Troon has introduced a plan to ensure that every golfer at every Troon-managed facility has an enjoyable golf experience while playing in a reasonable amount of time. Pace of play continues to be one of the complaints among golfers, so we are addressing this issue by establishing the Troon Values Your Time program. Since no two courses are the same, the approach is flexible enough for all our facilities to tailor their pace of play expectations, while maintaining consistency in the program with three essential elements. These elements include:
TIME PAR: Each Troon facility has calculated its own TIME PAR by evaluation 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 he property.
PACESETTER Times: Troon facilities are implementing PACESTTER 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 created options for those looking to play in less time and also creates a steady pace of play for tee times throughout the day.
PACESTTER Tips: In line with efforts from both the USGA and the Golf Channel, Troon has identified similar tips and guidelines to help manage pace of play. Those tips include:
Play your tees: Choose a set of tees with a rating of 142 minute your handicap index. Or just tee it forward.
Play ready golf (tee to green): When a player is at his or her ball or on the tee box and is ready to play, they should play. Take no more than 45 seconds to hit your next 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 lost balls and take relief when applicable.
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 your putt. Go to the next tee.
Be accountable: Recognize that slow play isn’t just other players’ fault.
As you can see, we have put a lot of thought into this program, but are always looking for ideas on how to improve it. But please, don’t take this too serious. Below is an example of what this will look like on all participating Troon-managed websites. Relax and enjoy your round. Remember, Troon values your time.