Following the successful trial concerning “READY GOLF” for club competitions played on Saturdays and Sundays, we are now introducing it as our preferred way of operating competitions.
As a reminder, “READY GOLF” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest away from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf. It does not apply in Matchplay but does in Strokeplay competitions. Players should still behave responsibly and to ensure playing out of turn does not endanger other players.
In practice what does “READY GOLF” mean at Chestfield? The following are examples which will help speed up the Pace Of Play but list is not exhaustive.
Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters cannot play as they are waiting for players to clear in front.
If the player with the honour is not ready to play first from the tee then another player who is ready should go first.
Hitting a shot before helping others to look for a lost ball.
Hitting your shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker and is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker.
When players have gone over the back of the green, those off the front should chip up to the flag or putt out whilst the player gets to their ball over the back.
Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off.
Please can all players try to abide with the spirit of these recommendations so that it speeds up golf for everyone. Please also always keep up with the group in front.
Del Clark Competition Secretary