At Droitwich Golf Club we expect members to make every effort to avoid slow play. Uninpeded groups should find it possible to complete a round in no more than 4 hours for a four ball and that most rounds should be comfortably within 3-4 hour range.
Clubs, members and competition organisers have differing views on what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable pace of play, but the fact is that slow play detracts from the enjoyment of the game for many players. Few golfers are heard to complain about play being too quick!
There is a responsibility, therefore, on all players to ensure that golf is played at a good pace, and a pace appropriate to the course being played.
There will be factors that may influence what is considered to be an appropriate pace, these may include the climate and also the range of ability of the players or volume of players on the course.
At Droitwich Golf Club we have posted "target time to this point"
at two strategic places on the course.
We have also positioned gentle reminders to consider if you are holding up the group behind and to consider allowing the group to play through. We expect all players to be mindful of thier position on the course and the games around them and to act accordingly.
It is recognised that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ model for round times, but it is important that all players are mindful of what is considered to be acceptable.
How we expect players to behave to minimise round times:
•Be aware of your position with regard to the group in front and keep up with that group.
•If you feel that your group is losing ground, tell the other players in your group.
•If your group is behind, try to catch up.
•If you lose a clear hole and are delaying the group behind, or if there is no group in front of you and you are delaying the group behind, invite the group behind to play through.
•Be ready to play your shot. While exercising due consideration for other players in your group, put your glove on, check your yardage, pick your club and line up your putt while others are playing.
•At the green, speed up your exit by positioning your bags on the way to the next tee.
•Move off the green as soon as all players in your group have holed out and mark score cards at or on the way to the next tee.
•Play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost outside a hazard or out of bounds.
Adapted for Droitwich Golf Club from excerpts taken from the R&A recommendations.