Joining recent efforts of the USGA’s “While We’re Young” campaign and the Golf Channels “It’s About Time” message, Troon has launched a new program implemented at Troon facilities across the world to address the game of golf’s well-documented pace-of-play issue – “Troon Values Your Time”
Officially launched this week on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive television show, the number one goal of Troon Values Your Time is to ensure you have an enjoyable golf experience while playing in a reasonable amount of time.
We are going beyond a simple message by putting a solution into practice with three essential elements:
TIME PAR – Each Troon facility has calculated its own TIME PAR by evaluating the appropriate length of time a golfer should comfortably play and enjoy the course. Look for these established TIME PARS when booking a tee time; on tee time confirmation emails; logo displays in the golf shop, on staff uniforms, printed on scorecards and yardage books, and signage throughout the property.
PACESETTER Times – Troon facilities are implementing PACESETTER Times, which are designated morning tee times reserved for players committed to playing quickly in at least 20 minutes under the facility’s TIME PAR. This creates options for those looking to play in less time and also creates a steady pace-of-play for tee times throughout the day.
PACESETTER Tips – In line with efforts from both the USGA and the Golf Channel, Troon has identified similar tips and guidelines to help golfers manage their own pace of play.
These tips include:
- Play Your Tees: Choose a set of tees with a rating of 142 minus your handicap index. Or just tee it forward.
- Play Ready Golf (tee to green): When a player is at their ball or on the tee box and is ready to play, they should play. Take no more than 45 seconds to hit your shot.
- Be Cart Smart: Drop off your partner and drive to your ball. When you leave the cart, take three clubs, not one. Park behind greens.
- Use Rules with Discretion: Take no more than three minutes to look for balls and take relief.
- Keep Moving: Proceed quickly to your ball and be ready when it’s your turn to hit.
- See It, Read It, Hole It: While others are putting, prepare for your putt. Go to the next tee.
- Be Accountable: Recognize that slow play isn’t just the fault of other players.
So keep your eyes out for the TIME PAR of your favorite Troon course and join the effort to play at an enjoyable pace!