This type of competition is held each year in many different golf courses all over the province of Quebec and in the Ottawa Valley. Every golf courses member of Golf Quebec has a team of men, women and seniors. The format in a Match Play between 4 players and each teams has between 5 and 10 members.
Many host golf courses talked to me this summer saying they don’t want to host in the future because Pace of play is so bad. In some areas, it took almost 6 hours and 30 minutes. On a Sunday afternoon, clubs loose money.
Some host clubs decided on the following solutions: (they are all ILLEGAL UNDER THE RULES OF GOLF
Not permitting the caddies to step on greens
Ask players to finish there putts instead of marking the ball
Determine in advance to concede putts of a certain distance
If a group is out of position, they must skip that hole and go to the next hole
The last solution is not practical because the advantage is to the players that are ahead in their matches
Monitoring Pace of Play in Interclubs must be on an individual basis. If a group is out of position, timing should be done on every player.
Pros: I am always amazed to see how quick players are when they are timed.
Cons: Officials would be needed at all facilities and there are few that are qualified and willing to time players
Instead of matches between 4 players we should bring it down to 3 opponents.
Pros: Less players = Less time.
Cons: We will need more clubs to host all those competitions in a situation where clubs don’t want to host Interclubs in the future.
We need to find a solution because this type of competition is very popular within the golfing community and certain districts will have problems in the near future
I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ON THAT TOPIC.