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How long does it take to golf 18 holes with a cart

How Long Does It Take To Golf 18 Holes With A Cart

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There are a few factors on how long does it take to golf 18 holes with a cart. From the pace of play, number of players, skill level, traffic on the course, weather etc. Let's take a look at the average play time for 18 holes with a cart...


How much time 18 holes take with a cart

The average play time of 18 holes with a cart is 3 hours to 3 ½ hours. This is an average game in a flight of 4 golfers without excessive ball searching, slow play etc.

Keep in mind that the most common reason you're slow with the cart is a slow play of the guys in front of you. It's often annoying, but that’s just the way it is.


Number of players Lowest avg. time with cart Highest avg. time with cart
1 1h 30min 5h
2 2h 5h 20min
3 2h 40min 5h 40min
4 3h 6h


The golf cart play time with really depends on a lot of factors which I covered below.



What affects the 18 hole play time with a cart - TOP 4 reasons


Golf course occupancy

How long does 18 holes with a cart take depend on the "traffic on the golf course" - if it's a busy day on the golf course or not. Sometimes you can be really fast with a cart, and another time you can play up to 5 hours if you wait for the groups in front of you. So golf course occupancy is one of the main factors.

Golf carts ready for a fast 18 hole round of golf


Skill level

The second main factor is definitely the skill level. But not as a perfect game of golf, it depends on the lost balls and searching for them. This is also why golf officials decreased the ball search time from 5 minutes to 3 minutes. They did a study and found out there is not much difference between the number of found balls between 3 and 5 minutes but on the other hand it speeds up the game.


Golf course design and length

There are many types and designs of golf courses. How long you play is affected by length and/or design. Imagine you have a very deep rough on every hole and you're not hitting the fairway that day... It's a nightmare, believe me 😁 It turns out you need to search for a ball that you thought is a pretty decent shot. This slows you down a lot.

Not to mention going back hitting a new ball (your 3rd shot) - if you're not sure about your first shot always play a provisional ball, it can speed up the game significantly. 


Number of players

It's different if you plan 18 holes with a cart alone, or if there are 3 or even 4 of you. Although you're faster driving, the time of play increases because of more shots, lost balls etc. I know a guy who plays 18 holes with a cart in 1 hour. His driving distance is just 180 yards but he finds almost every fairway and green so there's nothing complicated in his game :)



The fact is that you're faster with a cart, especially on the hot summer day, beside this you can store beverage and other accessories in the cart as well.

If you're in a hurry, a golf cart is a great choice. Maybe consider playing 9 holes with a cart.


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