My Golf Life - Day 76 (20th March) PACE OF PLAY !!


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Hi, I am @robertscross and welcome to Day 76 of My Golf Life 2017 I think about golf every day, without fail. Maybe not daily but hourly or even (no pun intended) “ByTheMinute” I am a golf junkie. I can’t help it. If you’ve missed any days then have a little look here

Afternoon all, I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and got round your golf club in as quick as time possible……. Oh, apologies – you went around your golf course in as few as SHOTS as possible.

Now, we all hate slow play, we all hate having to wait for each shot, berating the group in front for being so slow and not letting you through BUT How about playing too fast?

I want to discuss with you why the guidance of keeping up with the group in front alone in the amateur game isn’t always possible (in fact I can guarantee you on some occasions it 100% isn’t possible) with a time based competition draw.

On Saturday, the group I played in was the 08:28 tee time (2nd group), March Strokeplay Medal. The conditions were extremely tough, with winds of 20mph gusting up to 35mph +. We completed our round, no NR’s, in 3hrs 49 mins.

However, the group in front completed the round in 3hrs 30mins. We had lost two holes (roughly) and our group is now deemed to be slow – I will repeat 3hrs 49mins for a Medal round…….

Joe Robins

as you correctly say pace of play is variable, however if you keep up with the group in front, pace of play is consistent across all golfers on the course. If 18 out of 20 groups can get round on that day in 3hrs 40mins and the 2 other groups do 3hrs 50min and 4hrs, then these 2 groups have held the course up and will lead to waiting on tees etc - it's not about time, that's why it's about keeping up with the group in front.

Robert S Cross

Did you read the rest of this blog?

Now, I am not a slow player, but I like to know what the hell I’m “trying” to do and on Saturday I felt that I was rushing, it affected my score and more importantly my enjoyment. The group behind (heated discussion in the clubhouse, with some old man (I’ll say old as it’s a family platform)) were NEVER in my or anyone in our group’s opinion in a position to play through…..

3hrs 49 mins, on discussion with a lot of members over the weekend, MOST say that’s actually a VERY quick time to complete a Medal in, others said “I’m sick of hearing about slow play” and for I for one agree with both of them!

So, and we need to have a baseline here, because pace of play is SO variable and dependant on player, competition type, weather etc I want to get down to the nitty gritty of this “pace of play” and keep up with the group in front guidance

For this blog, we will assume that EVERY player takes 30 seconds for each shot; some are quicker, some are slower, but bear with me. Time “on the course” walking to holes, raking bunkers as a group we’ll say is 2hrs (isn’t this group slow) Everyone is “ready to play” as well.