Speed of Play - Policy

For Competition and Casual Golf some pointers to remember…
Encourage ‘Ready, Steady, Golf’– play when safe and ready to do so; not necessarily in order of furthest ball from hole. If the green is out of range, play your shot, do not wait for the green to clear.


Having played a shot, try carrying the club just used until you reach your ball or a fellow competitor is playing before putting it away.

Play a ‘provisional’ ball if you think there is danger that your first ball maybe lost or not easily found. If you feel that your ball may be lost play a provisional ball, before proceeding forwards.
Remember to always announce that you are playing a provisional ball. The provisional must be demonstrably different from the original.
Look for your own ball before heading over to help others (where practicable).

Keep an eye on the time when you start your search – remember you have a maximum of 3 minutes to search for it. After that the ball is officially lost, so your provisional ball becomes the ball in play.

Leave your bag or trolley near the exit to the green

Mark your scorecard on the next tee, or if you’re first to tee off, then play your tee shot then mark the card.

Having chipped to the green, mark your ball before moving your bag / trolley to the right place and selecting your putter. This allows fellow competitors to continue playing.

Consider the line of your putt whilst others are putting (provided this does not disturb anyone).

The first player to hole out could be ready to replace the pin (if removed) once the last player has holed out.

There’s no shame in calling players through and it benefits everyone. The group behind will certainly appreciate it!

If you keep up with the group in front. You cannot be accused of slow play.

These things would quickly become second nature and would benefit everyone in the long run.

Finally, we play golf for fun, not our livelihood, even when we are playing in a competition. However, playing golf is not the same as strolling along a prom; nor is the golf course a place for chatter with players in other groups.
Keep up a good pace when walking between shots and encourage others to do likewise - this has health benefits too!

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