December Tip for Course Owners and Managers: Do you know what you need to know?

December Tip for Course Owners and Managers: Do you know what you need to know?

One of the fastest things a course can do to damage its reputation is raise expectations on the part of players that are never met.  If a course allows players to believe a round will take four hours but the actual time – week after week – is closer to five, it won’t be long until players become discouraged and market share begins to be lost.

The best prevention to raising false expectations is for course ownership and management to know exactly what is possible on the course. In other words, under ideal playing conditions with play flowing smoothly and no backups, what is the best time your course can deliver? Believe it or not, most courses have no idea!

If this is you, it’s time to get a USGA® Pace Rating from your local golf association. A Pace Rating takes all the features of your course…green to tee distances, obstacles, cart policies and more…and computes how long it should take to play the course. If this round time is honestly communicated to players, they can plan accordingly and won’t be unpleasantly surprised week after week, leading to frustration, disappointment and ultimately looking for a new course.

How can Pace Manager Systems® help you? 1) If you prefer, we can provide you an unofficial but accurate Pace Rating that will give you the information you need, and 2) If your course’s round times are significantly higher than your Pace Rating, we can work with you for a few days to bring your performance to where it should be. Click here for more information.


Tip by Bill Yates, Pace Manager Systems




  • "We cut more than 30 minutes off our average 18-hole round."

    Dane Bohrer, PGA, General Manager

  • "Our pace of play is much better and our members love it."

    Alice Plain, PGA, Director of Golf

    Vail Golf Club, Colorado
  • "Bill Yates is the Guru of pace of play."

    Paul Spengler, Executive VP

    Pebble Beach Golf Links, California
  • "Bill Yates unquestionably provides the most enlightening analysis of pace of play I have ever seen."

    Terry Florence, Director of Golf

    Wild Dunes Golf Resort, South Carolina
  • "What Bill did for us was fantastic. Every golf course should adopt his approach."

    Rod Cochrane, General Manager

    Predator Ridge Resort, British Columbia
  • "I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for us."

    Shawn Smith, Director of Golf

    Pebble Beach Resort, California
  • "It’s the best money I’ve ever spent. It’s like you’ve given me an additional course to use."

    Perry Cooper, Golf Manager

    Jasper Park Lodge, Canada
  • "We have now put 3:57 on all our range balls."

    Alan McGregor, General Manager

    St Andrews, Scotland
  • "Your training sharpened our focus on quality."

    Nathan Stith, Director of Golf

    Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Florida
  • "Thanks to Pace Manager, we can now communicate with each other and our guests with facts."

    Brian Shaw, Head Golf Professional

    Doonbeg Golf Club, Ireland
  • "Our members and guests couldn’t be more pleased!"

    Cary Corbitt, Director of Sports & Operations

    Harbour Town Golf Links, South Carolina
  • "Your program was not an expense; it was a sound investment."

    Terry Boldt, Golf Division Manager

    City of Calgary Municipal Courses, Canada
  • "Magnifique!"

    Alexis Davet, General Manager

    Golf de la Grande Bastide, Provence
  • "You’ve made a great difference. I always recommend you to other courses."

    Frank Jemsek, Owner

    Cog Hill Country Club, Illinois
  • "Thanks to you, we have experienced two magical years of smooth flowing golf and exceptional pace"

    Steve Harker, Mgr. Performance Excellence

    Osprey Ridge at Disney World, Florida
  • "We continue to see marked improvement and exceptional quality."

    Gregg Lindquist, General Manager

    Desert Willow Golf Resort, California
  • "Thanks to you, the pace of play was better than it’s been in years, even during the Thursday and Friday rounds."

    Dawn Coe-Jones, LPGA Tour Player

    U.S. Women's Open Championship, Pumpkin Ridge, Oregon
  • "The pace of play in this championship was better than it has ever been."

    David Pepper, R&A Championship Comm. Chair

    The Open Championship, Muirfield, Scotland

Client Courses

  • Headland Golf Club

    Queensland, Australia

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