Welcome back to WGC golf and the Rules message page – please be sure to contact your Rules Committee with any questions and problems you may have – we are here to help you enjoy the game!
We did not discuss “Pace of Play” at our Workshop this year, because we concentrated on that issue at our Rules Workshop in 2013 – so here are just a few reminders to keep the golfers in your group on pace with the group ahead of you (if the group ahead is on the green when you reach the tee box, you have fallen behind, EXCEPT on a Par 3 – if they are on the next tee, you are a hole behind and need to make haste!).
1. Be at your ball and ready to play when it is your turn – we all enjoy socializing with our friends during a round of golf, but do not let that interfere with your preparation for executing your shot.
2. Do not expect ball to ball cart service – park your cart in between your ball and your cart partner’s ball (when it is appropriate to do so – i.e. the balls lie within 20 or 30 yards of each other - and will not endanger either player) and be willing to walk a few yards with 2 or 3 clubs in your hand.
3. When you arrive at the green, always park your cart at least pin high – never leave it short of the green and then walk backward to retrieve it after completion of the hole, while the group behind watches and waits for you.
4. When leaving the green, get in your cart with club in hand and drive away. At the next tee, record scores from the previous hole and replace your putter and pull your driver (or selected club for that tee).
5. Play “READY GOLF” – no honors.
6. From Stina Steinberg in Golf Digest: “Iron head covers – they’re pace of play killers, easy to lose, and “dorky”. Invest in a golf bag with individual club dividers instead.”
7. From Dave Pelz in Golf Magazine: “Almost everyone needs to play faster, or we’ll all end up grumpy – or just playing less golf. Shave time off your rounds................and you’ll have more fun. Isn’t that why we play?
On a different subject, we had a question regarding relief from a cart path – which we covered at the Workshop – this must have been a player that did not attend. To reiterate, when taking a drop from a cart path, the player must always choose the nearest point of relief. There is no option of “either side” – it is the side nearest where your ball lies, OK?
Happy Golfing! - Stevie Lamar – Rules Chair