Pace of Play Policy 2018

England Golf will continue to apply a Pace of Play policy throughout 2018 in order to improve the pace of play in our Championships.

  1. a) Time Allowed for Round
    Each hole is given a maximum completion time, primarily based upon its length and difficulty. The maximum time allotted for the completion of 18 holes will be available prior to play.
  2. b) “Out of Position”
    The first group and any group after a starter’s gap will be considered to be “out of position” if, at any time during the round, the group’s cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes completed. Any following group will be considered “out of position” if it is more than the starting interval behind the group in front.
    c) Procedure when Group is “Out of Position”
    A Group “Out of Position” will be asked by the referee to get back into position within a specified time. Failure to do so may lead to players being individually timed.
    ii. If a decision is taken to time a group, each player in the group will be informed the group is out of position. At the referee’s discretion, each or any player will be subject to individual timings.
  3. d) Time Allowed for a Stroke
    The maximum time allocated per shot is 40 seconds. 10 extra seconds are allowed for the first player to play:
    • on a par three hole;
    • an approach shot;
    • a chip or
    • a putt
    ii. The time will start when the player has had sufficient time to reach his ball, it is his turn to play and he is able to play without interference or distraction.
    iii. The time allowed includes any yardage assessment, any walking forwards or backward and any pre-shot routine, including practice swings.
    iv. On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace his ball, repair pitch marks and move loose impediments on his line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball is included in the time allowed for the stroke.
  4. e) Timing Ceases
    Timing ceases when a group is back in position. Players will be advised accordingly.
    (Note 2 to Rule 6-7 and Note 4 to Rule 32-1b)

                                Stroke Play                                Match Play
1 Bad Time               One stroke penalty                      Loss of hole
Stableford: 1 point from total
2 Bad Times             Further two strokes penalty          Loss of hole
Stableford: 2 further points from total
3 Bad Times             Disqualification                            Disqualification
Stableford: Disqualification

g) Procedure When Again Out of Position During Same Round
If a group is subsequently out of position during a round, the above procedure will apply on each occasion. Previous bad times and penalties applied in the round will be carried forward until the round is completed.

  1. h) Individual Timings Without Warning
    In addition to the above a player without notice may be individually timed (whether “In Position” or not). If his time exceeds 60 seconds the player will incur a warning. Any future bad times will result in penalties being imposed as highlighted in clause f above.