"Slow Play a Shared Responsibility"

"Slow Play a Shared Responsibility," by David Newbery in the September 2016 issue of Inside Golf Australia, interviewed pace of play expert Bill Yates during his July 2016 visit in Australia to work with courses and speak at various venues.


Newbery describes myths that Yates has exploded about slow play and its causes, course management, player responsibility and behavior, course loading, and others, even down to hole sequence on a course. Yates explains, for example, how a par 5 followed by a par 3 creates an immediate slow play problem as the three groups accommodated on a par 5 hole have nowhere to go when they get to the par 3 hole. Newbery cites Yates’ insights about pace and flow from his research and his experience consulting with the world’s major golf associations and their championships, and with several hundred courses.  


[excerpt]  "When I suggested to Yates that a good game is a fast game, he nodded politely and then suggested, ‘A good game is a smooth game. We are not trying to make people go faster, we are trying to make them go smoothly around the course. What everybody hates on the golf course is waiting....The trick of golf is to get the right flow. That starts by getting the correct starting intervals for the course.’ At Mission Hills Country Club in California, Yates suggested that the club needed three different tee times for its three courses – 8 minutes for one course, 9 minutes for another and 10 minutes for the third, and it now works wonderfully well.”  --Author David Newbery


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

    Alice Plain, PGA, Director of Golf

    Vail Golf Club, Colorado
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    Alexis Davet, General Manager

    Golf de la Grande Bastide, Provence

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