The reason for the movement away from the two tee system is based on two reasons:
1. Over the past few years there has been a steady increase in the number of players entering the regular Saturday competitions. Previous years may have seen up to 150 or 160 for our Club Championship qualifying rounds (traditionally the busiest weeks), that number is now not uncommon on a regular Saturday competition.
2. The current two tee system is inefficient as it does not maximise the number of players on the course. This is due to the contrast between how long the tee is open (6:30 am to 8:00 am - 1.30 hours) to how long the tee is closed (8:00 am to 10:15 am - 2:15 hours).
As a result of the above issues the Match Committee completed an analysis of the available options and has decided to make the following changes:
1. The two tee system will not be implemented for the upcoming summer.
2. A one tee system will be in place with tee times commencing from first light, but no earlier than 6:00 am.
The benefit of these changes comes from being able to maximise the number of playing spots available which is very important given the increase in competition players. This ensures that the maximum number of players are able to use our course as early as possible on a Saturday.
The document attached below shows the various options, times, groups and numbers of players each scenario provides however the key difference that has lead to the change is that during the "early" stage of our current two tee system the maximum number of players on the course is 96, which is achieved by 8:00 am. Under the proposed one tee system 96 players will be on the course by 9:00 am and after this the number of players on course under the two tee system does not exceed the proposed one tee system, given the inefficiencies mentioned above.
There are many other factors that come into play and the Match Committee is confident that these have been considered, however it is important to note that this change has been adopted to try and ensure that largest number of members is catered for.
There are also some other minor options that will be considered to further help improve the efficiency of our Saturday competition times and as with all changes the system will be monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure it remains appropriate.
Any members who have comments about this change are welcome to contact the committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tee time assessment document