Sometimes even the wacky ideas need some space. Aussie Golfer spent most of last weekend at the Australian Open but the most interesting, craziest and “will not happen” golf idea came at an unrelated event.
It came from your everyday golfer. A mid-week social player who loves his golf and it came after we had been discussing the time it takes to play golf and its effect on family life. In short, it is hard to fit golf in and subsequently, we don’t play as often.It doesn’t help that Stuart Appleby’s group played their first round last week in 5 hours 45 minutes and nothing was said or done by tournament organisers. It was relatively windy and a tough course but in a group of three where you have hundreds of spectators eager to find your ball for you, there is no excuse. It is no wonder amateur golfers are happy with 4 – 5 hour rounds these days.
The idea was that every course in the world be reduced to 14 holes. Four holes, or a sizeable chunk of land is sold off netting the golf club a tidy sum of money for whatever they please and golf is now played in two lots of seven holes.
As I said, it’s a crazy idea that will not happen but it is fun to think outside the box here. Many short golf courses could well become championship courses, more golf would be played and even Stuart Appleby’s group could complete a round of golf in under three hours.
What is a reasonable time for a round of golf for you?
What other crazy ideas could revolutionise golf?