Brookside Men’s Golf Club Pace of Play Policy
The purpose of this policy is to promote a reasonable “pace of play” during all club tournaments. This would ensure a better golfing experience to the entire field by providing every player a reasonable expectation that they will complete their round within the specified maximum allowable time, or sooner, as established by the Tournament Committee. This policy has considered the SCGA and USGA Pace of Play policy in formulating the within.
The Tournament Committee has determined the maximum allowable time each group is permitted to play the round of golf is as follows:
Course 1 – C.W. Koiner: 4 hours, 30 minutes Course 2 – E.O. Nay: 4 hours 15 minutes
The Tournament Committee will enlist one or more Tournament Marshals(TM) to aid in maintaining Pace of Play during tournaments. The TM will roam the course being played to assist problem groups by advising them of their current position on the course. If a group is “Out of Position” the TM will put the group “on-the-clock” to speed them up.
Out of Position Definition : The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, the group is behind the prescribed schedule. Any following group will be considered out of position if it (a) is taking more than the allotted time to play as noted on the scorecard and (b) reaches the tee of a par-3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the next tee; reaches the tee of a par-4 hole and the putting green is clear; or reaches the tee of a par-5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position. If a TM times a player that has 2 bad times, that player could be assessed a 1 stroke penalty followed by a 2 stroke penalty for additional bad times and possible DQ.
When a group is out of position each player in the group is expected to play a stroke, when it is his turn within 40 seconds when after timing begins. Exception: The first player to play is expected to play in 50 seconds.
The lead group must finish the round within the maximum allowable time established by the committee. If they finish over the maximum allowable time, each player will be assessed a penalty of two strokes added to their score for the final hole.
• Exception: If the lead group is held up by play that was sent out before them, or play that began on another starting hole, they will be exempt from penalty if they finish over their maximum allowable time but within 17 minutes of the group in front of them.
Subsequent groups must finish the round within the maximum allowable time established by the committee. If they finish over the maximum allowable time, but within 17 minutes of the group in front of them, as measured by the group’s time when leaving the 18th green, they will not be assessed a penalty. Should they finish over the maximum allowable time and more than 17 minutes behind the group in front of them, each player will be assessed a penalty of two strokes to their score for the final hole.
Tips To Increase Pace of Play
- Remember the #1 rule in Pace of Play: Keep up with the group in front of you.
- Immediately play a provisional if your ball may be lost.
- Go directly to your ball after everyone tees off. Don't group together and watch everyone play.
- Play ready golf. Hit your next shot if you're ready and it's safe, ignore honors in stroke play.
- Read and line up your putt as soon as you reach the green. Be ready to putt when it is your turn.
- Putt out, instead of marking, whenever you can.
- Call out your score to the group once your ball in holed and proceed to the next tee.