Category: Match & Handicap

Pace of Play

Club Competitions – Pace of Play

 A four ball’s position on the course was the only guide Match & Handicap had on their pace of play, but this can be influenced by individual circumstances.  E.g. the playing handicaps, the number of members in a group, playing above handicap and searching for lost balls.

At the monthly meeting on Monday 4th June 2018 the Council accepted Match & Handicaps proposed Pace of Play timings based on R&A Guidelines.  A group can now be monitored on both their position on the course and against the pace of play timings.

As a guide a four ball is expected to have completed the first nine holes within 2 hours 7 minutes and complete their round within 4 hours and 10 minutes.  The hole is completed when the last member of the group putts out and the flag is placed into the hole.

Out of Position

Groups who are out of position on the course are asked to speed up their play; keeping in mind the Club encourages all members to play ready golf when safe to do so and/or call the group behind through at the earliest possible opportunity.

Behind Time & Out of Position

Groups who are out of position on the course and behind the published timing per hole are expected to speed up their play.  If they are unable to close the gap they MUST call the group behind through at the earliest possible opportunity. If you fail to do so you must report to M&H at the earliest possible opportunity the reason for delay.

Groups who are not called through are asked to report the issue to Match & Handicap who will investigate the matter the following week and if required assign a representative to monitor the group with the power to:

  1. Advise the group it is behind the pace of play and give them the opportunity to speed up.
  2. Impose a two-shot penalty if the gap is not closed.
  3. Disqualify the group from the competition should the problem persist through-out the round.

Members who are repeatedly out of position and behind the pace of play timing will be referred to Council for further action which could include loss of tee time.

Provisional Ball

From the Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf…

If, after playing a shot, you think your ball may be lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds you should play a provisional ball. You must announce that it is a provisional ball and play it before you go forward to search for the original ball.

If the original ball is lost (other than in a water hazard) or out of bounds, you must continue with the provisional ball, under penalty of one stroke. If the original ball is found in bounds within 5 minutes, you must continue play of the hole with it, and must stop playing the provisional ball.

From the Rules of Golf

Rule 27-2

If a ball may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds, to save time the player may play another ball provisionally in accordance with Rule 27-1.

Additional Information *

In other words, if it is known or it is virtually certain that the ball is within the margins of a water hazard (or lateral water hazard) then the player may not play a provisional ball. The reason for this is that the relief options for a ball lost in a water hazard (Rule 26-1a) are significantly more advantageous than those for a ball that is lost or out of bounds Rule 27-1).

There are two Decisions that clearly illustrate this

27-2a/2 Provisional Ball Played Solely in Belief Original Ball Might Be in Water Hazard
Q. A player’s tee shot might be in a water hazard, but clearly it is not lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds. The player announces that, since his ball might be in the hazard, he is going to play a provisional ball and he does so. Rule 27-2a seems to prohibit a provisional ball in the circumstances. What is the ruling?
A. The player did not play a provisional ball which, according to the Definition of “Provisional Ball,” is a ball played under Rule 27-2 for a ball which may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds. The second ball from the tee was in play since it was not a provisional ball.

27-2a/2.2 Possibility That Original Ball Is in Water Hazard May Not Preclude Play of Provisional Ball
Q. If a player’s original ball may have come to rest in a water hazard, is he precluded from playing a provisional ball?
A. No. Even though the original ball may be in a water hazard, the player is entitled to play a provisional ball if the original ball might also be lost outside the water hazard or out of bounds. In such a case, if the original ball is found in the water hazard, the provisional ball must be abandoned — Rule 27-2c (Formerly 27-2c/1)

The point made in the answer to this second Decision is important. Whether a ball may be lost inside or outside of a hazard may depend a lot on the surrounding terrain. If a wide fairway leads straight down to a water hazard then the ball will either be found on the fairway or will be in the water hazard. But if there is long grass and/or trees around the water hazard then the ball could be lost anywhere inside or outside of the hazard because it could be hidden in the deep rough or could have been deflected off trees in any direction.

* Information taken from Barry Rhodes blog.

Supplementary Scores

From the 1st April 2017 members, will be able to return 10 supplementary scores in a calendar year. To return a supplementary score members are required to:

  • Sign In to the ‘Supplementary Round’ using the sign in button on the touch screen before commencing to start their round
  • Play 18 Holes of Golf from either the White or Blue tees with another MEMBER of the Golf Club and have them sign the card at the end of the round.
  • The Rules of Golf as always will apply.
  • Enter the score onto the computer; making sure you select the right course:
    • Greenacres 2015 if round is played from the White Tees
    • Greenacres Blue 2015 if round is played from the Blue Tees
  • Place the score card into the Match & Handicap slot

Note: Only one supplementary round can be return a week and only 10 rounds can be played in a calendar year.


Introduction from CONGU Rules

The UHS is based on the expectation that every player will return a sufficient number of scores to provide reasonable evidence of his current ability. To operate in the intended manner, the UHS requires information i.e. the return of Qualifying Scores to produce handicaps that reasonably reflect current ability.

Although golf club Committees and administrators may consider that in the course of a playing season they organise an adequate number of competitions to provide ample opportunity for Members to participate, investigation has confirmed that a substantial number of Members do not return sufficient scores in the period between Annual Reviews to maintain a handicap that reasonably reflects their current ability. This may in part be due to:

  • Work or family commitments preventing participation in competitions
  • Difficulty in obtaining an acceptable starting time on competition days in clubs with a large playing membership.
  • A declining desire to play regular competitive golf.

Supplementary Scores provide players in the above situations and the like an alternative format in which to submit scores for handicap purposes and augment the often sparse information derived from competition play. They can provide more evidence of playing ability for a wider range of players so making handicapping more equitable and golf under handicap conditions more meaningful for all concerned.

A Member may return a Supplementary Score for handicapping purposes in compliance with the following conditions:

  • Shall apply to all Handicap Categories.
  • A Supplementary Score may only be returned at the Home Club of the player.
  • An acceptable score for Supplementary Score purposes is any authenticated score over 18 holes under Competition Play Conditions over a Measured Course in compliance with the conditions listed in this clause.
  • The format may be Stroke Play or Stableford
  • Up to a maximum of ten Supplementary Scores may be returned annually.