The USGA has been focused on improving pace of play. In November of 2013, they hosted a symposium entitled "While We're Young: Golf's Pursuit of a New Paradigm of Pace of Play.” Through statistics and data analysis, golf professionals identified many causes for slow play, none of which was gender-specific. Causes did include tee time intervals, tee selection, course design and maintenance practices, the rules of golf, and player responsibility. To fix these problems, the USGA is trying to educate recreational golfers and implement course management techniques to decrease playing times without affecting the integrity of the game or the condition of the golf course. The USGA and the PGA even created an initiative called Tee It Forward, which encourages golfers to use tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment.
In a highlight from the USGA symposium, Bill Yates, founder of Pace Management Systems, stated, “Pace of play is not about making people play faster. The whole key to this is to provide consistent opportunity to play. In other words, it’s a flow issue, not a slow issue.”
So ladies, what do you think? Is there a pace of play double standard for men vs. women? Does pace of play matter to you? How long does it take you to play 9 or 18 holes?