the 2012-2015 Rules of Golf the player must play without undue delay and in
accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee (AJGA) may
establish. In addition to during play of a hole, the player must not unduly delay
play between the play of two holes.
are given 45 seconds to play a shot once it is the player’s turn to play and
there are no distractions. A distraction would be classified as something that
is preventing the player from making a stroke at the ball. Some examples of
distractions are players in the group in front, a maintenance vehicle or an
animal running across the hole. Weather conditions such as wind and rain are
not in themselves distractions. Once the distraction has cleared the 45 seconds
will start. This time includes getting yardage, feeling for wind direction,
selecting a club and the player’s pre-shot routine. If the player feels like
they cannot play a shot in 45 seconds it is recommended that the player try to
do some of the above while his/her fellow-competitors are playing or while
he/she is walking to their ball. It is not difficult for the player to find a
yardage marker while walking down the fairway and pacing off to his/her ball
part of the AJGA’s Pace of Play Policy rules officials will time players
randomly during the round and at all times when on a red card. This is done to
help gather information about the group and whether there is one player causing
the group to be slow or everyone is playing a part in the slow play. According
to the AJGA’s Pace of Play policy and the Rules of Golf players can receive an
undue delay penalty without being on a red card. With each time over 45 seconds
the rules official will make note. These times are called bad times. After
three bad times the rules official will warn the player immediately of the
situation. The rules official will do the same after the fourth bad time. The
fifth bad time will be an immediate one stroke penalty and a seventh bad time
will be another one stroke penalty.
A tip for all
golfers: To avoid an undue delay penalty, play ready golf.
For more information on the AJGA's 'Setting the Pace' educational series, or the AJGA Pace of Play Policy, please contact Tournament Coordinator Samantha Hirshberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.