Pace of Play

Playing ready golf and being aware of pace of play is important anytime you are on the golf course - both playing publicly outside of EWGA as well as in your EWGA League. It is essential that all players are aware and alert to what is going on for pace of play, etiquette, enjoyment of the game, and safety.

Keeping pace with and knowing where you are in relation to the group in front of you will indicate if you are maintaining proper pace of play. Your group is considered falling behind/out of position if the following occurs:
  • Par 3 - you reach the tee of a Par 3 and the group in front of you has already gone on to the next tee.
  • Par 4 - you reach the tee of a Par 4 and the group in front of you is already on the green.
  • Par 5 - you reach the tee of a Par 5 and the group in front of you is getting ready to hit into the green.
If you find that your group is falling behind, then you should pick up your ball when you have reached your Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) maximum and then approximate what it would have taken you to finish the hole from there. Click here for more information on ESC.

Pace of Play Tips
  • Always play "READY GOLF."
  • If your foursome is waiting for a player, and the foursome behind you is ready to go, then let that foursome go ahead.
  • Be at the first tee, ready to tee off, at your tee time.
  • Do not wait until it is your turn to play before putting your glove on.
  • Do not wait until it is your turn to play before calculating your yardage and selecting your club.
  • If you are not sure what club you will need, take all the clubs you think you might use to the shot.
  • If you are ready to shoot and someone behind you is not ready, then let that person know that you will shoot and take your shot.
  • Play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost outside a hazard or out of bounds.
  • Be aware of your position with regard to the group in front - it is your responsibility to keep up with the group in front.
  • If you feel that your group is falling behind, advise the other players in your group and try to catch up quickly.
  • If your group is falling behind or the group behind is waiting, and you have taken close to your maximum shots per hole - then pick up and take your maximum per hole score (Equitable Stroke Control - ESC).
  • If you lose a clear hole and are delaying the group behind, or if there is no group in front of you, invite the group behind to play through.
  • At the green, position your bags so as to allow quick movement off the green to the next tee.
  • Look at your own line of putt while the other players in the group look at theirs (within the bounds of normal etiquette).
  • Move off the green as soon as all players in your group have holed out; mark score cards at or on the way to the next tee.