Thanks to our friend Jeffery Passage, one of the things we have been investigating is pace of play by tee selection.
When the USGA comes to our course, or any course for that matter, they rate each individual hole based on several parameters, and can tell us how long they believe it should take to play the course from each tee. Apparently all we had to do is ask for the information. So thank you to our local USGA, and I’m sorry we didn’t ask earlier.
But one of the interesting things to notice is, logically, the time to play the golf course is shorter for the far forward tees, at 3 hours 21 minutes, and the longest at the far back tees at 4 hours and 40 minutes.
The time it takes to play each hole varies also, from the back tees, they rate the short (time wise) hole as #17 saying it should only take 9 minutes to play with hole 13 being the longest at 21 minutes to play. This will help us a lot in explaining to players why it is so important to play from the proper tees, because it is our goal to keep every round to 4 1/2 hours or shorter in the the coming year.