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.