Emma’s decision to compete, and the resultant lack of time available for the Club to run any fund-raising activities can’t be avoided. In which case the Chairman John Burke, Captain Gerald Bonner and Lady Captain Hazell Hickey asked for an email to be sent and news article created to publicise Emma’s World Championship attempt, but also to see whether any members would like to make a small contribution to her considerable costs and expenses. Emma is only planning on going for a few days, four in fact, so she’s not exactly making a holiday of it, but she will in some small way be flying the Crowborough Beacon flag on the other side of the Atlantic!
The Club and the members have a proven track record of raising considerable sums each year for the chosen Captain’s Charities but both Gerald and Hazell on this occasion, would be delighted if we can do something to help ‘one of our own’. If you would be willing to make a contribution towards her costs, you can complete the form by clicking here and we can deduct your donation from your bar account. Alternatively you can send a cheque made payable to CBGC or a card payment over the phone to the Office. Lady members may prefer to pass their donations straight to Hazell. Every little will help.
For those of you not fully aware of what Speedgolf is, the following is lifted straight from the Speedgolf website which can be found here;-
Speedgolf is a fun, fast, and fitness-oriented alternative to traditional golf. The results are clear: playing faster than average leads to more fun, increased fitness, greater imagination, and ultimately, improved performance. It's no wonder golfers of all ages, skill levels, and fitness profiles are learning to play and enjoy Speedgolf at their own pace!
A QUICK GUIDE TO PLAYING YOUR FIRST ROUND OF SPEEDGOLF
"I always try to show up on the tee box with a few extra minutes to prepare. I like to stretch and warm-up a bit while I catch up with the other players. It is each person's responsibility to keep their score and time, so I make sure I have my watch or smartphone queued up and ready to go. I get my golf balls and tees put away in their proper pockets. When it's my turn to tee off, I hit the shot and immediately start the timer on my running watch or smartphone.
I move between shots as fast as I can, executing each shot as quickly as possible, trying not to compromise my shotmaking ability. I usually use five clubs when I play: a Driver, hybrid, 8-iron, sand wedge, and putter. Everyone is different. If I wanted to, the Official Rules of Speedgolf state I could use up to 7 clubs. But that can get heavy rather quickly, so most people generally carry 4-6 clubs. You can also use as few as 1 club. It's up to you!
For time's sake, the flagstick can stay in the hole. Just make sure the ball reaches the bottom of each cup. If I lose a ball or come across an unplayable lie, I waste very little time searching, and instead quickly drop a ball anywhere on the line of flight of my previous shot, assess myself a one stroke penalty, and keep moving forward. After all, time is a valuable thing to waste when you're playing Speedgolf. .
When the final putt hits the bottom of the cup on the last hole, I stop my timer first, and then I take a deep breath!" - SCOTT DAWLEY, Executive Director.
THE OFFICIAL RULES OF SPEEDGOLF
a. Number of Clubs. A player is allowed to carry a maximum of seven clubs.
b. Club Transportation. No wheeled, powered or other such club transport devices are allowed in official competition.
c. Shoes. Players may not wear shoes with metal spikes.
d. GPS Devices. Global Positioning System devices may be used when playing Speedgolf, but must not provide any information regarding wind speed or elevation change.
a. Flagsticks. There shall be no penalty for a ball hitting the flagstick. However, the ball must touch the bottom of the cup in order to be considered holed.
b. Carrying Clubs. Players must carry their own clubs, either held in their hands or in a golf bag. Caddies are not allowed.
c. Lost Ball. If a player cannot find his or her ball, he or she may, under penalty of one stroke, proceed in one of the following three ways: 1) replay the shot; 2) drop the ball within two club lengths of where the ball is reasonably assumed to have come to rest, but no nearer the hole, or 3) drop a ball along the line of flight of the previous shot, but no nearer the hole.
d. Unplayable Lie. If a player decides that the ball is in an unplayable position, he or she may, under penalty of one stroke, proceed in one of the following three ways: 1) replay the shot; 2) drop the ball within two club lengths of the nearest relief from the spot where the ball came to rest, but no nearer the hole, or 3) drop a ball along the line of flight of the previous shot, but no nearer the hole. This rule does not apply for balls that come to rest in a water hazard. The rule is in effect for balls in bunkers, but the ball must be dropped within the bunker.
e. Out of Bounds. If a ball is out of bounds, the player may, under penalty of one stroke, proceed in one of the following three ways: 1) replay the shot; 2) drop the ball within two club lengths of where the ball crossed the out of bounds line, but no nearer the hole, or 3) drop a ball along the line of flight of the previous shot, but no nearer the hole.
a. Total Score. Upon completion of round, a Speedgolf Score shall be determined by adding the total number of strokes taken to the total number of minutes required to complete the round. *An official Speedgolf score must also include the number of seconds, in addition to the number of minutes required to complete the round. Seconds are also recorded and used to break tying scores.
b. Measuring Elapsed Time. Time to complete the round shall be measured from the moment the player hits their initial shot on the first hole, until the moment the ball strikes the bottom of the cup on their last hole.
c. Expressing the Score. Score shall be expressed as a whole number followed by a colon, followed by a whole number. The number prior to the colon is derived by adding the golf score to the number of minutes (with no seconds) of elapsed time. The number following the colon represents the number of seconds in addition to the total minutes required to complete the round. For example, if a player requires 78 strokes and 46 minutes and 32 seconds to complete his round, the score shall be expressed as 124:32.
Other than as described set forth herein, the applicable Rules of Golf, as put forward by the USGA and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, shall be adhered to.
Local Rules may supersede these rules as appropriate at particular courses or events.