Pace Of Play - The Basics

The R & A have issued guidelines in the "Rules of Golf" to combat Slow Play.

* 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