By Chuck Dunbar
|Pebble Beach on a recent December day.|
As recently as this past September, we have invested time, effort and money addressing the issue. We have hired a pace-of-play consultant, retrained all of our marshals and added a salaried pace manager to oversee play and the marshal team every day from sunrise to sunset.
These are just some of our strategies. And we’ve been quite successful.
Since we track and record pace of play on an hourly basis to measure our success, our average pace of play in September 2012 was 4 hours, 50 minutes. In October, 4:42. In November, 4:39. And in December thus far, 4:32.
We do not track time for shotgun events as many corporate groups load up the courses past maximum capacity, often doubling up most of the holes and playing a competitive format slowing play even further. They do this at their own discretion. Put 136 people on any golf course with championship conditions and you’d see a six-plus-hour round on most of those courses.
Chuck Dunbar is the head golf professional at Pebble Beach Golf Links.