The British Open Speedgolf Championships return in 2021 with a 36 hole championship, over two days, a first for the tournament to be held at The Springs Resort & Golf Club.
For most, it is hard to imagine completing 18 holes in under an hour with those at the top of the leader board shooting close to PAR, but completing 2 rounds of 18 holes on successive days will prove a level of consistency to rival any golf tournament and will be physically as well as mentally demanding.
The Springs, a beautiful parkland resort near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, will host the championship on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th September building on its enviable reputation as a forward thinking inclusive venue. The team at Darwin Escapes have invested heavily to enhance the club facilities whilst optimising its environmental course credentials and are excited to celebrate this fitness orientated golf format. Speedgolf combines the number of shots with the time it takes to complete the round for a final Speedgolf score. Golf accuracy is as important as an enhanced pace but finding the optimum pace to maximise golf performance is the key challenge and as with any great golf tournament consistency is key. Scorers in golf buggies will track the limited field of Speedgolfers, 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 Darwin Escapes said: “At Darwin Escapes, we are very much about delivering venues that are modern and exciting. We believe Speedgolf does this too and is definitely blazing its own trail, as we are. It will be a thrill to watch the best in their field tackle our fantastic golf course in a very different way.”
Pam Painter, 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.”
For details about how to compete at this year’s Championship event and eligibility visit britishspeedgolf.co.uk.