Pace of Play Policy - Cairns Golf Club
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Cairns Golf Club - Phone (07) 4037 6700

Preamble

The CGC Match Committee identifies the need to encourage a faster pace of play during competitions. A key aspect to achieving this goal is to communicate to the members these expectations via a Pace of Play Policy (POPP). It is expected that the policy will find a balance point between un-enjoyable slow play and unpleasant overly rushed play.

The CGC Match Committee would prefer that players acknowledge that the POPP is for the good of the majority of members enjoying their competition round, and adhere to the policy requirements. It is not the preferred option to discipline players, but those players who disregard the requirements are at risk of penalties and sanctions.

Upon payment of fees, members and guests are agreeing to comply with the POPP.

 

Definitions

Start of a hole:  A group has begun a hole when the first player in the group has hit their tee shot. 
Completion of a hole: A group has completed a hole if all players have holed out or picked up, and left the green concerned.
Within one hole: A group is within one hole of the group in front if they are on the tee and the group in front has not yet completed the same hole (Par 3 or 4) or not commenced putting on a Par 5
Time to Complete Round (TCR): The maximum expected time to complete a round of 18 holes is measured by the published timesheet tee-off time subtracted from the group’s time to complete 18 holes.
Completion of a round is determined from the time the first scorecard from a group is entered into the Golf Shop scanner.
Designated Official (DO): A Course Marshall, Match Committee Member, Director of Golf, General Manager and Golf Shop Assistant.
On the Tee: On or within 5m of the teeing ground concerned
On the Clock: The time period during which a group is expected to hasten their play so as to be within one hole of the group in front when the period expires.
Commenced putting: A group is deemed to have commenced putting when the first stroke by a player on the green has been made.

Commencement of a Competition Round

It is recommended that all players register at the Pro Shop at least 25 minutes before their published timesheet tee off time. It is recommended that players be at the tee at least 5 minutes before their published tee-off time.

A player must be on the tee at, or before, their published timesheet tee-off time. If a player is in breach of this rule, and depending on the competition format, a 2-stroke penalty / deduction of 2 Stableford points / 2 minus points in par events / loss of hole in Match Play will be applied.

Furthermore, if a player is not on the tee within 5 minutes after their published timesheet tee-off time this player is disqualified, and will not be permitted to enter the competition at a later tee time.

A player may officially withdraw from a group any time before their published timesheet tee-off time. This must be done by the player, or the player’s representative, personally communicating this decision to the starter of the competition field. If a player has officially withdrawn, they are eligible to apply for another tee-off time if one is available. If a player has not officially withdrawn before their published tee-off time, that player is in breach of the POPP and will be penalized as such.

Re-commencement of a Competition Round After 9 Holes

A player must be on the tee to re-commence play before the group in front has commenced putting on their respective 10th green, whether this is the 1st or 10th hole. A player is required to be on the tee, even if they cannot safely tee-off under these conditions. If a player is in breach of this rule, depending on the competition format, a two stroke penalty / deduction of two stableford points / two minus points in par events / or loss of hole in match play will be applied. This penalty will be revoked if the group in question finish their round 15 minutes before the designated TCR. During a stroke round a group is within this timeframe if they are on the 10th tee by 2 hours and 12 minutes or on the 1st tee by 2 hours and 18 minutes after their published tee-off time. During a competition format other than an individual stroke round a group is within this timeframe if they are starting their second 9 holes 2 hours and 10 minutes after their published tee-off time.

The maximum recommended time for the break in play after completion of nine holes in a competition round is less than 6 minutes. It is solely the player’s responsibility to comply with this time limit. This time is measured as the interval between the group completing their ninth hole and the player being on the tee for the re-commencement of play. This interval time is to be reduced so that the player complies with the re-commencement of play stipulation in the previous paragraph.

Pace of Play during a Competition Round

The POPP will designate the expected maximum time to complete (TCR) for the competition round. Unless designated otherwise, the current TCR for a stroke round is 4 hours and 30 minutes. The TCR for all other competition events is 4 hours and 20 minutes. The best way to meet the designated TCR is be no more than a full shot behind the group in front.

A group is not in breach of the recommended pace of play if they are within the recommended distance of the group in front and have not been warned by a DO that they are ‘on the clock’. For measurement purposes, a group is within the recommended distance of the group in front if they are ‘on the tee’ and the group in front has not completed the same hole if it is a par 3 or par 4, or if they are ‘on the tee’ and the group in front has not commenced putting on the same hole if it is a par 5.

A group is also not in breach of the recommended pace of play if they are playing at a pace that will have them finish their round 15 minutes before the designated TCR. Only a designated official (DO) with the appropriate time matrix will be able to assess whether a group is within this timeframe.

If a group is found to not be within the recommended distance of the group in front by a designated official (DO), the DO will inform the group that they are more than the recommended distance behind, and ask for a reason as to why they are more than the recommended distance behind. Unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’ (refer exceptional circumstances section) for their tardiness, the DO will warn the group that they are to be within the recommended distance of the group in front after completion of two entire holes. This group is now ‘on the clock’. For example, if a group is warned on the 5th hole, then the group must be within the recommended distance of the group in front by the time they start the 8th hole to avoid further penalty. If the group is not within the recommended distance of the group in front after completion of two entire holes after the warning, each player in the group will be assessed, depending on the competition format, a one stroke penalty / deduction of one stableford point / or one minus point in par events will be applied. Furthermore, if the group is not within the recommended distance of the group in front after completion of two more entire holes after the first penalty has been applied, each player in the group will be assessed, depending on the competition format, an additional one stroke penalty / deduction of one stableford point / or one minus point in par events. For example, if a group is assessed an initial penalty on the 8th hole, then the group must be within the recommended distance of the group in front by the time they start the 11th hole to avoid a further penalty. Any groups assessed two penalties within one round will be asked to stand aside and let all queued groups behind to play through and will be asked for a detailed report as to why the incident occurred and what the players will do moving forward to ensure it does not happen again.

If a group doesn’t complete a round within the designated TCR, as measured by a DO, a penalty of 2 strokes / deduction of 2 stableford points / or two minus points in par events will be applied. This penalty is waived if the group finishes their round within the recommended distance of the group in front.

Exceptional Circumstances

Some exceptional circumstances where the pace of play policy may not be enforced at the discretion of a DO are:

  1. A medical emergency. In this case the group must allow the groups following to play through. The group may commence or re-commence their round when a gap in the competition field allows them to do so.
  2. A competition field which is decided by the Captain or Captain’s representative to be less than 75% of full capacity. In this case if a group (Group A) feels that the group ahead (Group B) has been a clear one hole behind for at least 2 consecutive holes, and Group A has been immediately behind Group B for these 2 holes, then Group A have grounds to approach Group B and politely request to play through. Group B must allow Group A to play through.

If it is reported to a DO that a group has not been allowed to play through during any of these exceptional circumstances, and the report is established to be correct by the Match Committee, then the members of the offending group are deemed to have been assessed a pace of play penalty for that round.

Assessment of Warnings, Penalties, and Appeals

Only a Designated Official (DO) can give a warning or apply a penalty. At no time will verbal or physical abuse towards a DO be tolerated. Any instance of this occurring that is reported to the Match Committee in writing will be investigated, and the alleged offender will be contacted by the Match Committee to assess the incident and apply sanctions as appropriate.

A player who has been assessed a penalty (or penalties) during a competition round is able to appeal the decision by contacting the Club Captain within 24 hours of completing the round. The relevant Captain will assess the appeal, and make a decision based on the readily available facts. This decision will be final.

A player who receives a pace of play penalty (or penalties) in two separate rounds in a four month interval will be contacted by the Match Committee. This contact will discuss the reasons for the pace of play penalties and strategies for avoiding further pace of play penalties. Any further pace of play penalties in the ensuing two months will involve playing rights sanctions being imposed as deemed appropriate by the Match Committee, Director of Golf or the General Manager.

Tips to Speed up Play

DO THE FOLLOWING

  • Do be at the club at least 25 minutes before your tee-time
  • Do be at the tee area 5 minutes before your tee-time
  • Do sort out scorecards, side games etc… BEFORE tee-time
  • Do move at a brisk pace between shots
  • Do watch ALL shots in your group
  • Do play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost or OOB
  • Do limit practice swings to one and pre-shot routines to a minimum
  • Do putt out (do not mark and rest) unless it interferes with someone’s line
  • Do mark the card walking/driving to or at the next tee when others are teeing off
  • Do play ‘Ready Golf’
  • Do let the ‘shorter hitters’ in the group tee off first when it is safe to do so
  • Do proceed to the next tee and tee off whilst your partners are still putting out if your group is falling behind

DON'T DO THE FOLLOWING

  • Don’t be late, but if you are, call the Pro Shop to advise
  • Don’t wait for a player who is late
  • Don’t have a long break in the Club house half way, 6 minutes maximum
  • Don’t wait to tee off, once players are out of range, let the tee shot fly
  • Don’t partake in endless examinations of lines and borrows on the green

GOLF IS MORE FUN WHEN PLAYED ‘ON THE MOVE’