NCGA Pace of Play Policy.
Golfers can play faster if it’s part of their consciousness every time they tee off.
Tips to speed up play:
1) Hit when you are ready. Sometimes the gap between shots is glacial. It’s like golfers are afraid of appearing impolite if they jump in and hit. If you are ready, get in there and go.
2) After playing a shot, jump in the cart and move on. Switch clubs after you stop. And please, fill in your scorecard AFTER moving forward. Don’t make the group behind you watch your shots AND then fill in your scorecard.
3) Play a set of tees that fits your game. Many golfers have an inflated view of their distance, playing too long of yardage for their ability. Even if the length seems fine, often playing the back tees will still introduce forced carries that you might not be able to handle. These yardage guidelines might help you choose a tee:
Handicap Index Men Women
2.4 or better No limit up to 6,600 yards
3.4 - 9.9 up to 7,000 yards up to 6,200 yards
10.0 - 14.9 up to 6,600 yards up to 5,600 yards
14.9 - 19.9 up to 6,200 yards up to 5,200 yards
20.9 - 29.9 up to 5,800 yards up to 4,800 yards
30.0 and up less than 5,800 less than 4,800
Some like to finish 18 holes in less than 3 ½ hours. There are some who have no issues with a more leisurely pace.
What do you think and what steps would you advise? For additional tips, please visit ncga.org