Pace of Play

The R&A are encouraging "Ready Golf" in 2019 in an attempt to speed up the pace of play.

"Ready Golf" is a term used which indicates that players should play when they are ready (and it is SAFE to do so), rather than sticking to the idea that the "farthest from the hole plays first".

Beauchief Golf Club does not have a pace of play policy (as it is impossible for us to police it) but, if you are playing STROKEPLAY, we would encourage you to play to the "Ready Golf" philosophy. NOTE: This does NOT apply in MATCHPLAY.

  • No Honour (except in Matchplay) - the first player ready plays
  • Play your shot when ready, and it is safe to do so, if a player farther away is taking time to assess their options
  • Play your own ball before helping others to look for a lost ball
  • When not playing your shot, you should be preparing to play it
  • Shorter hitters play first from tee and fairway if longer hitters have to wait for the group in front
  • Putting out if another player is raking a bunker
  • Putting out even if it means standing close to someone's line (BUT NOT ON IT)
  • Playing your shot to the green if another player has played through the back and has not yet reached their ball
  • Marking scores immediately you arrive at the next tee (NOT by the previous green!), except the first to tee off marks their card immediately AFTER teeing off 
Most of us already do many of these things as they are all common sense but let's ALL try to do them from now on.

PLEASE also bear in mind that searching for a lost ball is now only THREE MINUTES (not 5) and the recommendation that players should take NO MORE THAN 40 SECONDS to play their shot.

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