Speeding Up Play

June 29, 2019


·         Play ready golf. When you arrive at the tee box, be prepared to tee off.  Never hold up play because you’re in the middle of a conversation.

·         Begin preparing before you get to your ball – use the travel time to plan your next shot – yardage, club, etc.  If you are on a cart path only hole, take 2-3 clubs with you when you walk to your ball.  

·         Each member of a group should proceed directly to his ball.

·         After hitting, don't clean or put your club away until you've reached your ball or the green.

·         When cart rule is 90 degrees, the driver of the cart should drop off the passenger at their ball and proceed to the driver's ball.

·         Line your putt up while others are putting.

·         Carry extra tees, ball markers, spare balls to prevent having to return to your golf bag.

·         Park behind the green and mark scores at the next tee box.

·         Do not spend excessive time looking for lost balls. USGA rules is 3 minutes to search, If you can't find it in about a minute, it's probably lost so take a drop and hit another ball. Do not spend extra time ball hawking.  

·         If the group behind you is waiting and you can't see the group in front of you . . . you're behind!

·         The USGA recommends that you take your shot within 40 seconds.  If you take an extra 15 seconds for each of your shots and you shot 80 for that round, then your playing partners and the group behind you is waiting an extra 20 minutes in the round for you to take your shots.  

·         Finally, your place on the golf course is behind the group in front of you, not in front of the group behind you