On HWGA Play Days and during Special Events, we should all be able to meet the HWGA 18 Hole Standard For Pace of Play which is between 3 hrs 45 minutes and 4 hrs 15 minutes. We strongly encourage our more experienced members to “coach” others who are not as familiar with the Pace of Play Guidelines as to how they can speed up their rounds to finish within our standard stated above.
Recognizing that pace of play may vary hole by hole or player by player, we ask that courtesy and golf etiquette always be applied to fellow HWGA members. And, that we also recognize that playing too fast can be just as disruptive as playing too slow.
Here are some useful tips for speeding up play and ensuring an enjoyable round is had by all.
- Play ready golf, where order of play is based on who’s ready, not on who’s away or who has the honor on the tee.
- When waiting on the tee for the group in front to clear the fairway, don’t be so strict about order of play. Let the short hitter – who can’t reach the group ahead anyway – go ahead and hit.
- When riding in a cart, drive to 1st ball, drop off player with her clubs then go to your ball and be ready to hit when its your turn.
- Off the tee, if you are unsure if your ball is in a hazard, lost or out of bounds, hit a provisional.
- Use the time getting to your ball thinking about your shot, not overly socializing.
- If it is cart path only, take a couple of clubs to your ball if there is any doubt about which club to hit.
- Begin reading greens and lining up putts as soon as you reach the green.
- Pay attention to the order of the putts as you reach the green and be ready when it is your turn.
- If you lag your first putt and the second putt is short and makeable to you, go ahead an putt it out.
- When chipping around the green, carry both the club for chipping and your putter so you don’t have to return to the bag.
- Leave the green quickly and get to the next tee.
- When leaving the green and returning to your cart, don’t fuss with clubs, get in the cart and get to the next tee then put your putter or other clubs away.
- Mark scorecards after reaching next tee vs in cart by the green.
- Park carts on the side of or behind the green, never in front of the green so you can make a faster exit.
- Never delay a stroke (or interfere with someone else’s) because you are having a conversation, put conversation on hold, play the shot and then resume your conversation.
- Pay attention to other players balls hit from the tee, so you can let them know where it went if they do not know.
- Leave your cell phone in the car or if you MUST take it with you, make sure the ringer is off and vibrate is at low volume.
- Take responsibility for knowing your own distances by looking at sprinkler heads or carrying a range finding device.
- Walk swiftly between shots and use concise pre-shot routines.
- Always carry extra tees and ball markers if needed for yourself and/or your playing partners.
- Know the rules or when in doubt ask your playing partners as you approach the situation so you are ready when you arrive