2015 Michigan Publinx Pace of Play Policy
The Michigan Publinx pace of play policy leaves the responsibility for maintaining the pace of play where it belongs – with you the player. If you are the first group in the field, play efficient golf. If you are a following group, keep up with the group in front of you and you will not have a pace of play issue. The pace of play is 15 minutes per hole. There will be atomic clocks located at the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th and 18th greens to let you know what the current time is and help you determine if you are on pace.
9th and 18th Hole Checkpoints
There will be an official present on your 9th and 18th holes to check your pace. The hole is considered completed when the flagstick is returned to the hole. The first group is in breach of the pace of play guidelines if the flagstick is replaced on your 9th hole after the expected time. The timing official will inform your group that each player is subject to a one-stroke penalty. If your group finishes your 18th hole after the expected time, an official will inform your group that each player is subject to an additional two-stroke penalty, if it is your second breach or subject to one-stroke penalty if it is your first breach. There are no warnings!!
Any following group is in breach of the pace of play guidelines if the flagstick is replaced in the hole after the expected time and more than 15 minutes (i.e.- 15:01) after the group ahead replaced the flagstick. Each player will be subject to a one-stroke penalty at your 9th hole. If the flagstick is replaced in your 18th hole after the expected time and more than 15 minutes after the group ahead replaced the flagstick, each player will be subject to an additional penalty of two strokes, if it is your second breach during your stipulated round, or is subject to one-stroke penalty if it is your first breach.
A player or players concerned about a slow player(s) in his/her group should speak with the player(s) and encourage them to play more efficiently. Then, the concerned player may ask to have the group monitored. The individual player does not have to be identified; the request just needs to be made. At some point during the stipulated round, the group will be monitored. If a player is identified as holding up the pace of the group, a penalty or penalties may be applied to that player or may be applied to the entire group as a whole after the stipulated round.
Players that are subject to pace of play penalties may appeal the ruling to the Staff Person In Charge in the scoring area and only after completion of the round. The appeal must be made before scorecards are returned. If a group received a penalty for exceeding the pace of play policy for each nine, both penalties may be appealed, however, each appeal must be made and handled separately. Each successful appeal will result in a one-step reduction of a penalty (i.e., three strokes to one stroke, then one stroke to no penalty, but not three strokes to no penalty.)
There are only three situations that are grounds for appeal:
- The group was delayed by the Committee.
- The group was delayed by circumstance beyond control of a player or the group.
- The player or players were delayed by another player in the group.
Players that are repeat offenders of the Pace of Play policy will be reprimanded by the following policy:
- First Time Offender
- Player will receive his penalty strokes at the tournament he is playing in
- Second Time Offender
- Player will receive his penalty strokes at the tournament, and a warning letter will be sent to the player reminding him of the repeat offender policy
- Third Time Offender
- Player will receive his penalty strokes at the tournament, and the player will be suspended from the following tournament from which he is entered to play in
- Fourth Time Offender
- Player will receive his penalty strokes at the tournament, and the player will be suspended from the remaining tournaments from which he is entered to play in for the remainder of the year