I saw this story in UK’s Sport newspaper today. It shared that the great constant in golf – the 18 hole round – may be open for some changes. I’m all for that!
Although it has been cast in stone tablets for over 2 centuries that a round of golf is 18 holes (The Old Course was reduced from 22 in 1764 and was then copied the world over), golf really needs to adapt in this age when leisure time for many of us is at a premium. I agree. There are those who are advocating 12 holes, others 9, 6 or even 3 (for the youngsters).
Anyway, I think it would be great to offer golf in packages of 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 holes (and price them accordingly). Of course, that would reek havoc with scheduling systems, but I’m sure some brilliant person could figure out how to do it.
I often play 9 and dine even in the summer when the sun doesn’t got down until 9 or 9:30. Frankly after work, I just don’t have time (or energy) for 18 holes. But I’m still having to pay close to premium rates for just 9 holes. That bugs me.
I know that other women would play more often if they could book golf rounds of 6, 9 or 12 holes. AND I think they would walk more too. Although I prefer walking over carting I do find dragging my cart around 18 holes is tiring. I bet many golfers who drive 18, would walk 9.
And let’s not forget the kids – ours would be much happier going out with us old folks if they could keep the time to a minimum – 6 or 9 holes would work really well for them and us – 18?…not so much. They’d rather spend the extra two hours with their friends.
So…I think it’s time for more flexibility here for duffers like me who need to squeeze golf into busy work and family schedules.
What do you think?
Douglas Lowe on Tuesday
18 Dec 2007
ONE of the great constants in sport is about to alter. For more than two centuries a round of golf has been 18 holes but in an effort to adapt to an age when leisure time for many is at a premium, steps are being taken to reduce the number of holes in… read more…
Tech Tags: Sport newspaper Final Say