Southern Tasmanian Veteran Golfer's Association








4 Ball Best Ball

There has been some confusion among some members, evidenced by the way some score cards have been filled in.  In part this has been caused by the card formats different clubs have.

Basically, if Steve and John are playing together and they play the first hole with Steve scoring 4 for 3 points and John had 5 for 2 points, Steve’s score would be recorded on the card and needs to be identified.  The easiest way to do this is to put an “S” beside the score.

If they record the same score on the hole, the player that holed out first is the score recorded.  This in effect speeds the game up because the second player can just pick up and move on to the next hole.

Stopping for lunch or playing straight through

Common sense must prevail here.  If your group has lunched and are not all present at the 10th tee bed before those playing straight through are there you give way. Simple.




REMINDER – LOW HANDICAP IN EACH GROUP IS GROUP CAPTAIN and assumes the responsibility for Pace of Play and not hitting up on group in front.

Pace of Play

The STVGA has adopted the “ready golf philosophy”. Players are encouraged to comply with the following guidelines,

  • If you are ready to play a shot and it is safe to do so, then play.
  • Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters would endanger the group in front.
  • Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball.
  • Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off
  • player has the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty
  • If a group fails to keep pace on the course and loses one, clear fairway it should signal the group following to pass.

Hitting up on preceding group

  • Endangering fellow golfers by hitting up on them is unacceptable – don’t do it.
  • Playing ready golf decreases the likelihood of this occurring. However, we are all responsible for erring on the side of caution when hitting any shot towards the preceding group.
  • Any errant shot that has the potential to hit a fellow player must be called, “FORE” at the earliest opportunity.