R&A releases Pace Of Play manual

If there are more and more holes appearing in your time sheet, don’t fret, the Royal and Ancient are attempting to address the problem.

The rules makers of this great game called golf have this month released a new manual giving guidance to golf clubs and golfers on ways to improve the pace of play.

Slow Play R&A releases Pace Of Play manual

It’s something that every golf club in every country needs to take note of.

The manual provides practical guidance in the three key areas of management, course set-up and player behaviour and is even available for download from The R&A’s website and is supported by further information, resources and related videos.

The chief executive of the R&A Martin Slumbers, said there was no doubt that pace of play had become a key issue for golf as well as one on which many golfers had strong views. “Through the research exercise and the conference, we gained some valuable insights into the views of players, administrators and officials involved in all levels of golf,” Slumbers said.

“We fully recognise that in a sport as diverse as golf there is no one-size-fits-all approach and so the new manual outlines approaches which have proved to be effective and offers some thoughtful solutions to day-to day pace of play challenges which can arise in golf.

“We hope the manual will prove to be a useful reference guide for clubs, competition organisers and players alike.”

The manual came about after the R&A carried out an extensive international survey into golfers’ views on pace of play which attracted more than 56,000 responses from golfers in 122 countries.

One of the key findings of the research was that 60 per cent of golfers said they would enjoy golf more if it could be played in less time.

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