October Tip for Players: Shopping for a Good Playing Experience

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 too, if not for shoes, then certainly for your last set of golf clubs.

But how much time do you or does anyone spend in looking for the best buy in a round of golf? One that will deliver a smooth pace and flow of play. What should you look for? Here are a few tips to help you spot a course that is probably going to deliver a great experience for you and not take more hours than you can spare. It’s worth doing a little window shopping in advance!

  • Starting Interval: A good course has a starting interval based on the course’s Pace Rating – i.e. what the course can actually deliver. But in general, be wary of six or seven-minute intervals, Even eight-minute intervals are hard to maintain. Nine or ten minutes are usually ideal and will forecast a smooth round.
  • Starter: Find a course where the starter manages the first tee and tells each group when to play away. Avoid a course where players are sent to the first tee and told to tee off when the group ahead is clear. And avoid a course where the starter is willing to “squeeze you in” for a tip. Shame on you anyway for asking.
  • Yardage Markers: The course should use yardage markers rather than sprinkler heads, which are often hard to spot.
  • Carts: A course with no “carts restricted to paths” policy will generally play 10% faster.
  • Teeing Off: Make sure the 8:10 group at the course is actually teeing off at 8:10, not at 8:35. You want a course that is not packing players in, guaranteeing slow rounds.
  • Backups: Keep your eyes open as you drive onto the property. You don’t want to see an early par three with the tee and green both full.
  • Hole Sequence: A course with a par 5 followed by a par three, especially on the first two holes, is generally programmed for long waits.

Tip by Bill Yates, Pace Manager Systems

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