The free document, created in cooperation with the United States Golf Association, provides golf course architects’ ideas for achieving faster and smoother play through “five basic ingredients”: player abilities, course management, set-up, maintenance and turf conditions, and course design.
The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) has produced “Pace of Play: Checklist & Tips for Working with Your Course Architect.” The one-page flyer, created in cooperation with the United States Golf Association (USGA), is available for free download from the Publications section of the ASGCA website, www.asgca.org/publications. It is designed to illustrate the numerous ways that ASGCA members can assist in having a positive impact on pace of play at golf facilities.
The flyer identifies five basic ingredients that contribute to getting courses to move faster and smoother: player abilities; course management; set-up; maintenance and turf conditions; and course design. The goal of the pace-of-play initiative is to create an even flow of golfers as they play the game, minimizing waiting times and creating a more enjoyable experience.
“That this sheet is so full, and addresses so many aspects of play, points to how much design impacts a well-run facility,” ASGCA President Lee Schmidt said. “I’m glad the USGA is concentrating on this important issue. The clients of ASGCA members will benefit as they see the information and service offerings available from our members.”
The flyer was developed by the ASGCA Pace of Play Committee, led by members Jeff Blume, Tripp Davis and Forrest Richardson. Information was reviewed by ASGCA members at the organization’s 68th Annual Meeting this past spring in Tulsa, Okla., then submitted to the USGA for that organizaiton’s review.