Nothing ruins a round of golf more than teeing off on the first hole, walking to your ball only to… wait. And wait. And wait. Nehoiden can and should be played in 2 hours and every golfer needs to do his or her part to maintain that pace. We suggest two behaviors be incorporated immediately by every golfer at Nehoiden:
- Allow the group behind to “hit up” on Par 3s, and,
- Leave the flagstick in at all times
First, what does it mean to hit up on Par 3s, and how does it happen? It’s simple. When your entire group reaches the green on any Par 3, turn around and look at the tee. If there are players standing on the tee, mark your ball on the green, step off the green and (literally) wave the next group up. After every player on the tee has hit a tee shot, the group on the green resumes play and finishes the hole. If every group adheres to this simple etiquette, the jam ups that naturally occur on Par 3s will be easily smoothed out.
Secondly, the USGA and R&A have made rather dramatic changes to the Rules of Golf this year, many of which are designed to improve pace of play, none simpler or more effective than leaving the flagstick in while putting. I have been surprised to see how many Tour players have embraced this standard, but as I have watched both LPGA and PGA Tour events this year, most players are leaving the flagstick in while putting. While I appreciate that they are modelling behavior that will improve pace of play on every golf course in the world, rest assured that that is not why they are doing it. If the best players in the world leave the flagstick in, it is because they have concluded that it helps them hole putts.
Do your part. Maintain the pace. And be a better putter in the process.