Architects Lay Out Pace-of-Play Initiative

Lee Schmidt
Lee Schmidt

Wisconsin, United States: The American Society of Golf Course Architects [ASGCA] has produced ‘Pace of Play: Checklist and Tips for Working with your Course Architect’.
The one-page flyer – created in co-operation with the United States Golf Association – illustrates the numerous ways ASGCA members assist in positively impacting pace of play at golf facilities through design.
The flyer identifies five basic ingredients that contribute to getting courses to move faster and smoother: player abilities; course management; set-up; maintenance and turf conditions; and course design.
The goal of the pace of play initiative is to create an even flow of golfers as they play the game, minimising waiting times and creating a more enjoyable experience.
“That this sheet is so full, and addresses so many aspects of play, points to how much design impacts a well-run facility,” said ASGCA President Lee Schmidt, Principal of Schmidt-Curley Design, a long-standing member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“I’m glad the USGA is concentrating on this important issue. The clients of ASGCA members will benefit as they see the information and service offerings available from our members.”
The flyer was developed by the ASGCA Pace of Play Committee, led by members Jeff Blume, Tripp Davis and Forrest Richardson. Information was reviewed by ASGCA members at the 68th Annual Meeting this past spring in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then reviewed by the USGA.
ASGCA members are uniquely qualified to assist course owners and operators with pace-of-play improvement, while also preserving the spirit of the game, making sure courses offer the fun and challenging aspects to encourage golfers to come back.
‘Pace of Play: Checklist and Tips for Working with your Course Architect’ flyer is available for free download from the Publications section of the ASGCA website at

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