The reason for the majority of the changes to the rules was to speed the game up. Most members acknowledge the use of and reference to “ready golf” is great without making it a club policy. Here are highlights to review.
The change in rule “looking for lost ball”
You only have 3 minutes now, NOT the previous 5 (which was never adhered to anyway).
4 people looking for a ball is effectively still 12 minutes. It is up the lowest handicapper to call time out and move on if a lost ball cannot be found. The club has the local rule in this instance which should be used sooner than losing a hole up front causing delays.
On the green:
Yes you can putt when ready provided you are not affecting the line of your partners play. Leaving the pin in is an advantage in this area sooner than someone wait for someone to hold it for you. It’s your call.
You cannot hold the pin and putt when you are close to the hole. (it’s a 2 shot penalty). If you stand close to the pin and can touch it, you are deemed to be holding it.
The ONLY time a gimme is allowed is while playing Matchplay. And only to acknowledge the winning hole.
If playing in a club competition, the player MUST still putt out for his score. NO EXCEPTIONS