A Guide to Faster Play
A golfer and his caddy taking a putt
As the warmer weather approaches, more people are going to be out on the Public Golf Courses. Blind and Vision Impaired golfers must do all they can to ensure they don't hold up the field which might lead to the Management asking them not to come back.
Players should be able to complete 9 holes in 2 1/4 hours and 18 holes in 4 1/2 hours.
It is suggested that you mark the hit off time and the completion time on the score cards in an endeavour to give assistance where necessary.
Players, would you please share these hints with your caddies. Here are a few ideas to keep the game moving:
- Always walk briskly between shots.
- Allow the shortest hitter to play his shot if others have to wait for a group in front to move on.
- It is not necessary to wait for the group in front to putt out if they are beyond your range.
- If one in the group loses a ball others in the group should have their shots before going to search for it.
- If looking for a ball the owner of that ball should always have their clubs with them so they can play the ball as soon as it is found.
- Once you have putted out move to the next tee and be ready to have your shot as soon as the group has finished putting.
- As you walk to your ball discuss with your caddy the distance and placement of the next shot so that you have an idea of the club you will need when you get to the ball.
- Keep practice swings to a minimum. One on the tee and maybe one for a short chip.
- Don't leave buggies at the front of the green as they may be in the way of players coming behind.
- Always mark the score card at the next tee as others in the group tee off.
- Don't try to solve the problems of the world on the Course. That is much better done at the 19th hole.