Pace of Play Reminders

September 20, 2020

TO:                   CWGA Members

FROM:              Joann Linville, CWGA President

SUBJECT:          Pace of Play

My hope is that you and your family have been safe through this devastating time of wildfires.  Although the fires will not be totally contained until our fall weather turns to more substantial rain, we appear to have clear air and skies for now.  We keep those who have lost so much in our prayers.

I have had several concerns about our pace of play lately including reports that we have had over 4 hour rounds.  Additionally, on one day we had up to 3 groups waiting on a tee box.  This is just not acceptable or considerate.  I am sending this as a reminder that we all must take responsibility for our own pace of play and to encourage everyone in our groups to be considerate of our fellow players during Days Play.

As a help for everyone, we have reinstituted our Pace of Play reminder sheet which will be handed out to each group on Thursdays.  Both the Days Play Committee and I are asking each group to assign one player to keep time in accordance with the Pace of Play sheet to help the group keep moving at the expected pace.  We will not sign and hand in the sheets at this time with the hope this reminder will help all groups get back on track.

Please remember that all groups are hoping to have an enjoyable day of playing with our friends and that can only happen if groups do not have to wait on the tees or fairways.

From the USGA, playing at a better pace is not about hurrying up or rushing around the course.  It is simply about being more efficient with your valuable time, as well as everyone else’s.  Adopting this mindset – and not being afraid to share it with your fellow players – will ultimately add enjoyment to your golf experience.

Here are some tips for improving pace of play:

Minimize your time on the tee – play ready golf.  If you think your ball might be out of bounds, play a provisional ball or better yet, use our club rule of using the additional option for lost ball or out of bounds (see CWGA Booklet, pg. 7)

Plan your shot before you get to your ball – think ahead, determine your yardage and make your club selection BEFORE it is your turn.

Keep your pre-shop routine short – pick your line of play only once, take no more than 1 practice swing, and be ready to play when it is your turn and move toward your next shot promptly.

Aim to play in 20 seconds – this is from your club selection, pre-shot routine and execution.

Develop and eye for distance – you don’t need to be precise on the yardage for each shot and remember it is ok to ask fellow players for the distance.

If we ever get back to sharing a cart, use a buddy system – don’t wait in the cart for your cartmate to hit and then drive to your ball.  Get out and walk to your ball with a few clubs or drop off your cartmate and drive to your ball.  You can always come back and pick up your cartmate.

Be helpful to others in your group – watch the flight of ball for all players, not just your own, help other find a ball, volunteer to replace a divot or repair a ballmark on the green.

Keep up with the group in front of you – your correct position is immediately behind the group ahead, not immediately in front of the group behind you.  Arrive at your next shot just before the group ahead leaves the area in front of you.

Be efficient on the putting green – mark and lift your ball when you arrive on the putting green; don’t wait for players to ask you to mark; line up your putt while others are putting; leave your clubs and cart on the side of the putting green closest to the next tee, and leave the putting green promptly.  Record scores at the next tee.

All these helps will allow you, your playing partners and those behind you to have an enjoyable day.