May Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 2

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 players do. This is because “waiting on every hole” is the result of a traffic problem that reflects how the course is being loaded. In fact, waiting is inevitable when the course is overcrowded because starting times are too close or because the starter is willing to squeeze players in, or when play is inconsistent because there’s nobody managing the first tee or players don’t tee off on time. And none of these causes are about players playing slowly. All of these things are controllable. Management decisions about a proper course loading have a huge impact on the flow of play. And a properly loaded course helps reveal who the truly slow players are, so they can be dealt with. It shaves time off rounds - sometimes as much as 40 or 50 minutes. It creates more “high value” starting times, and it leads to more replay, more customer loyalty, and more revenue.

 

Tip by Bill Yates, Pace Manager Systems

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