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On The Course: Slow Play

Watch the clock – It is important to be mindful of your pace of play on the course. A typical round of golf for a group of four golfers should take no more than 4 hours, this is a little over 13 minutes per hole. Most golf carts, particularly at public golf courses, will have a course marshal or GPS which will notify you if you are falling off the pace. If it is not a busy day and you are playing on pace but a group behind you is playing faster, at an appropriate time let that group play past your group so you are not holding them up for the day.

Keep moving – Two of the main reasons groups play slowly is the pace in which they walk between shots and pre or post shot routines. If you are walking, it is very important to walk briskly between shots, so you do not delay those playing behind you. Pre and post shot routines will often slow golfers down considerably as well, taking multiple swings before and after a golf shot or both. Take a single swing prior to and post swing, then move on.

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Brad Smith
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Written by Brad Smith