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I hate to bring this up again, but because of a recent incident I must talk about Pace of Play. I am taking parts of Gunby’s Sunday article to emphasis some points to help speed up the game.
Forget honors, unless you are playing in a match play tournament, in which the rules of golf dictate that honors be upheld. Most of the time, casual golf, and medal (stroke) play events are being enjoyed so play “Ready Golf.”
On the tee, if it is safe to do so, the first player arriving should be ready to get up there and hit the ball. Everywhere else, if you do not endanger others or yourself, go ahead and hit, even though you are not “away.”
If you are walking or riding, exit the green immediately and head to the next tee. This is where you should be writing down the scores, not on the last green played. And if you are the scorekeeper, and you are the first one to arrive at that next tee and it is clear to hit, get up there and hit, then write down scores.
The Rules of Golf now allow you to keep the flagstick in the hole all the time. This rule change really saves a lot of time. I strongly suggest that everyone in your group putt with the flagstick in the hole. One cautionary note, be careful when retrieving your ball from the hole with the flagstick in. Remove the flagstick with one hand and then pick the ball out of the cup with your other hand.
If you are riding in a golf cart, do not wait in the cart while your cart mate hits and then both of you drive to your ball. Get out, leave the cart near your cart mate’s ball, and walk to your ball with a few clubs and get ready to play when it is clear or your turn. Then let your cart mate pick you up. Or, drive to your ball after you drop your cart mate off and then pick him or her up after you hit.
Follow the flight of your shot all the way and line it up with a landmark in the distance (a tree, house, boulder, etc.). If it is errant, do not just turn away in disgust. Many times, your ball will make a sudden adjustment (good or bad) by hitting a tree or rock or the like and you need to see where it goes to find it. Watch the flight of others’ balls as well. Help others look for their ball if you know the location of yours or hit your ball and then go help them find theirs.
Use some common sense. And do not forget about playing a provisional ball, if you think your ball may be lost or out-of-bounds. Remember, you now only have three minutes to search for a ball (and golf balls are not heirlooms).
Our Club guidelines call for playing 18 holes in the 4 to 4 ½ hours’ time frame. Please see rule 4 under the heading Handicap and rules on our web site. It explains the penalty for slow play.
It is also clearly covered in the USGA Rules of golf in Rule 2 referencing player conduct. Under Rule 1.2a, “Standards of Player Conduct” is expected of all players. The rule states that players should show consideration to others, specifically, playing at a prompt pace.
The tournament schedules have been posted for July and August; and we have a nice variety of events coming up. Events are posted on our web site including detailed game descriptions. Please note: Entry fees for all Monday/Wednesday games are $10.
Our monthly out of town games will be held on Wednesday July15th at Prescott Golf & CC in Dewey with an 8:30 shotgun start. On Monday and Wednesday August 10th and 12th we will hold our annual Ryder Cup Tournament. We will have an 8:00 shotgun start both days. We will hold our monthly Skins games on Wednesday July 8th and Wednesday August 5th..
Always remember: record your actual gross score on the score card. If you record an X you cannot receive a Medal Prize in the event (except for Match vs Par and Stableford which are points games). Remember, on Points games you may pick up if your net score on the hole will give you -1 points for the hole. Review the schedules and make your plans for participation.
Please note that payment for the away events is due by 5:00 PM the Wednesday prior to the event. The fee of $80/player will pay for your golf, cart, range balls, Medal Play, Gross and Net Skins and Close to Pin entry.
Check in no later than 30 minutes prior to all events.
Hello golfers, sure is nice to be back golfing.
We have been getting a steady flow of new members joining and playing. Our number now stands at 241 members including 30 seniors. That's slightly more than last year. We as the board just ask that you follow the guidelines and safety measures to insure all goes well while we enjoy this beautiful weather.
Stay safe and good golfing.
Handicaps and Rules
Been getting a lot of questions of late regarding the new World Handicap System (WHS).
Here are some of the basics.
The WHS became effective in January of 2020. It is used worldwide and it updates Daily.
Your Handicap INDEX is calculated by taking the average of your BEST 8 scores out of your most recent 20 scores. You only need 54 holes to establish a handicap if you don’t have one. That’s 3 rounds if you don’t want to do the math.
Speaking of math, here’s some information. You may have noticed that on some courses you get less strokes than your INDEX. Here’s why.
New calculation for course handicap:
Handicap Index (times) course Slope Rating (divided by) 113 (plus) Course rating (minus) Par.
Got a headache yet? I do. It’s rather daunting for us common math challenged folks. Here’s some good news: our Tournament Management software, managed wonderfully by Bill Huth does it all for you, automatically.
Something of interest to every one; as I stated handicaps are calculated and updated daily. If you post an Exceptional score which is between 7.0 and 9.9 strokes higher than your index, the system produces a scoring differential and will lower your index by 1 Stroke. If your differential is 10.0 or higher, your index will be lowered by 2 strokes.
One final thing. If you play in our events, scores will be posted automatically where appropriate. It is incumbent upon each golfer to responsibly post any and all scores while playing outside of our events. Bottom line: Post all scores. If you don’t finish a hole, post the most logical score for that hole. Normally Par plus any strokes you might be eligible to receive.