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State Day Pace of Play

A player’s starting time and finishing time must be recorded. Report to the scoring table or Pro Shop IMMEDIATELY upon completion of the round. Verify scores, sign cards, and turn in completed scorecard(s).

If you go to your car, change your shoes, etc., your scorecard will reflect an incorrect finish time and subject your group to a “slow play” penalty. 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. EACH golfer in the group will be penalized. (Your position in the field will be taken into account. If you finish 20 minutes behind a twosome, but played in 4 1/2 hours, on a par 72 course, you would not be subject to a warning or a penalty. This is based on the USGA assuming 15 minutes for each par 4, 18 minutes for each par 5 and 12 minutes for each par 3. For example, Links at Lang Farm is a par 60 and should be played in 3 hours and 54 minutes.) The first infraction results in a warning. The second infraction results in a “turtle” designation for 4 weeks. The third infraction results in the “turtle” designation for an additional 8 weeks. A “turtle” prevents you and any golfer in your group from receiving a tee time before noon. Where tee times don’t extend that late, you will receive one of the last tee times.

Tips to Speed Up Play

Playing at a better pace is not about hurrying up or rushing around the course. It is simply about being more efficient with your time.  Two minutes saved per hole will save thirty-six minutes per round.


See also Pace of Play for all tournaments in the Rules section and Tips: Speeding Play also in the Rules sections.