This golf club has devised a unique way to combat slow play

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham December 7, 2015 11:20

A golf club that offered golfers who finished their rounds quickly a free pint of beer this summer is entering all visitors who complete their rounds in less than four hours into a unique competition.


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Slow play is one of the most cited reasons why golfers have been leaving the game in reason years, and recently Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher said that golf takes “so long, too long at times”, adding that it was the worst thing about the sport.

Wycombe Heights Golf Centre has therefore introduced a Pace of Play Guarantee, which it describes as a rewards scheme for all of its visitors who finish their rounds on a weekend between 7am and 12pm in under four hours.

Any visitor who finishes their round in four hours or less will be automatically entered into a monthly prize draw for the chance to win an exclusive ‘Golf Day Package’ for four, worth over £400.

The initiative follows a scheme this summer in which those that finished their round in less than three and a half hours were offered a free pint of beer on completion.


Kirsty Gallacher. “Golf takes so long, too long at times”. Flickr / Ross G. Strachan

Slow play is golf’s primary issue. People simply don’t want to take five or six hours out of their weekends, so we’ve taken the lead and tackled the problem head on,” said Graham Rolland, general manager at Wycombe Heights. “The feedback from members and visitors alike has been hugely positive. We’ve noticed a real difference in average speed of play since we began the rewards scheme, which is very pleasing indeed.”

The prize includes breakfast and coffee on arrival, driving range warm up with a 30 minute professional lesson, 18 holes of golf, buggies and lunch post-round.


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham December 7, 2015 11:20
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