Pace of Play Tip of the Month

2017 Tips

July Tip for Owners and Managers: Do we need dynamic golf pricing?

Most golf courses offer great tee times with smooth rounds for only about an hour a day…the first hour, that is! From there, the rounds gradually begin to get slower and rougher, as backups appear…
June Tip for Golf Course Architects: Your Crystal Ball!

  Golf course architects have a unique opportunity to create an optimal pace of play for a course under construction or redesign. The architect sets the bar by determining how long it should take…
May Tip for Course Superintendents: The simplest solutions can be overlooked!

I’m guessing that at least once a day, your course’s pace of play problems come to your attention for some reason. And you might fleetingly wonder, “Why don’t they do something?”…
April Tip for Players: Getting there is half the fun!

In order for courses to deliver a consistently high quality and enjoyable playing experience, players have to do their part as well.   Interestingly, and thanks to our conceptual leadership in this…
March Tip for Players: Play by the rules...the new ones!

That’s right, if you play by the new rules proposed by the USGA and the R&A, you might just find your group “playing a wee bit faster.”   Recent proposed rule changes have been…
February Tip for Course Managers and Professionals: Don't give up!

If you’ve tried everything you can think of to improve the pace of play on your course and found that nothing seems to work – don’t give up!   There are plenty of “obvious”…
January Tip for Course Owners and Managers: You think you're not a factory? Think again!

Just because you don’t wake up in the morning, grab your lunch pail and head off to the plant doesn’t mean you’re not in the manufacturing business. You absolutely are.   You’re…

2016 Tips

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…
November Tip for Course Owners and Managers: The secret to growing your business

  Word of mouth marketing is the original social media…it’s effective, it spreads fast, and the marketplace believes it! In fact, according to Neilson, 92% of consumers believe recommendations…
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…
September Tip for Course Superintendents: Keep an eye on the small stuff!

The reason that Course Maintenance and Setup is one of my “Five Major Factors™ that Impact Pace of Play” is that how the physical course is managed can easily make or break the pace…
August Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 5

To continue our "Solving the Slow Play Mysteries" Series...             Discovery 5: More sand and water hazards don’t equal slower rounds. Simplicity and…
July Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 4

To continue our "Solving the Slow Play Mysteries" Series...             Discovery 4: The playing experience – and the memory of that playing experience –…
June Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 3

To continue our "Solving the Slow Play Mysteries" Series...               Discovery 3: Management success should be measured by maximizing revenue, not counting…
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…
April Tip for Players and Managers: Solving the Slow Play Mysteries: Discovery 1

Over the past several decades, I've visited hundreds of courses, observed thousands of golfers, and clicked my stopwatches on and off hundreds of thousands of times! And for what?   For the sole…
March Tip for Course Owners and Managers: Invest 3 days to increase annual revenue!

If you invest just 3 days at the start of your season, you will be in a position to increase your number of rounds and revenue, and your investment will be quickly returned.   Here are the Cliff…
February Tip for Course Superintendents: Do you know where your mowers are?

When labor and equipment are the largest items in your maintenance budget, you know you have to make every labor hour count. The best way to do that is to know precisely where and how every labor and…
January Tip for Owners and Managers: Is your course unaffordable?

Have you ever considered that even courses with very low green fees might be unaffordable for many players? This is because every potential player for your course, or any course, has three currencies…

2015 Tips

December Tip for Course Managers: Understand players' expectations

Any player who sets foot on a course comes with built-in expectations…for teeing off on time, for a round of reasonable length, for good flow on the course with no waiting, for a relaxing, fun…
November Tip for Course Managers: Seven Drivers to Guarantee Success

  Management Teams! Take a look at the following Seven Drivers for Success...to guarantee improved operations for your course:       Build and train a sound team.  Hire for attitude,…
October Tip for Players: Speak up! You don't have to suffer

Think about this. When you walk into a fine restaurant, you expect to have a good experience and enjoy your meal. If the service is poor, the food is lousy, or the restaurant is raucously noisy, your…
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™”…
August Tip for Players: How to spot a 5-hour course (Part 2)

Here's Part 2 of our ten questions for "pace of play-savvy" players to ask themselves and the professional staff, in order to avoid signing up for a five-hour-plus round. Questions #1 -…
July Tip for Players: How to spot a 5-hour course (Part 1)

To be a "pace of play-savvy" player, consider asking yourself and the professional staff some important questions before handing over your green fee. Knowing the answers to ten questisons could…
June Tip for Owners and Managers: Measure day-to-day success by revenue, not number of rounds!

Several years ago, an old friend, client and highly successful multiple course owner commented to me, “I’ve never filled out a bank deposit slip that had space for entering ‘Number of…
May Tip for Course Managers: My "Ten Discoveries" to help course operators improve your product!

  For decades I've been discovering the truths about what we call slow play - its causes and cures. In this May Tip of the Month I'll share with you "Ten Discoveries" that…
April Tip for Players: Six ways to pick up the pace!

Be on Time!  Arrive 45 minutes before your tee time. If you change your mind about playing, call and cancel.   Don't tee off before your starting time!  Ironically, the closer you start…
March Tip for Course Managers: Keep players away from the first tee for as long as possible.

Perception is reality!  A first tee crowded with players immediately gives the players the perception that “It’s going to be a LONG day.”   When this happens - even before…
February Tip for Course Superintendents: Help your players decide which tees to play.

Playing the wrong tees hurts your players’ game, takes away their fun, and can ruin the pace of play for their group and others. Why do players persist in playing the wrong tees?   Well, the…
January Tip for Players: Watch out for courses that are willing to "squeeze you in!"

Being squeezed in to the starting time schedule may sound like a favor to you, but it will predictably turn out to be just the opposite. If you check out some of my articles in the News and Articles page…

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Client Courses

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    Charleston, South Carolina

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    Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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    Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland

  • Desert Highlands Golf Club

    Scottsdale, Arizona

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    Pebble Beach, California

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    Amelia Island, Florida

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    Pumpkin Ridge GC, Port., Oregon

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    Carmichael, California

  • Vail Golf Club

    Vail, Colorado

  • Bandon Dunes Golf Course

    Bandon, Oregon

  • Hong Kong Golf Club

    Hong Kong, New Territories

  • Pennant Hills Golf Club

    New South Wales, Australia

  • Predator Ridge Resort

    Vernon, BC, Canada

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    Pebble Beach, California

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    Miami, Florida

  • City of Sac. Municipal Courses

    Sacramento, California

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    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

  • Singapore Island Country Club

    Singapore

  • The Old Course

    St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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    Palm Desert, California

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    Coronado, California

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    Perthshire, Scotland

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    Hilton Head, South Carolina

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    Saukville, Wisconsin

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    Livermore, California

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    Queensland, Australia

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    Queensland, Australia

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    Rancho Mirage, California

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