"While We're Young"



"While We're Young," by Tom Mackin, in Golf Magazine December 2013. Interviews with Bill Yates and with USGA spokespersons about the USGA's industry-wide movement to solve the problem of slow play. Part of the effort involves collecting and analyzing data from championship play to improve play at all levels.

 

[excerpt]   “Examining the data will allow course managers to adjust policies and programs to set up a course that allows players to move through it more efficiently. Once that happens, the responsibility for improving pace of play will be spread evenly instead of being completely borne by golfers.

 

You can have the fastest players in the world on a crowded course and there's nothing they can do about their pace," says Bill Yates, an industrial engineer and course consultant who has worked with the USGA since 1993 on pace of play. "The players need to stop blaming the people in front of them. We do it because that's the only thing we can see. Courses often assume that if they can keep getting golfers out there and they keep up with the group in front of them, they will play faster. That's the absolute prescription for slow play, not fast play. I focus on what course management can do to load the course right, to manage the flow right, to get players in the right place on the course,’ Yates explains. ‘When they do that, they will make more money, not less money.’”     --Author Tom Mackin

 

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