USGA Pace System
Introduction And Acknowledgment
Dear Golf Director/Pace of Play Committee:
How To Speed Up Play At Your Course
In 1993, the United States Golf Association developed a formula, the USGA Pace Rating, that can help players complete a round of golf at an optimum pace.
The USGA Pace Rating calculates a target completion time (time par) for each hole on your course, taking into account the length and difficulty of the hole and other attributes of play. Time pars allow players to keep track of when they are expected to arrive at each tee.
Your Regional Golf Association is authorized to apply the USGA Pace Rating formula. If you have not already done so, call your association and ask about time pars for your course. If you are not a member of a Regional Golf Association, take this opportunity to join. Regional Golf Associations promote golf in accordance with the policies of the United States Golf Association. They bring programs, such as the USGA Pace Rating System, the USGA Course Rating System, and the USGA Handicap System to the local level.
Having your course Pace Rated is the recommended first step in a program to improve the pace of play on your course. Other steps are described in this manual, which has been
written by the USGA for use by your management or Pace of Play Committee.
Steps For Pace of Play Committee To Follow
HOW TO SPEED UP PLAY AT YOUR COURSE
Obtain an official USGA Pace Rating from your Regional Golf Association. This custom rating establishes a target completion time (<169>time par<170>) for each hole on your course.
Purchase and distribute communication materials that give your golfers practical tips for speeding up play on tee, fairway, and green, whether walking or riding.
Implement course management techniques that contribute to the optimum pace of play. These include appropriate start time intervals.
Consider follow-up efforts to reward golfers who meet pace of play standards and remedial help with fast play tips for those who do not.