Charity Speed Golf What You Need to Know
Frequently Asked Questions
The basic rules of golf apply, with the following differences (local rules compared to British Speed Golf) for this event:
- Players have individual tee times at 5 minute intervals. Time to complete the round shall be measured from the moment the Starter calls play their initial shot on the first hole, until the moment they cross the finishing line as determined by the timer recorders.
- The flagstick is left in when putting (to save you time – you can take it out if you want) – originally a Speedgolf distinction but now allowed in regular golf from 2019
- Lost balls are dropped on the line of flight of the previous shot with just a one-shot penalty. Standard R&A golf rules apply alongside any local amendments operated on a particular golf course.
- You can use up to 7 clubs, carried by hand or in a light weight pencil golf bag or other suitable club carrier – golf caddies and buggies are strictly prohibited. It is a tactical decision, more clubs give you greater choice with shots but add weight, so the trick is to find the right balance and this is largely personal preference and also the terrain and elevation of the golf course. The 9 holes we are playing at Petersfield South has five par threes, the longest on the day will be no more than 150 yards.
- Many people carry 3 or 4 clubs and use a bum bag for balls and tees.
- As in mainstream golf, honesty is the key – you will be marking your own card (though there will be some on course video and a marshal on each hole!)
- Speedgolf does not use Provisional shots, these would prove counterproductive.
- Remember that Bags are set down outside the putting green area and retrieved after the putt is sunk.
- In wet weather, please refrain from running on the greens.
- If it rains – you will get wet!
- Please wear training shoes not spikes
- Please follow any instructions given to you by Marshals
At registration we ask about your golf prowess and running ability. This means we will allocate a tee time later, taking into account:
- Better golfers will take less shots (time)
- Faster runners will take less time.
- A player catching up someone in front is allowed to play through but must shout “COMING THROUGH” and if need be “FORE” as a warning in the traditional way.
This means fitter, better golfers will tee off earlier that higher handicappers slower runners! Don’t take offence, it is for your safety that we minimise players behind “COMING THROUGH”
The winner will win the:
“Marine Richard Hollington Memorial Trophy.”
Richard was a local resident and became the 300th UK service to die during the Afghan War, in June 2010.
The winner, determined by the lowest score determined by adding shots taken added to time taken in minutes and seconds will have the opportunity of a single (unpractised) 60ft putt to:
We ask you to pay just £5 to take part. This will include the chance to win the putt for £5,000.
If we get the right sponsorship, we will also offer the opportunity to win £5,000 or 10,000 for a hole in one on one holes (probably your second so you aren’t too tired.
If we get even more sponsorship, then all participants who have raised the minimum amour required will also be given a free opportunity to try and roll 7 sixes for £10,000 in our dice roll challenge. Further rolls can be purchased at £5 a roll.
Given all that we think that it is only reasonable to ask you to commit to raise £100 for one of the two great charities we have chosen.
In addition to the first Speed Golf Event in Petersfield, both participants and spectators will have the opportunity to try out either of both:
- Foot Golf
- Rugby Golf (next nearest course is in Oxford)
Each is just £5 on the day (normally £8)
Dependent on the generosity of sponsors, there will be a £5 per dice roll for £10,00).
Catering has been arranged, courtesy of Cloisters Cafe in the Town Square.
A drinks Marquee is planned – details to follow.
Unfortunately, Parking is limited, though there is a small car park near the lake on the heath.
We are looking at whether we can arrange parking at Penns place and find a sponsor to offer a shuttle service.