Pace of Play – ‘Ready Golf’ by the GUI.
Last year the GUI launched this ‘Pace of Play’ initiative, one that Mahee Island Golf Club would encourage our membership to adopt so that competition rounds take a maximum of four hours. Simply put, “Ready Golf” means that each golfer within a group hits when ready. If you reach your ball and are ready to hit, while other members of your group are not yet prepared, then go ahead and hit – even if you are not away – provided it is safe to do so.
Examples of Ready Golf include:
- Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options.
- Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.
- Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play.
- Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball.
- Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line.
- Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker.
- When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot.
- Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off.
- If any doubt exists as to the position of your ball PLAY A PROVISIONAL!
By Order of Council
25th March 2017