Dale Hill GC to host ‘speedgolf’ tournament

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham April 19, 2016 15:59

Dale Hill Golf Club in East Sussex is to host the British Open Speedgolf Championship on the same day the men’s golf final takes place at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

Chris Ness Novice competitor at British Open Speedgolf Championship 2015

Chris Ness – novice competitor at the British Open Speedgolf Championship, 2015

Speedgolf is a new form of the game in which competitors play a round in the lowest sum of shots as usual, but combine it with the time taken to run the course. It has been described as a faster, more athletic and more fun version than regular golf, and was invented to combat the issues that the game has with slow play.

Julian Ford Novice competitor at British Open Speedgolf Championship 2015

Julian Ford at the British Open Speedgolf Championship 2015

2015 British Speedgolf Championships announced. The 2015 British Speedgolf Championships held on Sunday 16th August at Dale Hill Golf Course. Nestled high on the Sussex Weald, Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club provided a stunning location for this yearÕs British Speedgolf Championship. Dale Hill is located on the Kent and East Sussex borders between the quaint villages of Flimwell and Ticehurst. Dale Hill is part of the prestigious Leaderboard Golf Group and British Speedgolf is delighted to have secured this venue for the championship. Indeed, Dale Hill has played host to the PGA Euro Pro Tour in 2003 and 2013.The Championship was played on the Dale Hill Course, a challenging undulating 18 hole course; a worthy adversary for Speedgolf competitors, yet not too physically demanding for novices of the sport.

Dale Hill’s general manager, Carl Rundgren, said: “Speedgolf is an exciting version of the great game and one which gets the heart racing, blood pumping and takes the sport to new limits and away from its traditionally staid image.”

Mariette Hilborne Running start at British Open Speedgolf Championship 2015

Mariette Hilborne. A running start at the British Open Speedgolf Championship 2015

 

18 Holes in 34 minutes, Rob Hogan winner British Open Speedgolf Championship 2015

18 Holes in 34 minutes, Rob Hogan winner of the British Open Speedgolf Championship in 2015

The event will take place on August 14 2016, which organisers are calling ‘Super Sunday’.

Pam Painter co-founder of British Speedgolf explains: “The challenge in speedgolf is balancing your running pace with your capacity to swiftly and accurately play your shots to get the lowest combined score possible.

“Speedgolf addresses pace of play head on, with this more athletic golf format; it attracts both golfers and runners or those who seek a fresh fitness challenge. Whilst it is more physically demanding than the traditional golf game, providing a good work out, it is also a lot of fun.

Runners compete with golfers at British Open Speedgolf Championship 2015 Trevor Day on Green

Trevor Day at last year’s event.

“Golf’s return to Rio’s Olympic programme after a 112-year absence makes it the perfect time to combine golf and running, but competitors will need to be quick to challenge the current British Open Speedgolf champion Rob Hogan who at the 2015 championship shot a round of 77 in just 34 minutes and four seconds, giving him a speedgolf score of 111:04.

Virginia Deigan from Australia competing at at British Open Speedgolf Championship 2015

Virginia Deigan from Australia competing last year.

“Last year saw the introduction of a dedicated women’s category and British Speedgolf are keen to build on the women’s field at the 2016 event to ensure they get the same recognition as the men.

“We know there are plenty of fit women golfers, who struggle to find the time to play regular golf; Speedgolf is the perfect match. 2016 will also offer a team competition for the first time, based on a simple alternate shot format. Competitor Registration is now open at http://britishspeedgolf.co.uk/british-open-speedgolf/ but places will be limited, so those interested are advised to register early to secure their place.”

 

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham April 19, 2016 15:59
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