September Tip for Course Managers and Superintendents: The Secrets of Success

September Tip for Course Managers and Superintendents: The Secrets of Success

Smart golf course managers and superintendents at golf courses worldwide are in on the secret. They're making daily decisions and reaping great results based on my trademarked “Five Major Factors™” that impact the pace of play. The USGA has now adopted these factors in their programs to improve pace of play in tournaments and recreational golf. You can too.


Use my “Five Major Factors™” to help you understand what’s happening on your course and how you can correct it!


#1: Management Practices and Policies

For example: Do you have a realistic starting interval based on what your course can handle? Have you observed the first tee to see if the proper interval is being maintained? Do your marshals know what to do to keep play flowing? Who is establishing and managing the flow on your or your players?


#2: Player Behavior

For example: Does your players' orientation to your course begin when they reserve their tee time? Things like: Do you provide directions to the course? Are groups allowed to arrive late on the first tee and be "squeezed in"? Do you provide your players with fast playing tips? Are you letting players know what is expected of them on the course? 


#3: Player Ability

For example: Are you educating players about your course? What are you doing to ensure that your guests play from the proper tee?


#4: Course Maintenance and Set-up

For example: Does the course superintendent know the daily pace of play impact of his set-up and maintenance decisions? Is there a member of management out on the course each day who can identify both positive and negative pace of play issues resulting from the day's course set-up or maintenance? 


#5: Course Design

For example: Do you have a pace rating for your course that provides a realistic benchmark for round times based on the routing and design of your course? Is this information communicated to your players, so they (and you) don’t have expectations you can't meet? After all, it's the course design that determines how long it should take to play. 


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

  • Sanctuary Cove - The Pines

    Queensland, Australia

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