Ready Golf at Little Hay Golf Club
Ready golf can be used in many situations to speed up the game. “Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf.
The official explanation is provided here. A brief summary as it applies to Little Hay Golf Club is provided below.
On the tee: The priority is to get shots played. The first player on the tee who cannot reach those in front should be the one to play.
If a ball is hit into the rough, remember to note the line it was on (by picking a tree or other fixed marker). If it looks like it could be difficult to find, play a provisional.
Marking cards for a previous hole should happen after your tee shot if you are first
off or while others are playing if you are not first.
On the course (before the green): Players do not have to play in order of distance
from the hole. Play as soon as it is safe to do so. Those not hitting a shot should
begin to prepare themselves for their shot ahead.
If a ball is potentially lost, other players should continue to hit their shots until they are beyond the point the ball is thought to have finished and join the search for the lost ball together on the identified line. Only 3 minutes is allowed for searching for the ball which begins when the first player arrives at the identified area.
On the green: The flag should be attended or out. On arriving on the green, if you
can play without treading on someone’s line and you are waiting for the furthest
away to arrive – do not wait for them, play your shot. Please finish out whenever
possible instead of marking. Remember, if you take just 1 minute a hole less that’s
18 minutes a round.