On the recommendation of the match sub-committee the Board have after careful consideration agreed to introduce single tee start off the first tee for Saturday competitions for a trial period.
This will commence for the round of 15 SEPTEMBER 2018.
The Board believe that this change offers a number of advantages including:
- Increasing tee time options for members for better service of the increasing member numbers
- Better management of pace of play (see Tips to Speed Up Play below)
- Greater field capacity - particularly in the longer daylight hour.
- Increased opportunities for Saturday green fee revenue as green fee players will have access to the course earlier than current times.
Statistics used for the decision making:
- In peak summer available spots will increase from 224 to 250+ with times ranging from 6:30am to 2pm at 8 minute intervals.
- In the middle of winter, the exact same number of spots will be available as they currently are in the two-tee format.
- Statistics shown via the booking system is that over 90% of available 1st tee bookings are always taken where it is approximately 50% for 10th tee
- Going to a 1st tee start gives our members a greater range of tee times and improves the services to accommodate our strong membership numbers.
- It is important that the Ballarat Golf Club continues to be the leader of golf services not only in the district but in Victoria as world golf statistics show that clubs that aren’t changing their model for the younger demographic and away from traditional practices are struggling to stay afloat.
This change will be monitored and further assessed to ensure the best possible outcome for the Club and members.
New Rules & Speed of Play
The R&A will introduce changes to over 30 rules on the 1st January 2019 that are aimed at speeding up play.
Stayed tuned as we will be displaying these rules on our website shortly.
Nine Tips to Speed Up Play
- Watch your ball until it stops – Many of us are caught up in the frustration of a bad shot and take our eye of where it went. This adds time if you need to look for the ball. Keep an eye on the ball and the nearest object to where you think it ended up.
- If it’s lost, move on – Don’t spend any more than 3 minutes looking for the ball. Most people think they spend the maximum 5 minutes to look but are spending closer to 10 minutes. Be sure to play a provisional where you need to.
- Think ahead – when you approach the green, place your cart in the place that is in the direction of the next tee box so that the next players can come through quickly after you have put the flag back in the hole
- Use waiting time wisely – while other players are playing their shot, do what you need to do to ensure you can hit your ball shortly after. Working out distance, club selection or even reading your putts during this waiting time can be more beneficial.
- Mark your card later – If you are the first person to tee off and there is no one in front of you, tee off first and then mark your card later. You’ll be amazed how much time this can save.
- Take Multiple Clubs – For those shots where you don’t want to take all your clubs to, be sure to take a couple of clubs in case you are uncertain of the distance.
- Keep an eye on groups in front NOT behind – Keep up with the group in front of you. Keeping up with the group in front means you’re ready to hit once they leave their current position.
- Gaps in the field in front of you – If you notice the group up in front of you is out of sight, please check behind and if the group behind is waiting you’re clearly holding them up so please let them through at the next safest moment.
- Don’t Wait – If your group has fallen behind for whatever reason, any players that putt out, should immediately head over to the next Tee and hit off. This saves time and can really help you catch up. Filling in score cards for the previous hole can be done while other golfers are teeing off.