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Breaking News! Australia is Open for Business!

July saw the inauguration of Pace Manager Systems in Australia’s major urban centers, as founder Bill Yates presented at the country’s first-ever Golf Business Forum (photo below right) and…
R&A Pace of Play Manual Embraces Concepts Introduced by Pace Manager Systems

The New Pace of Play Manual published by the R&A this May has fully embraced the pace of play concepts that Bill Yates introduced in his Pace Manager Systems® consulting with the R&A between…
USGA Presents Bill Yates Gender Research Study

The USGA has just released the research study presentation delivered by Bill Yates of Pace Manager Systems at the November 2014 USGA Pace of Play Symposium. An audience of golf industry leaders listened…
Bill Yates to Share Expertise at 2016 International Forum in Melbourne

Australia’s inaugural and ground breaking Golf Business Forum will feature leading industry participants and content specialists throughout Australia and elsewhere, who will gather at the Melbourne…
Fairways Magazine Explores Bill Yates' Pioneering Pace of Play Work

"For years everybody has been blaming slow play on the players. New studies and technology show it's not that simple."  --Fairways Magazine author, writer, editor and broadcaster John…
Asia Turns to Pace Manager Systems for Slow Play Solutions

5/29/15   Premiere golf publication Asian Golf features a special report by Bill Yates - "We Need to Kill Slow Play!" - on the state of golf in the fast growing Asia Pacific region,…
Pace Manager Systems to Gain Traction in Australia, New Zealand and Asia

3/1/15  Bill Yates announced a partnership today with Golf Industry Central (GIC) to bring Pace Manager Systems to golf courses and clubs in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.   International…
Back to Back Pinehurst Opens Provide Stage for Surprising New Study

For the second year, Bill Yates worked with the USGA behind the scenes to manage and improve the pace of play at the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. The Championships took place June 12-15…
Bill Yates Presents Results of 2014 US Open Study at November USGA Symposium

An audience of golf industry leaders listened closely as Yates revealed the initial findings from his study of gender differences and how they impact the pace in championship play. Yates’ presentation…
"Reinventing the Golf Experience" - Yates at Recent Conference

Reinventing what happens to today’s players on a golf course was the focus of a presentation by Bill Yates and Forrest Richardson, ASGCA, at the 2014 Crittenden Golf Conference October 1-3 in Phoenix.…
International Courses! Pool Local Resources and Bring Faster Play to Your Region

Courses Around the World Enjoy Benefits and Success with Pace Manager Systems For more than 20 years, courses in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Asia and elsewhere have solved their…
Pace Manager Systems' Bill Yates Shares Insights at 2014 USGA Annual Meeting

Pace Manager Systems Founder and Pace of Play Consultant to the United States Golf Association, Bill Yates, was the featured presenter at the USGA's Annual Meeting on Saturday February 8, 2014,…
Bill Yates Presents Findings at 2013 USGA Symposium

"The voice that resonated belonged to Bill Yates, his grasp of the subject enormous, his perspective refreshing..."     --Jim McCabe, GOLFWEEK Magazine                                                              …
Pebble Beach Golf Links Adopts Pace Manager Systems

Pebble Beach: Bill Yates recently spearheaded a major Pace Manager Systems training and implementation program at Pebble Beach Golf Links focusing on improved player experience. The program…
Wall Street Journal Interviews Bill Yates on Pace of Play July 13, 2013

WSJ Columnist John Paul Newport met Bill at the 2013 US Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York and was intrigued by Bill's decades-long crusade against slow…
Bill Yates Speaks to Superintendents at Sept. 9 Educational Symposium

Bill Yates addressed Central California members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America at the September 2013 Annual Elections and Educational Symposium, held at River Oaks Golf…
Golf Course Builders Association of America Visits Pace of Play

A highlight of the Summer Meeting of the GCBAA was a crash course by Bill Yates in how builders can impact the future pace of play on a new or renovated golf course. Yates partnered with golf course architect…
Inside the Ropes at the Men's and Women's Opens!

"It's always fascinating to have an insider view of the challenges of putting on a major championship tournament. I'm working with the USGA this year to help them take control of pace of…
2013 USGA Pace of Play Initiative

Bill has been consulting with the United States Golf Association in its campaign to improve the pace of play, sharing his knowledge and his decades of expertise in eliminating slow play on golf…
WGN The Voice of Chicago Interview with Bill Yates 7/18/13

WGN The Voice of Chicago:  I had an opportunity to chat with David Kaplan Thursday July 18 on his WGN 720 Radio sports talk show. It was a great thrill to talk to "Kap" on the…
June is Pace of Play Month on Golf Channel!

The June 5 "Morning Drive" featured Bill Yates and Pace Manager Systems at Pebble Beach. A special feature and followup studio interview highlighted the Pace Manager Systems pace of…
2013 Golf Industry Show, San Diego CA

Golf Industry Show Debut: Bill Yates introduced Pace Manager GPS and Maintenance Manager GPS at the Feb 6-7 event, demonstrating the newest tools for improving the pace of play on golf courses…
Feature Interview with Golf Club Atlas

An online interview that explores Bill’s insights and experience, his adventures with golf course owners, managers, players and architects, and how he is making the game better for everyone. Click…
EGCOA 2012 Conference News

EGCOA: Bill Yates of Pace Manager Systems was a featured presenter at the European Golf Course Owners Association annual "Golf  Business Conference" held this past 21-23 November…

Articles and Publications

The Week in Golf - Live Interview with Bill Yates

Bill Yates outlines the approach of his successful worldwide pace of play improvement program for Australia's premiere golf website I Seek Golf's popular broadcast "The Week in Golf."…
"You Think You're Not a Factory? Think Again!"

“You Think You’re Not a Factory? Think Again!” by Bill Yates in the Summer (Winter in the Northern-Hemisphere) 2016 issue of Golf Industry Central Magazine, gives a heads up to course…
"Traveling All Over, Down Under"

"Traveling All Over, Down Under," by Bill Yates in the Spring (Fall in the Western Hemisphere) 2016 issue of Golf Industry Central, panoramas the pace of play guru's Australian golf saga…
"Slow Play a Shared Responsibility"

"Slow Play a Shared Responsibility," by David Newbery in the September 2016 issue of Inside Golf Australia, interviewed pace of play expert Bill Yates during his July 2016 visit in Australia…
"Coming to Australia!"

"Coming to Australia!” by Bill Yates, Pace Manager Systems®, in the Winter 2016 issue of Golf Industry Central Magazine, recalls the author's presentation at the R&A’s first…
"We Need to Kill Slow Play!"

“We Need to Kill Slow Play,” by Bill Yates with Editor’s Intro, in the June 2015 issue of Asian Golf, pp 40-43. Asian Golf reached out to slow play guru Bill Yates, who comments in this…
"Golf Industry Central Partners with Pace Manager Systems"

"Golf Industry Central Partners with Pace Manager Systems," an industry announcement published in Golf Business News March 5, 2015, highlights a new partnership  between Golf Industry Central…
Increase Revenue by Improving the Pace of Play!

Building your course's bottom line is what this laser-focused article by Bill Yates is all about. Here are proven insights about how players decide what's most important to them in selecting a…
"Golf Industry Central Brings Pace Manager Systems® to Australia, New Zealand and Asia"

"Golf Industry Central Brings Pace Manager Systems® to Australia, New Zealand and Asia," by GIC Magazine Editor Mike Orloff, published in the Autumn 2015 (Spring 2015 in the U.S.!) issue,…
"Golfers Tracked by GPS to Speed Play as Rounds Near 4 1/2 Hours"

"Golfers Tracked by GPS to Speed Play as Rounds Near 4 1/2 Hours," by Michael Buteau, published June 4, 2014 in Bloomberg News, outlines how the United States Golf Association is grappling with…
"Smooth Flow"

“Smooth Flow,” featured in the Spring 2014 issue of By Design Magazine, outlines insights by American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Pace of Play Committee members about how golf…
"Golf Course Bottlenecks"

"Golf Course Bottlenecks," By Marty Lariviere, EMP Channel August 5, 2013.  When players have a course to themselves (how often does that happen??), the time it takes to play a round is…
"Don't Blame Other Guy For Slow Play"

"Don’t Blame Other Guy for Slow Play," by Jim McCabe, in the November 22, 2013 issue of Golfweek. The article recaps the compelling discussion at the first-ever USGA Pace of Play Symposium…
"While We're Young"

"While We're Young," by Tom Mackin, in Golf Magazine December 2013. Interviews with Bill Yates and with USGA spokespersons about the USGA's industry-wide movement to solve the problem…
"The Real Causes of Slow Play"

"The Real Causes of Slow Play,"  by John Paul Newport    WSJ Columnist John Paul Newport met Bill at the 2013 US Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton,…
"Case Study: Bringing Pace Manager Systems to Pebble Beach Golf Links"

"Bringing Pace Manager Systems to Pebble Beach," a 2013 case study by Bill Yates, published at USGA online. Bill reviews how he worked with Pebble Beach to solve their slow play problems, providing…
"The Slow Play Myths"

"The Slow Play Myths," by Bill Yates, debunks some long-held myths that are preventing course owners, managers, and players from achieving a smooth pace of play.   "True success in winning…
"Engineering Giddyap into Golf"

"Engineering Giddyap into Golf," by Bradley S. Klein, in the July 19, 2013 issue of Golfweek. The article describes Bill Yates' approach to building smooth pace of play into courses under…
"Lightning Round"

"Lightning Round," by Evan Rothman, featured in Private Clubs Magazine Online, Summer 2013. The author cites tips from experts like "Pace of Play Guru Bill Yates to help overcome the hurdles…
"Time is Money!"

"Time is Money! Managing the Challenges of Pace of Play," by Bill Yates. The feature article in the Fall 2012 issue of Golf Business Canada.   [excerpt]  "I've been waiting…
"A Time(less) Issue"

"Pace of Play: A Time(less) Issue," by Roger Graves. The cover story in the February 2012 issue of PGA Magazine. Features discussion with Bill Yates about his partnership with the PGA to…
"The Front 9"

"The Front 9: Groundbreaking Innovators in Golf," published in the Spring 2012 issue of Private Clubs Magazine. Bill Yates (top right) is spotlighted as one of nine golf lovers nationwide who…
"Quick, Quick, Slow: How to Beat Slow Play"

"Quick, Quick, Slow: How to Beat Slow Play," an article appearing in Golf Course Architecture Magazine, July 2007, written by the magazine's editor Adam Lawrence. The article cites Bill…
"How to Play Faster"

"How to Play Faster," by Mike Stachura, published in the May/June 2006 issue of Golf for Women. The author offers 12 ways for golfers to pick up the pace of play, but also interviews Bill Yates…
'Pace'ifying Golf

“’Pace’ifying Golf,” by Gordon Grant, published in the Spring 2006 issue of Golf Business Canada. The author describes how golf course owners and managers are shifting their attitudes…
"Designed for Speed"

"Designed for Speed: Developers Find Right Layout Can Aid Pace of Play," by Brian A. Lee, published in the July 2006 issue of Golf Inc. The author turns to Bill Yates to explore how…
"Setting the Right Pace"

"Setting the Right Pace," the Singapore Island Country Club Golf Task Force June 2006 Report on their partnership with Bill Yates and Pace Manager Systems.   The report to club membership…
"Does Golf need a Shot Clock or Just a Clock?"

"Does Golf Need a Shot Clock or Just a Clock?," an interview with Bill Yates by Roger Graves, in PGA Magazine, April 2005 issue. The author weighs the pros and cons of whether golf should adopt…
"Speed it up, Please"

"Speed it up, Please," by Lewine Mair, published in the UK's Golf Monthly Magazine, June 2003 issue. The author recaps the 2002 Open in Muirfield, Scotland, and how bringing Bill Yates…
"Pace of Play Guru Gets Paid to Shave Time"

"Pace of Play Guru Gets Paid to Shave Time," by James Achenbach, published in Golfweek, July 12, 2003 issue. The author explores how golf should address the problem of pace of play. The answer?…
"Delivering Member Value"

"Delivering Member Value on the Golf Course," by Bill Yates, featured in Club Management Magazine, February 2002. Bill shares insights about how to recognize eroding value and take the…
"Farther, Straighter.....Slower!"

"Farther, Straighter.....Slower! Is Technology Slowing Golf Down?," by Bill Yates. Featured in Golf Business Canada, Winter 2001. Bill explains why the technology that enables players to hit…
"A Wee Bit Quicker"

"A Wee Bit Quicker," by Bill Yates, featured in Golf Magazine, July 2001. Bill was sent on assignment by Golf Magazine to discover whether the "Brits" play faster than we do. His conclusions…
"Manage by Design"

"Manage by Design," an article published in By Design, the magazine of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.   Click here to read the full article
"Paceman"

"Paceman," by Golf Magazine Editor George Peper, highlighted in the July 2001 issue in the Editor's Section "What's Inside." An editorial by Peper introducing pace…
"Stamp Out the Snails"

"Stamp Out the Snails," by Duncan Lennard, an interview with Bill Yates featured in Golf Business Magazine, February 2001. The interview answers the question about how Yates solves the global…

Tip of Month

December Tip for Course Owners and Managers: Do you know what you need to know?

One of the fastest things a course can do to damage its reputation is raise expectations on the part of players that are never met.  If a course allows players to believe a round will take four hours…
November Tip for Course Owners and Managers: The secret to growing your business

  Word of mouth marketing is the original social media…it’s effective, it spreads fast, and the marketplace believes it! In fact, according to Neilson, 92% of consumers believe recommendations…
October Tip for Players: Shopping for a Good Playing Experience

Recently I spent several weeks shopping for just the right pair of golf shoes…and I’m glad I did. They’re comfortable and handsome, perfect in every way. Maybe you’ve done that…
September Tip for Course Superintendents: Keep an eye on the small stuff!

The reason that Course Maintenance and Setup is one of my “Five Major Factors™ that Impact Pace of Play” is that how the physical course is managed can easily make or break the pace…
August Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 5

To continue our "Solving the Slow Play Mysteries" Series...             Discovery 5: More sand and water hazards don’t equal slower rounds. Simplicity and…
July Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 4

To continue our "Solving the Slow Play Mysteries" Series...             Discovery 4: The playing experience – and the memory of that playing experience –…
June Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 3

To continue our "Solving the Slow Play Mysteries" Series...               Discovery 3: Management success should be measured by maximizing revenue, not counting…
May Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 2

To continue our "Solving the Slow Play Mysteries" Series...               Discovery 2: Waiting to play during a round causes more long round times than slow…
April Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 1

Over the past several decades, I've visited hundreds of courses, observed thousands of golfers, and clicked my stopwatches on and off hundreds of thousands of times! And for what?   For the sole…
March Tip for Course Owners and Managers: Invest 3 days to increase annual revenue!

If you invest just 3 days at the start of your season, you will be in a position to increase your number of rounds and revenue, and your investment will be quickly returned.   Here are the Cliff…
February Tip for Course Superintendents: Do you know where your mowers are?

When labor and equipment are the largest items in your maintenance budget, you know you have to make every labor hour count. The best way to do that is to know precisely where and how every labor and…
January Tip for Owners and Managers: Is your course unaffordable?

Have you ever considered that even courses with very low green fees might be unaffordable for many players? This is because every potential player for your course, or any course, has three currencies…
August Tip for Owners and Managers: Consistency is the key!

      August is a busy month for everyone, so I'll keep this short!  When we talk about improving the pace of play, what we're really talking about is improving the flow of…
July Tip for Owners and Managers: Do we need dynamic golf pricing?

Most golf courses offer great tee times with smooth rounds for only about an hour a day…the first hour, that is! From there, the rounds gradually begin to get slower and rougher, as backups appear…
June Tip for Golf Course Architects: Your Crystal Ball!

  Golf course architects have a unique opportunity to create an optimal pace of play for a course under construction or redesign. The architect sets the bar by determining how long it should take…
May Tip for Course Superintendents: The simplest solutions can be overlooked!

I’m guessing that at least once a day, your course’s pace of play problems come to your attention for some reason. And you might fleetingly wonder, “Why don’t they do something?”…
April Tip for Players: Getting there is half the fun!

In order for courses to deliver a consistently high quality and enjoyable playing experience, players have to do their part as well.   Interestingly, and thanks to our conceptual leadership in this…
March Tip for Players: Play by the rules...the new ones!

That’s right, if you play by the new rules proposed by the USGA and the R&A, you might just find your group “playing a wee bit faster.”   Recent proposed rule changes have been…
February Tip for Course Managers and Professionals: Don't give up!

If you’ve tried everything you can think of to improve the pace of play on your course and found that nothing seems to work – don’t give up!   There are plenty of “obvious”…
January Tip for Course Owners and Managers: You think you're not a factory? Think again!

Just because you don’t wake up in the morning, grab your lunch pail and head off to the plant doesn’t mean you’re not in the manufacturing business. You absolutely are.   You’re…

Tip of Month 2015

December Tip for Course Managers: Understand players' expectations

Any player who sets foot on a course comes with built-in expectations…for teeing off on time, for a round of reasonable length, for good flow on the course with no waiting, for a relaxing, fun…
November Tip for Course Managers: Seven Drivers to Guarantee Success

  Management Teams! Take a look at the following Seven Drivers for Success...to guarantee improved operations for your course:       Build and train a sound team.  Hire for attitude,…
October Tip for Players: Speak up! You don't have to suffer

Think about this. When you walk into a fine restaurant, you expect to have a good experience and enjoy your meal. If the service is poor, the food is lousy, or the restaurant is raucously noisy, your…
September Tip for Course Managers and Superintendents: The Secrets of Success

Smart golf course managers and superintendents at golf courses worldwide are in on the secret. They're making daily decisions and reaping great results based on my trademarked “Five Major Factors™”…
August Tip for Players: How to spot a 5-hour course (Part 2)

Here's Part 2 of our ten questions for "pace of play-savvy" players to ask themselves and the professional staff, in order to avoid signing up for a five-hour-plus round. Questions #1 -…
July Tip for Players: How to spot a 5-hour course (Part 1)

To be a "pace of play-savvy" player, consider asking yourself and the professional staff some important questions before handing over your green fee. Knowing the answers to ten questisons could…
June Tip for Owners and Managers: Measure day-to-day success by revenue, not number of rounds!

Several years ago, an old friend, client and highly successful multiple course owner commented to me, “I’ve never filled out a bank deposit slip that had space for entering ‘Number of…
May Tip for Course Managers: My "Ten Discoveries" to help course operators improve your product!

  For decades I've been discovering the truths about what we call slow play - its causes and cures. In this May Tip of the Month I'll share with you "Ten Discoveries" that…
April Tip for Players: Six ways to pick up the pace!

Be on Time!  Arrive 45 minutes before your tee time. If you change your mind about playing, call and cancel.   Don't tee off before your starting time!  Ironically, the closer you start…
March Tip for Course Managers: Keep players away from the first tee for as long as possible.

Perception is reality!  A first tee crowded with players immediately gives the players the perception that “It’s going to be a LONG day.”   When this happens - even before…
February Tip for Course Superintendents: Help your players decide which tees to play.

Playing the wrong tees hurts your players’ game, takes away their fun, and can ruin the pace of play for their group and others. Why do players persist in playing the wrong tees?   Well, the…
January Tip for Players: Watch out for courses that are willing to "squeeze you in!"

Being squeezed in to the starting time schedule may sound like a favor to you, but it will predictably turn out to be just the opposite. If you check out some of my articles in the News and Articles page…

Archives

"Keys to Eliminating Slow Play"

"Keys to Eliminating Slow Play," by Bill Yates, featured in Golf Business Magazine, September 2000. Bill offers surprising insights into how to avoid myths about what "slow" actually…
"Slow Play: It's Not Your Fault!"

"Slow Play: It's Not Your Fault," by Bill Yates, featured in Golf Magazine, May 1998. Bill explodes some of the most pervasive myths about slow play and explains how management policies at…
"How to Spot a Five-Hour Course"

"How to Spot a Five-Hour Course," by Bill Yates, featured in Golf Magazine, June 1998. Bill gives consumer strategies to help players shop for a well-paced round of golf. His…
"Pace Rating System"

"Pace Rating System," by noted Golf Course Architect Desmond Muirhead, originally published in Executive Golfer, June 1998. Muirhead introduces the Pace Rating System, and describes how Bill…

Testimonials

  • "I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for us."

    Shawn Smith, Director of Golf

    Pebble Beach Resort, California
  • "Our members and guests couldn’t be more pleased!"

    Cary Corbitt, Director of Sports & Operations

    Harbour Town Golf Links, South Carolina
  • "Our pace of play is much better and our members love it."

    Alice Plain, PGA, Director of Golf

    Vail Golf Club, Colorado
 

Client Courses

  • El Caballero Country Club

    Tarzana, California

  • Pennant Hills Golf Club

    New South Wales, Australia

  • Pebble Beach Resort

    Pebble Beach, California

  • Sanctuary Cove - The Pines

    Queensland, Australia

  • Bandon Dunes Golf Course

    Bandon, Oregon

  • Vail Golf Club

    Vail, Colorado

  • Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    Livermore, California

  • Cog Hill Country Club

    Lemont, Illinois

  • Gleneagles Golf Course

    Perthshire, Scotland

  • Desert Willow Golf Resort

    Palm Desert, California

  • Hong Kong Golf Club

    Hong Kong, New Territories

  • Ancil Hoffman Golf Club

    Carmichael, California

  • City of Cal. Municipal Courses

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • US Women's Open Championship

    Sebonack GC, Southampton, NY

  • Jasper Park Lodge

    Jasper, Alberta, Canada

  • Golf de la Grande Bastide

    Provence, France

  • Doral Golf Resort & Spa

    Miami, Florida

  • The Bog

    Saukville, Wisconsin

  • Doonbeg Golf Club

    Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland

  • Amelia Island Plantation

    Amelia Island, Florida

  • Sanctuary Cove - The Palms

    Queensland, Australia

  • Landsdowne Resort

    Landsdowne, Virginia

  • The Old Course

    St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

  • US Open Championship

    Merion GC, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

  • Predator Ridge Resort

    Vernon, BC, Canada

  • Desert Highlands Golf Club

    Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Poppy Hills Golf Course

    Pebble Beach, California

  • City of Sac. Municipal Courses

    Sacramento, California

  • HeatherGlen Golf Course

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Osprey Ridge at Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  • Mission Hills Country Club

    Rancho Mirage, California

  • Ford's Colony Country Club

    Williamsburg, Virginia

  • The Open Championship

    Muirfield GC, E. Lothian, Scotland

  • Singapore Island Country Club

    Singapore

  • US Women's Open Championship

    Pumpkin Ridge GC, Port., Oregon

  • Harbour Town Golf Links

    Hilton Head, South Carolina

  • The Coeur D'Alene Resort

    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

  • Coronado Municipal Golf Course

    Coronado, California

  • Wild Dunes Golf Resort

    Charleston, South Carolina

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