Slow Play

EFFECTIVE DATE – 1st November 2018

To All Members

Slow Play is a curse we all hate and causes resentment and annoyance amongst members for both the impact on their own games and towards the individual players involved. Slow Play is also disrespectful to both the principles of the game and the overall membership on the day.

Previously in an article on the website we outlined how Slow Play can occur and how to avoid it but it seems that either this was ignored or latterly forgotten so here is a brief summary of those points:

1) KEEP UP

Remember it is the individual group’s responsibility to keep pace with the group in front – NOT simply stay ahead of the group behind!!

2) PICK UP

In Stabelford events – our most common format – if you cannot score on a hole PICK UP (we are still seeing frequent recording of 7, 8, or 9 on cards on holes where the player does not receive enough handicap allowance to score!!)

3) BE READY

Given the need to stay out of the line of another player’s shot get to your ball and assess the club and the stroke to be played next and prepare for that BEFORE it is your actual turn to play!!  

Simple guides that work

IF YOU FOLLOW THEM

Please understand it is the responsibility of the GROUP as a whole to maintain pace of play and if one member of the group is particularly slow it is the responsibility of the rest of the group to encourage that player to speed up – by whatever means is necessary.

NO ONE WANTS TO HAVE TO APPLY PENALTIES

NO ONE WANTS SLOW PLAY

EVERYONE CAN (AND SHOULD) MAINTAIN PACE OF PLAY