Your round may comprise competition golf, social golf or have a go opportunity, being aware of peak times can assist your round.
Many factors contribute to pace of play such as how many golfers are on the course at the time, the skill level of the golfers in the group, the length between each hole, whether you are walking or riding (and riding the cart efficiently), the difficulty of the course and weather conditions.
For an average round of 18 holes with four players all walking on a weekend, could take up to 4 hours and 45 minutes.
We should all take a moment to enjoy the outdoors, exercise and enjoy an uninterrupted few hours with friends and a drink afterwards, with some tips below on how you may assist with speed of play when the course is busy during a Peak Time.
A few tips to assist you on the golf course for speeding up your round.
Play ready golf – you don’t need to always play the traditional format of the player farthest from the hole play first. Whoever is ready to go, let them hit. Of course, you should advise your playing partners on the 1st tee if you are happy to play in this way. This can save up to 25 minutes per round.
Riding in a cart – I know we all want to see our friend hit their shot in the comfort of the golf cart seat, but this takes additional time. Drop the player off to their ball and then proceed to go to your ball.
Stopping at hole end – ensure that you are keeping up with the group in front and not stopping for a long period of time at the completion of each hole.
Play at times which suit your level of golf – if you are a beginner to the game (we have all been there), play in some of the quieter periods rather than in the middle of a busy Saturday or Sunday morning or change up your social game to suit your ability, with a pick up or moving forward to the next hole. This of course should be discussed with your playing partners on the 1st tee and is not applicable during competitions where standard rules of golf apply.