|Pace of Play is Important for Outings & Tournaments|
PACE OF PLAY
There is nothing more that drives golfers crazy than slow play. You can get a away with a 5 hour round with a full field but if golfers have to wait to hit the ball you will hear it after the round. Golfers will not return to your event if they have a bad experience with slow play.
Here are some ideas on how to keep pace of play and keep your golfers happy.
DO NOT PACK THE COURSE
We think that we need 144 golfers to make the most money. Not true. Consider 120 golfers. This allows a little flexibility and less waiting on every hole.
PICK THE RIGHT FORMAT
Choose the right format based on the caliber of players. Best Ball for more experienced players and Scramble if you have beginners in the field. Some full field tournaments tell their golfers in the announcements that they should pick up and move on once they are one over par. They should score that hole as a bogie and proceed to next hole.
A good ranger is worth his weight in Gold. Check with the golf course in advance of the event who will be the Ranger(s) that day. Make sure that they are experienced and know what they are doing. They will keep your event flowing. If the course does not offer one, have one of your volunteers who knows about pace of play ride the course as the tournament ambassador. Handling a pace of play issue requires tact so as not to ruffle feathers.
GAMES ON PAR 3’s
Back up usually happens on short holes. Have volunteers and sponsors manning the Par 3’s. Have something fun to do so that if there is a slow down as golfers will not be upset.
EASIER GOLF COURSE
If you have a group of golfers who do not play much, pick an easier golf course, move up the tees and/or have course choose easier pin placements. If golfers spend too much time looking for lost golf balls, it will slow up play.
VOLUNTEERS ON DIFFICULT HOLES
Have volunteers posted around trees or hazards to help look for balls.
A Fore Caddie is an individual that assists the golfers with reading distances and reading putts. But they also rake the sand traps and clean the balls, saving time for golfers. This also adds class to your events.
Try some of these suggestions and find you will have happier players and a smoother pace of play.