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Slow Play - how do you rate?

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Are you a slow player?

By far the most complaints we get from members are
about slow play, but it's always someone else.

Maybe you're not as fast as you think!

DO YOU OBSERVE ALL THE GUIDELINES FOR AVOIDING SLOW PLAY ?

  • Be on the first tee at your appointed time, ready to play.
  • Be ready to play every shot when it is your turn - plan your shot and get ready while others are hitting. There is a time limit of 20 seconds to play each shot (see local rule).
  • Don't wait for greens to clear when they are beyond your range!
  • When you reach a green, leave your bag or trolley at the side of the green nearest the next tee.
  • Line up your putt while others are putting and be ready to putt when it's your turn.
  • In Stableford and team events, if you can't score or improve your team's score on any hole, pick up your ball and move on.
  • First player to putt out should be ready to replace the flag immediately the last putt is made.
  • Don't mark cards on or near the green. Leave the green without delay and mark the cards at the next tee - without delaying play.
  • Encourage your playing partners to keep up with the group in front.
  • Don't let the slowest player to dictate the pace of play in your group. If someone is slowing things down, TELL HIM!
  • Don't delay play for conversation - WALK AS YOU TALK.
  • If you are falling behind for any reason, invite the players behind to play through.
  • Please observe the call through on the 7th hole (details here).
  • Always keep just behind the group ahead, not just ahead of the group behind.
  • Observe the 20 second local rule (details here).
  • If you think your ball may be lost outside a hazard, or may be out of bounds, declare and play a provisional ball.
  • Make sure you can locate your ball before you go searching for others.
  • If you are delayed looking for a lost ball, call the players behind through when you realise you have to search for a ball - not after your 5 minutes are up!
  • If a ball is not found within 5 minutes, IT IS LOST AND IS OUT OF PLAY! (Rules of Golf - Rule 27)
  • See Rules on slow play - (Rules of Golf - Rule 6-7)
There should be no undue gaps between groups on the course.

REMEMBER: IF YOUR GROUP IS A HOLE BEHIND, IT IS YOUR FAULT!

Be nice to your fellow members and keep delays to an absolute minimum.

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