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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:15 PM
I would be interested in in what people think would be other good ideas for local committees regarding pace of play. Our club requires that you finish in 4:30 or within 20 minutes of the group in front of you, or everyone in the group gets a 2 stroke penalty. These seem a bit lax, but they are check-in times and the 18th green is a ways from the clubhouse. There seems to be several problems with this:
- I have played in 10 tournaments with the club (14 rounds) and I don't think I've ever finished in under 4:30.
- I've heard of a few people getting penalized, and I know they do check everyone's start and finish times, but it seems like it doesn't happen enough for how slow it is.
- A group can make up for a slow player, so the slow players are not necessarily motivated to play any faster. It's tough to get on a competitor's case during a tournament, and everyone is on the hook, so it is usually a general "we need to pick up the pace" when you fall behind. Everyone plays faster than they were before, but the slower people are still slower than the faster people.
- Generally, we (different group for every round) have to wait a few minutes on each tee shot, then miraculously around the 16th hole the group in front of us is gone, and we have to go into sprint mode to keep up. I literally have never had to wait on the 18th tee, but 1 through 15 it is almost guaranteed.
So...Any ideas on how to set things up to make slow players faster without potentially penalizing people who are not slow?