England Golf has announced its partnership with British Speedgolf as part of its Golf Express campaign, which is aimed at promoting a fast and fun version of the game where 18 holes can take just 80 minutes.
If you can't stand slow play, this new version of the sport may be for you as both organisations are hoping the partnership will encourage more people to take up the sport by attracting them with shorter, quicker formats of the game.
Golf Express is a campaign run by England Golf to encourage 9-hole golf and other short formats, such as speed golf - which they say is for those who enjoy both running and having fun but don't have time for the standard 18 holes.
Claire Hodgson, England Golf Head of Participation, said: “Golf Express and British Speedgolf are a perfect fit and this new partnership will help us to tell more people that golf is a fun and flexible game which really can fit into a busy lifestyle.”
Speed golf: How it works
By jogging between shots, England Golf and British Speed Golf claim a player can complete a full 18 holes in under 80 minutes, or 9 holes in under 40 minutes, while still trying to get the lowest score possible.
A Speedgolf score combines the sum of shots with the time taken to run the golf course. Shooting a round of 90 in a time of 70 minutes and 21 seconds gives a Speedgolf score of 160:21.
Both Golf Express and British Speedgolf highlight the fitness benefits of the sport. A nine-hole round at walking pace can be fitted in to two hours and means players will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories. Speedgolf also offers players the opportunity to have fun while improving their health and fitness.
British Speedgolf is planning to showcase its format during England Golf Week in August with an event on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa.
Pam Painter, British Speedgolf Co-Founder, added: “Speedgolf adds an athletic dimension to golf that enhances the fitness benefits of the sport. It is also a lot of fun and is designed to fit into our hectic 21st century lifestyles.
"Speedgolf appeals to golfers of all abilities but is also attracting those from the running community, especially individuals who favour cross discipline sports.”
To learn more about Golf Express and to find 9-hole or other short format offers and a directory of facilities visit www.golfexpress9.org
To learn more about British Speedgolf visit www.britishspeedgolf.co.uk