No no, we didn't come up with this one, but we sure like to use it at Future Golf.
Golf was, and still is, built on a foundation of respect and etiquette; however, in the 21st Century with so many competing priorities and the struggle for people to dedicate 4-5 hours of their weekend to golf, there needed to be some smart adjustments made to help speed up play.
We could put together a long list of examples of "ready golf" but here's a few that we see most frequently on the course at our events:
- No honour on the tee - whoever is ready first, hits first, or whoever hits it the shortest . . .
- Hit your ball (safely) before looking for a lost ball - once you've done what you need to do, you can then help with any lost balls
- Get ready to play immediately - don't watch your mates duff it down the fairway before picking your shot and preparing
- Chipping back and forth - nothing worse than going from one side of a green to another, have a break and let someone have a putt instead while you get ready for the next one
- Putting out - so you've left yourself a nerve-jangling 2 footer for triple bogey, don't mark the ball, hole out and keep moving
Future Golf strongly encourages "ready golf" wherever possible and safe to do so, it will not only keep you and our other members happy at our events, but it will also satisfy our partner courses when we visit with large fields.
See additional external information from the R&A Manual here.