Do PGA Club Professionals have a responsibility…..

…..to have a positive impact on pace of play issues at their golf courses?

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“Slow Play” is getting lots of press right now. Along with the debate on the “anchoring” rule and rules discussion, golf is certainly in the news and the spin isn’t on the real positive side. What’s going on with our game?

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So I ask the PGA Professionals out there: Are you doing anything proactively to address pace of play issues at your facilities? Any “best practices” to share?

Have any of you went as far as to do a Pace of Play seminar as a new member orientation program? Or had a grill room chat with different groups of players to see what the vibe of your club is?

Are there ways you mark your golf course for member play that help or hurt the pace of play?

Have you identified certain groups or players that may cause issues and addressed them in a positive way before things get out of control?

Do you feel the way you manage your tee sheet has an impact?

Is there anyone out there that thinks it’s just the fault of the golfer that the pace of play is sluggish?

Do you feel that your staff members have the skills to address pace of play on the course and do it well?

I would enjoy hearing your comments and feedback. Pace of Play is a huge issue that impacts not only the enjoyment of players on your course, but can have a HUGE impact on your business.

What is your responsibility as a PGA Professional when it comes to the Pace of Play question?

For the record, it took my group about 3:50 to play the Old Course.

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4 Comments

  1. We were just discussing this very subject when we had some friends over to meet a man who is running for the position of President of the HP park district. There’s a very real possibility that the park district will acquire the HP Country Club course, in addition to already owning Sunset Valley Golf Course (across the street from me). One of the first things I was taught when I started to play golf several years go was pace of play. My chipping and putting are suffering because I pick up my ball rather than hold up the party behind us, but that’s what the free practice chipping and putting green are for.

    1. That’s a great point! Yes, the short game practice area is where you’ll improve….but you need to learn how to “play” those shots on course, too. If you’re playing “ready golf” during your round, you should have time to complete a hole, right? Think of a few ways to save time: keeping an eye on errant shots by picking out landmarks where the ball is headed. If in a cart, pick a few clubs to take to your ball. Take notice of yardage markers. Simple ideas like that can take minutes off your round! Also when walking, put your bag near the exit area of the green going to next tee.

      Keep learning and keep it fun!

  2. Rick

    I agree that the club pro is important to helping the game of golf improve in pace of play and respect on the golf course. But, I would add another group. How about those 0-5 handicappers who ignore everyone and think they own the course? I would suggest that they have much to offer in teaching etiquette, pace of play, and respect for the golf course. I am not suggesting they need to replace the club pro for teaching, but they are very influential and if they spread their experience around, golf would be a better game!

    Cheers
    Jim

    1. Good point. EVERYONE has the potential to be a positive influence, you know? You bring back memories of when I was 12 and learned about how to “play” the game by the “old guys” at my local track.

      Thanks for the feedback, Jim. Always appreciated.

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