Pace of Play Policy
Please note our Pace of Play policy and information on Course Marshalling.
Due to extensive member feedback and in accordance with the Rules of Golf (Rule 6.7) this Pace of Play Policy has been established on the following principles:
- All players (not just the lowest marker) are responsible for the speed of play of their group
- All players are required to be on the tee 5 minutes prior to your tee time
- 4 hours and 20 minutes is the required maximum time for a group to complete 18 holes
- Over 4 hours and 30 minutes is an unacceptable period of time to complete 18 holes of golf
Therefore, penalties may be applied to the first group in a competition field that takes more than 4 hours and 30 minutes to complete their round of golf. The Match Committee will consider all contributing factors and may apply these penalties as follows:
- On the first occasion each player may be sent a letter advising them of their first official warning for slow play.
- On the second occasion in a four month period that player/s may be restricted to being able to only book in one of the last two tee times of the morning or afternoon fields for the following two week’s of competitions.
- On the third occasion in a four month period that player/s may be suspended from playing in a competition timeslot for one week.
Wherever possible the Club will use Marshalls to assist with the Pace of Play. These Marshalls are volunteers and their role is to ensure that if groups are out of position that the players are informed and that they make an effort to close the gap in front of them.
If the marshall approaches your group they may ask you politely to help the field by closing the gap in front of you. They will be aware you might have had some issues which usually leads to a group being out of position.
"They are not trying to be offensive and are not calling your group slow."
They are just making you aware that there is a small gap in front. Please remember these members who act as Course Marshalls are assisting the Club on their own time and should be respected at all times.
We thank our members for their focus on speed of play and should you experience any issues the most appropriate way is to discuss the matter with the General Manager.
Tips for playing faster
Strategies to assist players in achieving an acceptable Pace of Play include:
- Check-in at least 10 minutes prior to your tee time.
- Be on the tee 5 minutes prior to your tee time.
- Every player is responsible for the speed of play of their group.
- Always endeavour to keep up with the group in front of you.
- Move quickly between shots and be ready to play when it is your turn.
- If you are behind, abandon the “Honour” system and the furthest from the hole hits first rule and adopt the procedure where, if it can be done safely, the person who is ready hits, even if he is further up the fairway, providing it is safe to do so. On the tee, shorter hitters hit first. Longer hitters hit last.
- Play a provisional ball if there is some doubt to where your ball finished.
- Leave buggies on the side of the green nearest the access to the next tee.
- Line up your putt and get set to putt while other players are putting without breach of etiquette.
- Putt out whenever possible (except in matchplay).
- If you “have the honour” on the next tee, hit first and then mark your scorecard.
- Mark your scorecard on the next tee while others are teeing off.
- In other than Stroke competitions, pick up your ball when you cannot score.
- If you lose a ball and or fall behind, play your next few shots as soon as it is safe to do so.
- If asked to ‘catch-up” to the group in front by Club Official a group has 2 holes to achieve their correct position in the field.
Please follow these timing checkpoints during your round:
(a) complete the first 6 holes in 1 hour 25 minutes
(b) complete the front 9 holes in 2 hours 10 minutes
(c) complete the first 15 holes in 3 hours 35 minutes
(d) complete the 18 holes in 4 hours 20 minutes
Please do not:
- mark score cards on the green.
- take an excessive number of practice swings.
- replay putts.