Pace of Play - Pittsburgh Golf
We've always been known for our great pace of play at Cherry Creek Golf Club, and our new renovation has helped to make it even faster. We have widened landing areas, removed trees and cleared undergrowth. We have realigned cart paths.
The golf course is clearly marked for water, hazards and out of bounds. Everyone on our staff is committed to pace of play, and we have starters and rangers to assist you during your round. We love players who play Ready Golf.
Here are some tips for using that principle to speed up play:
- When a player is at the ball and ready to play, he or she should go ahead and make a shot – so long as it's safe for other golfers.
- If you are not in the line of play, you can move forward and/or help others find their ball.
- It's not the U.S. Open. If you are on the tee and ready to make a drive, go ahead and tee off.
- What about putting? Again—it's not the U.S. Open so putt continuously: if you are not in someone's line, go ahead and finish that short putt.
As you walk or ride up to the next shot, start assessing the situation and getting a feel for the shot, the wind, and the yardage. You'll spend less time analyzing the shot when you get to the ball.
As you ride or walk up to the green, you can often learn more about the next shot from in front of the green than on the green. Look for tell-tale slopes, mounds and swales that will affect the break. Look for where the water will roll off. Often, the best read is the first read. Go with your gut.
Riding in a cart?
- Drop your partner off at his or her ball, then ride ahead to yours. Switch drivers if necessary.
- Carts on the path? Take several clubs when you walk to the ball so that you don't have to walk back to the cart.
- If there is a group behind you, limit the time looking for a ball that is obviously not going to be found to one minute. Drop another ball. The rules of golf let you take five minutes but you should try to take less.
Putting up a Big Number? Pick up your ball and move on. The USGA Handicap System allows a maximum score depending on handicap and par. Use the simple guidelines below.
|Your Handicap||Average Score||Maximum Score per Hole|
|9 or less||80||Double Bogey|
|40 and over||More than 120||10|
- Where you walk and where you park the cart can significantly affect pace of play.
- Park or leave the bag off the green on the side closest to the next tee.
- Park or leave your bag off the green on the side closest to the next tee.
- Line up your putt while others are putting.
- When putting, leave the clubs you used for chipping in line with the next tee.
- Mark your scorecard after leaving the green.
- Talk while you walk.
Follow these simple guidelines and always be thinking about how you can play a little faster each hole and you'll enjoy your golf—at Cherry or anywhere in the world! Plus groups behind you will be able to play faster. Remember that we monitor pace of play and ask slow golfers to leave the course—for the benefit of those of you who follow the guidelines and believe in the four hour round.