Golf is a great game but can sometimes be played to slow. We live in the golf mecca, with some of the best courses in the country located in the Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter area. However, many people make the decision to not play golf because its takes up too much time. With that in mind, the Golf Channel has named June Pace of Play Month. Here are some helpful tips to speed up your round next time you are on the course and have more fun.
Move promptly- Proceed quickly to your ball after you hit your shot and be ready when it’s your turn to hit. One of the best ways to ensure that you get to your ball quickly is to take note of the area your ball landed in, especially off the tee and identify physical features that are near the ball’s landing site.
Play promptly- After it is your turn to hit, you should be taking a maximum of 45 seconds to hit your shot. Making your club selection and reading the wind direction while waiting for your turns are great ways to speed up the shot preparation process.
Treat the rules with discretion- When looking for a lost ball you shouldn’t take more than three minutes to look for your ball and taking relief. Just like in all other situations consider your surroundings. You might want to take less time looking if there is a group waiting behind you. On the other hand, if you are waiting on a group behind you or you know that there is nobody behind you, you might be able to take extra time looking.
Play the right course for your ability level- Choosing a set of tees that are appropriate for your skill level. Doing this will not only make your round more enjoyable, it will also speed up the pace of play and make it more enjoyable for all. Before teeing off, take a look at the total course yardage from each tee and choose accordingly.
Let faster traffic pass- If you are playing a little slower than a group behind you, it is common courtesy on the golf course to let that faster group pass, or “play through”. There is no shame in having this happen. In fact, it will probably make for a more enjoyable round for you since you won’t have that feeling of being crept up on.