"Golfers Tracked by GPS to Speed Play as Rounds Near 4 1/2 Hours"



"Golfers Tracked by GPS to Speed Play as Rounds Near 4 1/2 Hours," by Michael Buteau, published June 4, 2014 in Bloomberg News, outlines how the United States Golf Association is grappling with the gradual exodus of golfers from the game by improving their experience on the course...primarily how long it takes to play a round. The USGA will be studying player movements and playing habits using a GPS tracker in a three-month data-gathering project. 

 

Author Buteau interviewed pace of play expert Bill Yates, who has been assisting the USGA with its comprehensive pace of play initiative since early 2013, especially focusing on how the proper management of a course or a Championship improves the pace and flow of play. An example is finding the right starting interval.

 

[excerpt]  "Golf courses have one on-ramp to their highway," said Yates. "You can control that if you want to. Typically everybody blames the players, but the way management sets up and manages the course has a lot to do with it. The data we get will help us see what knobs to turn to regulate it."  --Author Buteau

                                                         Photo: Yates gathers and analyzes data at the 2013 Open Championships.

 

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