Maintaining the Pace of Play


Ready Golf means BEING READY to play; not playing when you're ready.

Here are some simple rules:-
  • Walk to your ball as soon as possible, so that you can choose your club and think about the shot in ADVANCE, not when it is your turn.
  • Do not wait until it is your turn to play before you:
    • put on your glove
    • calculate your yardage
    • assess your shot (wind direction etc.)
    • select your club
    • look at your line of putt (within the bounds of normal etiquette)
  • When driving a cart, drop off your partner first, let your partner choose his/her club, and then drive to your own ball to get READY to play.
  • Do not hesitate to play a provisional ball if your original ball may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds.
  • When a ball is lost, hit your shot FIRST and then help look for the lost ball.
  • Walk down the SIDES of the fairway to reach your ball and then APPROACH it from the centre.
  • NEVER play in a caravan, moving in a group from ball to ball.
  • When at the Green leave your bag at the closest point to the next Tee.
  • When on the Green, line up your putt BEFORE it is your turn, and putt out immediately instead of marking, if you are not in someone else's line.
  • Always mark your score card on the next Tee.
Recommended Pace of Play Timings
  • 2 Ball — 3hrs 20 minutes
  • 3 Ball — 3hrs 47 minutes
  • 4 Ball — 4hrs 09 minutes
  • Keep up with the group ahead of you, not just in front of the group behind. 
  • If you fall more than a hole behind the group in front, you should allow the group behind to play through.
  • Keep moving at a steady pace and it will make it enjoyable for everyone.
  • Be aware of your position in relation to the group in front. If you keep up with that group, you can’t be accused of slow play.
  • If you are aware your group is falling behind, speak to your fellow-competitor(s) and make a real effort to catch up.
In the News:-

France's team of Raphael Jacquelin, Alex Levy, Gregory Havret and Romain Wattel set a new world record of 34.8 seconds to complete a 500-yard hole as a relay in 2016.

In November 2017 Ian Poulter, Alex Levy and George Coetzee led their respective countries in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™ for the Fastest Hole of Golf by a Team of Four.  
(The express permission of the Club Manager must be sought before planning a similar escapade at Stanton!!)

Although Stanton Members and Visitors are not expected to attain these dizzy heights, just a 10% improvement on average times taken to complete a round would not go unnoticed!

Visit the R&A site for their views on slow play