The Committee would encourage the adoption of “Ready Golf” at LA in all forms of play other than match-play, following the example set by many other clubs. Indeed, the R&A have gone so far as to have introduced “Ready Golf” for all their amateur events and will even be in use when a place at The Masters could be at stake.
“Ready Golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf.
“Ready Golf” is not appropriate in match play due to the strategy involved between opponents and the need to have a set method for determining which player plays first.
However, in stroke play formats, it is only the act of agreeing to play out of turn to give one of the players an advantage that is prohibited although, clearly, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger themselves or other players.
“Ready Golf” isn’t about racing to be the first to play, rushing your shots or getting round the course in record time, rather it should be about applying a bit of common sense.
Rather than looking to play quicker, it is about avoiding unnecessary delays; whilst there is no reason not to generally adhere to the “honour” on the tee or the farthest from the hole playing first, if the player due to play isn’t ready or needs more time and someone else is ready without rushing, let them play and keep play flowing.