How to Solve Pace of Play Problems on the Golf Course

By Jane Blalock

Each golf course has its own particular set of rules, most of them involving pace of play. When you arrive at a par-3 you will often see a sign that says let the players in back hit up.

How to Improve Pace of Play

  • So you tee off, hit on to the green, mark your ball and then step aside to let the group in back of you tee off. This is a system that many golf courses have used to speed up the pace of play.
  • Another issue that deals with the pace of play is if you are a slower group and a group behind you is pushing you. Go ahead and let the faster group play through, the game is supposed to be enjoyable and you do not want to be looking over your shoulder for the entire round, so go ahead and invite that group to play through your group.
  • However; if there is a group in front of you that is holding you up you do not have to let the group behind you play through, but it would be best to let that group know that you are not playing that slowly and you will enjoy the game more.

Monitoring Pace of Play

Most courses have rangers who monitor the pace of play so that if someone in front of you is playing slowly it might be best to talk to the ranger and have him do your dirty work. An unwritten rule concerning the pace of play is what set of tees you should use. If you are a mediocre player use the middle tees.

Don’t go to the blue tees or the gold tees way back, the game is supposed to be enjoyable, so always remember to play within yourself. If you are a weaker golfer go to the forward tees, you will have a much more enjoyable game playing a course that fits your abilities. The game is supposed to be fun. Follow these rules and you will have a much more enjoyable time and be a welcome guest at any golf course.


Category: Etiquette

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Jane Blalock
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