Originally Posted by Spitfisher
The original posters was looking for ideas, once a slow group has been identified a more direct, zero tolerance approach needs to take place.
insist the group play:
with a 2.5 foot gimmie rule.
with mark my ball once rule on the green.
allow for preferred lie everywhere.
without "honors". ready golf including the following tee shot.
Sounds has though some course changes have been done, rough has been cut etc. other suggestions on known busy days, easy tee boxes and easy pins, throughout the course. If you have a restaurant can signs be put up on the 8th or 9th tee with a simple light menu and the bar/restaurant telephone number. The menu could also be displayed in the cart.
I am always amazed clubs do not do this
Those things do no more than make an insignificant difference in pace of play. And they are nonsensical suggestions because you are assuming the the only cause of slow play is poor golfers, which is an uninformed and prejudicial opinion. There are plenty of single digit players who suck at keeping pace. Your suggestions will be useless for them. You need a policy which is all encompassing, and what that means is that players need to be ready to play when it's time to play, and to then play promptly as soon as they do have the opportunity.
Pace rules for casual stroke play:
1) No waiting to determine who is away or who has the honor. Play if you are ready.
2) No 5 minute searches for errant balls unless already waiting on the group in front. Play a provisional ball when you see your shot heading astray.
3) No standing around picking your nose and scratching your butt when the way is clear in front of you. Hit the ball!!
4) Get directly to your ball, get ready to play, then play, as long as that action doesn't interfere with another player in playing his stroke.
5) Know where you should be on the course at any given time. If you are averaging more than 14 minutes per hole, then you are usually going to be off pace. More than 15 minutes and you are definitely off pace. 15 minutes is easy to keep track of - that is 4 holes per hour. If you can't track that then you need remedial help with math. 14 minute pace is 4 holes in 56 minutes - still pretty easy. Be aware of it and keep track.
6) If something does cause you to fall behind, be the driving force in your group and push your companions to make a real effort to catch up.
All this means is get out on the course and just play golf. It's not a coffee klatch or a beer bust. It's not the time to put a wax job on your driver. If you like to clean clubs after a shot, do so while traveling, or when waiting on your playing companions to play, not while the next group back is waiting on you. Same thing is true if you have to put a ID mark on your ball. In the heat of battle it doesn't need to be an artistic masterwork.
Mostly just be aware. See what is happening around you and know when it's time to play.