HJGT Pace of Play Policy
Pace of Play Policy
Following the lead of the USGA, the HJGT has developed a pace of play policy, based on Rule 6-7, that is fair to each and every competitor.
Rule 6-7. Undue Delay; Slow Play states: ”The player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish. Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player must not unduly delay play.”
As a general rule, these include:
1st Breach: Any competitor who is discovered taking more than 40 seconds to play a stroke is subject to a warning for slow play and will be advised of the fact.
2nd Breach: A competitor will be notified that exceeding 40 seconds will result in a penalty of one stroke.
3rd Breach: If a player continues to exceed 40 seconds a third violation will result in a two stroke penalty. A two stroke penalty will result in any additional breaches.
A warning is any notice given to a competitor regarding pace of play.
A competitor’s time to play begins when the competitor has had a reasonable opportunity to reach his or her ball and when it is the competitor’s turn to play and can do so without interference or distraction.
Penalties are applied individually, but more than one competitor in a group may be penalized.
In general, competitors in a group are subject to being timed at any time but specifically when the group is deemed to be out of position and over the allotted pace of play guidelines.
A group is deemed to be “Out of Position” when it falls more than 15 minutes behind the group in front of them.