Pace of Play
Rule 6-7 states, in part: “The player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish.” The penalty for breach of this Rule is loss of hole in match play or one stroke for first offense and two strokes for second offense in stroke play. For subsequent offense in stroke play, the penalty is disqualification.
We do not wish to apply penalties for undue delay. However, we insist that in the interest of all, the pace of play be reasonable. We believe that it would be unreasonable for a group of three players to take more than 15 minutes per hole (4 hours and 30 minutes for the round) to play.
The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any point in the round, the group is taking more than 15 minutes per hole to play. Any subsequent group will be considered out of position if it (a) is taking more than 15 minutes per hole to play and (b) reaches the tee of a par-3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the next tee; reaches the tee of a par-4 hole and the putting green is clear; or reaches the teeing ground of a par-5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.
Any group not in position will be alerted of the fact and requested to play at a faster pace. Any such group will be monitored, i.e., the time that each player takes to play each stroke will be recorded. Any player in a group out of position who takes more than 40 seconds (50 seconds in the case of a player who is first to play (1) an approach shot, (2) on or near the putting green, or (3) from the teeing ground on a par-3 hole) to play a stroke on two different occasions will be advised of the fact and told that, if he exceeds the time limit on two more shots, he will automatically incur the applicable penalty (see above) under Rule 6-7.
Other than on the putting green, the timing of a player’s stroke will begin when it is his turn to play and he can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage will count as time taken for the next stroke.
On the putting green, the timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable amount of time to mark, lift, clean and replace his ball; repair ball marks and remove loose impediments on his line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
Undue delay may occur between strokes. Accordingly, a player may be subject to penalty under Rule 6-7, even if he plays each of his strokes in less than the time allowed. If a ruling or some other legitimate delay occurs which causes the group in question to lose its position, that group is expected to regain its position within a reasonable time.
If a group being timed regains its proper position, any previous “bad times” will be carried over for the remainder of the round in the event that group requires additional monitoring. The Committee reserves the right, at any time, to time a group when deemed necessary.
We sincerely request your cooperation.
Please note the specific pace of play timing intervals for your group on your scorecard.