Pace of Play Policy

Prior to Play

  1. All players should report to the pro-shop at least 15 minutes before play.
  2. All players should report to the tee at least 8 minutes before play.

During Play

  1. Each group must keep up with the group in front at all times. 
  2. The lowest marker shall be responsible for the pace of the group.
  3. At the end of the round score cards are to be entered in the computer by the player no more than 5 minutes after the end of the round. Cards returned after this time will be deemed as part of the time taken to complete the round. 
  4. The following outlines the breaches for players contravening the pace of play policy:
    1. Players completing the return of cards within 4 hrs 35 mins of tee time NO PENALTY.
    2. Players completing the return of cards more than 4 hrs 35 mins of tee time, BUT less than 10 minutes (Stableford and Par rounds) and 12 minutes (Stroke rounds) behind the group in front. NO PENALTY.
    3. Players completing the return of cards more than 4 hrs 35 mins of tee time, BUT between 10 – 18 minutes (Stableford and Par rounds) and 12 – 20 minutes (Stroke rounds) behind the group in front. 2 STROKE PENALTY.
    4. Players completing the return of cards more than 4 hrs 35 mins of tee time and more than 18 minutes (Stableford and Par rounds) and 20 mins (Stroke rounds) behind the group in front. DISQUALIFICATION.
  5. These procedures are for Competition Play on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please note that the Golf shop staff have no discretion with respect to any of the above. Any disputes should be directed to members of the Match Sub committee. The Match Sub committee does reserve the right to alter these procedures in the event of any abnormal conditions.

    Course Marshall

  6. Should the Course Marshall become aware of a group falling behind, the Course Marshall has the authority to issue the group with an official warning. The group will be given 15 minutes from the point of the warning to regain their position in the field, being directly behind the group in front. After this time has passed, if the group has NOT regained their position, they will be issued with a 2 stroke penalty. If the group fails to keep their place in the field a second time the group will be disqualified.
  7. The Course Marshall also has the authority to request players to pick up their golf balls and proceed immediately to their place in the field behind the group in front. In the case of a Stableford round, players would record a wipe for the holes which have not been played, and in the case of a Stroke Round the players will be disqualified from the Competition.
  8. Infringement letters will be sent to members advising of any penalties. Members who receive 3 infringement letters in a calendar year will be asked to appear before the Match Committee.

       Non-Competition Groups

Each group must keep up with the group in front at all times.

Terrey Hills Golf Club has implemented stringent pace of play policies for competition players on Wednesday’s, Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s. These include 2 stroke penalties and disqualification for groups who fail to complete the course in 4 hours 35 minutes. As a non competition group it is expected that you also abide by the same rules with respect to the pace of play.

Should you fail to adhere to the pace of play by falling behind the group in front, you will:

  1. Be warned by the Course Marshall that you must regain your place behind the group in front within 1 hole.
  2. If you fail to regain your place, you will be asked to pick up your golf balls and proceed immediately to your place behind the group in front.
  3. Should you again during your round fall behind the group in front, then the entire group will be asked to leave the course. Members who are asked to leave the course on more than 3 occasions will be asked to appear before the Committee.

Pace of Play Tips

  • Shorter hitters play first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.
  • Do not play Honours on the tee, unless in an official Matchplay competition.
  • Hit your shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball – most often they will find their ball while you play your shot.
  • Hit your shot when safe to do so, especially if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options.
  • If your shot is off line, watch your ball carefully.
  • Assess your shot, including putts, while another player is preparing to execute or is executing their shot.
  • Hit your shot even if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but delayed due to raking the bunker.
  • When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot.
  • Leave the flag in place for all players unless they specifically ask for it to be removed.
  • Putt, even if you are not the furthest from the hole, if that player is not ready to putt.
  • Putt out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line.
  • Mark your score card AFTER hitting off from the next tee, not while walking off the green.
  • Take no more than 40 seconds to play your stroke from when you arrive at your ball and determining it is in play.
  • Place your bag, buggy or pull cart between the green and the next tee.
  • If falling behind, the first two players who have completed the hole should proceed to the next tee and prepare for/execute their next tee shot instead of waiting for all players to putt out.
  • If the low marker in the group asks, be prepared to speed up play. It is the entire group that can get penalised, not just one player.

Members with guests should make their guests aware of these procedures before teeing off. Should any member or guest feel that they are unable to abide by any of the above, then they should inform the Golf shop Staff immediately. 

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