R&A Pace of Play Manual Embraces Concepts Introduced by Pace Manager Systems

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 2000 and 2003. “It’s gratifying to know that now, as then, we are focused on the same goal – to improve and grow the game we love,” said Yates. “I have congratulated the R&A for making my original concepts part of their institutional thinking, just as the USGA has done since my consulting with them in 2013-2014.”

 

The genesis for the new pace of play thinking now espoused by both the R&A and the USGA was Yates’ original research and the resulting conclusions that led him to establish the “Five Factors that Impact Pace of Play™”, which have been the topic of numerous articles, conferences and practical application at golf courses around the world since 1995. As Yates regards these Five Factors – Management Practices and Policies, Player Behavior, Player Ability, Course Maintenance and Setup, and Course Design – the centerpiece of his work to improve the pace and flow of play, he is pleased to see that they are appearing now as foundational concepts in the R&A’s new Manual. “As there is no one ‘silver bullet’ to eliminate slow play, attention to how each of these areas affects play on a course is critical,” Yates said.

 

Yates’ consulting with the R&A led to his recommendations that created landmark success in pace and flow at the 2002 Open and Amateur Championships. Those successes then led to the development of the 2003 R&A Symposium at St Andrews that was designed specifically around these Five Factors. Both the Championships and the Symposium were widely reported in UK press, documenting the successes and the new “pioneering” thinking.

 

Yates is unequivocal in his enthusiasm and support for the new Manual. “I applaud the R&A’s deep interest in solving the pace of play problem, and in fact I referenced the Manual in my conference appearance and workshops this summer in Australia,” said Yates. “The familiarity with this multi-faceted approach to understanding and solving slow play, rather than earlier beliefs that it is all the players’ fault, will serve both the R&A and the USGA well in their continued efforts to understand and analyze the complex dynamics that impact pace and flow of play.” Click here for the inside story on this and other slow play myths.

 

For more than 25 years, Yates’ Pace Manager Systems approach has transformed play at hundreds of courses in the US and around the world, helping them achieve lower round times, eliminate backups and waiting, reduce complaints, and increase revenue. Click here for some testimonials from well-known courses.

 

 

As a footnote: For your interest and enjoyment, click here to see the July 2001 Golf Magazine article “Paceman” by Editor-in-Chief George Peper, who was the originator of what is now the USGA’s Pace Rating system. Peper highlights some of Yates' researches and conclusions about pace and flow of play, and notes some unique and surprising insights he shared in consulting with the St Andrews Links Trust.

Testimonials

  • "Thanks to Pace Manager, we can now communicate with each other and our guests with facts."

    Brian Shaw, Head Golf Professional

    Doonbeg Golf Club, Ireland
  • "Our pace of play is much better and our members love it."

    Alice Plain, PGA, Director of Golf

    Vail Golf Club, Colorado
  • "What Bill did for us was fantastic. Every golf course should adopt his approach."

    Rod Cochrane, General Manager

    Predator Ridge Resort, British Columbia
 

Client Courses

  • Sanctuary Cove - The Pines

    Queensland, Australia

  • Desert Highlands Golf Club

    Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Doral Golf Resort & Spa

    Miami, Florida

  • Singapore Island Country Club

    Singapore

  • Pebble Beach Resort

    Pebble Beach, California

  • El Caballero Country Club

    Tarzana, California

  • Jasper Park Lodge

    Jasper, Alberta, Canada

  • Desert Willow Golf Resort

    Palm Desert, California

  • US Open Championship

    Merion GC, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

  • The Bog

    Saukville, Wisconsin

  • The Open Championship

    Muirfield GC, E. Lothian, Scotland

  • Harbour Town Golf Links

    Hilton Head, South Carolina

  • The Old Course

    St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

  • Bandon Dunes Golf Course

    Bandon, Oregon

  • City of Sac. Municipal Courses

    Sacramento, California

  • Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    Livermore, California

  • HeatherGlen Golf Course

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Golf de la Grande Bastide

    Provence, France

  • Cog Hill Country Club

    Lemont, Illinois

  • Ford's Colony Country Club

    Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Wild Dunes Golf Resort

    Charleston, South Carolina

  • Pennant Hills Golf Club

    New South Wales, Australia

  • Predator Ridge Resort

    Vernon, BC, Canada

  • Landsdowne Resort

    Landsdowne, Virginia

  • Doonbeg Golf Club

    Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland

  • The Coeur D'Alene Resort

    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

  • Mission Hills Country Club

    Rancho Mirage, California

  • Hong Kong Golf Club

    Hong Kong, New Territories

  • Ancil Hoffman Golf Club

    Carmichael, California

  • Coronado Municipal Golf Course

    Coronado, California

  • US Women's Open Championship

    Pumpkin Ridge GC, Port., Oregon

  • Gleneagles Golf Course

    Perthshire, Scotland

  • Poppy Hills Golf Course

    Pebble Beach, California

  • City of Cal. Municipal Courses

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Osprey Ridge at Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  • Vail Golf Club

    Vail, Colorado

  • Sanctuary Cove - The Palms

    Queensland, Australia

  • Amelia Island Plantation

    Amelia Island, Florida

  • US Women's Open Championship

    Sebonack GC, Southampton, NY

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