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What does it mean?

Ready Golf is a common sense approach to improve the pace of play in our club.  Essentially it is a shorthand version of our club Pace of Play Guidelines.  Ready golf means thinking ahead so that you are ready to play when it is your turn.

General Rules.

  • There are no honours, whoever is ready, play if safe to do so.
  • Keep up with the group in front of you.
  • If the group in front is on the fairway, your group should be on the tee.
  • Be ready to hit when the group in front moves to the next shot.
  • Keep your pre-shot routine short – aim to play in 20 seconds. Limit practice swings.
  • If you are falling behind the group in front-let the group behind through.


On the Tee.

  • There are no honours– hit when ready and safe to do so.
  • Shorter hitters should hit first if longer hitters are waiting.
  • Watch other players’ shots to help find stray balls.
  • Carry an extra ball in case you need a provisional.
  • Mark scores after you hit your tee shot, NOT before you drive.

On the Fairway.

  • There are no honours – hit when ready, and safe to do so.
  • Go directly to your ball and be ready to play- don’t wait until others have played.
  • Play, then Search- all players should hit, then assist in search.
  • The ball is lost if not found after 3 minutes searching.
  • On reaching the green, park your clubs between the green and the next tee.

On the Green.

  • There are no honours – putt when ready if not in someone else’s line.
  • Study your putt and repair pitch marks while others are putting.
  • Be ready to putt before it is your turn.
  • First player to hole-out replaces the flag.
  • Continue putting until holed out if not in someone else’s line-avoid unnecessary ball marking.
  • Mark scores at next tee, not on/beside the green you’ve just played.

Finally, check your time –on finishing18 holes check the time taken for your round. Has your group achieved the EGC Target Times?

3 Ball Stableford and Foursomes– 3 hours and 40 minutes
3 Ball Strokes and Scotch Foursomes– 3 hours and 50 minutes
4 Ball and Team – 4 hours

GUI and ILGU Committees

11 March 2019