September Tip for Course Managers and Superintendents: The Secrets of Success

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™” that impact the pace of play. The USGA has now adopted these factors in their programs to improve pace of play in tournaments and recreational golf. You can too.


Use my “Five Major Factors™” to help you understand what’s happening on your course and how you can correct it!


#1: Management Practices and Policies

For example: Do you have a realistic starting interval based on what your course can handle? Have you observed the first tee to see if the proper interval is being maintained? Do your marshals know what to do to keep play flowing? Who is establishing and managing the flow on your or your players?


#2: Player Behavior

For example: Does your players' orientation to your course begin when they reserve their tee time? Things like: Do you provide directions to the course? Are groups allowed to arrive late on the first tee and be "squeezed in"? Do you provide your players with fast playing tips? Are you letting players know what is expected of them on the course? 


#3: Player Ability

For example: Are you educating players about your course? What are you doing to ensure that your guests play from the proper tee?


#4: Course Maintenance and Set-up

For example: Does the course superintendent know the daily pace of play impact of his set-up and maintenance decisions? Is there a member of management out on the course each day who can identify both positive and negative pace of play issues resulting from the day's course set-up or maintenance? 


#5: Course Design

For example: Do you have a pace rating for your course that provides a realistic benchmark for round times based on the routing and design of your course? Is this information communicated to your players, so they (and you) don’t have expectations you can't meet? After all, it's the course design that determines how long it should take to play. 


Tip by Bill Yates, Pace Manager Systems


  • "Thanks to you, we have experienced two magical years of smooth flowing golf and exceptional pace"

    Steve Harker, Mgr. Performance Excellence

    Osprey Ridge at Disney World, Florida
  • "What Bill did for us was fantastic. Every golf course should adopt his approach."

    Rod Cochrane, General Manager

    Predator Ridge Resort, British Columbia
  • "Bill Yates is the Guru of pace of play."

    Paul Spengler, Executive VP

    Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

Client Courses

  • The Bog

    Saukville, Wisconsin

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