Pace of Play Guidelines
Effingham Golf Club seeks to provide members and visitors alike with a memorable golfing experience in every aspect of its offering.
Members and visitors are asked to maintain a good speed of play for the benefit of all players. Below are some ways you can help (not rocket science, but these do work).
The R&A’s guidelines
Keep up with the game ahead not with the game behind
Be ready to hit your shot as soon as it is your turn to play
Play a provisional if you suspect that might not find your ball
Walk briskly between shots
Make sure you line up your putts while waiting for fellow competitors to putt
Feel free to encourage slow playing partners to play quicker
A No Return is not the end of the world if you are not scoring well and holding up play.
Effingham members have offered several practical tips:
Players starting earliest have a key role in setting the pace of the field. If you wish to play at a more leisurely pace, book a start time at the end of the field
If you find that you are losing ground, call the following game through
Respect the guidance of the Ranger who has been tasked by Council to optimise the pace of the field. If asked to make up lost ground, please do so
At the Halfway House, be ready to play as soon as the game ahead is realistically beyond your range - not when they reach the 9th green
If you wish to linger longer at the HWH to finish your refreshments call the following game through
Encourage others to play their shots when they are ready, not necessarily in strict etiquette order
If you reach the green first, you can help others to take their shots promptly: offer to mark any impeding balls if someone is waiting to chip on; repair several pitch marks.
Mark your scorecard at the next tee. If it is your honour, drive then mark the scores
It’s not about running; it’s simply being ready to play promptly
15 seconds saved on each shot saves ~20 minutes over a round