outside a hazard or out of bounds.
  • If the group is losing ground, then the lowest marker should tell the other players in the group to increase the pace of play.
  • If the group is behind, catch up with the group ahead.
  • Be ready to play your shot. While exercising due consideration for other players in your group; put your glove on, check your distance, pick your club and line up your putt while others are playing.
  • At the green, speed up your exit by positioning your bags on the way to the next tee.
  • Move off the green as soon as all players in your group have holed out and mark score cards at or on the way to the next tee.