Pace of Play Suggestions

  1. Plan your shot while walking to your ball or while other are playing.

  2. Line up your putt when others are putting.

  3. Be ready to play when it is your turn.

  4. Walk briskly between shots.

  5. Walk directly to your golf ball; don’t follow others unless assisting in a search for a lost ball.

  6. Don’t step off or measure yardage for every single golf shot; develop an “eye” for distance.

  7. Be efficient with pre-shot routine.

  8. Take only one practice swing.

  9. Play a provisional ball if you think the original might be lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds.

  10. Leave your clubs on the side of the putting green towards the next tee.

  11. Exit the putting green promptly after holing out.

  12. Don’t look back to see where you are in relationship to the group behind you. Always look ahead to see where you are in relationship to the group ahead of you.

  13. Play ready golf. If the player who is out isn’t ready to play and you can–without endangering or disrupting anyone–play away.

  14. After holing out, don’t tally your score while standing on the green. Move to the next tee, then do the math while waiting for other to play.

  15. If you can help another player speed up play, please do so. Rake their footprints in the bunker, help them watch their shot so they know where to look.

  16. An 18-hole round of golf should never take more than 4 1/2 hours to complete.

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