WHAT IS SPEEDGOLF?
Speedgolf is traditional golf played at a faster pace. How fast you play is up to you.
What is the aim of speedgolf?
The aim is to get around the course in the shortest amount of time possible and in the least number of strokes.
HOW IS THE SCORE CALCULATED?
The total number of strokes plus the time taken is added together to give a speed golf score. For example, if you shoot 90 off the stick and take 75 minutes and 30 seconds your speed golf score will be 90 + 75:30=165.30. As in traditional golf, the lowest score wins.
WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH TO GET STARTED?
Speedgolf can be a strenuous activity & therefore should not be attempted by anyone who has risk factors for cardiovascular disease or has muscular/joint issues without first consulting with their health professional. Like any strenuous activity, you should ease into it. Aim to play a few holes of speedgolf & as your fitness improves, add more holes - 3, 6, 9 then 12 etc. Warm up & cool down, remember to stretch afterwards.
DO I NEED TO HAVE PLAYED GOLF BEFORE?
It certainly helps to know the fundamentals of the golf swing and the game of golf before trying speed golf. If you are interested in getting into golf, I recommend contacting a qualified golf instructor in your area for some lessons as a starting point.
HOW MANY CLUBS SHOULD I TAKE?
Generally, players take between 4-6 clubs. The international rules allow a maximaum of 7. As the player is solely responsible for carrying their clubs around the course, the least number of clubs will provide the lightest weight. However, players will need to weigh up the benefit of taking more or less clubs and this will largely depend on their physical strength, fitness and their golf skills. Some players become extremely skilful with only a few clubs whereas other players who are strong enough may opt to carry a few more.
DO I NEED TO TAKE A PUTTER?
It really is up to each individual player to choose what clubs they take. In the Speedgolf World Championships in 2013 Scott Gerweck carried only one club - 6 iron - so he had no choice but to use his 6-iron for putting, and he played pretty well.
It is recommended to play, then tweak, then play again. Your club choice my also vary depending on the length and type of course you are playing.
ARE THE RULES THE SAME AS FOR TRADITIONAL GOLF?
Yes, with a couple of concessions, such as there is no penalty for hitting the flag when putting which means you can leave the flag in to putt. The other rule adjustments are in relation to "lost ball" and "out of bounds". If you lose a ball or it is out of bounds you can drop a ball anywhere on the line of flight of the previous shot (no nearer to the hole) under the penalty of 1 stroke.
DIVOTS, PTCH/BALL MARKS & SAND BUNKERS
It is essential for all speedgolf players to not only uphold the etiquette expected in golf, but to set an exemplary example. Speedgolf players must at all times respect the course and fulfil their duties in repairing pitch marks and divots and raking sand bunkers.