Types of golf
Golf isn't just 18 holes with 14 clubs over five hours – our great game has been adapted in Australia and all around the world to cater for those who prefer their golf with a twist.
There's golf with soccer balls, golf in the streets, golf for those in a hurry and golf for those who'd rather run than walk.
Check out some of the ways the game can be payed below including where to play each format.
Golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible.
Where to play traditional golf:
Pitch & Putt
Golf Australia and the Australian Pitch & Putt Association (APPA) have established a Memorandum of Understanding with the common goal of increasing participation.
The sport of pitch & putt has been played since the 1930’s, originating in Ireland with the prime objective of involving more people in the sport of golf that provided minimum opportunity then. Since that time the game has spread around the world very rapidly, especially in the last two decades and has developed into a recognised form of golf.
The competitive nature of the game, the opportunity for all ages and the special skill set required are all interesting and varying aspects of the sport that as a whole is played under the same Rules of Golf.
There are a number of pitch and putt courses currently operating in Australia who also conduct events that have been the lifeblood of the game and encompass all forms of golf from social to competition; with State, National and International Championships. Fully fledged handicapping systems and ranking of players have also generated a brand of specialist pitch & putt players akin to T20 in cricket.
Where to play Pitch & Putt:
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FootGolf is played the same way as golf on a golf course except that players use a football instead of a golf ball and the ball is kicked rather than struck with a club towards a larger cup in place of the usual golf hole.
The game originated in Europe in 2006 and is regulated by the Federation for International FootGolf and is rapidly expanding with 25 federations including FootGolf Australia.
For more information, visit FootGolf Australia.
Urban golf began as an evolution of beach golf in the small coastal town of Sawtell in NSW Australia. In order to get to the beach participants would have to pass through a caravan park filled with grass and things to pop over.
At the same time all around the world people were taking golf clubs to the streets and discovering the joys of Urban Golfing. From Paris to the streets of New York and Germany, more and more people are playing Urban Golf, Cross Golf and Street Golf.
Urban Golf Australia is a non-profit organisation which exists to promote the fine and glorious sport of Urban Golfing. Be you in the street, your lounge room or in the heart of the city Urban Golf is a fun and safe sport which can be played by anybody.
Through the popularity of urban golf, a World Urban Golf Day is held annually in October that promotes urban golf in what is now over 30 different countries worldwide including Australia.
For more information on Urban Golf, visit Urban Golf Australia.
Speedgolf is a fun, fast, and fitness-based alternative to traditional golf that involves playing a round of golf in the shortest time and fewest possible number of shots. Speedgolf can be played in a range of formats to suits golfers and runners of all abilities.
The sport began in the 1970s in California and is now enjoyed around the world.
Speedgolf Australia was founded in 2013 and provides education and support to players and golf clubs around the country. Speedgolf Australia also hosts the annual Australian Speedgolf Open in conjunction with Golf Australia.
Speedgolf Australia’s mission is to work with players, golf clubs and supporting partners to offer an alternative form of the traditional game that addresses many of the well-documented causative factors of stagnating golf participation – duration, pace of play, expense and level of difficulty.
The ISGA was formed in January 2018 and is the global governing body for speedgolf. The ISGA sets and moderates the global rules for speedgolf and is the custodian of the Speedgolf World Championships and the Speedgolf World Teams Cup. ISGA member organisations work collaboratively to identify ways to grow participation at grassroots level.
The ISGA supports and sanctions other major speedgolf events, including the Australian Speedgolf Open. All ISGA sanctioned events count towards the global player ranking system known as the Speedgolf World Power Rankings.
The current world record was established at the Australian Speedgolf Open held at Yarra Bend Golf, Melbourne, in August 2015. Mitch Williamson, a scratch golfer and past Australian representative runner from Orange, NSW, shot 77 in 31mins and 54 secs (108:54) to edge out the previous record (which remains a Guinness World Record) by Christopher Smith from the USA, who shot a five-under-par 65 in 44 minutes and 6 seconds for a speedgolf score of 109:06.
Speedgolf is recognised as an official golf sport in Australia by Golf Australia.
Speedgolf Australia welcomes Golf Australia and Vision Golf Balls as supporting partners.
Golf Premier League
Golf Premier League is a league-style competition played at golf clubs within a club’s normal competition. Played at clubs of all sizes, it increases profitability, and importantly for players, it creates a ‘team spirit’ dimension within their golf experience.
At participating clubs of all sizes, Golf Premier League is:
Increasing profitability, with members playing more regularly and spending more time and money in clubhouses
Reducing membership attrition and attracting new members
Creating a club atmosphere characterised by camaraderie and enjoyment
Transcending friendship groups and bridging age, gender and ability gaps across club membership bases
Plus, it’s doing so with no impact on member routines, timesheet bookings or existing competitions, at a low cost and with very little administrative burden on professionals or club managers.
Golf Premier League participants are:
More motivated and having more fun on the golf course every week
Discovering a new ‘team spirit’ dimension within their golf experiences – they are no longer playing just for themselves
Engaged in their golf to the last putt, because every point they score could be the one that gets their team over the line on the day, or even for the season!
Experiencing ‘pride in the jumper’ and establishing new bonds, friendships and rivalries.
Golf Premier League has been in operation since 2008 and was endorsed by Golf Australia in 2016, with the support all state and territory golf associations.
For more information on Golf Premier League visit www.golfpl.com.au.
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