The Golf World Mourns Bill Yates

The "Guru of Pace of Play" passed away on June 4, 2018 in Pebble Beach, California.

 

Recognized as an international pioneer and the world's expert on how to achieve smooth play on the golf course, Bill Yates has made a permanent place for himself in golf history and in the hearts of many around the world. Pushing aside conventional golf wisdom and the myths that cripple golf and drive people from the game, Bill dedicated decades to the analysis of the real causes of problems on the golf course in both recreational and championship play, and the real solutions. He defined how players and managers can work together to lower round times, eliminate backups and waiting, reduce complaints, build players' loyalty, increase participation and revenue, and create the ultimate golf experience.

 

With his singular understanding and proprietary software, Bill trained thousands in using his unique principles to improve the game at all levels, and his deepest held conviction was that every course has the ability to deliver an exceptional golf experience to every player. In this way, he was working to help reverse the exodus and build a game to meet the diverse needs of all golfers.  His transformational Pace Manager Systems® has changed the player experience at hundreds of the world's greatest courses, and many of the management practices he used to assist USGA, R&A, LPGA, and other championships have been permanently integrated into tournament management.

 

Bill's prolific writings on every aspect of the golf experience have appeared in most major golf publications, and along with his keynote presentations in Great Britain, Europe, Australia, Canada and the US, have forever changed how the game is understood and practiced. His specialized work with golf course architects has enabled course design to incorporate smooth play fundamentals from the start, and his GPS component for both regular play and for maintenance applications has created new awareness and reshaped practice.

 

The Pace Manager Systems family grieves the loss of its founder, and at the same time is committed to growing and strengthening the Pace Manager brand and its impact on golf. View the announcement of Pace Manager Systems upcoming plans and how to be part of a dynamic future for golf.

 

 

Testimonials

  • "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

  • Wild Dunes Golf Resort

    Charleston, South Carolina

  • Doonbeg Golf Club

    Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland

  • Osprey Ridge at Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  • Desert Highlands Golf Club

    Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Poppy Hills Golf Course

    Pebble Beach, California

  • Amelia Island Plantation

    Amelia Island, Florida

  • US Women's Open Championship

    Pumpkin Ridge GC, Port., Oregon

  • Ancil Hoffman Golf Club

    Carmichael, California

  • Vail Golf Club

    Vail, Colorado

  • Bandon Dunes Golf Course

    Bandon, Oregon

  • Hong Kong Golf Club

    Hong Kong, New Territories

  • Pennant Hills Golf Club

    New South Wales, Australia

  • Predator Ridge Resort

    Vernon, BC, Canada

  • Pebble Beach Resort

    Pebble Beach, California

  • Doral Golf Resort & Spa

    Miami, Florida

  • City of Sac. Municipal Courses

    Sacramento, California

  • The Coeur D'Alene Resort

    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

  • Singapore Island Country Club

    Singapore

  • The Old Course

    St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

  • City of Cal. Municipal Courses

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Desert Willow Golf Resort

    Palm Desert, California

  • Coronado Municipal Golf Course

    Coronado, California

  • Gleneagles Golf Course

    Perthshire, Scotland

  • US Open Championship

    Merion GC, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

  • The Open Championship

    Muirfield GC, E. Lothian, Scotland

  • Harbour Town Golf Links

    Hilton Head, South Carolina

  • Jasper Park Lodge

    Jasper, Alberta, Canada

  • US Women's Open Championship

    Sebonack GC, Southampton, NY

  • Ford's Colony Country Club

    Williamsburg, Virginia

  • HeatherGlen Golf Course

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Golf de la Grande Bastide

    Provence, France

  • Cog Hill Country Club

    Lemont, Illinois

  • El Caballero Country Club

    Tarzana, California

  • Landsdowne Resort

    Landsdowne, Virginia

  • Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    Livermore, California

  • Sanctuary Cove - The Palms

    Queensland, Australia

  • The Bog

    Saukville, Wisconsin

  • Elanora Country Club

    New South Wales, Australia

  • Headland Golf Club

    Queensland, Australia

  • Mission Hills Country Club

    Rancho Mirage, California

  • Sanctuary Cove - The Pines

    Queensland, Australia

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