Could bigger holes be the answer to slow rounds and more enjoyable golf?
Australian Golf Digest is featuring a great story in their September issue on an experiment at a course in the United States which saw the golf holes widened to 15-inches in diameter.
The result was faster rounds (foursomes averaged 3 hours 10 minutes) and a far more positive outlook after the round from all players. More humour and less worry about the scores.
“The event was relaxed, fearless, fast and fun. As if emitting a soothing power, the big hole had a liberating effect. From the tee, there was a miss-it-quick, hit-it-and-chase-it mentality. On the green, the difference was most pronounced. No messing around marking your ball, tending the flagstick, reading the break, fidgeting and freezing. It was one look and go, the quick sequence ending with a slightly deeper squat to retrieve the ball.”
It is often suggested that if golf was created today, the holes would be bigger than the 4 and a half inch holes we currently have in place. This story goes some way to show why this would be true in a modern world where people don’t have enough time to play.
It’s a fascinating read and if you haven’t already, I recommend getting your hands on it and checking it out.