Golf governing body looks at ways to speed up the sport

Martin Slumbers. (R&A)
Martin Slumbers. (R&A)

The R&A has held a golf industry forum in St Andrews to examine the issues surrounding pace of play.

The Time for Golf conference, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, brought together representatives of affiliated bodies with figures from organisations involved in administering the sport to discuss factors such as the golf course, management and player behaviour.

It follows on from the results of a pace of play survey conducted by The R&A that attracted more than 56,000 responses.

Among the findings were that, while 70per cent of golfers are satisfied with the duration of their rounds, 60per cent said they would enjoy golf more if they played in less time. “We know that the time it takes to play golf is one of the barriers preventing many people from getting involved in the sport,” said Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A. “We must focus on making golf more enjoyable to play and watch.”

The results of The R&A pace of play survey are available for download at