Men's 18 Hole League

  Pace of Play Guidelines


 

   
 

The league is taking a tough stance on pace of play. You musk keep pace or your foursome will be penalized. 

Click here for the club's guidelines and see specific league guidelines below:

                              
   


* Make it a habit to check your group's position on every tee. If the area is open in front of you then you are not keeping pace. To help with this, one player in each foursome will be appointed to monitor your group's position for the entire round and to speak up if your group has fallen behind. VP's will put a * or highlight the player in charge of pace of play.

* As your group's monitor, when you play, tell your group that your group is expected to keep pace, and that you will let them know if they need to speed up. The Executive board has asked the course rangers to monitor pace of play. If you fall one hole behind the ranger will ask you to pick up the pace. If you fall two holes behind and do not catch up by the next time the ranger comes around, the course ranger will ask the group to move up one hole. The players will be assessed a net par for the hole that they did not finish plus a 2 stroke penalty for slow play. This is in accord with the USGA rules for recording a score on a hole that you were unable to complete and with the penalty that the rules require for slow play. 

* Never use the course as a place for teaching or practicing how to play golf. Save that for the practice range. Practicing after you finish playing a hole, while legal, is not conducive to fast play. Even if you think you will be waiting on the next tee, move off the green to allow the group behind you to play. The group in front may have moved out or the group behind may have trouble on their approach shots and if you delay them they will then get even further behind because of your practice time. Players delayed by someone practicing should report this to their league VP.

ON THE TEE
1. If the player who has "honors" is not ready to play his/her shot, another should go ahead and play.
2. Always have your club out of the bag and be ready to play.
3. On all errant shots, watch your ball until it comes to rest and then line it up with a landmark such as a tree or a bush.
4. Don't leave the last player alone on the tee. The other members of the foursome are extra pairs of eyes to follow the ball. All four players should watch every shot, if possible.
5. If you think your ball may be out of bounds or lost, play a provisional ball immediately.
6. Don't use this time to tell stories if the fairway is clear for you to tee off.

IN THE FAIRWAY
1. After all balls are located, go to your ball and start planning your shot. Don't stand around another player's ball while they are hitting and then have to walk to your ball. If a ball is lost and the green is open the other players should hit their ball then join in the hunt.
2. If you don't find your lost ball within 3 minutes continue play using your provisional ball. 3. As you approach your ball or wait for others to hit, plan your shot and choose your club.
4. If you are ready to hit and the player "away" is not ready, go ahead and play your shot, as long as it is safe to do so.

ON THE GREEN
1. Don't mark and lift your ball unless it is necessary.
2. Line up your putt while others are putting, and be ready to putt when it is your turn.
3. Do not look at the break of your putt from every angle unless it is absolutely necessary. Your first read from directly behind the ball is the most accurate anyway. If you must look at your putt from different angles, do so in a discrete manner while others are putting.
4. Unless you interfere with another player's line, putt continuously until you hole out. First player to hole out should take charge of the flag and be ready to replace it.
5. After all players have holed out, leave the green area immediately and record your score on the next tee when it is not your turn to hit. Do not delay teeing off to record scores.

IN A GOLF CART
1. From the tee, drive to first player's ball and have him/her take any clubs needed. While the first player prepares to hit, the other players should drive to his/her ball, play the shot, and then pick up the partner who is already walking toward next shot. This is a big time saver and we are not in the habit of doing it.
2. At the green, park the cart on the path at the closest point between the green and the next tee.
3. When we are cart paths only. Take all the clubs that you might possibly need for your shot with you. Be aware of your cart partner's ball location. Don't burden your partner with always having to move the cart because "You like to walk". Good cart habits will save time for your foursome.
4. When returning to the cart, get in and get going. Put your clubs back in the bag at the next stop. Enter scores on the next tee.