Pace of Play Policy Explained

The RULES OF GOLF…” a player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish.”

Section 1 of THE RULES OF GOLF– Etiquette- Pace of Play – Play at a good pace and keep up. Players should play at a good pace. The Committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow… It is the group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front…”

 



At the CALGA meeting in October, 2010 the CALGA Board voted to adopt a Pace of Play Policy. The Policy's purpose is to establish a pace of play guideline. The finishing time of each group is recorded as they turn in their cards. Any group that finishes outside (more than 20 minutes behind) the time recorded by the groups in front of them is deemed to have exceeded the guidelines. The names of all members of that group are recorded.


If, at a subsequent tournament, an individual’s name appears again in the slow play group she will be sent a written warning. The player’s time will be monitored for the next 3 tournaments she enters. If that player’s name appears in the slow group for a third time she will have a 2 stroke penalty applied to her tournament score before that tournament is closed and the results are published.


If, after 3 tournaments, the name of a player receiving a warning has not appeared in the slow group, the warning will be rescinded.


RATIONALE – Marshals have not proven to be an effective method of maintaining a good pace of play. The 2 stroke penalty rule had not been enforced and CALGA tournaments had stretched to 51/2 to 6 hours.


FAIRNESS – The Pace of Play Guidelines are determined by the average pace of groups playing the same course, under the same conditions, so it accurately reflects whether the pace has been affected by weather or course conditions.


The Pace of Play policy gives players the benefit of the doubt for the first slow round, a warning after the second slow round, and a penalty only after the 3rd slow round so it does not arbitrarily penalize a group of players on the first occasion. The penalty is imposed on an individual player only after a pattern of slow play has been noted.


SIMPLICITY - IF YOUR GROUP IS KEEPING UP WITH THE GROUP IN FRONT YOU WILL BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE PACE OF PLAY GUIDELINES. IF YOU ARE NOT KEEPING UP THAT IS YOUR WARNING THAT YOUR GROUP IS BEHIND PACE