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Pace of Play

Even though the course at Blythefield may prove to be more difficult then most, slow play is unacceptable. Years ago, the Board of Directors adopted a policy to promote Blythefield’s U.S.G.A. pace of play course rating of 3:51, meaning the play time should be three hours and fifty one minutes for 18 holes.

When a U.S.G.A. team comes in they do a complete course rating for hole handicapping, slope rating and pace of play. Through a very thorough, yet standardized process, the U.S.G.A. team accounts for approach shot lengths, the difficulty of obstacles including topography, rough length and recoverability, trees, water hazards, bunkers, out of bounds and psychology. Green difficulty is also measured both in size and undulation. The pace rating includes all of the above considerations along with walking distances from green to tee and the half way house.

Following is a hole by hole breakdown that was done by the U.S.G.A. officials when the golf course was last rated and the 3:51 rating was calculated.

Front Nine

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Hole Times :14 :17 :08 :13 :08 :15 :15 :12 :13
Cumulative :14 :31 :39 :52 1:00 1:15 1:30 1:42 1:55

Back Nine

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Hole Times :16 :08 :13 :10 :17 :09 :13 :16 :13
Cumulative 2:11 2:19 2:32 2:42 2:59 3:08 3:22 3:38 3:51

Pace of play for all groups will be monitored. All groups will be asked to maintain the U.S.G.A. Pace of Play Rating for Blythefield Country Club of 3 hours and 51 minutes. While it is noted that two ball matches may not have standing under the U.S.G.A. Rules of Golf, it is recognized that common golf courtesy requires allowing faster players to play through if the hole ahead is open, even if your group is within the pace of play parameters.

Members are reminded that when playing with a guest, it is still the member’s responsibility to maintain at least a three-hour and 51 minute, 18 hole pace. When rangers are on duty, they are acting on behalf of the Board of Directors, and their requests to keep the pace of play moving are to be honored at all times.

Blythefield Country Club