Date of Publication

Spring 5-2-2014

Document Type

Undergraduate Project


Pace of play in golf is a major problem that is affecting participation rates negatively. A number of issues are compounding the problem, such as technological advancements, length of golf courses, players’ individual needs, and contemporary changes in the value placed on leisure time. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the topic in Upstate New York. Surveys were sent to 167 golf course PGA professionals, asking about pace of play at their courses. The survey collected basic information about the professionals’ courses and moved to items regarding what the courses are doing and not doing concerning pace of play. Results suggest pace of play is a problem many courses have yet to address but beyond a pace of play policy, other factors can be effective. Implications, limitations, and future research directions are discussed.