If there’s a slow group in front of you on the golf course, it can be annoying. Or, if you are the one causing the delays, you may start to feel uncomfortable and try to make shots you’re not capable of making, which can cause you to take even longer. If your group is causing delays, there are a few things you can do to speed up the process if you’re not actively competing in a tournament.


Here, our golf experts at Burl Oaks Golf Club will discuss simple ways to speed up your round of golf to help yourself and others on the course.

●      Make Assessments Early

To speed up your golf game, you can make generic assessments about the shot you’re taking next before you even get to your ball. While you obviously cannot make decisions regarding the slope, angle, and other factors until you get closer, you can make generalized decisions ahead of time while walking or riding to your ball. By doing this, you can ensure you are not spending too much time making critical decisions, which can delay your game and others playing behind you.

●      Make Adjustments if You Are New

If you’re new to the game of golf, you may be struggling to keep up with the more experienced golfers you’re playing with. If that’s the case, or if you’re just having a bad day, we recommend doing a few different things to help speed up your game. For instance, you can start at a forward tee box. Or, if it’s amenable to your fellow players, you can count the number of shots you are currently at before moving your ball up to an easier shot to ensure the game continues at a quick pace.

●      Let Other Groups Go Ahead

While it may throw you off your game, you may want to consider letting other groups go ahead of you if you’re taking a long time on each hole. You may get out of your rhythm if you let others go ahead of you, but it may be the best choice for everyone on the course, especially if you don’t like waiting behind others. You don’t want others to have the same annoyance you feel when your game is being delayed.

●      Skip a Hole

If you’re not in a competition, another way to speed up your game would be to skip ahead to the next hole as long as no one is playing the hole ahead of you. By doing this, you can let the group behind you readjust the speed of their game while simultaneously speeding up yours with no consequences. However, if you are in a competition, there are various pace-of-play rules you have to take into account, which will determine how you can speed up your game.

Contact Burl Oaks Golf Club Today

If you are in the Twin Cities area and looking for a golf community to join so you can hone your skills, contact Burl Oaks Golf Club today. Unlike other clubs, we don’t have other amenities that take away from a true golf experience. We focus on golf and building a community. To learn more about joining our club, give us a call at 952-472-7017 or message us on our contact page today.