Pace of Play

EWGA endorses the 4.5 hour 18-hole round. That means a 9-hole round of golf should take no longer than 2.25 hours. to achieve this, your foursome should take only 15 minutes per hole.

Pace of play is an important issue for everyone in golf, but it's really crucial for women. Let's face it, we've all heard men talk about the s-l-o-o-o-w ladies on the course. we know e don't deserve that rap. So let's be sure we don't give anyone to pinit on us.

Slow play hurts everyone, and often the slow players don't realize how they impact others. On league night, for example, your EWGA friends may not be able to finish in daylight if the starting groups play too slowly.

Please follow these guidelines for maintaing the pace of play:

Look to the group in front of you (not behind you). your place is behind them.

  • This means when your are on a Par 4,  you should be able to see them on the green.
  • On a Par 5, you should be able to see the group in front of you in the fairway.
  • On a Par 3, you should see them on or leaving the green.

Here are some tips to play more efficiently:

  • Plan your next shot while walking to your ball
  • When 2 people are sharing a cart, drop one off at her ball while other moves the cart to hers.
  • Be attentive. Don't wait until someone needs to tell you that you are away.
  • Limit practice swings
  • Update your score at the next tee box, not at the green.
  • Always stage golf bags or carts off the area around the green and positioned toward the next tee.
  • Help your partners. Help othere find lost balls. Watch others hit and watch the ball flight to help find balls quickly. Don't spend more than 5 minutes looing for a lost ball.
  • Play "Ready Golf." Socialize between holes not on the fairways.
  • Let the low handicapper in the group be the timekeeper. Be gracious if she asks you to pick up your ball or speed up your pace of play.
  • Take a golf club with you when looking for a ball so that you can hit right away.

Use these guidelines for whento pick up your ball:

  • Par 3: Pick up your ball after 3 shots in the fairway. Toss ball onto green and putt. Maximum 6 shots.
  • Par 4: Pick up your ball after 5 shots in the fairway. Toss ball onto green and putt. Maximum 10 shots.
  • Par 5: Pick up your ball after 5 shots in the fairway. Toss ball onto green and putt. Maximum 10 shots.

Remember...
Your position on the golf course is one shot behind the group infront of you, not one shot ahead of the group behind you.