Another venue more than trebles the size of its hole cups

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 2, 2016 14:22

Norwood Park Golf Centre in Nottinghamshire has become the latest golf club to use giant hole cups to attract juniors and beginners to the game.

Instead of using the traditional four and a quarter inch diameter hole cup for golfers, the venue has installed holes with 15 inch diameters. The theory is that larger hole cups make the game less difficult and more fun for juniors and beginners, and therefore make it more likely that they continue with the activity.

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“The par three course was re-designed to incorporate shorter EZ tees and the 15 inch holes positioned on the greens away from the normal holes,” said club spokesman Rob Macey.

“It gives the players more choice and is ideal for beginners and juniors wanting to make the transition from the driving range on to the course quicker and without making it too difficult.

“It really has been very popular, offering both variety and fun for all the family and many national governing bodies have supported such initiatives to help golf appeal to all. We are delighted to be amongst to first in the UK to introduce the new larger holes.”

Norwood Park was awarded GolfMark (high achiever) status in 2010, came runner-up in the GolfMark ‘Club of the Year’ awards in 2014 and has been awarded ‘Golf Roots Centre’ accreditation by the Golf Foundation charity, all for its work with juniors.

“Norwood Park Golf Centre has shown to be one of the more proactive clubs in Nottinghamshire, they put development at the heart of everything they do, which creates a warm and friendly atmosphere at the club,” said sports development officer Matthew Bloor.

“They put the love of the game at the centre of all they do. This initiative is proving very popular and will no doubt help grow golf.”

“The 15 inch cup encompassed with shorter holes is a great idea that brings a further enjoyment to the game for all ages and ability,” added Lee Farrar, head of field sales for TaylorMade.


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 2, 2016 14:22
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  2. Bob Braban February 5, 20:40

    For several years this has been the number one value for money course in the region. On a par 3 beginners course this is surely a reasonable thing to do to help transition from beginner through to accomplished golfer. For those that haven’t played the main course at Norwood it’s well worth a visit. No fancy club house, but good value for money and a course that has a lot of interesting holes. Good for Norwood!

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  3. greenfee February 2, 22:43

    There will be some harumphing about this but it makes perfect sense particularly on a beginners course and alongside a regulation hole; simply play to the hole you want and that fits your ability level.

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