The pace of play of the group in front of you can have a significant influence on your round. In consideration of the players behind you, we appreciate you reading our pace of play guidelines and helpful tips. It is important that you understand these before starting your round. We ask that our members and patrons play within the expectations detailed below.
At Teulon Golf Course, the time allotted for 18 holes is 4 hours and 15 minutes. This allows for just over 2 hours for each nine with a short stop at the clubhouse on the turn.
Players need to be aware of their group’s position on the course, and how they are impacting on the pace of play of other groups. We welcome all size of groups in regards to walking or riding anytime of day for bookings.
We will look to pair up single players and twosomes where possible to make preferred threesomes and foursomes. Sometimes this is not possible.
If your group can maintain pace with the group in front of you, there is no reason for the group behind to play through. If your group has open holes ahead, and the group behind you continues to wait on your group. We ask that your group lets the group play through.
Keep up with the Group in Front
It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If they lose a clear hole and delay the group behind, they should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, they should also invite the faster moving group to overtake them.
- Do not worry about the group behind – keep up with the group in front.
- If you feel that your group is falling behind take responsibility and bring this to the attention of the other players in your group.
- React positively to the situation.
- If your group is behind there is no need to run but try to catch up quickly.
- Invite the group behind you to play through if you are delaying them.
Very few golfers would admit to being slow players but we can all do our bit to play a little bit faster.
- Be ready to play
- Play promptly when it is your turn
- Keep up with the group in front
- Invite the group behind to play through if you are delaying them
- Play a provisional ball if you think your ball is lost
- Leave the putting green quickly when play has been completed
- Speed up your exit from the green by positioning your bags on the way to the next tee
- Play from tees that are commensurate with your ability.
- Be aware of your position on the course. You should always play at a good pace and keep up with the group ahead.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who decides if a group is “slow”?
Our Golf course marshal and golf course staff have total authority over golf play. If you have fallen back, relative to the group ahead of you, you are behind (if you tee off immediately behind the group in front, you are expected to stay immediately behind that group). If you did not start a round with a group in front of you, it will be based on the expected time to complete a round, 4 hours and 15 minutes.
Why did the Golf course marshal ask me to speed up?
If you have been asked to pick up your pace it means that you have been identified as having fallen back of the group ahead of you. A group can fall behind briefly for many reasons such as a member of your group may have spent an extra couple of minutes searching for a lost ball, or your group may have had to wait a few minutes for a maintenance cart to clear a landing area. Of more importance is a group that is simply taking too much time between shots and not being ready to play or are otherwise unaware they have fallen behind. In either case the Golf course marshal will likely know the reason your group has fallen behind. It is their job to remind everyone that they must keep up with the group in front.
Why has the Golf course marshal asked me to speed up, even though there is no one behind me?
The pace of play is determined by your position relative to the group ahead, not the group behind. If the group behind you has fallen back, it means that the Golf course marshal will be trying to get them back into proper position. To move them into position the group ahead of them (your group) must first be positioned properly. Always be aware of where the group is in front of you, not behind you. Play moves forward, not backward.
What happens if our group cannot keep up?
We welcome golfers of all abilities, however, it is a condition of playing at this course that you play within the stated pace of play and do not fall back of the groups ahead. High handicap golfers do not have a monopoly on slow play. Many mid and low handicap golfers also have bad habits that can contribute to slow play. The Golf course marshal will give your group fair opportunities to catch back up to the group ahead of you (the number of opportunities will depend on how far behind you have fallen).
If your group still is not capable of catching the group ahead you may be asked to play a more forward tee or pick up your ball and move ahead into position. We want all of our customers to enjoy a relaxing time on our course without feeling they are being pressured, but sometimes these actions must be taken to ensure unacceptable delays do not occur on the course. Failure to follow the Golf course marshal instructions could result in removal from the course.
Why can’t they just play through?
If the course is busy, playing through actually slows down the whole course. Playing through only works effectively when the course is slow. If the course is busy, the only solution to slow play is to speed up and keep pace.
If there is a Golf course marshal, why is it slow today?
Staff do everything within their power to minimize the number of slow rounds on the golf course. There are however, on a few occasions, circumstances beyond our control that prevent this from happening. To the Golf course marshal a large group of golfers during long and busy days requires cooperation from all of the players. If this is not forthcoming, your round may take longer through no fault of your own. For this reason we can only guarantee our best effort to maintain pace of play and without help from all players we cannot guarantee a specific pace of play.
What can I do if there isn’t a Golf course marshal, and I am behind slow golfers?
We can’t always have a Golf course marshal out on the course but if you identify an issue with the pace of play, damage being done to the course or any other issues, please contact the Pro Shop at 204-886-4653, extension 1 and we will send someone out if there is an employee available.
I want to come out with some new golfers and not feel rushed. When should I come out?
At anytime, the course could be busy and if there are other groups on the course you will need to maintain the appropriate pace. That said, weekday afternoons or weekend evenings tend to be alittle quieter and can be less intimidating for new golfers. Coming out in the mornings during the week or early on Saturday , Sunday or holidays will likely mean that most of the tee times are booked. The other key tip for bringing new golfers is to ensure that you spend sometime at the practice facilities first to show them the basics of the swing. Hitting your first ball ever on the first tee is not the way to have fun at golf. Come out to the range a couple of times and get comfortable with the swing. Then pair up new golfers with experienced golfers on the same cart. Carting is probably your best bet for the first couple of rounds as you can make up time getting to your ball with a cart verses walking.