The R & A have issued guidelines in the "Rules of Golf" to combat Slow Play. Extracts from these rules are detailed below.

The Basics

  • Keep up with the group in front
  • If you lose a hole, call the group behind you through
  • Be ready to play your shot when it is your turn
  • Leave the green promptly
How players can help to minimise round times:
  • Be aware of your position with regard to the group in front
  • Do not concern yourself with the group behind: the fact that you are not holding them up is irrelevant as it is your group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front
  • If you feel that your group is falling behind, advise the other players in your group
  • If your group is behind, try to catch up quickly
  • If you lose a clear hole and are delaying the group behind, or if there is not a group in front of you and you are delaying the group behind, invite the group behind to play through
  • Do not wait until it is your turn to play before putting your glove on
  • Do not wait until it is your turn to play before calculating your yardage and selecting your club
  • Look at your own line of putt while the other plays in the group look at theirs (within the bounds of normal etiquette)
  • At the green, position your bags so as to allow quick movement off the green to the next tee
  • Move off the green as soon as all players in your group have holed out
  • Mark score cards at or on the way to the next tee. If you have the honour, consider marking you score card after you have teed off
  • Play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost outside a hazard or out of bounds
  • If you keep up with the group in front, you cannot be accused of slow play
Time a game should take around Durham City

Rounds should take no longer than the following:

Two Balls      3hrs 10mins
Three Balls    3hrs 40mins
Four Balls      4hrs 00mins     

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