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Pace of Play Policy

The Pace of Play policy will continue for State Days again this season.  Both your starting time and finishing time will be recorded. Your finish time should be recorded immediately upon the completion of the round.  Players should then verify scores, sign card, and return completed scorecard to the scoring table.   If you go to your car, change your shoes, etc. your scorecard will reflect an incorrect finish time and could subject you to a “slow play” penalty. The players who finish more than 15 minutes behind the group in front of them will receive a warning after the first occurrence, a second occurrence will result in a penalty.  (Your position in the field will be taken into account. For example if you finish 20 minutes behind a twosome, but played in 4 1/2 hours, you would not be subject to a warning or a penalty.)  EACH golfer in the group will receive the warning or penalty. The first infraction will receive a warning, the second infraction will result in a “turtle” designation in the Chelsea system for 4 weeks. The third infraction will result in the designation for an additional 8 weeks. A turtle designation will prevent you and any golfer in your group from receiving a tee time before 12:00. In the case of a smaller field where tee times don’t extend that late, you will receive one of the last tee times.

There were no turtle designations in 2013.

USGA Rule 6-7 states that the player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee.  Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player shall not unduly delay play.


The VSWGA Board of Directors has established the following guidelines regarding slow play out-of-position for all stroke play events:


DEFINITION OF "Out Of Position":   The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any place during the round, the group is behind the allocated time of play.  Any following group will be considered out of position if it:




If a group falls out of position, immediately after all players have left the teeing ground but before any subsequent strokes have been played, an official will inform the group that they are out of position and that they will be monitored and timed.


MONITORING:  Any player in a group out of position who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke on one occasion will be advised of that fact and notified that if she exceeds 40 seconds on one more occasion ( a total of two timings exceeding 40 seconds), she will incur a penalty of one stroke.  Any player who takes more than 40 seconds on one more occasion ( a total of three) will incur a two-stroke penalty.  Any player who takes more than 40 seconds on one more occasion ( a total of four) will be disqualified.


Note:  The timing process is continuous for the stipulated round.


TIMING: The timing of the player's stroke will begin when she has had a reasonable time to reach her ball, it is her turn to play, and she can play without interference or distractions.


Except on the putting green, if a player has reached her ball, it is her turn to play and there are no distractions, timing will begin after she has had a reasonable time to select her club.  Any time spent walking backward or forward to determine yardages will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.


On the putting green, the timing will begin after the player has been allowed a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean, and replace her ball, repair her ball mark and other ball marks on her line of putt, and remove loose impediments on her line of putt.


RULING OR OTHER INCIDENTS: If a ruling or some other legitimate delay occurs which causes the group in question to lose position with respect to either the allotted time permitted and/or the preceding group, players are expected to make up the time and/or position.


It is unreasonable for players to take more than:

14 minutes in a group of three

or

15 minutes in a group of four


STROKE PLAY ROUNDS

TIME LIMITS: GROUPS OF 3

HOLE #

TIME

HOLE #

TIME

1

0:14

10

2:20

2

0:28

11

2:34

3

0:42

12

2:48

4

0:56

13

3:02

5

1:10

14

3:16

6

1:24

15

3:30

7

1:38

16

3:44

8

1:53

17

3:58

9

2:06

18

4:12

TIME LIMITS: GROUPS OF 4

HOLE #

TIME

HOLE #

TIME

1

0:15

10

2:30

2

0:30

11

2:45

3

0:45

12

3:00

4

1:00

13

3:15

5

1:15

14

3:30

6

1:30

15

3:45

7

1:45

16

4:00

8

2:00

17

4:15

9

2:15

18

4:30