One of Sydney’s busiest golf courses has launched a new way to tackle slow play.
One of the scourges of modern golf is slow play and is a known factor in keeping golfers away from the golf course. As one of the busiest golf courses in the country, Moore Park Golf in Sydney have launched a new pace of play initiative designed to speed of play and make the game more enjoyable.
The ‘Share the Course’ initiative has lunched with a customer charter and on-course signage that sets out clear expectations on slow play and etiquette for course users in a humorous, tasteful and honest way.
From the official press release:
Tackling the issues of pace of play and course care, the program is designed to provide simple techniques which all players can adopt to modify the way they interpret and play the game.
“I am really excited to bring to life our ‘Share the Course initiative’ said General Manager Erich Weber. “We came up with this strategy to bolster our positive pace of play culture. Our style is not your typical authoritarian approach that our industry has had a reputation for. Our artwork is simple, to the point and speaks to our audience in plain language. We hope that the humour helps the messages cut through and ultimately, lead to a change in people’s style of play.”
In a high volume facility like Moore Park Golf, the team are confident that Share the Course will help all guests recognise that using sand or repairing pitch marks is a shared responsibility which result in a better playing surface for all.
“Pace of play and course maintenance are some of the game’s biggest challenges” continued Erich Weber. “As Sydney’s home of public golf, we believe in taking a lead role within the industry and believe our customers will support us to make this initiative incredibly successful.”
Time, will quite literally tell whether the initiative has an impact on pace of play or not, but Moore Park Golf must be applauded for setting out this new initiative and attempting to tackle of growing problem in golf. Many other golf courses around the country monitoring this closely.