We believe that a golfers pace of play is not necessarily linked to their ability or handicap. An ideal pace of play (all groups are positioned right behind the group in front of them) can be achieved when golfers:
Any golfer who is willing to commit to the philosophy "I will keep up with the group ahead and not fall behind" can become a registered Pacesetter. If Pacesetters were the only players on the course, slow play would not be a concern. Designated “Pacesetter Only” times will be available to registered Pacesetters beginning with the first time in the morning and continuing through the day as determined by the course. Only players that are committed to achieving the IDEAL PACE OF PLAY will be able to play in these times.
Pacesetters agree to maintain the proper position on the course. Pacesetters are ready to hit when the group ahead has cleared and are ready to hit when it's their turn to play.
Pacesetters agree that if their group has fallen out of position, their group will make every attempt to regain their proper position including picking up their balls and moving forward if necessary.
Pacesetters agree to encourage every member of their group to abide by the Pacesetter Agreement.
Pacesetters who fail to abide by these conditions may lose their Pacesetter benefits.
As a registered Pacesetter you are entitled to:
Play during designated "Pacesetter Only" times established by the golf courses.
Play with or behind other pacesetters who care about the pace of play.
How is the Pacesetter program going to work?
Designated “Pacesetter Only” times will be available to Pacesetters beginning with the first time in the morning and continuing through the day as determined by the course. Only players that care about the pace of play and are committed to achieving the IDEAL PACE OF PLAY will be able to play in these times. If you play during one of these times you will know that the pace of your round will not be affected by “that slow group in front of us that doesn’t care”.
Why should I register as a Pacesetter?
Pacesetters will enjoy playing with or behind other golfers who care about the pace of play. Pacesetters will know that the players in front of them are committed to the IDEAL PACE OF PLAY.
Who is a Pacesetter?
A Pacesetter is someone who agrees to maintain their position on the golf course. A Pacesetter has the attitude “it is important to me and all the other players on the golf course that I keep up and not fall behind”.
How do I become a Pacesetter?
Pacesetters submit the Pacesetter Agreement registration form online at sjmuni.com or santateresagolf.com. Each Pacesetter will receive a Pacesetter Registration Number.
Do I have to register at both San Jose Muni and Santa Teresa?
No. Your Pacesetter Registration Number will be the same for both facilities.
How do I make a Pacesetter tee time?
Pacesetters may request one of the designated tee times by providing their Pacesetter Registration Number.
When are the “Pacesetter Only” times?
Please contact the golf courses for specific days and times.
Can I invite non-pacesetters to join my foursome?
Yes. Pacesetters will encourage all members of their foursome to abide by the Pacesetter Agreement as all players in the designated “Pacesetter Only” times care about the pace of play.
How does the golf course help the Pacesetter?
The golf course will provide tee boxes that will help golfers to keep up regardless of their skill level. The golf course will enforce the Pacesetter Agreement. If a Pacesetter is “Out of Position” and unable to regain their position on the course - the golf course will ask the Pacesetters to pick up their ball and move into the correct position. The golf course will also provide helpful tips on how to stay in position.
What is the IDEAL PACE OF PLAY?
All players are ready to hit when the group in front of them has cleared. Players are ready to hit when it is their turn.
What is “Out of Position”?
A Pacesetter group is “Out of Position” if they:
Are not ready to hit when the group ahead has cleared.
A Pacesetter group is “Completely Out Of Position” if they:
Reach the teeing ground of a par 3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the next teeing ground.
Reach the teeing ground of a par 4 hole and the green is clear.
Arrive at the teeing ground of a par 5 hole when the preceding group is on the green.
Are taking more than the allotted time to play as determined by the golf course.
A Pacesetter group that is “Completely Out Of Position” and unable to get back in position in a short period of time, will need to pick up their balls and move forward into the proper position.
Will the course expect every group to be in position at all times?
No. Groups may have times when they are temporarily “out of position”. A Pacesetter group will recognize that they are “out of position” and get back “in position” in a short period of time.
Are “Pacesetter Only” times available on the internet?
No. At this time our online booking system cannot distinguish between Pacesetters and non-pacesetters. Pacesetters will need to make a tee time either by phone or in-person and provide their Pacesetter Registration Number.
Can a Pacesetter lose their Pacesetter Benefits?
Yes. The golf course will monitor and protect the pace of play for all Pacesetters. If another Pacesetter is “Out of Position” and unable and unwilling to be in their proper position - the Pacesetter registration number will be cancelled and the Pacesetter will no longer be able to make a tee time in the designated “Pacesetter Only” times.
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