Pace Of Play

This is a very emotive subject.  None of us like to have to wait a long time time to be able to take our next shot.  We lose concentration, muscles get cold and stiff, we lose our rhythm and it detracts from the enjoyment of the game regardless of how well or bad we are scoring on the day.

A number of factors can affect the pace of play and include but not limited to the Length of the course, length of hole, difficulty of the hole, time taken to move from Green to Tee Box, course set-up, being ready to make your shot when it is your turn and many other factors.

Generally the R&A and other authorities responsible for setting conditions on pace play recommend the following

The maximum time allocated per shot is 40 seconds. 10 extra seconds are allowed for the first player to play:

  •  on a par three hole;
  •  an approach shot; and
  •  a chip or putt
  • On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace his ball, repair ball marks and move loose impediments on his line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke

Sounds like an extremely short time, however when timed a majority of players do not use all of the time available 

Pace of play at NKG invariably varies from 3:50 – 4:40 for a four ball to play 18 holes.

New Kuta Golf advises that to play 18 holes should only take 4 Hours and 15 minutes  (this a time of approximately 14 minutes a hole) with a maximum of 4:40.

The R&A indicates in their Guidance on Running a Competition that timings are as follows

·         par 3’s is 11 minutes

·         par 4’s is 14 minutes

·         and 5’s is 17 minutes


As a general guideline if your group keeps pace with the group in front you cannot be accused of slow play.

See file below for recommendations on how you can keep the pace of play moving at an acceptable rate.

** Please note if you feel that the pace of play has been slow it is your responsibility to report the matter immediately to a committee (board) member immediately after play.  This will enable the matter to be  properly investigated with groups and Marshall's enabling all facts to be gathered.**

** Additionally those who will have a 2nd cross over (ie; front 9 to back or back to front nine - depending on starting hole) no longer have right of way and must allow groups starting to proceed first.

Pace of Play Pace of Play guidelines click here to download file pdf