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Course redesign to make golf more exciting

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Greetham Valley Golf Club is to redesign its nine-hole par three Academy Course to accommodate PowerPlay Golf - which features two flags on every green.

Greetham Valley Golf Club is to redesign its nine-hole par three Academy Course to accommodate PowerPlay Golf - which features two flags on every green.Renowned course designer and golf guru Peter McEvoy OBE, the founder of PowerPlay Golf, visited the club on Thursday and has been invited to remodel the short course.

PowerPlay Golf has been heralded as the equivalent of Twenty20 cricket and was devised to offer golfers a format which takes less time to play but brings more excitement to the game.

Players receive extra points for successfully playing to a black flag, which is placed in a more difficult position than its white counterpart.

Greetham Valley became one of the UK's first official PowerPlay venues earlier this summer, but remodelling the course will allow the club's greenkeepers to find even tricker positions for the black flag.

Peter initially piloted the game to 190 clubs and 140 have continued playing the new format.

He said: "The format can be played on any course, by any golfer. But for Greetham Valley to consider a specialist redesign of their nine-hole course to specifically accommodate it shows that they really can see its potential to revolutionise how golf is played."

Greetham Valley will also be running occasional PowerPlay Golf events on its two main 18-hole courses as well as on the dedicated nine-hole course, and club spokesman Robert Hinch says it will help improve playing standards.

He said: "The remodelling will make it an even more enjoyable challenge. It will also teach players, especially younger ones, the importance of shot strategy and good course management."

 

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