USGA Pace System
Resources For Teaching, Managing And Enforcing Pace Of Play
Using the USGA Pace Rating to best advantage at your course probably will involve equal parts education, course management, and enforcement. Pace Rating requires a determination by the club to teach, enable, and maintain a uniform speed for its groups. How do you educate players? How do you manage the use of the course in a way that permits players to move along? How do you enforce what you've taught and managed? This chapter lists a number of teaching, management, and enforcement resources for consideration by your Pace of Play Committee. Inclusion in the list does not imply approval, endorsement, or licensure by the USGA. For more information on course management, see the chapter beginning on page 33.
Time Pars Tell Players What The Goal Is
Once your course has been Pace Rated, communicate the results to players. Let them know the USGA Pace Rating for the course and the time par for each hole. These values can be announced in the course's newsletter or through posters and signs in the pro shop. In addition, the Pace Rating and individual time pars or Pace Rating tee times can be printed on the score card and displayed on signs around the course. See samples on pages 31-32.
Fast-Play Tips Tell Players How To Reach The Goal
How to play fast enough to achieve time par likely will require further education and communication. Resources are available to help players improve their pace of play. Your course may wish to inquire about the products and services that are described in this chapter, beginning on page 16. Some of them may be ordered through the USGA Order Department. Once your course's pace of play program is in place, you can hold player meetings to explain the program and distribute communication materials.
Reward Players For Achieving Time Par
Your pace of play program could include rewards for players who consistently achieve time par:
Pace Club. Consider a sign-up sheet for the "Pace Club." Those who sign are pledging to complete their rounds in your club's Pace Rating and, as a result, are to be awarded prime starting times. To add more interest, hold a monthly drawing of prizes for those who sign up and successfully play in the Pace Club.
Cart Rebate. Consider a rebate to cart users who complete their rounds in the Pace Rating or less.
For slow players, offer to assist with fast-play tips. Since many slow players lose time around the greens, ask your golf professional to give lessons on the short game.