For Distribution to all VAMP Players
“Your position on the course is behind the group in front of you, not in front of the group behind you.”
In order to continue to be welcomed at our host clubs, we MUST play on a timely basis. If your foursome does not finish playing within 15 minutes of the course’s suggested pace of play, you may be considered ineligible to play in future VAMP matches. It is particularly important that at such time when VAMP is sharing the course with other players, teams MUST keep pace with the group ahead. Any group falling out of position must regain their position within two holes.
Here are some suggestions to keep from falling behind:
- Drive your cart to the first ball, drop partner off with 2 or 3 clubs, and drive to your own ball.
- Drive your cart to the first ball, then walk to your ball with 2 or 3 clubs and your yardage device.
- When leaving your cart, bring all possible clubs you may need.
- Mark scorecard at next tee box while other players are hitting.
- Pick up or concede if out of the hole.
You are out of position if:
- You are on the tee of a Par 4 hole and the green is clear, or a Par 5 hole and the group in front of you is on the green.
- You have fallen behind the course’s Pace of Play Sheet.
- You are more than 2 holes behind the group in front of you.
If you fall behind, you must follow these guidelines to regain your proper place on the golf course within the next two holes:
- Be ready to play at all times. Walk to your ball taking 2-3 clubs to every shot.
- No consultations are allowed on any shot until you have caught up.
- No practice putting is allowed until you have caught up.
- Hit a provisional ball if allowed so you won’t have to go back and hit another shot.
- Remember that you may concede your opponent’s next stroke or concede the hole.
If your foursome is still more than 2 holes behind the group in front you MUST finish the hole, skip the next hole (considering it halved) and head to the next tee.
If a match fails to regain their position in their allotted time, then a complaint should be filed and a “slow play” penalty can be assessed. [USGA Rule 6-7. In match play – loss of hole; if repeated – disqualification.] Every player in your foursome is responsible for the pace. As stated above, slow players may be considered ineligible to play in future VAMP matches.
If your pace is falling behind, finish the current hole, then skip the next hole, halving the point. In addition, you MUST NOT consult on shots or practice putting until you have regained your position.
Some of the easiest ways to keep from falling behind:
- Drive cart to first ball, drop partner off with 2 or 3 clubs, and drive to own ball.
- Drive cart to first ball, then walk to own ball with 2 or 3 clubs.
- When leaving cart, bring all possible clubs you may need.
- Mark scores on next tee while other players are hitting.
- Pick up or concede if out of hole.