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

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 but the actual time – week after week – is closer to five, it won’t be long until players become discouraged and market share begins to be lost.

The best prevention to raising false expectations is for course ownership and management to know exactly what is possible on the course. In other words, under ideal playing conditions with play flowing smoothly and no backups, what is the best time your course can deliver? Believe it or not, most courses have no idea!

If this is you, it’s time to get a USGA® Pace Rating from your local golf association. A Pace Rating takes all the features of your course…green to tee distances, obstacles, cart policies and more…and computes how long it should take to play the course. If this round time is honestly communicated to players, they can plan accordingly and won’t be unpleasantly surprised week after week, leading to frustration, disappointment and ultimately looking for a new course.

How can Pace Manager Systems® help you? 1) If you prefer, we can provide you an unofficial but accurate Pace Rating that will give you the information you need, and 2) If your course’s round times are significantly higher than your Pace Rating, we can work with you for a few days to bring your performance to where it should be. Click here for more information.


Tip by Bill Yates, Pace Manager Systems




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    Rod Cochrane, General Manager

    Predator Ridge Resort, British Columbia
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    Gregg Lindquist, General Manager

    Desert Willow Golf Resort, California
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    Nathan Stith, Director of Golf

    Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Florida

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  • Doral Golf Resort & Spa

    Miami, Florida

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