The fast-growing sport, which combines the number of shots with the time it takes to complete the round for a final score, will see competitors pick up the pace round the venue’s course as the contenders battle it out for the titles over two rounds.
Scorers in golf buggies will track the field, which set off at intervals as they complete their round on foot, jogging between holes and saving time by eliminating time consuming practice swings and other rituals associated with the regular game. Speedgolfers also carry fewer clubs – up to 7 – but often this means they have to be more creative with their shots.
Ashley Pheasant, Head of Golf at The Springs, which is owned by Darwin Escapes, said: “We are very much about delivering venues that are modern and exciting and we believe Speedgolf does this too and is definitely blazing its own trail. It will be a thrill to watch the best in their field tackle our fantastic golf course in a very different way.”
Pam Painter, co-founder of British Speedgolf, added: “Speedgolf continues to evolve, but retains the camaraderie of a grass roots niche sport. We hope that the move to a 36-hole event this year will establish the championship as a must-play tournament whilst proving to others just what is possible if you pick up the pace.”