About time! 9-hole golf rolled out across nation

GOLF Express – which promotes nine-hole golf to inspire busy people to play more often – is being rolled out nationally by England Golf.

nineThe launch coincides with this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and follows a successful eight-month trial in Staffordshire when more than 4,600 nine-hole rounds were played.

Now clubs across the country are invited to join the campaign and promote nine-hole green fees and offers to players on the GolfExpress9.org website.

Justin Rose, an England Golf ambassador, often plays nine holes in practice and describes Golf Express as: “A great way to play all the game in half the time.”

On average, a nine-hole round can be played in just two hours, which can fit into a busy lifestyle, and it offers all the health and social benefits of the full game. In a nine-hole round a player will walk two to three miles, take more than 5,000 steps and burn more than 450 calories.

The appeal of the game, which is compatible with the Rules of Golf and the handicap system, has also prompted the R&A to launch a new nine-hole championship for amateurs and Scottish Golf is also promoting the shorter format.

To mark the national launch of Golf Express, England Golf has re-imagined the results of the Major championships of the past five years to find out how they would differ if played over nine holes.

If the Majors had been played over the front nine, Tiger Woods would have won two more titles – an Open and a Masters. If they’d been played over the back nine, Lee Westwood would have won a Masters and Justin Rose would have added another Major to his 2013 US Open title.

England Golf’s Club services and development director Richard Flint said: “This research shines a light on the nine-hole game and I hope it encourages more people to get into golf.”

Golf Express offers places to play across the country through its online directory at http://www.golfexpress9.org which also features special offers. Golf clubs are invited to upload their offers via http://www.englandgolf.org/clubhouse and to take advantage of packs of marketing materials.

Follow GolfExpresss on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/golfexpress9


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